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Turnabout  by Ariel 22 Review(s)
pipinheartReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/28/2005

This has been a very enjoyable story. Her you can see sam feels something is changed about frodo,and wants to protect him.
As all of the hobbits gather together Merry is worried and as Frodo talks about the future Merry can see for the first time a power of a sort frodo has.
A very emotional story,thanks for sharing....

Author Reply:

And thanks for reviewing!

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
A truly beautiful description of Frodo's understanding, and the way in which the others, particularly Merry and Sam, begin to realize what will be.

Thanks for the story.

Author Reply:


*Wags tail*

And thank you for a truly beautiful and most appreciated compliment! Finding that someone 'gets' what you meant to say is just so rewarding!

InklingReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
Well done, Ariel! A poignant, but still hopeful, ending.

This was a beautiful image: “Frodo’s spirit still burned bright, like a light shining from within, but it was as if the glow was now cloaked in ash, like the embers of a dying fire.”

"I think the last chapter was slipping back into my old style…"

Perhaps, but to me that’s a good thing! :) Unless you think it’s too great a shift in style or tone within one fic…I think I’m guilty of the same tendency in my writing.

In any case, I like fan fiction that makes you think, as this passage does:

“There was something in Frodo Baggins as unyielding as the roots of a mountain and yet mortal, fallible and somehow even more incredible because of it.”

Yes…just as the sadness and sense of loss at the end of LOTR are what make it greater and more memorable than a simple happy ending would have, so too Frodo’s mortal fallibility make him a more complex and memorable character than if he had simply thrown the Ring into the Cracks of Doom. That’s how I see it, at least….

Thanks for another lovely fic, my dear…

Author Reply:

*Can do nothing but agree with this insightful post*

Umm... YES!

And thank you for your new one as well - I will gladly hand over my 'slowest writer' crown to you, but if there's anything I can do to help you give up the title to some other person, do let me know. (ie. I am dying to find out what is going to happen down by the river!)

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I agree about how things that are memorable (and, therefore, well written) and have a message be it war and struggle or love and hate, stick in your head for a reason. It is the mark of a true artist to be able to achieve this. It doesn't make it any easier for those of us who are mentally unstable tho' LOL. In you next won't be terribly depressing will it? Listen to me...I write the angstiest, dark and depressing stories there are and hear I am bitching at you!! LOL. I just crave happy endings, I suppose. Hey, thanks for listening. Wish I could remember how to reply to review responses and not mess up your reviews by answering back like this.....take it easy

Author Reply:

Oh, dear - not terribly depressing? Hon, I am just at the part in YOUR fic where Frodo has fallen down near the pool in the other room - and you are wanting me to write something sweet?!?!? hehehehehe Maybe you DO need cheering up!

Well, most of mine have somewhat happy endings, but I think, of all mine, the harem fics have the happiest endings of all. Read the one called 'Pipes After Supper', if you haven't already, for something G rated and really hopeful. It'll give you serious warm fuzzies. :D

ElwenReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I like your wise Frodo. And you highlight the change in Sam, from servant to friend, very well.

And, of course, the whole thing makes me want to sob.

Author Reply:


*Wags tail*

That was the part of this story that I was most particularly proud of. Their relationship is another one that is so complex and often presented as so different than what I saw in the book that I can't help but want to showcase my interpretation of it. Thank you for telling me you appreciate it.

Gentle HobbitReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
What a treat - three more chapters to read. I'm sad that it is finished. I feel very comfortable with your hobbits. Merry and Pippin felt "right" to me. No "cute" Pippin or overly scheming Merry -- no, they felt akin to the book characters. And I love that moment when Merry catches a glimpse of Frodo "unveiled". Your writing gave me just as startling a clear image of Frodo as Merry felt that he saw. Lovely writing, Ariel. Thank you so much for this.

Author Reply:

That's the unveiled Frodo as I have always seen him. He's such a wonderfully complex character in the book and so often glossed over by fanfic (or film) that I can't help but want to show his true depth and strength in my stories. Thank you for appreciating it (and for writing a similarly strong Frodo in your own stories!)

smaugs_mommyReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
Oh, I loved this.
Thank you for dedicating it to dear Nivvie.

Author Reply:

She had always been so sweet to me it only seemed right. Thanks for letting me know you liked it.

DreamflowerReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I kept trying to leave a review for this at the Challenge site, but the LJ wouldn't let me out of "read only" mode, so...

This has been a brilliant and lovely story. You actually *could* have ended it with Ch. 4 and had a satisfying ending, but this chapter is just lovely, showing Sam's tender care of Frodo, and showing Merry's growing realization of how Frodo has grown and changed. Such a sweet, tender and gentle scene, and bittersweet for the readers, who know exactly what is going to happen.

This has been a great story. And the truth is, even the fluffiest fluff or the most gratuitous h/c are the better for a touch of meaning. Don't apologize for that. It is what makes your stories rich and memorable.

Author Reply:

Well, thank you! I have to agree that a story with meaning really does stick with me longer than fluff, though I have noticed that a work can be 'accepted' by a lot broader audience if you don't offer too much interpretation. People all have their own ideas of what these characters 'felt' at certain points in the story and once you start extrapolating one way, you sort of cut people who went another way out of the action. *shrug* I am learning a heck of a lot about reader dynamics with these more 'experimental' fics, and I hope it will come in useful when I am writing original (or other fan-) fics.

DAYNAReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
WOW. I loved it. But why is it over? lol Beautifully written Ariel. I loved the insights to the characters. Very touching. Thanks for sharing. :)

Author Reply:

LOL! Why is it over? Heheheh - well because I still have to try and write that mindless H/C I keep trying for! LOL! On to the next fic! :D

lovethosehobbitsReviewed Chapter: 5 on 2/27/2005
I suppose that's true. I don't know I feel that it would still be fun to fill in the other gaps, but in my heart of hearts I know you're right. But I HATE the after affects it leaves me feeling....I mean I get WAY to involved in the story. To the point where I can't stop thinking about it and worry about the characters (I know, it sounds sick). I have bipolar II and had some very serious depression (which I have since been cured of by ECT treatments....someday I'll have to tell you more about this) but I tend to be a bit obsessive- compulsive and so I 'obsess' about things like 'my Frodo'.... it's just me, I know, and it, in know way, detracts from me enjoying the story. But I do like to walk away from the story and be able to go through my day without thinking about the characters (I never REALLY stop thinking about them--see obsessive compulsive in dictionary :D). It can be an awful thing to live with, knowing you are basically trapped in their world as well as your own.....(GOD, she can TALK!!!!!!!!!!) still loved the story tho' ;D

Author Reply:

LOL! You may talk as long as you like, hon! *smooch* And yes, like any good advertising, it gets under your skin and leaves you 'unsatisfied' in some way, but you sure as heck remember it. I think that was the idea. There are themes and ideas that should be uncomfortable and be remembered - like war and sacrifice - so that maybe people will think twice before they make them necessary. I'll have another story out in about a month that will touch on this very thing - keep your eyes peeled.


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