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Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from RevDorothyL
Review:
"So it's not that he was damned no matter what; it was that he was damned until he repented, but in his stubborn John Constantine way he was trying to control his own spiritual destiny instead, and not understanding why there was a difference."

I'm happy to stand corrected, then. And the story rocks even more.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [26 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from RevDorothyL
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Loved the profundity of this, in its own 'Constantinian' way (especially since I'd found the initial premise of the movie -- that John Constantine was damned, no matter what, because he'd once dared to ATTEMPT suicide -- extremely dubious from a biblical and theological standpoint).

I especially loved the bits that bothered John the most (of course!):

“Worse-- what if God didn't want him to change at all?...”

“That one, brief glimpse beyond the pearly gates had been enough to make him want to be better, on some fundamental, subconscious level;...”

What a wonderful depiction of the 'dreadful' possibilities opened up by an experience of grace!
Comments from author:
Thank you for the review; I'm glad you liked it!

I did a little research on some of the Catholic framework behind this movie before writing, and found out that while "mortal sins" are supposed to condemn one to damnation, they *can* be repented of. But you must genuinely repent, etc.; that's what Gabriel was ripping strips off John about early in the movie, the fact that he might KNOW the score, but couldn't bring himself to actually spiritually submit enough to have FAITH, aka he was trying to "buy" his way into Heaven instead of actually repenting.

So it's not that he was damned no matter what; it was that he was damned until he repented, but in his stubborn John Constantine way he was trying to control his own spiritual destiny instead, and not understanding why there was a difference.

(eta: and as for Isabel; because I just remembered that, she died before she could repent, in the act of committing the mortal sin, so that's why she was in Hell in the movie).

At least, that's my understanding. So it was partially out of all that thinky-thought thinking that this little ficlet came about. How *would* a character like John Constantine react when finally experiencing grace after twenty years of resisting? =)
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [26 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from (Past Donor)Charlotte
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Very interesting!
Review By [(Past Donor)Charlotte] • Date [24 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from (Moderator)Ava
Review:
I think I kinda love your Constantine. The whole balance of who he was versus who he thinks he should be, or perhaps more precisely who he thinks the man up stairs wants him to be. It would be a very real and very internal struggle for him and while I admit to being partial to the comic version of him this thought process would ring true for both. Wonderful job!
Comments from author:
Thank you. =)

Most of the movie-verse fic I've seen dealing with the aftermath of the events barely, if ever, touch on what a seachange it must have caused in Constantine's worldview; mostly the fic just assume he'll sail on exactly the way he did before. So I thought I'd explore the concept a little.

Considering I've never read the comic version before, I really appreciate your feedback. I was at the bookstore last night, and they had the "Original Sins" reprint volume of Hellblazer, so I grabbed it. I think it's the first nine issues? I look forward to seeing what it's like.
Review By [(Moderator)Ava] • Date [23 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from Dragonelf
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Yay, a new Constantine story has been posted to the site. There are way to few stories with Constantine in them.

::Clones the quote and adds it to her list of quotes to be added to her Quote Blog::

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Batman: What's yellow and writes?
Robin: A ballpoint banana.
Batman: Exactly!
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Review By [Dragonelf] • Date [23 Feb 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Work in Progress" from Karone
Review:
I like this. I loved the movie. I thought it was well done and the plot was very interesting. This is a nice companion piece. :)
Review By [Karone] • Date [23 Feb 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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