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Review of chapter "Age Seven: Tooth" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Good chapter, I like the background information.
Comments from author:
thank you. And I try knowing not everyone (on this site anyways) has seen/read the Guardians stuff. Come the next story things will probably be flipped and I'll be explaining all the Buffy stuff to the rotg-only fans. But eh, that's crossovers for you.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [30 Jul 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Tooth" from SlykeDB
Review:
Actually surprised Xander left a tooth for her, since he only believes in Pitch and not the other guardians. Was one of Pitch's amusements earlier, that Xander didn't believe in Santa Clause or the others.
Comments from author:
Knew I was forgetting to explain something in the end notes (they were kind of long and I was rushing them). Anyways, Tooth collects teeth from believers and non-believers. Much like how you don't have to believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny to get presents/eggs.

It just doesn't make sense otherwise how the Guardians could protect all the children of the world if they only protected those that believed in them.
Review By [SlykeDB] • Date [30 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Tooth" from cloudleonsgurl
Review:
Another great chapter. Love it. :D
Comments from author:
thanks.
Review By [cloudleonsgurl] • Date [30 Jul 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Tooth" from (Current Donor)WildMartin
Review:
Glad to see a new chapter. I still haven't seen the movie but this story seems like a really good fit for Xander. Hope to see more chapters soon. :-)
Comments from author:
Thank you and I'll you what I tell everyone else about the movie; the plot is pretty basic but everything else was amazing. Books are quick, enjoyable, and easy reads; they're also pretty deep (and dark) for books geared towards the 7 - 12 age group.
Review By [(Current Donor)WildMartin] • Date [29 Jul 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from MistressTitania
Review:
I am enjoying the tiny Xander puzzling Pitch. I am eager for more. And I hope you continue it long into Xander's adult years too.
Comments from author:
This story goes until Xander is age sixteen, which I mentioned in the first chapter, so Xander can still see Pitch until then at the very least. I also have a poll going FFnet and here (private review your vote) to get a feel of how I should handle Xander growing up and his ability to interact with Pitch for the next story (it handles Buffy canon).

that said, glad you're enjoying the story.
Review By [MistressTitania] • Date [28 Jun 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from ultor
Review:
I love the fact pitch has been trying to scare xander for years and never thought to use a clown. It would have been one of the first things I tried if I were pitch, mainly because I have a friend with a clown phobia but their also creepy and not at all funny in my experience. Keep up the good work I love this story
Comments from author:
Well, according to movie-canon Pitch is the oldest spirit (next to the man in the moon) and in the books he's even older (and formerly a space-pirate. Book!Pitch is made of awesome I swear). So, clowns, by comparison, are a relatively new concept for him and I think between the cheerful jester-like antics and garish bright colors, Pitch never really thought clowns were that scary. Not when there were vampires, werewolves, and demons (oh my) to frighten humans with.

But I agree it is rather amusing Pitch never tried clowns in the three years he's known Xander.

Anyways, thank for the review and I'm happy to hear you're enjoying things so far.
Review By [ultor] • Date [27 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from Bobboky
Review:
Very good
Comments from author:
thank you
Review By [Bobboky] • Date [26 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from cloudleonsgurl
Review:
I loved it. I haven't gotten around to reading it like I wanted to, and I apologize for the lateness of my review. It's really good. I like how Xander and Pitch are evolving together, how their bond is growing. And Bratty was stroke of genius. I sympathize with Pitch on the clown thing, after all that effort to spook the kid and a Clown is fear, on the other hand, I hate clowns and understand Xander's fear completely. I saw IT when I was five. Never was the same. Can't wait to see more. :D
Comments from author:
Hey, good to hear from you and glad you like the character development. I'm worry about characterization a lot. I blame my years as a role-player.

Everyone likes Bratty. I swear the puppy showed up just to help with that one scene and then I couldn't get rid of her. Given her new spirit-state I'll have to do some character mapping for her.

As for Pitch, I don't think he realized humans could be scared of clowns. Clowns never registered to him as frightening. He knows better now.
Review By [cloudleonsgurl] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from Genuka
Review:
I like how you approached this. It fits both characters and shows that Pitch can learn what he's truly supposed to be doing. Providing fear in the correct measure so that we are aware of not only the danger but also of how to know and do what needs to be done when facing it in the light of day. Nightmares are safe training/proving grounds and a warning of what we may face. They also show the situations in the worst ways to us so that we may see the truth during our waking hours and know that not only could it be worse but we have already beaten worse.

This is one of the reasons why in the Harry Potter books it was so significant that the boggart turned into the wizarding anthropomorphic definition of fear, a Dementor. He didn't fear ^something^, he feared fear.
Comments from author:
Well, at this point I got to admit Xander's the exception to the rule for Pitch but I'm sure that'll change with time. It's kind of why Pitch was tempted to give nightmares to Cordy and Larry and recognized the desire as petty. He's not giving nightmares for the sake of nightmares anymore.

That all said, I'm glad you liked how I handled the issue and that you thought it was in character for Pitch and Xander.
Review By [Genuka] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from (Recent Donor)tchizek
Review:
Great chapter, nice coverage of the clown "event".
Comments from author:
thank you.
Review By [(Recent Donor)tchizek] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from Eureka
Review:
Finally watched the movie... Maybe IF Pitch had of had a "Believer" he wouldn't have been so mean. Look at Frost...Pain in the rear till the kids could see him and interact with him.
Patiently waiting with treats for the next chapter and to see who is the new character from the movie. Perhaps Frost himself or since you have already brought him up it is North?
Comments from author:
I like to claim any OOC-ness on Pitch's partially on the fact I'm blending his character from the book and movies and then adjusting his back story to fit the Buffyverse. And meeting Xander. But I know Pitch's character might be off because I'm trying to make this crossover work and I'm willing to change Pitch up to make it work. It doesn't help I'm only writing a handful of scenes per year and much of Pitch's developing character is happening between the scenes.

As for Frost I think his problem was more social isolation by spirits AND children than just children.

And you'll just have to wait and see who the first Guardian to show up in this fic will be.
Review By [Eureka] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from Myauzo
Review:
Great chapter!
Comments from author:
thank you
Review By [Myauzo] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from Jaylynn
Review:
Ooh now I'm curious what guardian it will be and can't wait to find out.
Comments from author:
Glad to hear and thank you for the review.
Review By [Jaylynn] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Seven: Clowns" from slmncpm
Review:
we haven't heard of bratty much lately and i like that animal. *smiles* i personally have hated clowns all my life, too. *hands you scones and tea*
Comments from author:
Why thank you for the tea, scones, and review. As for Bratty, she's a Mcguffin that's groing into a minor character. Which is just my of saying she was created for plot convience and decided to stick around. 'Black Puppy' is actually a play off the mythological creatures 'black dogs', made most infamous by book 3 of Harry Potter.

It's horribly punny but that's about par for the course as far as the Guardians books and movies are concerned.
Review By [slmncpm] • Date [25 Jun 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Age Six: Black Puppy" from Michaelsuave
Review:
A fun and interesting story, even for one who hasn't watched the rise of the guardians.
Comments from author:
I hear that a lot, people having not seen the movie I mean. My opinion remains so-so plot, interesting characters (that are 10x more interesting in the books), and beautiful, absolutely stunning, design. I think 80% of the fans are just fans because the movie was just so pretty.

Anyways, glad you like the story so far. Its fun to write something so centered on the theme of family.
Review By [Michaelsuave] • Date [5 Jun 13] • Rating [9 out of 10]
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