Story Title: Compromise: A Love Story
Author Name: femmenerd
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2
Content Rating: Mature
Length: Short Story
Story Summary: Set during the first five years after the Battle of Hogwarts in DH. “She needs to be something other than the hero’s girlfriend.”
Femmenerd’s somewhat more unique take on the post-DH reunion of Ginny and Harry was a great relief to me at a time when I thought I might soon drown in overly-sappy or ridiculously and needlessly angsty, tear-soked, romance fics. In fact, I’m wavering on even calling this story a romance fic. Harry wants to get married; Ginny doesn’t. A least, not right now. There’s no angst, there’s no drama. She’s 17 and thinks she’s ridiculously young to make such a decision. Just as pragmatic and matter-of-fact as she is in the books, Ginny is nuts about Harry and has no intention of losing him. She just plans on having a say in how her life goes from here on out.
I loved it. Femmenerd writes these characters as someone who obviously loves their canon depictions and sees them much as JKR does. She gets inside their heads – particularly Ginny’s – with keen insights into how they would react post-war. Femmenerd makes so much sense with her characterizations and crisp writing style that after finishing her unconventional romance, it’s hard not to see her characters as merely a continuation of canon.