Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Ordinary People
Category: Story, Drama
Pairing: Severus Snape/Hermione Granger
Summary: How do you go about life when you're one of the ordinary looking people?
Story Status: Complete--20 chapters.
Shannon's Thoughts: There are quite a few good SS/HG fics out there. This is not one of them. No, this is one of the great ones. Wonderful plot, characterization, everything. Really. "Cloistered academic Death Eater's honor," as Severus says in one chapter.
I like the way Hayseed progresses Severus' and Hermione's relationship. She doesn't have them secretly lusting after one another for years; nor does she have them fall in love immediately after the danger has passed. She builds up a relationship slowly, carefully.
Severus isn't the "Slytherin Sex God" in this fic. I appreciated that. Although there is a certain... appeal... that the Potions Master possesses (*grin*), it doesn't seem likely that he has women throwing themselves at him left and right.
Hermione isn't drop-dead gorgeous, either. Let's face it--she's a teenager. She's not going to look like a supermodel.
However, "Ordinary People" is definitely not ordinary. Even the author realizes this. ("It's not the first thing I've ever written, but it's the *best* thing I think I've written.") I must agree with Hayseed. Well, I may not know about the "best" part, but it's pretty damn good. The writing holds me spellbound; I just can't stop going back for more.
Final Judgment: 10/10. Fantastic plot, characterization, grammar, spelling--this fic has it all! I can't recommend it highly enough.