Monday, July 6

Ode to Lowewood

When I was a child I made up school stories in my head. I'd spend hours thinking them through. I always picked the school name and uniform first. Once I was happy with that I'd choose my girls: their names, backgrounds and characters. And finally with the main cast in place, I'd come up with the classes and the teachers. I have no idea how many versions of the same school I came up with over the years!

I very rarely got to any plots because I spent so long on the detailed set up. Everything had to be just so. Every character had a birthday, a favorite colour and foods they liked or hated. I knew which lessons and sports each was good or poor at. Which were friends. Who was a good girl. Who was a naughty girl. I have always been a major fan of detail!

So in September when I first discovered Lowewood Academy it was the detail that really attracted me. Somebody (somebodies) had taken my school fantasies in all their detail, given my characters a much needed make over, added in a whole lot of CP and some hot sex and made my dreams come true!

I'm not exaggerating here. When I first read Lowewood I felt like I'd hit gold. At that stage I didn't have a clue who the writers were but I thought they were kindred spirits. I loved the characters, especially the variety of them. All different. Some I liked more than others, some I didn't like at all. Obviously no one person could have written them all. The creativity of the plots and punishments also thrilled me, but it was the consistent quality of the writing and frequency of updates that really blew me way. How was it possible for normal people with real day jobs to produce this? And all for free. Were they crazy or just as wonderfully obsessed with it as their readers appeared to be?

By then Lowewood was already in its third year, but not content with reading a synopsis of the previous two years I went back to the start and read each post in order. It took me two weeks and the loss of much sleep but my obsession was already born. From then on, every day at 12 I was on my phone checking for the latest update. Don't tell anyone but I once read a Lowewood entry in church. Or that at my first day at the real Lowewood Academy I was reading that day's update in class!!

And although I'm a very kinky girl and am turned on both by being punished and reading about such punishments, there were times when I was reading Lowewood and hoping the girls wouldn't get punished. I loved their achievements and victories even more than their punishments. Often I had to remind myself that they weren't actually real, and that I was meant to enjoy them getting whacked, not scream at the unfairness of it all.

Now the writers of Lowewood have decided it's time to call it a day. And while understanding that it's the right thing to do, I'm very, very sad. I feel like I've lost a good friend. I'll miss the antics of the characters, laughing at the audacity of what they get away with, delighting in their achievements and wincing along with their punishments. But all good things must come to an end and I love when things end on a high. Lowewood will leave all its readers wanting more, just as it should.

So if you've never read Lowewood before head on over to the first post and enjoy it all from the beginning, you lucky fecker. Or like me if you've been a fan for a while sure go over anyway, enjoy the sign-off post and then buy the team a drink for all the hours of entertainment and pleasure they've given us. Certainly well deserved!


Eliane said...

I agree wholeheartedly! I love how you did the school thing to! I used to make whole schools full of girls, lists and lists and lists of them. Ah, the bliss of childhood!

Paul said...

EmmaJane, absolutely, I'm a Lowewood junkie.
I've read it from day one, I so wish that I could get to the real thing, if they would have me, that is.
But I live in the far west and no longer travel well.
Lowewood will be remembered and missed.
Warm hugs,

Jessica said...

Awww, that's such a lovely post. Made my cry.... ;-(

Master Retep said...

Reading blog posts DURING CLASS !! You must have been spectacularly punished for that.

Rebecca said...

No Master Retep...but if the Headmaster finds out about it she will be next time!

EmmaJane said...

@Jessica, Lowewood made me cry more than once, actually the first Lowewood post I cried over was Jessica's last day!!

@Master Retep, I didn't get caught and @Rebecaa don't you dare tell tales on me ;)

Hermione said...

I liked it too. I will have to go back and start from the beginning. I think I came in at the end of year 2.