Reviews for Becoming
david.carner chapter 1 . 3/2
I appreciate your response the other day and gave it a try. I’m in! Very well done!
pokefester chapter 45 . 2/28
Another great chapter, however after "binge-reading" this series over a much shorter time frame rather than "live-reading" this series update after update, I've noticed something as a whole for this series. If I'd stumbled across this series when you had initially started it, and read as you'd updated I might not have noticed it since it, but Sarah's character progression seems to have stagnated for quite some time. A lot of her thought processes, and the thought processes of Chuck as well, have become quite repetitive. As you've pointed out many-a-time, you kind of get carried away with how deep you dive into certain topics, which is great in some cases, however sometimes it's not completely necessary, especially in some cases of Sarah's thought processes, and I worry about the longevity of this series if that's how you continue to write this series. These extra long chapters and deep dive into topics so early on in the canon story also causes the pacing and character development of the canon story to severely slow down, and certain character traits and thoughts become veeeeerrryyy repetitive when reading the story as a whole, rather than update by update. One thing I loved about the TV show was that every episode and season as a whole were paced very well. Since I never got the chance to catch the show weekly on NBC, I experienced the show on Netflix as a binge-watcher, and the show lent itself relatively well to that kind of watching experience. Since that pacing is severely slowed down here, the canon character development is pretty slow and begins to read repetitively. Initially, I was really open to the idea of a "darker" Chuck universe, and the way you were executing that idea was done quite well, but as I started to notice severe slow down in character progression for Sarah, this take on her character has started to read more like a melodramatic teenager rather than just a darker spin on Sarah Walker.
xxx Rob M xxx chapter 45 . 11/19/2017
I had actually been thinking about this story not too long ago and wondering if maybe we'd seen the last of it, so seeing this new chapter pop up was a pleasant surprise.

I've always liked this story specifically because it, not only, doesn't shy away from the idea that Sarah has done some genuinely awful things as an agent, but it really embraces the idea that these actions have damaged her, on a personal level, very deeply.
To avoid being crushed by the weight of what she'd become, she ignored the constant feelings of shame and disgust, putting on a mask of cold indifference, until she just became so used to them she eventually went numb...like a chronic pain you eventually learn to live with. Feeling things for Chuck though, means she finally has to face those feelings she's ignored about herself, she can't do one without the other, and until she does, there's no way they can move forward in any fashion as a couple.

You make an interesting point about Sarah in the author's note. While I've always seen Sarah (the person as opposed to the agent) as someone who was probably shy and maybe a bit awkward in social settings, I never really thought of her as someone who has full blown social anxiety, but it does make sense. She was treated like dirt by people while growing up, and that would have left its mark on her. Because she's such a talented actress though, it would really only be noticeable when she's forced into situations where she has to be herself as opposed to an agent.

Anyway, we're closing in on the first of three moments in Chuck and Sarah's relationship that I've really been dreading, but I look forward to seeing how you handle it. Hopefully we'll get another chapter soon, but until then, thank you!
ChuckAddiction chapter 45 . 11/19/2017
Very excited to see another installment! Excellent work as always. Will be eagerly awaiting more...
Transcendent Oddity chapter 45 . 11/18/2017
I sat down this morning and started reading this story. The beginning was rough, partly due to the density of the writing, but primarily because I simply couldn't get invested in the story of the character that became Sarah Walker. However, the writing was good, so I gave it a chance.
Next thing I knew, the story of Chuck and Sarah kept me hooked through a long, long series of chapters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I hope you will continue with your rather ambitious plan for the series. (With that said, I do hope there are a few deviations from canon here and there.)
The only criticism that jumps to my mind is the occasional repetitiveness of both phrases, scenes, and themes. Otherwise, you've done an amazing job.
Guest chapter 45 . 11/16/2017
Thank you for continuing this story at whatever pace you can manage. I appreciate the depth of both your writing and the characterizations in your story.
resaw chapter 45 . 11/14/2017
I haven't rewatched any part of the series in a long time, and except for a very few stories, I haven't read much in the way of fanfic either. Your story, though, is a must read. I'm so glad your back, no matter the reason for the delay. Thank you so very much.

In 105, when Sarah is reflecting on her history of violence, it is utterly horrifying at times to read of what she's done and the person she has become, and yet it is simultaneously fascinatingly evocative.

I very much appreciate the competing (if that's the appropriate term) beats she has going on within, and especially how Chuck's presence in her life is bringing out a new beat, pushing her old beat further into the background. And there's so much more I could comment on, too.

Thank you for it all. You write like no one else in the Chuck fanfiction world, and I could not be more pleased to have discovered your story and am no less happy that you are finding time to continue it.
Slahinki chapter 45 . 11/14/2017
Good to see you are alive! Great stuff as usual, keep up the good work and I'm already looking forward to the next part (hopefully sooner than in almost a year! :P).
baldcoder chapter 45 . 11/12/2017
Really great to see you continue writing. Great chapter. looking forward to more.
wilf21 chapter 45 . 11/12/2017
I, too, missed you and this mammoth work. A very interesting chapter, as ever. I liked the tap on the knee signal between Casey and Sarah - that's quite believable at that stage of the series.
fezzywhigg chapter 45 . 11/11/2017
First of all,,,Welcome back! After 11 months(ish) I wasn't sure if you had said to yourself "Holy Moly, I just wrote a book on Season 1 of Chuck. It's good. I'm done." or you were just writing different pieces of the puzzle of Season 2 and they just didn't line up yet. This chapter was the your usual awesome approach. You really filled in the timeline to make the story flow better and a more believable than canon as well as continued to give depth to characters which quite honestly were pretty deep after your treatment in book one. Your analysis of Sarah in the end A/N was very interesting. It reminded me of how you explained the core of Casey in Book 1. Your love of music and the use and insight it brings to the story just amazes me. Thank you for continuing on this journey of telling Sarah's story.
devious418 chapter 45 . 11/10/2017
Welcome back, I missed you!

Well done, thank you.
cavemenftw chapter 45 . 11/10/2017
That was really great. Maybe it could have been condensed a little, but I did really enjoy all of what happened in this chapter. That Casey and Sarah scene to end the chapter in particular. Awesome job.

I never read that pretending not to care what others think of you while actually caring a whole lot as an anxiety disorder. I have another to add to the list I guess. That actually did help though, so thanks.
phnxgrl chapter 45 . 11/10/2017
I loved this in depth look at the inner workings of Sarah and a look at her place on the team. Please continue.
Zettel chapter 45 . 11/10/2017
Wonderful to see more of this. Wonderful!
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