Reviews for Freak Like Me
Everto Tonsor chapter 12 . 4/21
I haven't read fanfic for a few years but I randomly got on a Doc Ock kick 5 days ago and have been reading enormous amounts (I'm not even a Spider Man / comic fan?). But this fic is probably one of the best one's I've ever read. Not just because it's a great story, but it has a lot of important things embedded in it that -everybody- can learn from in life. It's also feminist.

For one thing, the story was really planned out, right from the start. It may have been staying open for possibilities near the start but it was pretty damn stable the whole way. The individual voices are really strong (which makes the bold vs italic text unnecessary and kind of eye hurting).

This story addresses a lot of important messages, in an unsubtle way, which I think is a very good thing to do. Points such as:

Abuse doesn’t excuse abusing others. Feeling pain doesn’t give you a right to hurt others and more importantly, it doesn't make you better or untouchable like nobody else ever understands pain. Ock wanted MJ to kill because it would make her depend on him but he framed it as the only way she could ever understand his pain or POV (which is also the whole tentacle thing in the first place...)

Don’t stay in a relationship to try and fix a man. Recognize the pattern of abuse. Abusive relationships could still have taught you something or been real.

It’s hard to acknowledge someone hurt you. Some people will never recognize the harm they caused you and you'll have to deal with that. And even if someone recognizes the harm they caused it doesn’t mean they are worth going back to.

You can’t own people. Women have independence. “Colluding with the patriarchy” isn’t giving up independence. Being pretty is not collusion.

Having self love is what helps you reject an abuser, because you know you don't deserve it. Having self hatred is usually what begets being an abuser.

Friendships where you’re always jealous of the other and fall into a destructive pattern are fucked up and also a root of self hatred or insecurity. Being jealous of those who “have it better”…is a thing (ok so that wasn't very deep or whatever but yeah).

Two self hating people can fuel each other’s delusions and hurt each other and others. I just thought that was a very succinct description of MJ/Ock here that the story provided.

There's a clear pattern here of men being abusive, and people being abusive and self hatred, and lots of misogyny. It seemed odd to me that Ock would even want to make a political statement about beauty standards in the first place, but that seemed like a ruse for him to perpetuate self hatred. But there are also things that are clearly not like movieverse Ock (lack of sentient arms or an innocent portrayal of backstory) and I know little of the comics so that's probably why. It's also why I felt that MJ would never go down this road at all, but I feel that in this story her character took on a life of it's own, which was very nuanced.

What's also nice about this story is that despite how nuanced Ock is, he is explicitly seen by the narrative as Bad News (killing the girl, nice foreshadowing with MJ's feelings on killing) and even his apology and seeing the light doesn't change that. Another nice thing in this story: forgiveness is not portrayed as the only way to move on or recover.

Also this could be my general cluelessness but I felt the lead up to the almost-sex scene (which I'm glad didn't happen) was weird. It's very common in media for two characters to be arguing and saying they hate each other, then suddenly throw themselves at each other. I've never understood that. Regardless of why, it's nice to see that when Ock and MJ did this, they were only imagining the other to be what they needed. They did not see each other.

The one thing that does bother me is that despite Ock saying it in ch 2, there's little acknowledgement of the fact that it's partly MJ's whiteness which makes her beautiful. Normally this wouldn't bother me as whiteness (and race) isn't the focus of this story (and seldom is of stories in general). But I'm making note of it here because throughout the story there is frequent description of her pale, white skin and its beauty.

So this was probably one of the best fics I've read. Not only did it provide great emotional feels (as all great fics do) and have strong characters/plot/writing, it also had some larger messages and themes which are very important. I would really like to know the author's process behind all of this writing.
Toadette chapter 12 . 6/30/2014
WOW! Congratulations author!
Spent 3 days reading this is the best 'SPIDERMAN Fanfiction' ever! I'm amazed. THANKS for writing such a masterpiece.
SimpleIsSmart chapter 12 . 6/6/2014
A-are you a poet or something? Oh my, my... Your words practically dances and slides wonderfully and rhythmically with your extraordinary vocabulary. How do you do it? I mean, I read the whole story; felt the thrill, felt the calm of an upcoming storm... Felt the pain off Otto's, his bipolarity, his desperation... You, my buddy, are a magician of words... I never liked Mary Jane (which female spidey fan does? *winks*) but, after reading this... WOW! It was Bam! Boom! ...silence...
.ZING. Sir, Molina made Octavious alive on screen; you put spirit insides him ...in words...

*Bows under your awesomeness*
cecilia.fredick chapter 10 . 9/14/2013
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darkdiscord chapter 12 . 1/15/2013
omg... that story was amazing. DX I felt the emotions of otto,mj,and peter..withe every word. I love this story so much! I saw within otto's mind like never before..and i knew what he felt. Thank you for writing such a beautiful story.
Anonymous chapter 12 . 12/27/2012
It's funny how what you were putting through a fan fic (MJxOck) is actually happening in actual Marvel Comics, RIGHT NOW. Crazy. Great story though, you do it much better.
EnigmaSphinx chapter 4 . 6/16/2012
I love this fic. I remember reading it a long time ago and it has stayed with me, one of the most elegantly written pieces I've ever had the pleasure of reading. It is still amazing, still evocative and painful and almost too rich to enjoy without guilt. Thank you for posting this.
pinkperson chapter 12 . 8/10/2011
Great story, I really enjoyed it. The best thing about it was the way you wrote Octavious...he felt so real. And I really liked how you ended chapter 11, with him saying to Mary Jane that she couldn't have faked everything. So sad. :(
pinkperson chapter 4 . 7/19/2011
it's good, but I really can't imagine Peter calling M.J. a freak like that.
pinkperson chapter 1 . 7/19/2011
Wow, I love this so far. I didn't expect for Mary Jane's point of view to be so entertaining, either. You capture her personality well. Very interesting story idea also.
turtlegirl42 chapter 1 . 6/19/2010
Wow, this is good already, and I've only read the first chapter! I can tell already that this is going to be a treat. Your writing style is excellent; you are a fantastic writer. Great job with this story!
justoneinthezoo chapter 12 . 1/31/2008
Thank you.
Muffin'snothere chapter 12 . 6/4/2007
Gorgeous, bittersweet and better thna I could ever have imagined. Thank you.
Jen Rock chapter 12 . 1/28/2007
This is easily one of the best Spider-Man stories I've ever read. The story flowed and the actions of the characters all made sense. Some of the passages were more like poetry than prose and it was all so beautifully done. Excellent fic!
Maddie chapter 1 . 12/4/2006
This was very well done. But I think you may have heard that. I enjoyed the plot. I just have one quibble, I'm not sure that peter would have acted that way, I think it would have been a more of 'this-is-my fault' and a vengence type thing. I dont say this for continuity purposes, or that I have any ideas of how peter would act. In fact, I have never read a spiderman comic, or any superhero comic for that matter. I just think it would have been a bit more interesting and torturous. Otherwise, good job.
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