|Reviews for And the Rest is Ancient History|
| Finished it chapter 93 . 12/2/2013
It started out good. But it pretty much sucked at the end. Did you even watch Batman Begins or The Dark Knight recently before starting the fanfic. Some things got jumbled and I was really confused. Plus, I would've liked to see more gradual transition of Joker's rebirth (as in, I would've liked more hints at his previous life as Jack and more explanation of his Jack Napier persona resurfacing). I liked how you did the Joker type even though it REALLY irritates my eyes. The way you capitalized things pertaining only to Joker and you added " only to his statements brought out the strongness of Joker a bit. Eh. Not the best fanfic I ever read & I wouldn't reread it. It's passing (I did like the development of Jack even though it eventually splintered). This fanfic is better than a lot of the website, but it is still kind of dull in continuity. 5 15/16 rating.
| Hey chapter 20 . 11/29/2013
The chapters you keep saying that you think are uninteresting or "nothing really happened," are the ones I like the best, actually.
| grindly chapter 1 . 12/25/2012
This fic is fantastic. For years it's been my go-to Joker origin story and upon reading it again I just completely love it. I love how you are able to take this miserable kid and turn him into something formidable. I think one of my favourite scenes that stuck in my head for a while was when Jack first goes to Gotham. There's something about it that really captures this pivotal moment in his life, makes it real, makes you feel as if you've lived it. It encapsulates the title completely. The way he sees the billboards leading up to it as he's busing over during these wee hours of the morning, and then his struggle after on the streets. I loved that. It's like a subversion of the rags to riches story, the rise and fall of Jack. I love that. You've made him someone real.
| Guest chapter 71 . 7/31/2012
I never had anaesthetic when my arm was dislocated. Just saying
| BlueWolf1923 chapter 93 . 7/9/2012
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... oh please give me a moment to recover my sanity... ok there we go. this story was awesome. it wasn't just your writing that drove me insane for a minute, it was also the fact that i spent two days reading it, only stopping to eat and sleep. it was enthralling.
| Truth chapter 93 . 3/24/2012
You have done to the Joker what the Star Wars prequels did to Darth Vader. You took an intelligent, cunning sociopath and made him into an idiotic, whiny caricature. As pointed out below, there is a gratuitous use of F bombs. If you can't give your story the correct rating (M) then at least tone down the language as kids do read this stuff (plus, how often did the Joker curse in The Dark Knight? He never used that type of vocab.) You've also given the Nolanverse the middle finger by showing you know nothing about the continuity (which begs the question of why you didn't post this in the 'comics' section).
Jack Napier (you really had to use Burton's name for him?)kills his dad, his mom dies, he becomes involved with gangsters, receives a Glasgow smile, and eventually becomes the Joker...that should've taken no more than 40 chapters, but through useless details (Jack was starving for the umpteenth time so he ate 2 over-easy eggs, 4 bacon strips,etc.)and a melodramatic romance that leads nowhere you were able to stretch this story out to the length of 93 chapters. One of the first rules of writing: cut out the fat.
When handling an origin story, you have to make sure you can give the character a believable back story while capturing the essence of the character. You failed on both counts.
Did you seriously have to make the Joker lose his memory? Is this suppose to be a soap opera? He suffered no head trauma and by using the amnesia route you've let your 60 chapters of building up go to waste.
Also, there was no need to A) have the Joker's story be involved with Bruce and Gordan (which broke continuity if you actually watched Batman Begins) B)Have Jack be in Florida (where did he live anyway? Orlando?) C) Have Jack's mother be a rape victim (you killed her off as fast as you developed her, how does making her so tragic affect the Joker?) and D) introduce characters you write off, as if they served no purpose
Also, if you weren't a woman I'd swear you were a misogynist. Do you really think every woman is weak and so hung up on a man that they depend on them and would take constant abuse? I'm a guy, but the way you portrayed every female character offended me.
I'd suggest for your future writings you do a little more research and edit out anything unnecessary (the readers don't need to know what kind of sandwich a character is eating). Remember: if a character serves no purpose, then they should not exist.
As a fanfic: 5/10
As an origin story: 3/10
| Kincy Net chapter 27 . 3/13/2012
In response to my last review, I meant to say isn't. I hope the Joker ISN'T going to throw the f word around.
Also, very good chapter.
| Kincy Net chapter 26 . 3/12/2012
First off, I'd like to say this is a great story. Now I'd hate to be that guy, but I have a couple of nitpics.
1) For a T rated story there is a lot of 'f bombs' being dropped. I'm not sure how this story will pan out but I really hope the Joker is throwing around the word since he didn't do so in TDK or the majority of other incarnations.
2) While I think it was clever to connect Bruce's story with the Joker's, the Joe Chill angle goes against Batman Begin's canon. Joe didn't attack the Waynes with a group. Having Joker/Jack hide would've been believable, but having him come in contact with the father kind of ruined it.
| Chelsea chapter 70 . 12/1/2011
I must say that I really do adore this story. It's my second attempt reading this and the only reason I failed to finish reading it the first time was because this is a Joker origin story and, by necessity, he needed to start off OOC. BUT NOW! my goodness the first chapter after he wakes up is GLORIOUS, I loved the way only The Jokers dialogue was capitalized (I will not get into my own pride upon discovering something so subtle since you came up with it in the first place and it is just PERFECT for his character)and the entire story fits together so perfectly. This genuinely seems like canon. Even the killing joke left me unsatisfied because of the (in my opinion, but then again I prefer Ledger-Joker) incompatibility with how I interpreted The Joker. I enjoyed this story so much that I actually forced myself to stop so i could review and tell you what a spectacular job you're doing. Please continue being AWESOME AND SPLENDIFOROUS! (splendiforous is not actually a word but I figured the beauty of your writing surpassed anything i could find in a dictionary so i made up a new word to describe your loveliness)
| kohr chapter 93 . 5/25/2011
I love your joker POV. with the '' and "" and Me and you, it's awesome!
| Guest chapter 1 . 5/24/2011
Very well written. The reference to the Amityville Horror just puts this sheen of bluecollar dullness over the whole story in contrast to over-the-top metaphors and descriptions of exotic brids. Skillfully crafted to reflect teenage angst in a humdrum world.
That being said, it doesn't really seem to be an appropriate Joker origin story. Yes, there is a reference to a smiling scars, but throughout the piece there is this feeling that the main character is boring and ordinary, He describes things in terms of movies and is constantly fixated on blood, the physical manifestation of violence, rather than violence itself, but the Joker is not an ordinary man. He always maintains a performance and is defined by his eccentricities. One would hope for more of a sense of carnival in an origin story for the Joker.
Overall, a striking piece of writing that would stand well on its own, but not a particularly compelling piece of fanfiction.
| Dawn of the New Year chapter 6 . 3/1/2011
Haha, social worker FAIL!
| miikkuli chapter 93 . 12/13/2010
Great! Finally a believable backround for Joker!
| Nobody'sNobody chapter 54 . 11/3/2010
Erin is stupid. She does this after finding out this guy has kidnapped and killed.
| rosesandanguishlover2013 chapter 93 . 10/5/2010
this entire story was brilliant.