|Reviews for Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Anything|
| utterday chapter 4 . 5/24/2015
This is amazing. It's hilarious and well constructed with deep and emotional moments that keep you on edge.
WHO IS KILLING THE POLITICIANS?! It should be Light but I would not suspect him if I had't read Death Note.
I love how you have introduced the mystery as a detail (even though the funeral was the opening scene) that takes on more and more importance.
"I am not your creation. I make myself"- Oh Light
"I destroy and create" - It's HIM! Is it him? Shit I don't know
You rock my socks, good job, thank you for writing this.
| Guest chapter 41 . 3/24/2015
Omg been reading this non-stop and I just...*flails*
I can't describe how much I love this fic and how much I've enjoyed reading it so far. The interactions between all the characters are amazing and there has been so many times I've laughed out loud. I love love all the interactions between Light and L especially though, I cannot get enough of them. I know the story is coming to an end but I seriously wanna continue reading about them. I hope they get a happy ending. ;_;
Please go mad and write a beach chapter and more /shot
I have to fan myself whenever Light starts describing finely crafted things, especially his suits oh my lol
That pet name hnnng...I wonder if it's short for tinker?
I'd love to see more interactions between L and Kira XD
| TzviaAriella chapter 41 . 2/23/2015
Your review count has been sitting at 199 for ages and it offends my eyes, so now that I've finally finished reading this monster (for now), I'm doing something about it.
Your writing style is absolutely incredible, and the next time someone whines to me about the inferiority of first person narration, I'm stapling this fic to their face. You pull off a very delicate balancing act of giving us a narrator who is not only unreliable but an utter, unrepentant bastard of the highest degree, yet somehow making him funny and sympathetic enough for readers to see why other characters could fall in love with him. Heck, *I* kind of fell in love with him, and "hot mess" isn't even my type. And the ways in which you managed to make it clear to the reader that Light's interpretations don't align with reality without ever downplaying Light's complete conviction that he's right...how even. How did you do that. It's glorious.
I'm in awe of your characterization in general, honestly. All of your characters feel rooted in their canon counterparts, but they're very much their own entities, and I love them. Even flattened and misinterpreted by Light's perspective, all of them came across as complex, full characters, which is another incredible testament to your mastery of first person. If my ability to art had ever developed past the stick figure stage, I would be working on a rendition of Kiyomi cradling Light in the bathroom after he gets news of L's "suicide," because it's such a poignant image and I could dissect that scene forever. I could dissect all the scenes forever, probably. Your characters are all jerks with sad lives and I love them.
The only nitpick with this story I could make is that several chapters got so caught up in the glory of L/Light banter (which is indeed glorious) that the plot wound up spinning its wheels for extended periods. I can't say I really minded much-so much fiction I read seems to be all plot at the expense of character development, so I found it refreshing to read something that tipped the other way-but it is something I noticed. All I can say is if I had that much skill for witty banter, I would struggle to cut any of it, either.
This is becoming more of a ramble than a review, but I'll just close by saying I love this fic, I recommend it to everyone, and I'm looking forward to the final chapter.
| Tainara Black chapter 41 . 1/17/2015
I've been away for so long. I missed your writing, your long paragraphs and how you make them so alive and raw and and completely dirty liars.
I'm stunned, I've read the last 4 chapters in a roll and I'm still digesting it all. (it took me almost 3 days to read it all) And I think it will take me a week to get my head over it.
All this plot twists, Light's plan about Tsukino and wife, L and Ryuk having that goddam weird conversation. It still makes me wonder WTF is going to happen next!
I'm soooooo curious! lol how can you do that? every chapter makes me sweat because I cannot foresee what is going on next, you're sooo brilliant! :3 KUDOS
I LOVED the way they came out to press, and I love everytime someone asks about their relationship. I enjoyed so damn much L's interview on TV hahaha it was FABULOUS! he was fucking greattt! xD I love him, I still think he should say something dirty to press, it would be bombastic ;P
Sorry for desapearing, sweetie... :/ I'll be here for the next installment - be it the last one or not.
Have a great time writing, darling, may the inspirations and muses be with you and with our degenerated loved boys :P many hugssss xxxxxx tai
btw: How's the puppy, I'm guessing it's not a puppy anymore, lol it's been such a long time... I really am sorry for being away. Take care you and your pack! :3
| anon chapter 41 . 1/12/2015
i'm honestly crying at the under pressure references in L's speech... i don't know how you pull of writing such a heartbreaking fic and making it hilarious at the same time... you are blessed with the gifts of writing my friend
| Guest chapter 39 . 11/22/2014
omg light is so freaking hilarious in this chapter, he's so full of shit thinking he can manipulate everyone with his shitass ways oh God, perfect.
| NigerianGeek chapter 40 . 10/23/2014
Wait. So Ryuk is Light? Huh.
This was a very fun story to read. Can't wait for the end.
| NigerianGeek chapter 34 . 10/21/2014
I didn't expect that.
I knew Ryuk was going to show again eventually, didn't expect it to turn out this way though.
| NigerianGeek chapter 29 . 10/21/2014
So Ryuk's in the story huh? I wonder if L will be able to see him and how.
| NigerianGeek chapter 25 . 10/21/2014
| NigerianGeek chapter 21 . 10/20/2014
They're all just mad aren't they?
| NigerianGeek chapter 17 . 10/20/2014
At times I feel like going into your story and knocking some heads really. The two of them seem to turn things upside down nearly every chapter don't they?
| NigerianGeek chapter 15 . 10/20/2014
I love this story, I really do. I haven't put it down since I started, and I have an essay due tomorrow.
I'm starting to feel sorry for Light honestly. Usually I'm all for Light getting humiliated, but this is just depressing, to see him fall so low.
| St. Tabris chapter 2 . 10/15/2014
Light the Politician. God help us all.
Two highlights for me: L girly-squealing, and "'I told him that I thought that you were pansexual...and would sleep with a cabbage if it asked you nicely.'" Had I been sipping my soda at the time, I just might have done a spit-take.
| thebarstool chapter 40 . 10/12/2014
OK OK I'LL GET OFF YOUR LAWN.
i DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M GOING TO DO AFTER THIS FIC IS OVER.
I literally don't know. It's a sad thing isn't it? I WILL MISS IT. I started singing "Please Don't Go" by Barcelona and I need a higher dose of medication.
ONCE AGAIN DEATH FROM LAUGHTER AT SATIRE OF POLITICAL COMMENTARY/OR FOX NEWS WHICH IS JUST UGLY WHITE MEN AND BLOND FORMER PAGEANT CONTESTANTS YELLING.
THE BOOK TITLES ALONE. GOD. I want to start a band just to call it Anal Buccaneers.
Knack for voice and parody, my friend. Mailing you a crown.
Aaand shit gets real and it looks impossible for the first time and Light is ACTUALLY DEPRESSED. aww.
"I bump into the bed rather than find it...I'm probably the sinister thing in the room."
Remember when I said I wanted to do that Microsoft word document where I just cry over the quality of your writing I REALLY REALLY WANT TO DO THAT. Light's vanity is the driving force in this wham episode. He lives his life via external cues, he's always changing, moving in tune to those expectations. this is an interesting study on what happens to such a person with a tenuous sense of self when literally the external is nonsense he knows to be untrue but it's so negative it overwhelms the truth of his so-called superiority. Suddenly, he's all inferiority complex. I think about your brilliant post about NPD and maaan you see that here. If the outside world isn't constantly reinforcing that grandiose sense of self, he is lost. He is lost in the part of him that is always mired in how "bad," he is, how short he is falling of what he feels he should be.
I feel you Light my son.
"For a second I think that I must be...Prime Ministers."
Aaand retaliation. when one is a perfectionist AND obsessed with external validation the only way forward is to shut it off. ignore and not listen to any of it. It's something I struggle with a lot so I think I am briefly on the 'i sympathize with Light even though he's a fucktard' train. DAMN YOU WHY ARE YOU SO GOOD.
Re: L's encouragement: god I don't even know what to trust anymore but my gut tells me he actually cares and realizes that if he doesn't bolster Light's fragile messed up ego he'll be subsumed in his negative feelings and die in the fetal position with tiny horses fucking in the background.
Yeah, I expected it, she said as she died inside. I AM SO INVESTED IN THIS AS IF YOU COULDN'T TELL.
"There's a safety device I have installed...getting used to it." OH YES LIGHT YOU ARE A SERIES OF COMPARTMENTS FULL OF LIES, SELF-DECEPTION AND MULTIPLE SELVES. 10,000 BARBIE DOLLS IN ONE, EACH WITH IT'S NARROW AWFUL PURPOSE. I HATE HIM.
"I don't know what he wants. He's looking at me like he wants something…so it's quite a stressful situation for me." I am this person and I know others like this as well. We are human garbage. Anyway, most of that is his guilt talking but perhaps L knows what's up too. But it's also plausible that all L cares about is not making his own damn tea. The description of the kiss: jesus.
"What have you ever given me apart from herpes?" DONE.
Another among the MANY things i love about this fic is the description of EVERY THING EVERYONE OWNS. Part of me is secretly a pretentious materialistic douche bag and loves objects especially expensive esoteric things and fuck this pen gave me a hard on. I've recently transitioned to fountain pens to write my horrible little thoughts down and damn son. I want to kill Light for that pen. I would kill anyone for that pen probably.
THE TIE. L is a twat per usual but the end of that scene is beautiful: Light's grudging sentimentality and the shiftiness of what he's going to do. EVERY PART OF YOU IS AWFUL LIGHT.
Poor, poor Shiori. Like my heart hurts. But man is this an excellent show of Light's sociopathy, skills of manipulation. Key is obviously research but he reads and anticipates people so well. This is what he is, a series of reactions to external stimuli. He doesn't think about anything else. it all just falls away in the face of his goal. Stunning.
HE TELLS HER HE'S BEING BLACKMAILED BY DISSOLUTE HOMO LAWYER AND MORON POLITICIAN JESUS GOD SAVE ME FROM THIS FIC.
I screamed at my computer at: 'your eyes say forever to me.' i hate everyone.
THE RETURN OF THE B.
If you wanted to kill me, I would have gladly gotten you a handgun because this is America and i could probably buy one at a two for one at Walmart and a bullet would be kinder than this chapter (I'M KIDDING YOU KNOW I'M AN EMOTIONAL MASOCHIST).
"Red string of fate.' kill yourself for reals L.
THIS IS SO AWKWARD. I don't know what I thought B would be like post-French Fraud Holiday but he is still so messed up over L I'm dying. You would think actually living with him for three years would kill any feelings you had left but never underestimate the power of an obsession that replaced an actual identity. *sobs*
"Hello, B. I see that your plane didn't crash." the verbal hate-fucking, I missed thee.
"Not that I look at him much if I can avoid it... make myself a Vesper martini." I AM VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT THIS SUIT LOOKS LIKE. when Light describes L as looking "top-notch" I can't help but think of the terrible movie Shallow Hal where the main character is a shallow shithead who is cursed by i dunno Tim Robbins? to see only the insides of people and falls in love with Gwyneth Paltrow in a fatsuit. In this case, we would see what Light sees which is all jawline and fabulous hair and a jaunty lean against a counter top and then the reality which is canon L but in a rumpled suit from Kmart and powdered sugar stains. the power of love.
I have also taken to unconsciously calling people baby boy regardless of where they fall on the gender spectrum.
L is a bastard who enjoys the constant vying for his attention, obviously. I'm sort of convinced he doesn't really care for B anymore except for the desperate ego restoration his visits entail which is depressing but expected. Then it gets tiring and he just wants him to go home.
So my time of death is the part where B SAYS HE HAS A GIRLFRIEND BUT REALLY IT'S JUST SOME MODEL AND HE SHOWS THE ACTUAL PAGE FROM THE MAGAZINE WTF *sobbing* WTF
"B...Is there anything...totally blank face. Ok."
I re-read this like a million times and let out a really hysterical laugh that can be used to prove my mental instability in a court of law: B EITHER BECOMES OR FEIGNS BEING A HEROIN ADDICT FOR L'S ATTENTION. PLEASE TELL ME THIS IS A PARALLEL TO LIGHT'S FAKE CRYING/ALCOHOLISM PLEASE GOD. But honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if B was a little bit of a junkie. It would be just the shit for him but what else is he going to do with himself?
"The only time we saw or heard him...then he locked himself in his room again, slamming the door." EVERYONE IN THIS FIC NEEDS A MERCY KILLING.
LIGHT READING THE FAULT IN OUR STARS GOOD LORD. JUST DIE ALREADY IS THE TITLE OF HIS GOOD READS REVIEW, OBVIOUSLY.
ok i must reiterate at the part where L asks David to go down on him AT FUCKING BELSEN, EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE KILLED IN THIS FIC.
If i made an excel spreadsheet of how casually horrible L is throughout Those, it would probably crash my computer.
And then L talks about his dad which damn it, causes a mote of sympathy in my battered heart. It makes sense, L's mixed feelings towards his father. The fact that he was the favorite and then cast out because of something he couldn't control would make him loathe him as much as scrabble constantly to reach that former pedestal again.
"This whole experience makes me…The Judge is like a poisonous plant you try to kill but it won't die." Dang.
of course when Light says he doesn't feel guilty about hurting/betraying someone he loves, you can't fully believe him because one part of him is cold and rational and constantly working towards his goal and the others are so overfull of emotion that can't have a say. YOU ARE KILLING ME HERE.
"But it changes nothing, because I am a serpent with many heads." NUFF SAID.
OK RE: RYUK AND LIGHT:
REMEMBER WHEN I SAID LIGHT IS A SERIES OF COMPARTMENTS? WELL RYUK IS A COMPARTMENT ISN'T HE? OH JESUS I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN HERE! At the most simple the theory goes: Ryuk is the eternal, non-emotional trickster entity that is enabled to kill and clear the way via the Death Note for the idealist portion of Light to remake the world in his image. The face, the outer portion, the legacy isn't tainted because it isn't Light doing the killing. AND IT ISN'T EVEN LIGHT DOING THE KILLING VIA RYUK IT'S LIGHT PERSUADING L TO TAKE THE BLOOD ONTO HIS HANDS SO HE IS EVEN MORE DISTANCED FROM IT.
God, the fact that it's a Death note and not actually what he's probably doing which is major acts of sabotage/assassination is EVEN MORE detached. CRAZY. But fits with the whole NPD business. He can't feel nuance. Splitting is what it's called isn't it?
Wait, is the death note a real weapon? IF THIS IS ALL STUPID AND WRONG TELL ME. I'm out of my depth here, for sure.
I Think we can all agree that I AM DEAD and that you are a master and good lord, complex crazy making plot. GENIUS. As always, you deserve a million reviews and if this were 2009 and more people still cared about Death Note, you would have them. I am dreading the end of this fic because I love it so much and it makes me laugh and suffer and die wonderfully EVERY CHAPTER. You are amazing, the end and I'm sorry it took me so long to review!