|Reviews for Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Anything|
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 31 . 10/16/2015
Damn halfpromise, you made me feel the same shock, indignation and anger as when L died in canon. You are a very good writer but I'm so upset with you right now because you killed Near off without giving him a fighting chance and without stepping outside of Light's pov to show at least some of that NearMello action alluded to in the previous chapter. Light is simply so nasty in this story that I'd hoped he'd go down in a bang - it looked like Near was going to bring that bang (he certainly had the leverage). But it seems Light's godlike powers prevailed yet again...
:-) Interesting though that you've decided to go the supernatural route after all. I never even suspected until a few chapters ago when Light got in the car crash and started seeing physical apples everywhere. At first the appearance of Ryuk seemed to just be conjured up in Light's mind due to drugs and alcohol, and I took Light for an unreliable narrator. Then that image steadily changed throughout the story, until Ryuk became undeniably real in chapter 29.
Also I wonder what L's real name in this story is...it could be Logan...is it Logan?
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 28 . 10/14/2015
it certainly would be a cool twist if this whole fanfic turned out to be the autobiographic book Light is writing about himself :-) sort of like a frame for the story.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 25 . 10/11/2015
You know I think that might actually be a fitting ending to this story: if they both died. If Light killed L, and then killed himself. It would be tragic, yes, but it would make perfect sense for this story.
Besides, we still don't know about the string of curse deaths: who is making them happen and why everything seems to work out in Light's favor (maybe L is doing it?) - another reviewer suggested Light might be Kira in this story (killing people subconsciously or killing them and forgetting)...but it seems you aren't going the supernatural route with this story. So I suspect the killer or organization responsible will be discovered at the conclusion of this fanfic.
By the way, gotta congratulate you on your choice for the baby's name! You couldn't have picked better, in my opinion. The name had me in tears of laughter and it's so ironic given canon. :) Good job.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 22 . 10/8/2015
You know I actually don't think so. This story definitely has a plot - a very strong one indeed. It just develops slowly - which is a GOOD thing. Unlike many inexperienced writers, you give your story enough room to develop. The witty banter between Light and L, and Light's constant snarky commentary is what I love about this fic. I love how you don't rush through emotionally turbulent scenes, but instead let them play out, showing every detail. That makes it feel like we are actually there, watching the events unfold as they happen, instead of having some storyteller tell it. You employ a very powerful storytelling technique and it is a huge pleasure to read this.
And hey - Marina and the Diamonds reference! :D (chapter title)
Just like Stephen King: his novels also read like movies. It's because he doesn't do exposition. Each part of his story is a scene: he doesn't tell about what happened, he shows scenes as they happen, describes character reactions minute-by-minute, scene-by-scene, with a lot of dialogue and action; while the backstory and motives are relayed in subtext, in subtle choice of words and throughout the story, slowly, piece by piece, layer by layer.
For this fic, you've used the same technique as King. And yes, that makes a story longer (more wordy), but it also increases the emotional involvement with the characters because we (readers) feel like we are living the events, like we are experiencing them.
It's more powerful to describe the scent of beans and the sound of the coffee grinder, and the energetic tingling in your mouth; than just to say "he had a cup of coffee" - which requires wayyy less words.
So please don't say this has no plot - that simply isn't true. It has a plot. And it is told so amazingly well too. You don't give yourself enough credit.
Light is such a horrible bastard! :-) Aggravating his wife when she is on her ninth month of pregnancy, with HIS child! ...that could lead to serious complications at birth (given Kiyomi's already frail health). Yeah, bastard, total bastard. And L too - can't even wait till the baby is born. (They've been waiting 5 years - like one month is going to matter?)
LOL he calls this being "intimate" with Kiyomi? XD Super bastard.
The dramatic irony is so strong in this one.
Light is trying to eradicate the sleaze while shagging L behind his wife's back? :) ...okay...
I really do hope Light will finally choose for L though, though right now it seems to be a very distant goal indeed.
Light's thoughts take such a macabre turn sometimes, they're disturbingly funny. :-)
It's sad really - L does have a best friend in B, but Light has nobody to talk to, no-one he can trust, no place to vent his morbid thoughts so they keep circulating in his brain and getting worse and worse.
Mello stepped off the set of a bondage porno? That's it! That does it. I'm officially lmao now. XD ahahaha! How do you come up with this stuff? :)
Well at least Jeevas ended in a bang.
That part at the end where L grabs Light's balls is strangely sweet for all its ferocity, I think that's because it shows another side to Light: a more vulnerable, more human side. Showing that he is afraid and he does look up to L, even though he won't admit as much in his internal monologues.
I wonder when Near is coming back to the stage...perhaps in the next few chapters? I also wonder what bill Light has cooked up.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 21 . 10/8/2015
Yeah that dream sequence was hard to get through. B's morning interrogation/session made up for that though. :) Liked the French. And thank you for including that translation! Clarifying.
With the quality of this fic, you should get 1000 reviews :) I demand it.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 19 . 10/7/2015
Loving every part of this, especially the dialogue and some of the shrewd observations Light makes. Also, it is so in character for L to have a 'family feud' exactly on the one night he invites classy guests over. XD lmao
It gets a little confusing though starting from the 'insane litte abomination of a man' part: I can't follow who's talking. Perhaps some more dialogue tags could come in handy (because there are 3 persons in that scene: B, L and Light, and they all use pretty snarky language - so their choice of words doesn't really distinguish them a lot).
I also don't get who says 'the steaks are cold' and who says 'i'll reheat them'. Dialogue tags could work wonders here.
This story has so many twists and turns I never see what's coming. :D It's amazing.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 18 . 10/6/2015
Powerful chapter. B was funny at first, but then he left such an unexpected impact on both L and Light; revealing backstory and progressing the plot and dramatic tension. Nice stylistic choice by the way to highlight their tone of voice by ignoring punctuation. It makes the dialogue sound more like run-in sentences or a waterfall of words that doesn't quite seem to end. Realistic.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 14 . 10/3/2015
Light as unreliable narrator is such a joy to read, and cool chapter title! :) You handle pov so very well. Funny how Light is trying to pretend he doesn't know English. Stephen comes over as a very silly drunk - is that him or is that the wine talking?
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 13 . 10/3/2015
This is so beautifully sad and touching. :) I wonder if Near is the 'someone Light will find', and if Mikami was the one who Light fucked in that bathroom.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 10 . 9/29/2015
That is a very creative and thoughtful way to tell Light to just come out of the closet already. ;D
And I loved the characterization in this chapter, so well developed backstories, so real. The dialogue was awesome. I really hope one day I'll be able to write as well as you.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 7 . 9/28/2015
You make L sound so hilariously socially inept, and yet so witty at the same time. :) It's ludicrous, the puns are great!
And yeah, I'm a little bit disappointed Light ditched L after all... I saw it coming, but still kinda sad that 3 months passed and he's engaged himself to Kiyomi now.
Anyway, your pacing is excellent! There's never a dull moment in this story, and you got me laughing at nearly every scene.
Light's point of view is so highly entertaining. LOL That bit where you made Light compare himself and Kiyomi to Adam and Eve: (It's like someone took a tiny slither of me and fashioned Kiyomi out of it)
And maybe Kiyomi and Light do make a more functional couple than L and Light, but still it seems like Light has more humanity when he's with L. L makes Light want to change for the better. Kiyomi is too much like Light, she's too accommodating and doesn't question him when he does the wrong thing. That's why I think Kiyomi shouldn't be with Light - L should.
Light is such a bastard but at the same time it's strangely adorable when he basically calls L his soul mate.
That love scene is very romantic ;-)
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 6 . 9/28/2015
Aww, this chapter was so funny and yet so sad all at the same time. Thank you. L's witty one-liners were hilarious!
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 4 . 9/28/2015
Aww, yes! This was everything I could hope for in a fanfic, and then some.
| Kaizen Kitty chapter 3 . 9/28/2015
Love this. All of it. It's just so amazing. :-)
| garnet86 chapter 41 . 9/23/2015
I wanted to let you know that I think your story is truly one of the most amazing things I've ever read - it's so perfectly written and thought out that it's hard to find the right words and the way you depict the characters is pure genius! You truly have a very unique tone and sometimes I find myself laughing at the most inappropriate moments when reading this. It's so disturbing, sexy and funny and it really fits into the Death Note universe! Light's interiour monologues sometimes remind me of American Psycho as they're so self-obsessed and focused on very unimportant, superficial things and that's just hilarious! I hope you're going to post the end for this story and I wish you good luck working on it - because this story is truly unbelievably good and deserves a brilliant (and hopefully somewhat happy) ending! Thank you so much for putting such an effort into this amazing piece of work!