|Reviews for Those Who Stand For Nothing Fall For Anything|
| Tai Black chapter 34 . 12/11/2013
I'm speechless. I have no clue what the fuck is going to happen. I don't even no how I'm feeling about it all.
I'm kinda depressed right now. oh lord, you're giving us a fucking sad ending. unbelievable.
xxx please write the next piece faaaast, before I collapse!
| Guest chapter 34 . 12/10/2013
DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN!
MY GOD! As far as cliffhangers go, it's been quite a while since I've been left staring at the screen with bulging eyes and mouth hanging open in muted astonishment and horrified disbelief, mind completely blank for several seconds until my brain finished rebooting and thought it a good idea to backtrack and reread the last part. I have to say, I'd not have been able to see any of this coming in a million years. GREAT JOB. x3
P.S: thanks for replying to my previous review! You're doing excellent.
| WhiteLadyDragon chapter 12 . 12/10/2013
So on the search for some good DN fanfic to read, I saw this on the archive and on TV Tropes and decided to give this one a whirl, see what the fuss is about.
I must confess I don’t know too much about politics or its players, not even in my own country; what I do hear about tends to upset me so I shy away from it, don’t know if that makes me better off or not. But when I read the summary, I couldn’t resist having a look to see what WOULD happen if Light was a politician in another world. I like the quote you used as the title; very fitting.
I don’t know what to feel or think about this story, truth be told. There are so many feelings and thoughts I have right now, and it is my belief that if a work can evoke strong reactions from a viewer, no matter how negative, then it is an excellent work. It’s repulsive and cynical but intelligent, surreal and yet has grounding in real life (artistic license aside), dark and satirical but not totally apathy-inducing, though it slides dangerously close especially in recent chapters—all around compelling. It’s not really a laugh-out-loud kind of humor, but more of a very black humor that makes you crack one of those grim smiles and even chuckle, regardless of whether you want to because of how sad or nasty it all is…although there are still bits that I find hard to swallow, to say the least, even if this is based on a manga like Death Note. Even if you’re exaggerating the real-life evils attached to political life, it still doesn’t sound the sort of place I’d like to be in.
I hesitate to call these characters the same ones we’re familiar with in canon. I know this is supposed to be an AU, but I’m quicker to consider them original characters who happen to be named “Light” or “L” or “Beyond” or what have you, rather than the actual canon characters from the manga series. At best they have a passing resemblance to their canon personalities and at worst they’re alike only in name. I can’t say I agree with what you’ve done to some of them (i.e., Naomi, Matt, Mikami, Misa, L…oh shucks, pretty much everyone at some point or another).
And yet, somehow this is different from the egregious OOC-ness or canon butchery I see in a typical badfic. Even if they don’t have a lot of resemblance to the characters we know and love, they are still very complex and sometimes almost kind of endearing, even if most of the time they’re terrible and immature and maybe beyond redemption (the abuse and rape scenes have obviously been hard for me to swallow, but that could be because I have trouble finding good in someone who would abuse another human being in such a way, doesn't matter if they're fictional). They create angst and drama where there doesn’t have to be, although in a way, the same could be said about any character in a drama, huh? It’s almost like they enjoy being miserable and making each other feel the same. They make me uncomfortable and are easy to hate (some easier than others), but not all the time. Especially Light. Arguably he retains the most of his canon personality out of everyone, without the whole “owning a Death Note” thing, but even then. Most of the time I can’t tell if he’s being genuine; hell, I don’t think even HE knows if he’s being genuine, as wrapped up as he is in his own delusions.
I’m going to be up front: I don’t like L/Light. In fact, I hate it. I consider it a glorified crack pairing more than anything, that has been further soiled by the attitude of most (though not all) of its shippers and has the misfortune of being the topic of 52 percent of badfic out there in the DN fandom (with 47 percent of the badfic consisting of bad OCs and 1 percent being “other,” but these are just personal rough estimates, your numbers may be different). And I’m afraid my mind hasn’t changed about the pairing after reading this (and I swear I can hear guns being cocked in my direction right now). But that hasn’t stopped me from reading this story, oddly enough. That may be because here L and Light aren’t actually L and Light in my mind, going back to what I said about your characterization. This has got to be the only fanfic I’ve read so far that I could read BECAUSE everyone is out of character. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. Their “relationship” is like an ongoing demolition: explosive, consuming, makes no rational sense and you can’t look away no matter how much you want to because there is NO way that things are going to end any way for them except tragically. They just can’t, and in fact I think I’d be disappointed in you if you tried to force a happy ending at the point this story has reached.
In all honesty, I think this would work much better as an original stand-alone story rather than an AU fanfic based on Death Note. Now I’m not saying that to be insulting; I really do think that if you changed the names of the characters and tweaked the concept a little, you could pass this as an original work. And a good one, at that. This reads like a cross between a twisted gay political romance and a social satire that Voltaire or Jonathan Swift or Mark Twain would write, except in your own style. It is to say the least very unique as well as squirm-and-cringe-inducing (but in more or less a good way). But let’s be frank, there’s something kind of jarring about Japanese characters acting and sounding as though they are British even in a satire, although I must admit I’m guilty of letting what I know color my own work, too.
A couple more miscellaneous nitpicks:
-You miss words at parts.
-Your scene transitions are rather abrupt; sometimes I can’t tell if L and Light are “bantering” in private or at the party for everyone to hear.
-Sometimes you switch between past and present tense, though not often.
-Given the nature of this story this is probably to be expected, but sometimes there is WAAAAY too much dialogue.
Don’t let this stop you from continuing this. You've gotten too far to stop now. Whatever you decide to do is your choice. Good luck to ya and Merry Christmas!
PS: I like the image you posted for the cover.
| Inikus chapter 11 . 12/10/2013
Jesus! I'm so tired I want to cry. I need to get back to real life again ... I think I'm a politician but I can't remember ...
I guess I'll be reading this until Christmas, and then I've got to go and read everything else you've ever written or reccommended *sobs*. This is really an epic... I get the feeling that by the end of the fic I'll be reading about two old wrinklies who pinch each other covertly on the bottom when they pass in corridors. Never mind, I'm sure I'll be into it when you put it on paper (virtual). I'm trying really hard not to explode in a spray of compliments and woe-is-me-I'll-never-write-like-this, but you've made it very hard and have probably ruined most other fanfics for me (and I've been reading far too avidly for far too long). I'm even in danger of talking about it to somone and that would be the end of half a decade of guilty secrecy.
I really adore your sense of humour and I think I'll write to the BBC and make them commission this as a series with some sexy young actors and some name changes. Can you please? You've already done a lot of the hard work. I think the world is ready for it: nay, we are waiting for it. I also applaud your bravery in plunging into the world of politics; do you spend half an hour researching every chapter? It's probably because I'm personally very ignorant of politics that I'm so impressed - you know I've actually bought a paper today, which I never do: talk about art influencing life.
It seems that, all told, Light would make a beautifully decent PM; he really does make the case for psychopaths. It is said that they don't shirk from making hard but necessary decisions. He'd have my vote, and not just because I want to see him on the front page of every newspaper.
Now I must get a little bit of life in before I finish TWSFNFFA ... my country needs me ...
| Angela Nguyen chapter 34 . 12/6/2013
this is it. you have slain me. my heart will never be okay again and i hope you're happy.
i don't know why, this is not a horror story, but i freaked the hell out when the reveal started and.. fuck. it's such a clever twist on canon, and the way L used the note is so so true to his canon character too (or at least my understanding of it). i'm surprised i'm even capable of rational thoughts right now because my emotions are a jumbled mess and oh my god you're brilliant. please update soon or i'll have to show up to my finals screwed up in the head. thanks so much.
| ohdeariemegoodness chapter 34 . 12/6/2013
Wait no I'm dying please tell me this has a happy ending #ahh #no
But such a great chapter! I'll be sad when the story actually ends!
| Famelia Ly chapter 33 . 11/26/2013
Geez, there's so much I don't understand! Dx I swear, if I don't hear anything more about the Penber matter or our favourite Death God, the lingering doubts and curiosity and utter frustration at just not knowing what was all that about will drive me insane..
And I can't believe this is almost finished... sniff. I love Light, really; he's such a wacky job, and L's such a bastard; they're made for each other x3
I trust that the next chapter will be as good as any other that has preceded it.
| Mr. Soze chapter 8 . 11/24/2013
I feel like the balance has been restored.
| Mr. Soze chapter 7 . 11/24/2013
Oh, it got really gay. Politically I love it, but I thought they were suppose to mostly work in a partnership but now Light acts different, too emotional and attached.
| Mr. Soze chapter 6 . 11/24/2013
It is amazing what you can do in one chapter, I hope he really does get together with her. What a classy lady.
| Mr. Soze chapter 5 . 11/23/2013
I am getting little sick of L, drama queen.
| Mr. Soze chapter 4 . 11/23/2013
This step back that you did was well placed, I don't know where you are going to take their friendship/relationship or where the boundaries will be set, but I thought that it was becoming too much. Good timing. What is up with these deaths though? Could it be Death Note, hopefully not I thought this would just be a political Light story, but who knows...
| Mr. Soze chapter 3 . 11/23/2013
Good chapter. I usually have some reservations when there is gay sex in the stories, not for reasons that I oppose it, it is just that usually I find it to improbable to be seriously taken (like two characters who hate each other, both being homosexual in film, book or anime suddenly love one another). That's a little too fan-girl-ish for me.
But, that's not the case here, Light is a realistic character because he knows his end game and he knows that he needs a woman for political reasons. At the very least, he isn't fully lying to himself, I took his sexuality to be simply an attraction toward beautiful things, male or female, physical of intellectual.
| Mr. Soze chapter 2 . 11/23/2013
I really liked the car paragraph with an insult at the end. Very witty.
| Mr. Soze chapter 1 . 11/23/2013
Wow, why aren't people reviewing this? Really good, political story.