Gay, Straight, or Taken?
Disclaimer: I still do not own Gay, Straight, or Taken, and the characters of Sailor Moon.
I can't believe it's actually been a year since I started writing this story. "Gay, Straight, or Taken?" is actually my first ever Sailor Moon fanfiction. It's also the first story I ever got to finish.
I got inspired writing this story after watching an episode of Family Guy called "Brian the Bachelor". Back then I thought – hey, what if Usagi and her friends join a dating show, what could possibly happen? But if they were to join one, what kind of dating show would it be? I don't watch reality dating shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette so doing a Bachelor/Bachelorette-inspired story is out of the question.
Then, I remembered this reality TV show I happened to watch on cable TV back in 2007. The show is called "Gay, Straight, or Taken?". In "Gay, Straight, or Taken?", the female contestant must guess which among the men she gets to date is gay, straight, or taken. The rule of that dating game is simple – if the female contestant picks the straight and available guy, then she and that guy will get a dream vacation together. If the female contestant, however, chooses the gay or taken guy, then she will get nothing. Instead, the gay guy or the taken guy (whoever gets chosen), will go on a dream vacation with their special someone. I love the concept of this show very much that I decided to parody it in the form of a Sailor Moon fanfiction.
Since Sailor Moon's characters are mostly female, I decided to have a male contestant instead of a female one. I chose Mamoru Chiba as the male contestant who's looking for a date/future girlfriend because he is the most famous guy in Sailor Moon. For Mamoru's dates, I instantly picked Usagi Tsukino (as the straight and available girl because Usagi and Mamoru are meant to be together by default) and Michiru Kaioh (as the gay girl because she's not your stereotypical lesbian). As for the taken girl, I initially chose between Ami Mizuno (who was supposed to be paired with Ryo Urawa), Rei Hino (who was supposed to be paired with Yuuichiro Kumada), and Naru Osaka (paired with Umino Gurio). I chose Naru as the taken girl because Ami never really had a boyfriend in all 5 seasons of Sailor Moon. Rei did date Mamoru but only briefly. After that relationship, never again was Rei involved in any romantic relationship. I also thought that it would be fun to reunite Usagi and her middle school friends, Naru and Umino, again. After choosing the cast, I started outlining the story and then proceeded with writing the drafts of each chapter.
Trivia: Would you believe that this story was originally written in screenplay format? I admit I'm more used to writing screenplays than short stories/novels. I was forced to re-learn the format for short stories/novels simply because the screenplay format is prohibited in this website. But hey, the transition from one format to another gave me an opportunity to learn something new.
After the transition from one format to another was done, the first chapter of "Gay, Straight, or Taken?" Sailor Moon Parody was uploaded around April 26, 2012. The rest is history.
To these guys who left reviews:
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To these guys who added this story to their favorites:
- Devon Ship'em
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To these guys who followed this story:
- SailorHeart 01
- Zelda Serenity
- tiffany aka basketcase
And to all future reviewers, favers, and followers…
*super awesome fireworks display* THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Thank you for the overwhelming support and thank you for reading my story. I really appreciate the time and effort you took to read and review this story. If this story managed to put a smile on your face or it made you laugh, then I could say that writing this story is a VERY rewarding experience.
By the way, this story is still open for constructive criticisms as well as positive and negative feedbacks. So if you've got something to say about this story (things you like about it/things you don't like about it and why), just let me know via reviews! English is not my mother tongue so if in case I violated the rules of English grammar, then don't hesitate to point that one out as well.
Also, I'm so sorry to say that this story is not going to have a sequel. I'm currently working on 2 fanfiction stories ("My Bestfriend's Girlfriend" and "You're Hired") simultaneously so I don't think I have the time to produce a sequel for this one. However, if you want to write a sequel for this story, then go ahead. It would be fun to read an awesome story about Usagi and Mamoru having a dream vacation together. Just don't forget to give me a link of your story. I wanna read it too!
That's pretty much about it. Thanks for reading and have a great day everyone!