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Author has written 31 stories for Inuyasha, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, Heroes, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dragonriders of Pern series, Parodies and Spoofs, Kingdom Hearts, and Deltora Quest.
I'm waking up at the start of the end of the world,
The cars are moving, like, a half a mile an hour, and I
November 26, 2011: Huh. Well that happened.
Yeah, I'm not even going to try to justify myself. There are reasons for my having been gone. A crapton of reasons. Under normal circumstances, I'd share those reasons with you my beloved readers (if any of you are actually still there)... but honestly, I'm just too fucking tired. Too tired of life, too tired of school, too tired of bullshit from people I thought I could trust.
So without getting into uncomfortable details, here's the lowdown:
I Am Stardust, which is not actually a fanfiction project, is my first priority in terms of updates, and will be for the foreseeable future. When I'm not working on that, I will be writing for The Anti-Cliche and Mary-Sue Elimination Society, and trying to get up the numerous stories that require completion before the season is out. Once said season is out, I will start work on my ACMSES season 3 subplot, which is currently unnamed. However, that will be a much less pressing issue, since chronology is no longer a factor at that point, so I might have time in between that and other things. During that time, and (probably) not a moment before, I will resume work on Full Circle. And that's not counting all the delays factored in by work and school.
If there's anyone still out there who wants a full explanation as to why it has to be this way, shoot me a message. If you think I'm a lousy author who can't write for shit and doesn't know how to prioritize, by all means, message me about that too. My policy of responding to each and every PM I receive still stands.
In other news, I might - might - be migrating over to Archive Of Our Own at some point. Not permanently, of course, I wouldn't take down my FFN page for love or money. But I think I like the format and interface of AO3 better. Plus, expanding my audience is always a good idea. So if - if - this happened, I'd be posting stories on two sites instead of one. Not bad, I suppose.
INFP - "Healer". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4 of total population. --From Similar Minds, Myers-Briggs personality test.
I've decided to cut this section of my profile entirely, at least for now. Check back for updates in a few weeks.
Projects That Are Being Really Quite Seriously Worked On:
I have so many ideas in the works, it's not even funny. Well, Hikari-chan thinks it's funny, but I find it annoying. So, for the sake of my sanity (and your's), I'm only putting in this section long-term projects and stories that might actually make it to FFN. Thank you.
Insert Unexpected Frienemy Here: (ACMSES) Set in the Deltora Quest fandom, so this should be very fun! =D In the works, but I can't even think about posting it until Master Of The Library's latest Society fic is finished. So stay tuned guys! We're not done with this wacky plot yet!
Full Circle: (Yu-Gi-Oh!) My main project at the moment. My attempt to both tie up all the loose ends left in an otherwise fantastic series, and to make sense of some strange happenings going on in my own life. As of yet, everything up to chapter 7 (including the prologue) is completely finished, and chapter 8 is being slowly worked on.
- For anyone who wants to know what the creepy shadow-wolf-thingies look like, look no further! Everyone say thank you to Hikari-Katsuya (neffelogokkia on FFN) for illustrating!
- This is my twentieth birthday present from the wonderful and incredibly talented Dragon-Tooth (aka LightningSorceress on dA). 'Tis a highly symbolic picture of Ryou and his guardians, meant to represent the concept of "Change of Heart." Totally spoilery, but I officially love her for doing this!
- My 21st birthday present (good lord, has it been a year already?!), once again from Dragon-Tooth (still LightningSorceress on Youtube). And guess what? It's Full Circle's first TRAILER! YAY!! Ah hearts it much.
I'm also writing three oneshots meant to tie in to the FC timeline. Preferably these would come out before the re-premier of Full Circle, but I make it a point not to over-estimate my abilities. XD Each one focuses on a different character, pre-FC. Two of them will definitely be written in DEEP SHIT, and the third has a couple of DEEP SHIT aspects. They are: Everywhere Light (Atem-centric), All That Is (Bakura-centric), and Pure Imagination (Pegasus-centric), the last of which is already finished and posted.
Projects That Will Be Poked At From Time To Time But Still Have A Significant Chance Of Being Completed:
And Your Enemies Closer: (Tron) Shall be poked at from time to time, no promises on when it'll be out. Massively spoilery though, so don't even look at the summary unless you've seen Legacy.
Insert Gratuitous Characterization Here: (ACMSES) Set in the Neverending Story fandom, although this one won't be in the works for a while yet.
Five Fathers: (Yu-Gi-Oh!) A series of five unconnected oneshots about each of the five fathers mentioned in YGO canon. Again, loosely set in the universe of Full Circle which, in turn, is loosely set in the universe of Beginning of the End. So, just to tie up any loose ends, and because I think about backstories way too much, I started this. The first installment, That Which Rises And Falls, is finally posted (side-fic and all!), and others are almost completely planned out. In addition to Gozaburo, there will also be Joey's father, Marik's father, Ryou's father, and, if I can think of something interesting enough, Yugi's father. Most likely in that order. FC spoilers abound in almost every installment! You have been warned!
The Land and the Sea and the Sky: (Kingdom Hearts) The title is largely inspired by one of Scribbler's fics, I'll admit it, but the premise is completely different. It's actually an excuse to go really in-depth with the characters of the main KH trio without including much plot. XD I still haven't decided how I want to format it though: either the three chapters would be the three different characters, all taking place after the finale of KH2, or the three chapters would alternate between the characters and be divided by when they took place instead - pre-canon (the kids growing up), interlude (Sora's long nap), and after the finale. Tons of ideas for this, but it's difficult to get them on paper for some reason.
The Sun Sets Red: (Kingdom Hearts) A purely Lea/Axel-centric fic that'll probably read similar to the FF instalments, in that it will go through his life from beginning to end. Should be fun, yes?
The Fall Of Radiant Garden: (Kingdom Hearts) Nine years of history between BBS and KH1 is a rather long time, don't you think? Particularly when the first one was so action-packed. Again. I have lots of ideas, but motivation is another thing. We'll see how this goes.
Projects That I Really Really Really Want To Finish But Have Gone Unpoked For A Rather Long Time Or Have Otherwise Lost Their Mojo:
My Sanctuary: (Kingdom Hearts) The lyrics of the second theme song always reminded me of Namine for some reason... which is fitting, considering she's the one holding everything together at that point. So I came up with a three-part piece to explore her character, specifically the progression and development of her character as the events of the canon plot unfold. We'll see how it goes.
a Light unto the Darkness: (Yu-Gi-Oh!) This could be considered part of the FC timeline if you want, and I'll probably insert references to such, but for the most part it stands completely on its own. Once again, a DEEP SHIT-ed fanfic (I can't get enough of these, XD), this time following Kisara as she waits in the Shadow Realm with only her memories to comfort her.
Sweet Sacrifice: (Inuyasha) Something sort of AUish I randomly came up with while listening to the Evanescence song. It's probably the darkest thing I've ever come up with for a fanfic though, so take the rating seriously when it comes up. I'll probably post the complete version - the one with song lyrics in the background - on deviantArt, if you want to see it. EDIT: It has literally been years since I've worked on this, but I'm keeping it on the list because I am determined to get it done. Someday, I don't know when, but someday, this will get finished.
Beginning of the End: (Yu-Gi-Oh!) I've had this idea in my head for almost a year, but I knew I wouldn't be able to do the action scenes justice. Then, miraculously, I met an author here on FFN, Dragon-Tooth. Long story short, we're doing a collaboration! Yay! When we have enough written to start posting chapters, I'll give a proper summary. Here's a hint though: it has to do with the events of the past.
The Anti-Cliche and Mary-Sue Elimination Society: A C2 Community that was created a while back, headed by Mei1105 and founded by Anikathepen. It started out as an excuse to make self-inserts of ourselves while chasing a renegade Mary-Sue and indulging in fangirl love, but as it's spread it's grown into so much more! There are now nearly 300 stories in the series, spanning as many fandoms, and each one has been a pleasure to either read or write. I feel like I know my fellow Society members personally, and the whole ride has been such a great blast!
Links to: our; our (for those who like to read at a slower pace rather than archive binge),
: The story of the Wanderers, the handpicked messengers of the Empress. What little I have of it is posted at a freewebs site my friend Kage-chan manages for me. I actually haven't worked on this in a while. Most of my interest is in my fanfics at the moment, but I'll get back to it eventually. For now, you can look at it if you want. Just know that my writing has improved dramatically since this began... NOW UNDERGOING REDUX at Proboards, although I won't be part of it for a while yet, due to school and other projects that take more priority. But once again, Kage-chan saves the day. She's agreed to admin and NPC for me until my return. ^^
: A blog contributing to the Slenderman Mythos. I knew when I started that this would take up more time and effort than I could really spare, but I did it anyway, and I don't regret it. It's been, and continues to be, an amazing experience, and I've learned so much. However, due to the nature of a blog-story/ARG, updates for this have moved up to my highest fictional priority, and will likely stay there until the story's completion.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The story of my downward spiral into Yugioh fandom is a strange tale, but (according to my brother) not an uncommon one. I fell in love with the show around middle school age, but sort of got too busy for it when high school rolled around. Then a friend turned me on to YGO: The Abridged Series (a canon unto itself), and after watching that for a while, I was overcome by a wave of nostalgia, and started watching episodes on youtube. Following that were japanese episodes, the discovery of yu-jyo dot net, and the manga. What I have now can be found roughly in the vicinity of "obsession," but I'm still having the time of my life! The characters are some of the most facinating I've ever met, the music is positively inspirational, and the plot is something that I can write and write and write about and still only scratch the surface! In short, everything I ever wanted in a fandom.
Digimon: My first real anime love. This one started back in elementary school, and I was lucky enough not to see the first episode (a corny piece of crap) before falling in love with the series. The large-ensemble cast, with all their individual personalities and changing group dynamics, was just wonderful for me, second only to a friend that was yours for life, and would never leave your side. The only thing that separates it from Yugioh is that there's less to write about. There are plenty of plotholes to be filled, yes, but each season comes with its own cast, and so any character-development is done rapid-fire: quickly and irrefutably. But even though it really is just a children's show, I loved it growing up, and still do. And maybe someday, when Yugioh loosens its grip on my mind and soul, I'll come up with something interesting to write about, but for now I'm sticking to drabbles.
Inuyasha: This story doesn't inspire me like it used to. Far from being my number one fandom, the re-discovery of childhood loves has pushed it back to third place. Because as much as I love the characters, and kept up with the manga online, the sort of relationships they have have just been done and done and overdone... it's hard to think of anything original anymore. I am determined to get Sweet Sacrifice up and running, and I hope to (someday) finish Somewhere, but for now, what I have is all I've got. I saw the last of the manga chapters online though. It was adorable! Predictable... but adorable.
DragonBall Z: After years and years of resisting the inevitable, I finally succumbed and became one of the fallen. Personally, I blame TeamFourStar. Once again, an abridged series has gotten me re-into (or just plain into, in this case) an anime. But I must admit there is a reason that this is the most popular anime out there. Even though the animation style makes it look like all the characters are pumping steroids, the kinds of personalities they have are just incredible. Vegeta, for example. He's the walking definition of a Napoleon complex, and yet something about him just begs to be written about. Piccolo, of course, is frikking amazing (though slightly neglected in later sagas), Goku always looks slightly brain-damaged after a fight (which is probably true, XD), Bulma's annoying as hell but still awesome in her own way, Goten and Trunks are adorable little troublemakers, Gohan is like the perfect hero... I think I fell head-first without even realizing it.
Fullmetal Alchemist: (Btw, these are no longer in any particular order.) After some severe nagging from the beta, I finally got into the famous FMA. And boy, I do not regret it at all! Everything is damn near perfect in this story, from a large cast of characters who are unique, engaging, quirky, and incredibly well-developed, to a long-term plot that's so intricate and planned out that even my dad couldn't predict the outcome! Not to mention it's got action, adventure, humor, tragedy, angst, comedy, and the slightest hint of romance. And on top of all that, the voice actors are the best I've ever seen, both Japanese and English. I would recomend this fandom to absolutely anyone.
Kingdom Hearts: -sigh- Such a beautiful, beautiful fandom. Really it is. No matter what character you're looking at, it's a touching coming-of-age story that never fails to utterly amaze me with its wonderfulness. I was instantly facinated with a Final Fantasy/Disney crossover from the beginning, but even though a discinct lack of a Playstation kept me from experiencing the story fully, our recent aquisition of non-crappy internet finally made Youtube cutscenes possible - some of which are some pretty dazzling eye-candy indeed. But as I said before, it's an amazing story, full of more depth than most notice (even if Sora reminds me a bit of 4Kids sometimes, XD) and enough diverse characters to make my heart melt with delight. The possibilities are endless!
The Slenderman Mythos: I have gained a new appreciation for horror and suspense. Not to mention that nearly everything about this 'verse makes my inner psychologist very happy.
Homestuck: Once again, the beloved beta is to blame for dragging me into a new fandom... one that is shaping up to be my newest full-blown fandom love affair. But what can I say? I am and always will be a sucker for enormous casts, incredibly convoluted plots that work almost like a puzzle, and understated tragedy that'll break your heart if you give it too much thought. The level of meta that gets peppered through the story is simply icing on the cake. The narrative structure isn't for everyone, I realize that, but if you have patience and a good sense of sarcasm, I cannot recommend this story enough.
Scribbler: (139401) Quite possibly the most brilliant writer on the whole of this site, and I do not exaggerate. I first discovered her with her fic Schadenfruede, and have been a huge fan of her work across a multitude of fandoms ever since. She knows her characters inside and out, and a great deal of my own characterization is owed to her, especially Tea and Tristan. She also likes to ask herself "What if?" and simply go from there. Her Variation on a Theme series is testament to her brilliance: if she can take an idea that rediculous and turn it into something that awesome, then you know she's good. This is the type of author I hope to become someday (except, y'know, slightly less unreachable Goddess and more approachable buddy. ^^U).
BlackMamba07: (766672) The first really, really good fanfic author I came across, back when I was a newbie on this site. She has some beautifully written Inuyasha fics on her site, particularly Inu/Kag parings. Everyone is 100 percent IC, and the happy endings are wonderfully written and not at all contrived. She's the one I go to when I need a good, fluffy read with just the right amount of angst and action thrown in. A more concise version of Scribbler, in other words.
AvidReaderAlso: (996468) Creater of the most interesting, well thought-out, and believable OCs in the whole of FFN. Seriously. I've seen some pretty good OCs, but these take the cake. I can completely lose myself in her stories and actually believe her characters are really part of the fandom! Not to mention her writing style totally kicks ass. The plot is incredibly well thought-out, and the OCs don't overshadow the canon characters at all. Totally worth checking out, I promise you.
esama: (1137344) She might need some time to grow on you, but it's well worth it if you have patience. Then again, I'm just a sucker for AU's, especially her AU's. They're some of the most brilliant, well thought-out pieces of literature on the whole of FFN. Not to mention that this woman is solely responsible for getting me over my yaoi prejudices (even though I'm still a canon purist at heart, I will read yaoi if it has an interesting plotline). She doesn't usually respond to reviews, and her grammar and spelling can be horrible at times, but I go back and read her stuff again and again.
MyAibou: (852008) Very famous thoughout Yugioh fandom, and it's not very hard to see why. If you're into romance and incredibly detailed plotlines, her Revival and Identity series will keep you busy reading for days on end. She's another who is very into characterization, and my JoeyxMai fluff takes after her, as well my portrayal of Serenity. She and I are very alike, in that we both look very carefully at the canon and pull from it things that will help our own plots along, if interpreted the right way.
Kizmet: (28797) The DBZ equivalent of BlackMamba07, except she focuses on Vegeta-characterization and Vegeta/Bulma fluff. And let me tell you, it is amazing. You will never look at Vegeta, Bulma, or Yamcha the same way again, I swear to you. I have only two complaints: one is that I disagree ever-so-slightly on Vegeta and Bulma's relationship - less overly-protective-super-powered-boyfriend and more a-love-so-bone-deep-even-he-doesn't-know-it's-there-until-push-comes-to-shove. The other one is that, though she knows her preferred characters inside and out, other charactes (namely Piccolo, my personal favorite) can be sorely neglected. However, she has worked out every possible plothole in canon and made Saiyan physiology into something scientific and believable. She's also been expanding her footprint to a few other characters in the GT (usually those the canon neglected to flesh out), but it's her pre-canon stories that really make this author worthwhile.
nefelokokkygia: (1555942) Formerly Hikari-Katsuya, my beta-reader as well as one of my best friends in all the world. She will listen to me rant on the phone for hours about one plotline or another that I'm working on, point out plotholes in my thinking, break me out of one train of thought if needed, and generally make me a better writer. I'm beta-ing for her a trilogy of original novels that promises to be the next LOTR if we can get it right! She's also the inventor of the DEEP SHIT writing style that I've been using in oneshots lately. But completely aside from writing stuff, she's probably the one person I know who can match me in terms of IQ, so we can talk about really deep concepts in a way that I can't really achieve with anyone else. (hugs her) I think I'd go insane without you to talk to, Hikari-chan!
Ezra Yamada: (1410899) Also known as Oorashi Ami, or Ami-chan. Another of my best friends. Her, Hikari, and I form a trio like you wouldn't believe! We're going to take over the world, someday, you watch... Anyway, this girl is also the other reason for my recent interest in Dragonball Z - she's obsessed with it. Seriously, she lives, breathes, and freaking dreams it, and has been trying to foist it on the rest of us for years now. I worry for her sanity sometimes, but I think I'd be more worried if she didn't have such a wonderful outlet for her boundless imagination. And, as you might have guessed, her obsession is infectious. But we love her anyway! You couldn't ask for a more caring person, and she is hands down the easiest person to like and get along with in the entire world!
Hikari no Senshi: (1124035) I mostly refer to her as Tsukino Kage, or Kage-chan, in real life. Y'all can thank her for turning me onto this site, even though she seldom uses it herself. She's more of a deviantArt person, really. Still a very close friend though. She introduced me to a ton of things I now love, actually, and I thank every Power listening for that all the time. I don't get to see her as often as I'd like anymore, but we're still close. Her personal obsession is Sailor Moon, and I'm voicing one of the otaku senshi in an audio drama she's making. It promises to be tons of fun!
Mei1105: (706559) Most of what we talk about on AIM is our shared obsession: Yu-Gi-Oh! Mei is my first trans-continental AIM friend, and I have to admit I was a little awed by that fact (the first thing I asked her was what time it was in the UK, lawl), but we've been really close friends ever since! We have a ton in common and can talk about pretty much anything. I love her randomness and her constant readiness to laugh, and I really admire her extremely detailed writing style, not to mention the full-length duels she takes it upon herself to write! Normally I don't care for that sort of thing, as they can be pretty crappy if they're not done right, but these make me feel like I'm watching the show again!
Dragon-Tooth: (750990) Both inspiration and close friend, she breaks me out of my usual way of thinking and forces me to consider other posibilities. Her take on the antagonists of a story is really thought-provoking, not to mention that her style of narration is incredibly witty and full of edge-of-your-seat action. She's completely off the wall, and yet somehow makes her stories work for what it is she's trying to do. I'm beta-ing her fic A Fate Like No Other, and we're also writing a collaboration, so we e-mail each other constantly, and have grown incredibly close as friends. I feel like I can talk to her about absolutely anything, which is a rarity for me. Hopefully we'll get to actually meet sometime this summer!
Master of the Library: (1414559) Sick of shaking, never waking from the hell I achieve. I never knew you 'til you left me with the crying disease. Another curing, reassuring way to buckle the knees. So mistreated, I repeated, never blessing your sneeze. Now, deleted and defeated, I will stand on my own. Yeah, your memory that punches me has broken the bone. What more do you expect from me? There's nothing left here to burn. There's nothing left here to burn.
GamerBlake90: (2095639) As you began to raise your voice, I lowered mine and granted you one last choice: drive until you lose the road, or break with the ones you've followed. I tried to slip past your defense without glancing innocence. I laid down a list of what is wrong - all those things I've told you all along. But somewhere between the lines of fear and blame... I began to wonder why I came. Where did I go wrong? I lost a friend somewhere alone in the bitterness. And I would have stayed up with you all night... had I known how to save a life...
People don't seem to realize that, when you pull down the tab entitled "Submit Review" at the bottom of a chapter, the option "Story Alert" does not mean "Flag story for profanity and/or other violations." It means, "FFN will send you an e-mail when the author gets off her lazy butt and finally updates this story you seem to be interested in." Said email will contain the links to both the story (at it's newest chapter) and the author's FFN profile page. The same applies to "Author Alert," except it means, "FFN will send you an e-mail when the author gets off her lazy butt and writes anything, regardless of whether you are interested in it or not."
Okay, no matter how good the author is, male pregnancy is something I simply cannot tolerate. I mean, what the hell?! What the effing hell?! ...And now I'm scarred for life. (shakes head)
People. Atem is dead. Get over it. Seriously, I've had just about enough of these fics that bring Atem back to life. Not only is such a thing impossible, but neither party in question would ever want to. As much as Atem is their friend, as much as they love him, they know that this is what's best for everyone involved. Man, I've got to write a oneshot to better explain this...
Here's a big one: yaoi. Also known as shonen ai, which translates directly to boy love. Also its female counterpart, yuri/shojo ai. Now, anyone who knows me can tell you that I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality. If the person you love happens to be of the same sex as you, then who cares, right? Love is love! However, fanfiction writers must keep in mind that the characters we use in our stories do not belong to us. Their quirks, flaws, and overall personalities are already established, thought of and brought to life with much love by their original author. We, as fanfiction authors, do not change any of these things when we are writing about them, beyond the usual character development in a storyline, so a character's canonically established sexual orientation should be given just as much deference. If you simply must write about a homosexual pairing, then join a fandom with characters that are already so! Don't just change anything you like to suit your writing style. Respect the original author's intentions!
There are four corners of Yugioh fandom: the first corner is occupied by people like me, Scribbler, MyAibou, and others - people who love the show for its characters and character development and are very much based in canon. The second corner is much like the first - people like Dragon-Tooth, who have more fun with the personalities of antagonists and lesser-known/liked characters. The third corner is occupied by yaoi fans like DarthAnimus, and the fourth corner is for people like my little brother, who are just here for the duel action and couldn't care less about character development. People can also be sort of in between corners, or be based in one corner but lean towards another, but for the most part, this is how Yugioh fandom is categorized. Something I've noticed though, judging by comments on youtube: the fourth group on this list really disliked Doma season, really enjoyed the KC Grand Championship arc, and are now hardcore fans of Yugioh GX. Make of this whatever you will.
I've recently come across a person here on FFN who does not approve of author's notes. This person believed that unnecessary author's notes and excessive information on an author's bio-page detracted from the depth of the stories presented. I am including this here to say that I disagree. Author's notes not only add information that might be awkward to present in the actual text of the story, but they also give a feel of who the author actually is. They allow a reader to see exactly how and why this story was created, and how the author's personal leanings are present in the storyline. It does not detract from anything; rather, it heightens the entire effect, much like the bonus features on a DVD. Furthermore, author's notes that are long and friendly give the impression that the author is not one of those snob-authors who think they're too good to reply to reviews. More than once I've neglected to review on a story simply because I didn't believe the review would be replied to or even noted, simply because there were no notes to tell me otherwise. More than once, I've been mistaken in this assumption, and did my best to rectify the situation. However, the miscommunication had already taken place, simply because there wasn't enough communication at all. Notes are as much a part of the story as the text itself.
Why don't I like OCs? I would think the answer is obvious. The difference between fanfiction and original fiction is the characters. I don't want to see fanfiction characters in original stories on FictionPress, so likewise I don't want to see original characters in fanfiction. I'm not here to read about your self-insert, your Mary-Sue, or whatever other tool of fantasy-fulfillment you care to use. I'm here to read about characters that are already established and thought out in a new setting. I'm here to see the same characters deepened in personality. It's like... It's like if you bought some really expensive concert tickets, and you really really want to see that band, only to find that the band barely makes it onto the stage. They simply pull someone from the audience in a surprise twist they think will be a good publicity stunt (but isn't) and have them sing all the songs. Regardless of the musical talent of this stranger, I'm gonna be pretty pissed. I paid to see the band, not this new person! So that's why I don't like most original characters, because it takes a really skilled writer to bring in an OC and still have the canon characters as the lead singers, so to speak.
Here's a tip, guys: if you say in your summary, "I suck at summaries," then it's a pretty good indication that you suck at writing too, and people will probably not read your story, whether or not your writing is actually any good. Saying things like "Trust me, just read it," or "It's better than it sounds," accomplish the same thing. I've also noticed that begging for reviews in a summary has its opposite intended effect, so be careful, writers! Let your writing do its own talking.
It's a well-known fact of life that character bashers are idiots. Idiots with no sense of empathy and even less writing ability if they can't put themselves in others' shoes and understand the characters they attempt to write about. Usually they just end up writing fics that aren't fics at all, just vents for their own personal frustration, which is highly immature in addition to everything else I've just said. Just thought I'd put that out there, 'cause this is getting old...
Something I've been meaning to mention for a while now: People who don't reply to reviews really annoy me. Like, a lot. I mean, I can understand if an author is busy and stuff, and doesn't always have time to reply to every little review and message, particularly when half the reviews are something generic like "Great job! Keep writing!" I totally understand not replying to those. But when someone asks you a direct question, and you just ignore them? That's just plain rude! And okay, yeah, maybe you meant to answer them later, but forgot, or maybe you mislaid the email, but what about when it happens over and over again? That's not an accident, that's snubbing people. Whatever external circumstances you may have, it gives the impression that you think you're just too good to mingle with the little people. And that pisses me off big time. Hell, a lot of times it gives the impression that you're too snobby to even read reviews, so why should I bother to send them? So that's why I make it my business to reply to each and every message I recieve, even the stupid generic ones. The best way to get feedback is to make it known that such feedback is appreciated and replied to, after all, and that's what I intend to do. Not to mention it's just common courtasy.
With regards to Soul Eater, I admit myself to be a part of the Crona is a girl faction of the fandom (though I occassionally say "he" or "him" in conversation, probably because of the dub). In all honesty, I could go either way on this issue, but I personally think having her as a female is most appropriate. Firstly, there aren't enough female meisters in the story, and secondly, it keeps the shippers from going too far with her and Maka. XDD But in all seriousness, there's also her appearance. She wears a dress, for crying out loud (without underwear for some reason O.o), and her flat chest is perfectly explainable, given her deprived upbringing (it is possible to delay the onset of puberty via deprivation - gymnasts do it all the time). Also, she has rather pronounced hips and other feminine curves. All in all, I gotta go with the girl theory.
Apparently my above rant on yaoi needs clarification. Let me make this perfectly clear: My views on yaoi have nothing to do with my views on gay rights. As stated above, I support gay rights with all my heart. Rather, my views on yaoi have to do with my being a canon purist, nothing more and nothing less. If Vanyel, a canonically gay character, was shown in a fanfic relationship with a woman, I would be just as furious as when Yugi, a canonically straight character (the kid watches porn and fantasizes about Tea's underwear, for crying out loud!), is shown in a fanfic relationship with a man. Just as Vanyel is very close to his female friend Shavri and even had sex with her so she could have a child, that does not mean his sexual orientation will EVER change. Likewise, just because Yugi is very close with his male friends Yami and Joey, his sexual orientation will not change either. It's nothing to do with gay rights, it's just about being canon in our fanfiction. Please respect that.
Just like how people who bash characters unnecessarily are idiots, people who elevate canonically villainous characters to positions of undeserved sympathy are also unapologetically stupid. And I'm not talking about alternate character interpretation, in which the character in question is better understood and perhaps less hated because of it. I'm talking about straight up,fabrication, in which the character is not even held to blame for the terrible things he or she has done due to some fan-made excuse that makes no damn sense in real canon. Villains can be understood, appreciated, pitied, even liked. But please, please curb your desire to make them into a squishy, huggable, poor widdle babby. Especially when the author outright says that they're meant to be despicable and loathsome. It's not creative - creativity is making the character understandable while still leaving them necessarily evil. But doing one without the other is only indicative of a lack of skill or a lack of imagination. Sometimes even both.
Takemaru: You don't know when to give up!
Hyoga: You know you don't stand a chance and you still wish to defy me? Come at me then!
Miroku: (talking to Sango) There's no one I'd rather have insult me than you.
Kagome: Koga! Are you alright?
Rin: (sings) Jaken-sama... Jaken-sama... Why are you green?
Rebecca: Oh, I'm just your average child genius. Genius: g-e-n-i-u-s!
Kaiba: Anyone late to my tournament is automatically disqualified. Mokuba, make sure Wheeler's late.
Yami: This fight is about much more than a championship dueling title! The whole world's in danger!
Yami: Dammit Rafael! Don't you feel any pain?! Doesn't your chest hurt? Doesn't your heart hurt? Pegasus, Weevile, Rex, Mai, Joey... and Aibou... How many people have you killed?! Even your own companions, even Valon and Allister have been taken. Don't you feel anything at all?
Tea: He spared you! Kaiba, he showed you compassion, which is more than you deserve!
Mahaad: Mana, things are different now. He is the pharaoh! He does not have time to--
Kaiba: You better make good on your promise to restore my brother. Because if you don't, I'll take great pleasure in separating your soul from you body in my own way!
Yami: Consider this a message from the real Seto Kaiba: You lose!!
From Fullmetal Alchemist:
Sloth: Digging is... too... much... work. I want to die... but dying... is too... much... work...
Mustang: Humans are incredibly small creatures. So all I can really do is protect those beneath me, and expect those beneath me to protect those beneath them.
Edward: None of us wanted to start a war, but war is what we've got, so we all share the blame.
Alphonse: I wonder... why are there only ever two choices? Save yourself and abandon everyone else, or give up on returning to normal and save the world. Why can't I choose to save the world and get our original bodies back?
Greed: There's no such thing as "no such thing."
Izumi: I'M A HOUSEWIFE!!
From Doctor Who:
Doctor: I'm the Doctor, by the way. What's your name?
Donna: He saves planets, rescues civilizations, defeats terrible monsters, and runs a lot. Seriously, there's an outrageous amount of running involved.
River: I absolutely trust him.
Amy: Raggedy Man, I remember you, and YOU ARE LATE FOR MY WEDDING!
River: When you run with the Doctor, it feels like it will never end. But however hard you try, you can't run forever. Everybody knows that everybody dies, and nobody knows it like the Doctor. But I do think that all the skies of all the worlds might just turn dark if he ever, for one moment, accepted it.
Doctor: But while we're on the topic of Gods and Devils, I should probably warn you: I've seen fake gods and bad gods and demi-gods and would-be gods. And out of all that, out of that whole pantheon, if there's one thing I believe in, just one... I believe in her!
From Kingdom Hearts:
Riku: Once we step through, we might not be able to come back. We may never see our parents again... There's no turning back. But this may be our only chance. We can't let fear stop us. I'm not afraid of the darkness!
Namine: I can't save you, Xion. Not even a memory of you.
Axel: Roxas... You do have a heart, don't you? While Namine and I... We don't really have hearts.
Xigbar: What are you talking about? Nobodies don't exist! We don't have anything to put on the line!
Riku: I gave in to the darkness. How am I supposed to face everyone?
Ventus: They're lifetime passes to Disney Town. He said to... (suddenly sounds annoyed) He said to take two grown-ups.
Ansem: Xehanort... foolish apprentice of a foolish man... You have surpassed nothing.
Xehanort: Your body submits. Your heart succumbs. So why does your mind resist?!
Sora: We'll go together.
Gomamon: C'mon, Joe, admit it! She's charming!
MaloMyotismon: I'm curious to know why my mind-illusion didn't affect you. How is it that you have no fears or insecurities for it to feed off of?
Impmon: I got this stabbing pain in the back of my head - I think it's called a conscience.
Rika: You big dork, you're just doing this to impress me, aren't you?
D-Reaper: Humans and digimon exist only to destroy or be destroyed, an excercise in futility! Humans desire total annihilation, therefore their existance is meaningless.
Takuya: We can't let them hurt the eggs!
House: Guy buys a hospital, of course he wants to get laid.
House: This is how medicine evolved. Sometimes people get better, but you have to come up with a reason or they won't pay you.
Wilson: I forgot. I actually need a reason to give a crap.
House: Good morning, Dr. Cuddy! Love that outfit. Says, "I'm a professional, but I'm still a woman." Actually, it sort of yells the second part.
House: You can have all the faith you want in spirits, and the afterlife, and heaven and hell. But when it comes to this world, don't be an idiot. 'Cause you can tell me you put your faith in God to get you through the day, but when it comes time to cross the street, I know you look both ways.
From the Young Wizards series:
Nita: (reading from the Book of Night with Moon) I am the wind that troubles the water. I am the water, and I am the waves. I am the shore where the waves break in rainbows. I am the sunlight that shines in the spray. I am the trees that drink in the light. I am the air of the green things' breathing. I am the rocks that their roots break asunder. I am the molten heart of the world!
Esemeli: Okay, so I'm ambivalent. But pure evil isn't really giving me as much milage as it used to. It sticks out the way pure anything sticks out. When you can go in either direction, misdeeds can be conveniently explained away as good intentions and whatnot.
Ronan: I'm lying on an effing Star Wars bedspread. Will I ever be able to look myself in the eye again?
The Trancendent Pig: Yes, it's the spell-it-backward joke again. But what did you expect? Your dog started making universes out of nothing. Wasn't that a slight tip-off?
Axel: M-A-N S-E-X. That is what the Organization is after.
HakureiRyuu: I noticed you've gotten into Jibjab. XD
"Me? Oh, I want to kill everyone on this planet, then kill the planet, then (somehow) use its corpse as a spaceship to go find another planet and do it all again. Because my mommy told me to. Yeah... But before I go I've decided to screw with your head and maybe torture you a lot. Because it's fun. And really, really easy." --My imitation of Sephiroth as he's portrayed in "Advent Children."
Hakurei Ryuu: -roflcopter-
"Of course forests are for Plot Irrelevancy! What else would they do... besides everything? And now, to quote someone I didn't have time to research... Wait, never mind. Forgot it." --darkwebx01, in a review reply for one of his ACMSES fics.
"We really must stop meeting like this, Lady Rhia..." --Christoph of the ACMSES, when he and Rhia once again accidentally end up in a suggestive position. XD
Hakurei Ryuu: seriously! the guy never spends more than five consecutive minutes onscreen, and he always vanishes before he can tell you the important stuff. hell, in KH1, his first and only appearance was in the finale of the game! it'd be infuriating if he wasn't so badassly awesome! XDD
"So a seemingly insignificant item from the beginning of the story is suddenly and literally RAGE'd into existence by a bloodthirsty purple alien juggalo, and the very same item connects randomly and equally insignificant-looking events to explain the cause of pretty much every bad thing in the story.
And it was all Betty Crocker's doing, because she tweeted an ICP video to a time traveling hipster wannabe on a site called Delirious Biznasty. In the past. Also, she's an alien too.
For those keeping score at home, this made things less confusing.
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