Author has written 7 stories for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Buffy X-overs, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, and Stargate: SG-1.
I haven't given up on my Star Wars story yet, but frankly, folks, i don't see it coming together. after the file that outlined the skeleton of the story was lost more than two years ago, i could only remember bits and pieces of it later, but not enough to make a proper story of it. and as if that wasn't bad enough, interest in another fictions got in the way. Those being mostly Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Stargate SG1 (with bits of Atlantis) and Harry Potter.
A few words on my favorite fictions:
Star Wars - I think Disney are setting themselves up for a flop of monumental propotions if they ignore the EU for the new movie(s), as the rumors suggest they will do. There are far too many well liked characters in the EU, and their fans will not take kindly of those being suddenly rendered non - canon. Furthermore, the plot of the new movies have to tie in with the story of the old ones, and there aren't that many options to do so without the Expanded Universe without extensive use of CGI or recasting the actors for the main (Luke, Leia, Han) characters, and I don't think either would be well received. Granted, ignoring the EU would allow them to avoid the pitfall Lucas slid into with the Prequels, which were made with pretty much the entire EU having to be taken into consideration, and because of that required at least some familiarity with it in order to be fully understood. (most people who see the prequels for the first time would focus on the relationships, and will completely miss Anakin's deep dislike for the corruption of the Republic, as evidenced by his words about the Empire after he lashed at Padme with the Force)
As far as the relationships are concerned, I'm a sticker to the current canon ones, with the addition of Anakin Solo/Tahiri Veila; I really didn't like they killed him off in Star by Star. That being said, both the Canon and majority of the fanfics are a little dry on the romance thing, especially where Luke and Mara are concerned. Visions of the Future was a great story overall, but Mara realizing Luke might be slipping to the Dark Side and not acting until after he's begun to come to his senses? i can't see it happening.
About popular fanfiction plots:
Anakin surviving in the end of Return of the Jedi - it definitely makes an interesting plot, but most of the authors makes his coming to the Light a one - step, straightforward thing. One would think it would be anything but. After all, Anakin wasn't lost to the Dark Side when he pledged allegiance to the Emperor, but when the emperor told him there was nothing to hold on for in the Light - "It seems that in your anger, you killed her". And, as i commented above, he isn't the one to have much faith in the Republic, so even as Anakin, he would scoff at the idealized image of it the Rebels seem to have, even if he is willing to help Luke restore the Jedi
Padme surviving the Revenge of the Sith - same picture, the authors miss out the fact the possibility of her death wasn't the only factor to get Anakin to side with Palpatine, even if it was the decisive one.
It seems to me that the process of slipping consistency I've noticed when I began to read the post Thrawn trilogy stories is finally going too far. The overall plot of Legacy series stinks, even if Jasen with his Potentium beliefs slipping to the Dark Side makes sense, as warned by the Fallanassi in the first Swarm book (Don't remember in detail, the books were given to me to read by a friend.) But hello, Palpatine could hide from the Jedi, but he was a Sith Master. It's a bit too easy to keep dark secrets/dark presences hidden in Legacy.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Angel - Now that's one hell of a convoluted mess of magical influences and elaborate plots; one begins tow wonder exactly how much the main characters act out of their own free will. I'm not too fussy about relationships, with the exception of Xander/Jenny Calendar, which frankly creep me out; in canon, she is interested in Giles, for crying out loud! That being said, I'm not objecting to a Scooby/adult romance if the Halloween plot is used as a means of memory dump; someone with the mind of an adult would have difficulty getting along with 'children'. But preferably, the adult should be OC or a crossover one.
Harry Potter - Up until the end of OotP, fine; but the last two books left me want to pull my hair out in frustration, as we see practically no character development of the main characters in them; if anything, the development is backwards! They play pretty much the same roles in the last two books as they did in Philosopher's Stone! Even if we could see the Deus Ex Machina coming from the moment Dumbledore announced his belief that love was Harry's power, there should have been some change.
Relationship wise, once again, I'm sticking to canon; I would read Harry/Tonks, but while I don't dislike Harry/Hermione, for a long while now, I avoid reading stories with that pairing because for me, it has become synonymous to Weasley Bash Fest.
Naruto - I did like Part 1, despite the slight inconsistency with the power levels (Naruto defeated Mizuki, a chunin, with little effort, with no indication of the latter being noticeably weakened by fighting Iruka first, but was unable to do so against the chunin candidates Kiba and Neji) Part 2, however, despite offering some interesting plot twists, practically destroyed the story with plot holes, the biggest probably being the 'shadow clone learning method', although personally, the one that irritated me the most was the Uzumaki Clan revelation; did a ninja from that universe have to be from a clan to be strong? Jeez. To say nothing about portraying supposed geniuses, like Itachi Uchiha and Minato Namikaze, as worse idiots than Naruto at his dumbest (Itachi, who turned out to be one of the good guys (!!!) was the one most responsible for setting Sasuke up for going in the deep end, and he is supposed to want exactly the opposite? Seriously? To say nothing about Minato Namikaze, who sealed the Nine - tailed fox into his son to deny it to the attacker, despite knowing he would die doing so, and the attacker would have more than enough time to heal, come, and kidnap his undefended son long before he was ready to defend himself. Why Tobi/Obito never did so, I'll never know.)
Fan fiction pet peeves:
Seriously overdone, nonsensical alternative character interpretation - While I do realize that alternative character interpretations are, in many ways, the bread and butter of fanfiction, the way it should be done is:
1. Pick a character, portrayed as it is in canon, in the specific moment the story starts, or at least have close enough characterization to be recognizable.
2. Introduce alternative event/different choice that makes sense for the character at that point in canon/alternative circumstances.
3. The changed course of events causes logical character development.
4. Arrive at the desired image for the character.
For example, the author Bobmin 356, in the story "Mutant Storm" has Ron being prejudiced against mutants, and while I believe that far too many people overlook the good things in Ron's character while paying too much attention to the bad, I am prepared to accept that, since in the story, the Wizarding world is portrayed to be even more isolated from the Muggle one than it is in the canon, thus having no real capacity to truly understand the issue, the episode with Lupin at the end of book 3 revealed that he is not immune to the prejudices plaguing the Wizarding world, but when the shit hits the fan at the end of the story, just like in canon he doesn't hold being a werewolf against Lupin, he ends up fighting alongside the mutants and the others defenders of the castle against the Death Eaters. In the opposite direction there's the portrayal of General Zod in the Marvel/DC 'Krypton in the Marvel galaxy' fic "The Institute saga" by TheBeardedOne. In that fic, the author takes a version of General Zod very close to the one in the Man of Steel movie, and places him in a situation where he would have a better chance of achieving his goals by cooperating with Superman instead of antagonizing him, and while initially, he thinks the humans to be of no consequence, with no reason to hate them, and confronted with several resourceful allies of Kal - El, he develops a measure of respect for them.
But portrayals like those are rare, and nothing tempts me to flame the authors more than seeing a flawed protagonist portrayed as 'He was evil all along' or a villain with some redeeming quality made into 'He was good all along'... except, maybe, when the author messes up step 3. There were a couple of times I started reading what I thought would be good Slytherin Harry fics, only to get an urge to bash the authors on the heads with a blunt instrument when they portrayed Harry and Draco suddenly becoming buddies, wit Harry suddenly embracing the pureblood crap, despite the fact the divergence point is the Sorting, at which point Harry perceives Draco as someone reminding him of Dudley 'Diddykins' Dursley.
By the way, I'm happily lumping into this category the fics where instead of nonsensical character development, we see nonsensical lack of character development, with no explanation as to why it should not occur in the story while it does occur in the canon.
badly used logical fanon - a good example of it is having Buffy have bad reaction to a suddenly powered up Xander. It is something that actually makes sense, considering that in the episode 'The pack' a powered up Xander nearly raped her, but it is usually used to portray the Slayer as a complete bitch. Same for the Civilian Council and the Clan restoration act in Naruto - both are actually good ideas, the former because in Naruto, the shinobi are, in effect, soldiers, with the Kage being the general, and generals can't possibly be expected to take care of the everyday functioning of their villages in time of peace, and the latter... well, when the members of a clan are likely to pass powerful advantages to their children, it does make sense to make an effort to preserve those advantages. But what we see in fics is the Civilian council having way too much power, far more than it would make sense, to the point of wimpifying the Third hokage, and as for CRA... um, folks, in canon, the shinobi are portrayed as capable of organ transplantation; if they have this kind of understanding of biology, surely, that would mean they are capable of artificial insemination. Multiple marriages are unnecessary.
"Fix" fics - I'm pretty sure every single author who has uploaded a single story on this, or any other fan fiction site, had at least had an idea of a story where something he or she doesn't like gets changed to the author's liking; I'm not complaining about those stories. But when I see a claim that a story 'fixes' something in a canon, I get an urge to either laugh or punch the author. Seriously, how arrogant, not to mention stupid, can you get? OK, you don't like something in canon, I get it. But because you don't like it, it doesn't mean it is 'broken'.
This gets particularly grating when the focus of the story is on something that is of minor consequence to the plot, like the pairings in Harry Potter; frankly, I think it would have been better off without that can of worms being opened, as all it seemed to accomplish in canon was to remove the character development from Ron and Ginny's characters.
Spelling errors - I am willing to ignore the 'there/their/they're' kind of mistakes, as many of the authors on the site are not English - speakers and may not realize they are making a mistake, however, even if that's the case, most of the text editors these days have spell checking as a function. Use it!
My opinion on most frequently bashed characters:
Ron Weasley - He is, without a doubt, a flawed character; heck, his jealousy and self - esteem issues are less than subtly hinted in his very first conversation with Harry. He is often portrayed as someone who would insult people left, right and center, without putting a thought about how hurtful his words can be. It often gets so bad that I wonder what books the authors that portray him as such are. After all, what we have in canon is the 'no friends' comment during the first year, when he is 11.(!) I don't know about you, but as far as I can remember my childhood, there were times before the puberty kicked in when speaking with the other boys about girls was close to talking with them about aliens.Furthermore: "Hermione stretched her hand as high into the air as it would go without her leaving her seat." - quote from The Potions Master chapter of book one. Everything we know of Hermione suggests she would have acted just the same in her other classes as well. Now, we know that it is just enthusiasm on her part, however, what is to stop the other kids from thinking she was a showoff? Indeed. an 'insufferable know-it-all'? I remember having similar thoughts about a couple of perfectionist students in high school, and I was an almost straight B -grader.
After that, I don't believe he insults anyone who hasn't called for it in books 2 and 3; In book 3 he did argue with Hermione, but I don't think that being, strictly speaking, right (cats do eat mice, right?) can be perceived as an insult in any way. Then there's the Yule Ball invitation, which was more a foot in mouth moment than an actual insult. In book 5, the closest he gets to an actual insult were his comments about Cho Chang, who Harry can make no more sense of than Ron does. Book 6, I agree, we do see moments when he is beings deliberately hurful, but considering how he and Hermione take turns at the 'jealous idiot' chair at the time, I don't see how it counts. And in book 7... well, a horcrux trying to influence its carrier is canon, remember?
Another 'ahem' favorite of mine; Ron being a fair weather friend, or worse, being paid to be Harry's friend. For crying out loud! Read the books already! Even with all of his imperfections, Ron is always at Harry's side when the shit hits the fan! Book one, he lets himself be injured so his friends can finish the job; Book 2, he goes with Harry into an acromantula den despite his arachnophobia; book 3, when in the same room with a 'mass murderer', Ron tries to defend Harry despite the broken leg! Fair weather friend? I don't think so. And there's the fact that until the very end, he is afraid to say Voldemort's name, yet in the fifth year, he joins Harry in his attempt to rescue Sirius, even though Harry thinks his godfather is Voldemort's captive, so a confrontation with the Dark Lord is likely! In canon, there isn't a simple moment apart from the jealousy bout in book 4 when Ron betrays Harry while having his own head straight! And after that, he is portrayed happily betraying Harry, often in fics featuring Draco Malfoy redemption. Give me a break.
As for him being immature in the books, all I can say is 11 - 17
Frankly, I think this one is, in no small part, Rowling's fault; OK, the jealousy/ insecurity issue hinted in the first book had to be addressed. Well, it was, in books four and five. But then she went and brought it back in book six, and then again in book seven! Was it that difficult to come up with a different reason for teen angst (book 6) or something else the Horcrux to capitalize on (book 7)? After that, it comes to no surprise that the number of Ron bashing fics here on FF.net went through the roof after those books came out.
Albus Dumbledore - Just how the man's belief that he is not to be trusted with power, because of his belief of doing things 'for the greater good' (which happens to be just another form of the age old 'goal justifies the means' excuse for atrocities) having cost him his sister gets transformed into him using that excuse to cause Harry needless pain and suffering, I'll never know. He is manipulative old coot, yes, but remeber, he has realized that Harry is a Horcrux, and as such he most likely has to die if Voldemort is to be truly destroyed; the best he can hope for, at least until Voldemort uses Harry's blood to restore himself, is for harry to somehow take Voldemort with him. And even after that, there is still the issue of damaging the vessel of the soul fragment beyond magical repair; we have seen that magic can, in fact, be used to restore a whole body. What is Dumbledore supposed to do, maim Harry permanently hoping that the 'beyond magical repair' only applies to damage irreversible with standard healing magic alone?
As for 'Harry's power is love' being a load of bull, nobody ever said that Dumbledore meant Harry had to love Voldemort to death. All the ways that could work... well, google 'power of love trope' for ways Dumbledore's words could be interpreted.
Self inserts - Considering that every single story in which the main protagonist acts noticeably differently for no apparent reason (sue fics, basically) or get powers they don't have in canon, which changes their behavior , are, strictly spoken, self inserts, I can't really complain, having written several of the latter for Twisting the Hellmouth. And, to be frank, I don't really mind them, despite such fics being exercises in vanity. So long as they don't trigger any of my pet peeves alarms, I might actually like those.
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