Author has written 12 stories for Mario, Fire Emblem, Naruto, Hunger Games, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh GX.
Announcement: My fanfic, True Potential, actually has a TV Tropes page!! Thanks so much to Scistorm for bothering to make it! I am so very, very appreciative! :) If anybody wishes to, you can go check it out (or even edit it :P ). I just wanted to say something about it. Thank you so very much again Scistorm!
Hello everyone, and welcome to my profile! :) I don't know why you chose to stumble upon my profile, but I welcome you to it. I hope you don't get bored by what you see here!
To give some incredibly basic information about myself...
Name: Ryan (you can call me that, or DryBonesKing. I don't mind either!)
Occupation: Cashier/Server at Thunder Falls Terrace in Universal Studios Orlando / Hopeful graduate student at the University of Central Florida
I just graduated college this past May (5/1/2016) and am still trying to find my way through life. I got a linguistics degree and intend on using it to get a job as a professor or work as a speech therapist. We'll see which way the cards go once I am in grad school... hopefully. That's going to be time and money though. However, in the mean time, I'm just going to be working up to raise the money for school and also work on my own writing; both fanfiction and original material. Yes, I am trying to get a book series published. I'm incredibly slow with working on it (namely because most of my writing time goes to fanfiction), but I really think I can have the books done by the end of 2017 and I can pursue getting it published. I'll let you all know how that goes!
On the topic of fanfiction, I've been on this website now for nearly nine years. I've grown a lot since I started back when I was thirteen as a person and as a writer. I used to be an incredibly shitty writer when I first started here (and believe me; there's a major reason why the work I published in 2007 is no longer on the website... yes, it was that bad). I really have become attached to this website and all the different stories you can find here. I have this weird feeling I'll be here for even longer, writing stories for whatever for almost all of my life, even if I do actually get original books published. I don't think I'll mind though! :)
List of my favorite shit (for anyone who cares) :P
Favorite Anime/Manga: Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Death Note, Attack on Titan, Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop, Chrno Crusade, Yu-Gi-Oh
Favorite Video Games: Super Mario franchise, Legend of Zelda franchise, Pokémon franchise, Fire Emblem franchise, Phoenix Wright/Ace Attorney franchise, Halo franchise (up to Halo Reach), "Tales of" Franchise, Bioshock franchise, Undertale, League of Legends
Favorite Television Shows: Game of Thrones, Dollhouse, Avatar: Last Airbender, Avatar: Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, most cartoons on Cartoon Network in the late 90s/early 2000s, Survivor, Amazing Race (until season 23)
Favorite Books: Native Son (Richard Wright), Lord of the Flies (William Golding), Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Harry Potter (J.K Rowling), Lord of the Rings (J.R.R Tolkien), A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin), Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
More Naruto stuff (since it is probably the biggest fandom and the one I currently write the most for :P )
Favorite Characters (in no particular order): Naruto, Hinata, Shikamaru, Haku, Gaara, Kushina, Minato, Jiraiya, Itachi, Deidara, Anko, Killer Bee, Rock Lee, Utakata, Han, Fū, Yugito, Han, Rōshi, Yagura
Favorite Pairings: NaruHina (OTP! OTP! OTP!), MinaKushi, ShikaTema, LeeTen, ShinoFū, ZabuAnko, NaruHaku (male Haku)
I... Might have more things to post here. I don't know. I'll see later!
Well,if you made it this far, maybe you actually are interested in my opinions? So... would you like to read some rants? I'll update this periodically with rants about various fandom information. Most will probably be about Naruto, but they could extend to other topics. Some could be about fanfiction trends and others could be about the actual source material. I don't know; we'll see what I have to say!
Rant 1: "Kishimoto, you did make nine jinchūriki, right? Nine!! Where are the other six!?" (Rant about the role of the Jinchūriki in canon material/most fanfiction)
I figured I would start off my rants with a topic that I am pretty passionate about. If you actually looked at my favorite characters list, you all probably noticed that all nine jinchūriki are in the list. That's no coincidence. I love the idea of the jinchūriki as characters so much. They were probably the topic I was focused on the most when the fandom was young in 2006/2007.For a long time, we only knew Naruto and Gaara. There were seven characters we knew nothing about. I had so many OC's created for the other jinchūriki and hypothesized what villages they came from. what abilities they had, what they were like, and what their role would be in the story. And while Kishimoto did create seven great characters that I was incredibly interested in once their character art came out (much better than OC's I came up with)... he completely disappointed me with the story he had for them... or should I say, lack thereof.
I do get it; he needs to build up and develop Akatsuki, who barely had a role in the first series, so he has to have the other jinchūriki get captured so they get closer to their goal. And he can't do the same thing he did with Gaara and save all of them so none of them really die. I completely understand that the others had to get captured and die to progress the story. What's infuriating, though, is the sheer lack of use of them. The first new jinchūriki introduced in Shippuden was Yugito, who got basically no development in her few pages before getting captured... and she's one of the ones who got the most development! Seriously; Kishimoto didn't give a chance for Yagura, Rōshi, Han, Utakata, and Fū. Thank God he learned his lesson and allowed Killer Bee to actually get developed (and developed well, might I add), but it really bothers me that the others didn't get a chance to get developed.
The jinchūriki are characters that all have a connection to each other. The similarities between Naruto and Gaara were hammered in hard and was one of my favorite things about the first Naruto series. I was really interested in seeing how all of these nine characters would be in comparison to each other, but Kishimoto ended up doing nothing with them at all. They all were literally just blank slates with no character until they got brought back in the Fourth Shinobi World War, and even then, they really didn't get developed too much.
It feels like such a waste of good characters. As said earlier, all jinchūriki have a general connection to each other just based on the lives they had to have lived and having a connection due to their bijū. There is so much potential for great character interaction in there. And even not taking the interaction into consideration, they are all just cool character concepts. Yagura is the fucking Yondaime Mizukage who was responsible for the 'Bloody Mist'. And then you have characters like Han and Utakata, who have unique fighting styles that would be a joy to read about. Why didn't he even try?
The thing that irritates me is just simply because the handling of the jinchūriki is something the anime did better! I wasn't asking for much, I don't think. I was actually very content with the Utakata filler arc in Shippuden and the Suna Chūnin Exam that gave some characterization for Fū. Honestly, it was just nice to see them have brief interaction with other jinchūriki and show off their personalities and how they thought and acted to a degree! That was all I really thought was needed. And Kishimoto didn't even bother... he just wasted the characters.
Some of the fanfics on this site aren't much better, however. I happen to notice that most jinchūriki aren't featured in a lot of stories other than Naruto and Gaara. Sometimes, Fū and Yugito get featured, but that's usually to get paired up with Naruto. The others aren't really featured at all. I can count the number of fanfics I've read that truly feature Han and Rōshi on one hand! And some fanfics actually don't really use Killer Bee much is for as big of a character he is in the latter half of the series (although that maybe because of his 'speaking habits'... of that'll be fun to write later!). I think it's making the same mistakes that Kishimoto made; having access to great characters and not using them.
I am actually pretty passionate about this; I love the jinchūriki and their designs and what little we actually did get to see of them (even if it was incredibly little). I plan on using them all to extensive details in all of my Naruto fanfiction. And, honestly, I hope to see them all used more often. If this rant accomplished anything... I hope you decide to use them in your fanfics. Introduce Fū and Utakata! Write scenes with Han and Yagura. Give Yugito and Rōshi a chance! ... Oh yeah. And Naruto and Gaara and Killer Bee. They're kinda important too. :)
That's all for now. I'm sure to post more. I hope you all gained something from looking at my profile. Have a great day! :)