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Fanfiction Philosophy

Creating a good fanfiction is extremely easy. It requires only one element. Originality. First we must ask ourselves, what is originality? As stated by the dictionary.com app on my Ipad, Originality is the ability to express oneself in a independant and individual manner. Originality is not easy, but it is simple: Just don't do stuff that's already been done.

The First Law of Fanfiction: (a) States that every change which strengthens the protagonists requires a corresponding worsening of their challenges. (b) You can't make Frodo a Jedi without giving Sauron the Death Star.

Example #1: Dark!Naruto and Dark!Kakashi both permit a Naruto strengthened over canon - the first by turning one of Naruto's canon!allies against him, and the second by turning Naruto against his canon!allies.

Example #2: Harry gained all the knowledge of ancient Atlantis and has been through literally hundreds of Peggy Sue cycles in which he learns every possible twist of fate...but Voldemort, who unfortunately got to Atlantis first, still wins every time.

Read any book on writing ever and it will tell you that stories are about conflict; a hero too strong for their conflict is no longer in tense, heart-pounding difficulty. The Mary Sue is not defined by her power, but by her lack of an even more powerful opponent. I mention this (1) so that you know I know it and (2) because the First Law of Fanfiction ought to be in a giant banner on every fanfiction site. The most fatal temptation of fanfiction writing is to think of how much easier some character's life would be if they were a ninja. We are therefore naturally inclined to think up ways to solve our characters' problems for them, but must learn instead to make their lives more difficult.

All fanfiction involves borrowing the original author's characters, situations, and world. It is ridiculous to turn around and complain if your own ideas get borrowed in turn. Anyone is welcome to steal any ideas from any fanfiction I write.


On Reviews

I have joined the Review Semi-Revolution. Therefore, I state to leave at least one review on any fic of which I've read 15,000 words, regardless of the number of previous reviews, its age, or whether I have anything wittier to say than "Nice fic". On the theory that if I like it enough to read 15,000 words, I like it enough to leave at least one review.(This is halfway between the Review Revolution and the Review Counter-Revolution.)

Review Counter-Revolution: This states that a reviewer should review a fanfiction only if they have something to say and the energy (not to mention motivation) to say it. If one likes a story enough to add it to their Favorites, then try to make the effort to say why. However, you should not feel obliged to clog up ffn with white noise just for the sake of it, and don't turn reading fanfiction from a pleasure to a chore. It's meant to be fun.

Review Revolution: This is the vow that all authors who join the reveiw Revolution must make: I, (Insert Name Here), do solemnly swear to review all the fics I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else. I have joined the Review Revolution.

If you enjoy reading a fic, that's easy to repay; just leave a review - reviews make authors happy. But what if you learn something from a fic, what what if it changes your mind? A favor like that isn't easy to repay, but what can't be paid back can often be paid onward. Blog the fic or tweet it or tell your friends, and someone else will get a chance to learn.

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Harry Potter After the War by PotterFanSteve reviews
ATW takes up the Harry Potter story on the day after the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, and will continue the story through to the DH Epilogue, and probably beyond. Years One, Two, and Four are now Complete!
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 38 - Words: 583,952 - Reviews: 244 - Favs: 666 - Follows: 369 - Updated: 2/28 - Published: 9/25/2010 - Ginny W., Harry P. - Complete
Odd Ideas by Rorschach's Blot reviews
Odd little one shots that may or may not be turned into their own stories.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor - Chapters: 156 - Words: 706,750 - Reviews: 9122 - Favs: 3,677 - Follows: 2,789 - Updated: 1/23 - Published: 9/4/2005
Prince of the Dark Kingdom by Mizuni-sama reviews
Ten years ago, Voldemort created his kingdom. Now a confused young wizard stumbles into it, and carves out a destiny. AU. Nondark Harry. MentorVoldemort. VII Ch.8 In which someone is dead, wounded, or kidnapped in every scene.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 147 - Words: 1,253,480 - Reviews: 10493 - Favs: 5,806 - Follows: 5,218 - Updated: 6/17/2014 - Published: 9/3/2007 - Harry P., Voldemort
Circular Reasoning by Swimdraconian reviews
Torn from a hellish future, Harry awakens in his teenage body with a hefty debt on his soul. Juggling his violent past, Sidhe politics, and a questionable sanity, he fights to stay ahead of enemy intrigue. Desperation is the new anthem of violence.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 23 - Words: 179,014 - Reviews: 1648 - Favs: 3,902 - Follows: 4,288 - Updated: 3/24/2014 - Published: 11/28/2005 - Harry P.
Sitra Ahra by Voice of the Nephilim reviews
On the night of Halloween 1981, Harry Potter vanished for eight years, reappearing at a Muggle orphanage with no recollection of his past. The deck stacked heavily against him, Harry arrives at Hogwarts, his past the key to the present’s brewing storm.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 30 - Words: 363,743 - Reviews: 951 - Favs: 1,196 - Follows: 1,197 - Updated: 2/14/2014 - Published: 3/1/2009 - Harry P.
Thanks to a Snake by lucky14now reviews
Harry is affected more by the abuse at home,that, a chance meeting with a snake, and a marriage contract send him down a different path. In the process of being Beta'ed. Ch1 beta'ed March 13
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 55 - Words: 453,711 - Reviews: 2603 - Favs: 4,773 - Follows: 3,860 - Updated: 12/25/2013 - Published: 4/21/2011 - Harry P., Daphne G. - Complete
Newton's Third Law by Barrel of Monkeys reviews
How would the Naruto and Harry Potter worlds change if Harry was raised the traditional Hatake way?
Crossover - Harry Potter & Naruto - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 47 - Words: 212,907 - Reviews: 3438 - Favs: 2,355 - Follows: 2,588 - Updated: 7/2/2013 - Published: 10/26/2010 - Harry P., Kakashi H.
Eternally Damned by twiXlite reviews
Edward is THE ultimate vampire. The original. What happens when a visit to the Volturi causes him to pay the Cullens' a visit? Will he find them a threat to the world he's spent an eternity shaping or will he leave them be and let them live in peace?
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 36 - Words: 173,728 - Reviews: 4538 - Favs: 5,150 - Follows: 2,708 - Updated: 4/30/2013 - Published: 4/27/2009 - Edward, Bella - Complete
A Butterfly Effect by SlyGoddess reviews
A simple choice: today or tomorrow? Conceived a day earlier, a heroine, not a hero, is born. With every step, with every waking breath, Harriet Lily Potter rewrites history. But is the world truly ready to be rewritten? Does Ginny Weasley fully comprehend what it might mean to befriend this lonely, love-starved girl? - Femslash&Het - H/G main - Full summary inside -BACK FROM HIATUS
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 28 - Words: 450,130 - Reviews: 1361 - Favs: 1,131 - Follows: 1,252 - Updated: 2/20/2013 - Published: 5/29/2010 - Harry P., Ginny W.
Yet again, with a little extra help by Third Fang reviews
Things didn't go so well this time after Danzo betrayed konoha and joined Akatsuki. As the Kyubi was being removed from Naruto however, an unexpected stranger arrived to change all for the better... maybe. NaruHina timetravel some oc please review
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 77 - Words: 1,262,281 - Reviews: 5328 - Favs: 3,895 - Follows: 2,345 - Updated: 12/25/2012 - Published: 7/14/2009 - Naruto U., Hinata H. - Complete
Conversations with My Killer by Oracle Vas reviews
To me, life was a heartbeat in time and a breath of air. Jasper showed me it was truth, justice, faith, love, and fear. He dared me to be different. He encouraged me to defy the rules of my world and create my own. And on my last day, he took it all.
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 31 - Words: 193,610 - Reviews: 4779 - Favs: 1,940 - Follows: 2,023 - Updated: 4/3/2012 - Published: 7/13/2010 - Bella, Jasper
Inside My Mind by sistersgrimmlover reviews
It started with a wand. A wand with a brother. And this brother wand, a girl shall wield. And with this girl came War. And with War, came her lover, Plague. Plague lead to his brother Death. And it all ended in Victory.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 101 - Words: 787,213 - Reviews: 2410 - Favs: 1,442 - Follows: 715 - Updated: 1/24/2012 - Published: 1/17/2011 - Harry P., Tom R. Jr. - Complete
A Different Life by Tiro reviews
They all thought Lily was Light. She wasn't. She was in love with the Dark Lord, and gave birth to his son. Now Erus Riddle is growing up, showing just how evil the son of Lord Voldemort can be. Of course, the Light doesn't know that fact. SLASH-FIC.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Family - Chapters: 64 - Words: 366,567 - Reviews: 2765 - Favs: 3,371 - Follows: 1,928 - Updated: 12/28/2011 - Published: 12/28/2007 - Voldemort, Harry P. - Complete
People like us by justginger reviews
Edward Cullen is the hottest movie star. Bella Swan is an Art Graduate. Their worlds collide one day and they are drawn together. There is a secret world that they share, a lust for the darker side..
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 81 - Words: 1,337,937 - Reviews: 3706 - Favs: 2,552 - Follows: 1,414 - Updated: 12/3/2011 - Published: 1/1/2010 - Bella, Edward - Complete
The Beautiful Lie by Dracoqueen22 reviews
AU. Epic. AizenxIchi. UraxIchi. Years after the painful end, the echoes of war still prove their influence. Ichigo comes home to find a dead man in his kitchen, sparking a turn of events no one could have anticipated, least of all himself.
Bleach - Rated: M - English - Drama - Chapters: 47 - Words: 268,116 - Reviews: 497 - Favs: 446 - Follows: 249 - Updated: 11/3/2011 - Published: 4/27/2009 - Ichigo K. - Complete
Cutting Loose by Chengar Qordath reviews
Naruto and TenTen become friends while he's still at the Academy; TenTen helps Naruto graduate, and the two of them join Team Gai along with Rock Lee. Now, Naruto must learn what it means to be a jinchuriki, and how far he'll go to defend his ninja way.
Naruto - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 19 - Words: 167,572 - Reviews: 1016 - Favs: 2,366 - Follows: 2,364 - Updated: 10/1/2011 - Published: 1/12/2010 - Naruto U., Tenten
Cullenary Coupling by BookishQua reviews
What if Edward lied to everyone, & it really was all about Bella's scent? AU of entire TS on how, why, & when ExB fell in love using a completely different plot. Romance, hilarity, mystery and angst. Rated M. Canon Couples. Dark Edward, Lots of Snark
Twilight - Rated: M - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 83 - Words: 1,207,586 - Reviews: 2376 - Favs: 953 - Follows: 548 - Updated: 9/21/2011 - Published: 11/29/2008 - Edward, Bella - Complete
The Lion's Roar by James Spookie reviews
The final in the Lion's Trilogy. Dumbledore has died and left Harry one final task. With Daphne, Hermione and Neville at his side, Harry intends to end the war started the night his parents were killed.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 17 - Words: 92,847 - Reviews: 456 - Favs: 1,141 - Follows: 487 - Updated: 7/25/2011 - Published: 4/27/2011 - Harry P., Daphne G. - Complete
Dark Magic by ImmortalObsession reviews
After the second Wizarding War Bella must live the life of the Muggle with Charlie in Forks, but what she doesn't count on is finding a family of vampires, werewolves, and a temperamental mind reader there. As it turns out, that stupid small town has almost as many secrets as she does. ON-HIATUS.
Crossover - Harry Potter & Twilight - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 55 - Words: 276,298 - Reviews: 863 - Favs: 378 - Follows: 339 - Updated: 6/25/2011 - Published: 7/13/2009 - Bella
Runaway Wizard by Yanagi-wa reviews
Harry finally gets tired of being mistreated by the Dursley's and his complaints ignored or dismissed by the faculty of Hogwarts so he runs away. He learns a lot on the streets and in the world he falls into.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 62 - Words: 573,512 - Reviews: 1574 - Favs: 2,684 - Follows: 1,555 - Updated: 6/10/2011 - Published: 4/11/2008 - Complete
Death of Today by Epic Solemnity reviews
COMPLETE LV/HP: Raised in a Muggle orphanage, Harry arrives at Hogwarts a bitter boy. Unusually intelligent, he's recruited by the Unspeakables and the Death Eaters at a young age. As he grows older, he constantly has to struggle to keep his footing around a manipulative and bored Dark Lord, who fancies mind games and intellectual entertainment. (Currently being re-edited.)
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 71 - Words: 500,882 - Reviews: 7803 - Favs: 5,835 - Follows: 3,177 - Updated: 6/6/2011 - Published: 9/26/2009 - Voldemort, Harry P. - Complete
The Truth behind the name and the lies Pt 2 by kusanosakura reviews
An abused boy finds out he's a wizard and a hero; his tormented mind rebels. One person sees through the misconceptions to the real Harry and treats him the way he deserves. How does this change them both and those around them?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Angst/Tragedy - Chapters: 26 - Words: 49,483 - Reviews: 122 - Favs: 346 - Follows: 111 - Updated: 3/14/2011 - Published: 3/6/2011 - Harry P., Draco M. - Complete
The Truth behind the name and the lies Pt 1 by kusanosakura reviews
An abused boy finds out he's a wizard and a hero; his tormented mind rebels. One person sees through the misconceptions to the real Harry and treats him the way he deserves. How does this change them both and those around them?
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Tragedy/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 26 - Words: 85,303 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 534 - Follows: 167 - Updated: 3/6/2011 - Published: 2/19/2011 - Harry P., Draco M. - Complete
Harry Potter The New Marauders by PotterFanSteve reviews
Continuing tthe Happily Ever After storyline, TNM follows Al, Lily, Rose, Nick, their friends, and family through the nine years after the DH epilogue, through their years at Hogwarts, and beyond.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 143 - Words: 1,390,144 - Reviews: 119 - Favs: 226 - Follows: 70 - Published: 9/25/2010 - Albus S. P., Lily Luna P. - Complete
Midnight Sun by Herald-MageAnduli reviews
COMPLETE! AU GOF. Neutral! Harry. The 'Boy Who Lived' is Harry's older twin. Neglected by his family, intelligence constantly underestimated, his placement in Slytherin house is a shock. Disowning him was their worst possible mistake. Along with his friend Draco Malfoy he faces the challenges of the Twizard Tournament. Beware the Midnight Sun. Mild Swearing, Pre-Slash. 1.4M Views!
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 64,303 - Reviews: 1216 - Favs: 3,474 - Follows: 1,398 - Updated: 8/20/2010 - Published: 10/22/2009 - Harry P., Draco M. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Pendant of Slytherin by Neednotknowtheirname reviews
6/7th year fic. Harry decides he wants to do things his way, because Dumbledore's method of defeating Voldemort just doesn't appeal. He finds friends in unexpected places and embarks on a method of defeat in which he sometimes holds little hope. H/OFC.
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 77 - Words: 481,824 - Reviews: 2033 - Favs: 1,409 - Follows: 877 - Updated: 4/13/2010 - Published: 6/15/2008 - Harry P. - Complete
Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat's Gift by AntaresTheEighthPleiade reviews
Take a WBWL-verse, add in some Slytherin Harry with Voldemort's memories, and add just a dash of Parselmagic, and what do you get? Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat's Gift, Book 1 of the Saga of the Lightning Speaker.
Harry Potter - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 22 - Words: 53,362 - Reviews: 890 - Favs: 2,326 - Follows: 1,207 - Updated: 12/18/2009 - Published: 6/16/2009 - Harry P. - Complete
The Potter Conspiracy by darklordmike reviews
Slightly AU, post-GOF. A Harry/Parvati epic. Civil war is coming to wizarding Britain, and Harry's role will be a complicated one. Very manipulative Dumbledore, with some revisions to early canon. Harry will have a backbone in this one. Rated M. Enjoy!
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 27 - Words: 187,009 - Reviews: 960 - Favs: 1,206 - Follows: 1,477 - Updated: 10/10/2009 - Published: 3/4/2009 - Harry P., Parvati P.
Harry's Escapades by Jejenblack reviews
There's a new girl at Hogwarts. Rough,exotic, and she is Dumbledore's trusted girl. Tasked to do something for our famous hero, Harry looks forward to her duties for him whether in the war or in his bed. He can't help it if he's seventeen with a hot mystery girl and raging hormones. (Dumbledore is alive and other characters might be alive. Sorry for some annoying cliches.)
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 63,242 - Reviews: 39 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 4/21/2006 - Published: 1/10/2006 - Harry P., Ron W., Hermione G., OC
Unlocking Harry Potter by sarini reviews
COMPLETE! PostOoTP, PreHBP. Severus has been having dreams, dreams so real they feel like memories. What is his mind telling him? Severitus with a twist. SLASH HP?
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 53 - Words: 182,808 - Reviews: 717 - Favs: 1,574 - Follows: 311 - Updated: 9/14/2005 - Published: 8/11/2005 - Harry P., Severus S. - Complete
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