Here's some basic information about me. Not too much so if any weird stalkers are after me they won't get much of a head start. Not that I think there are any stalkers after me (shifty eyes) .
Hobbies: Playing video games, watching anime, reading manga, reading books, and most recently reading fanfics. Except that by now, it's not really recently.
Favorite mangas: Bleach, Naruto, Dragonball Z, and Inuyasha, with Fairy Tail as a rising interest as well.
Favorite books: Golden Compass, the Bartimaeus trilogy, the Pendragon series, the Harry Potter books, most fantasy books, and a lot of pulp fiction.
Favorite sports: ... Don't have any.
Favorite foods: Burritos, soft tacos, and Subway sandwhiches. Pizza's great too.
Favorite fanfics: ... Dang. I like most of the ones on my favorites list, but for specifics, look at the lists below. Also, it may take sometime to get around to sorting all of my favorite Naruto fics.
I attend college and get mostly good grades. I have been a fan of first Bleach, and then I got into Naruto. At first I watched the anime, and eventually got into the manga. Sometime after that, I got into fanfics.
I have a cat who I dearly love and a twin sister.
I really dislike it when people take too long to update because they can't get the chapter "right." I completely sympathize, but at the same time wish they would just post already. I've lost count of the number of chapter I've read that began with, "I really didn't like this chapter," in one way or another. Guess what? Most of those chapters I liked. I could just be speaking for myself, but that's what I think. I also dislike it greatly when people work a few chapters into a story, and then completely forget about it! My last rant about authors is about those few (who do exist) who will NOT answer a message. I don't want to pester them, but it is rude to just ignore a message.
In addition, when reading a story, there are two kinds of stories that I do not expect further updates on.
1. Stories that have not been updated for over a year. Stories that I KNOW update only once a year or so are different. 'cough' Feeling Hollow by Daricio 'cough.'
2. Stories that updated multiple times in a relatively short period of time (like 12 updates in one or two months), then don't update for at least 3 months. That usually means the writer got bored of their story, and that's never a good sign for a story's completion.
I tend to ramble on a great deal when reviewing or messaging. When doing those things, I tend to just write out my thoughts. When I don't, I either have more neutral feelings towards the story, or more likely simply don't feel like it.
I am brilliant at thinking of ideas (don't be afraid to ask for some if you have writer's block), but I do not have much talent putting them together. Thus, I'm a better adviser than writer. Not to mention I don't have the patience to finish a developed story, so I just don't even start.
There is one kind of fic in general that I can't find it in myself to read. Tragedies, torture, explicit material, evil main characters, all of that I can stand. What I can't stand is desperation and despair, where nothing that the main character can do can change things from having a horrible inevitable end. An example of this would be "Harry Potter and the Wastelands of Time." It really bothers me actually.
My standards for fics that can make it onto my favorites (and even my alerts at that) has risen considerably. It is no longer enough for a fic to have an interesting topic; to make it onto my favorites list it has to be at least semi-competent, and a really good fic (in my opinion) to make it onto my favorites. Thus, readers might find some fics on my favorites list that I put there a while ago and thus aren't as high quality.
Lately, I've been into Naruto or Naruto crossover fics. Here's a few things that I notice are continually used in fics but aren't actually canon:
1. Villagers abusing Naruto. This can be a useful plot device, but there is nothing to say that in canon Naruto was physically harmed in any way. Just want to make this clear.
2. Nice/female Kyuubi. This one is more obvious; I'm pretty sure that everyone who uses this plot device knows it is not canon. But it is used so frequently that I thought I should mention it.
3. Here's a big one, and I'm not just talking about Naruto fics here: Naruto/other hero getting insane strength in like a short amount of time. I know Naruto can use shadow clones, and the gravity seals/weights make you stronger more quickly, but there are physical limits that people are fond of ignoring. Starting with, say, a six year old having the physical power of a strong 16 year old. A few fics correctly point out that Naruto/whoever avoids physical combat until they are older, but I've lost count of the number of times a young Naruto kicks, say, Zabuza's butt in physical combat. It just shouldn't happen at that kind of age. They can be strong, but until someone has at least reached puberty/a little afterwards, their strength, no matter how hard they train, is limited. On a side note, canon does this sometimes (like ANBU Itachi at 13 years old), but still...
4. Bashing. Sometimes it is fun to have this, and most people who use it know that this isn't canon, but I thought that I'd put it here. For example, Sasuke's/Sakura's/the leaf village's negative behavior is highly exaggerated most of the time. Though it can be funny. Once again, this does not purely apply to Naruto.
5. Here's a biggy. A lot of people have the clan heads and civilians form a council. This is not canon. Others have Koharu, Homura, and Danzo being the council. Once again, this isn't canon. I'm not sure about Danzo, but I know that Koharu and Homura are ADVISORS, not members of a council. They have little power themselves, but they can put pressure on the Hokage. They cannot directly order or overrule the Hokage though. However... the story "Swapping the Cage" by Rathanel portrays their canon roles fairly well in my view.
6. Levels of power. A lot of people set is up like this:
As far as I know, there are at least two problems with this. First of all, Sannin is a title that only Orochimaru, Jiraiya, and Tsunade hold. They are all at Kage level. As a side note, Sannin are not sages. Some people think once someone gets a contract and becomes a sage they become a Sannin. First of all, the only sage among the three is Jiraiya. Next, the translation of Sannin is 3 ninjas. Common sense states that this is a title, not a rank. Second of all, Anbu are made up of powerful jonin for the most part, but are not a level unto themselves. And a minor one, that's probably not even worth mentioning, is that Kage level is a technicality because if a small village's strongest ninja is a jonin... but that's something even I would overlook.
Special Jonin: They are their own level, but some people get it wrong. I've seen a few people mark them as stronger than a normal Jonin, but that's not true. Special Jonin are shinobi that are at least Jonin level in one field, but lack skill in others. For example, Lee might make a Special Jonin, because he can only do Taijutsu. On a side note, Kurenai and Guy are a bit confusing because at first glance they focus on one field, but I have two theories:
A. If you're strong enough, even if you only focus on one field, you can still make Jonin.
B. They are skilled in other fields, but just don't practice those fields much.
These are the ones that I thought up on the top of my head, though numbers 2 and 4 could be categorized under OOC, which is probably the most common kind of change in fics.
A few things that make a badly written fic in my mind:
- Show not tell. Describe what people are doing, not just tell about it. Example: Naruto got angry and left the room, vs. Naruto's face turned red with rage, and he turned towards the door and stomped out. Basically said the same thing, but it should be obvious which is better written.
- Run on sentences/not using enough commas; makes a fic seem unprofessional. Naruto ran towards his enemy prepared to summon a shadow to help him create a Rasengan and abruptly Naruto's foot collided with a rock sending him to the ground while his opponent laughed before continuing to kill Naruto's friends, vs. Naruto ran towards his enemy, prepared to summon a shadow to help him create a Rasengan. Abruptly, Naruto's foot collided with a rock sending him to the ground while his opponent laughed before continuing to kill Naruto's friends. The second one just flows more smoothly. Sadly, this is actually a really common problem that can make even otherwise good fics almost unreadable.
- Plot holes; more forgivable and easier to overlook (except in extreme circumstances) than the previous two, it can still nonetheless detract from a story. For example, Harry Potter is full of them, but that doesn't mean they're a bad series. However, those very plot holes show that the books themselves are not amazingly written. I could get into a Harry Potter rant here, but I won't.
Come on Naruto! Now I'm going to ask Naruto a few questions:
Me: Did Sasuke betray Konoha?
Me: Just answer the question. DID SASUKE BETRAY KONOHA?
Me: And what is the punishment for traitors?
Naruto: But he doesn't want to hurt Konoha!
Me: I could argue against that, but just answer the question.
Me: Fine, I'll anwer it for you. The punishment is always death. Now Sasuke is a traitor, so why should he get anything less than the death penalty?
Naruto: He's my friend! He wouldn't end up really hurting us.
Me: Rediculous. Even if you don't count the time when you infiltrated Orochimaru's hideout and he almost killed you, judging he shoved a chidori in your chest in the valley of the end he isn't too concerned with your life.
Naruto: But he didn't kill me and he could have!
Me: He didn't kill you because he didn't want to take the same route of power Itachi did, not because he particularly cared about you. Anyways, do you know how selfish you sound?
Me: Do you think the Hokage can pardon a traitor just because the traitor is their friend? That's not how it works.
Me: If you can't except this, you cannot be the Hokage. Your own personal desires must be put second after the needs of the village. Sasuke is a traitor. Whether he WAS your friend or not is immaterial. What matters to you more? Saving Sasuke, or becoming Hokage?
Naruto: How can I become Hokage if I can't even save my best friend?
Me: You know, I'm done with this discussion. It's like banging my head against a brick wall. Jeesh.
Yeah, that sums up my feelings towards that subject.
A lot of stories that have Minato seal Kyuubi into Naruto have Naruto end up resenting Minato. Oftentimes Kushina will join in on hating Minato (though sometimes it's the other way around). Naruto and/or Kushina often end up yelling at Minato for picking the village over Naruto, for condemning Naruto to an existence of loneliness, etc. I can sympathize with their point of view, I really can. I can't blame them for thinking that way. But Minato is the hokage. Before himself, before his family, his priority should be the village. It's not like he actually killed his own son in the sealing. And while it probably was naive of him, he did honestly hope that the villagers would see Naruto as a hero (though he in reality probably suspected what would really happen). No, I think that Minato did what needed to be done. Many people make the argument that he could have let the Kyuubi be temporarily dragged down with Kushina, but he chose to make his son a weapon instead. Well... yeah. One, in the hands of his son the Kyuubi could be used to protect and enrich Konoha. It's a potent tool. Two, the Kyuubi would be back in a few years. Best case scenario, he rampages somewhere else causing massive amounts of damage, before being perhaps sealed as a Jinchuriki by another village. Worse case scenario, the Masked Man regains control of it and turns it against Konoha... again. But this time someone like Sarutobi would have to sacrifice himself, and there'd be a Jinchuriki made anyways. Take the long term view. What I will conceed is that his actions, justified or not, are very capable of driving Naruto to being dark or rebellious. Also, there's the occasional "I came back to life/was incapacitated for reason X, and now I'm so furious at the Leaf Village I will destroy it, because they are all obviously horrible people." I hate to say it, but just because someone does something horrible doesn't make them a horrible person. Fear, resentment, grief, all of these serve to blind the people of common sense, and cause them to react irrationally. This does not make them horrible people who deserve to die (though some may, it does not inherently mean such). Some stories introduce certain elements that help, but it is a common occurrence.
Realism. First of all, it is a rare story where everything makes sense; however I am mostly referring to character actions, personalities, and abilities. An example would be Sasuke bashing. I don't mind a Sasuke portrayed like canon Sasuke (which would be bashing for any other character...), but the lengths some people go to is ridiculous. Same thing with Sakura, the leaf village, etc. Then we have the so called "Fox Hunts" that are a notorious plot tool to make Naruto bitter and jaded about the leaf village, to exaggerate his suffering, or to show just how (unrealistically) forgiving he is. Aside from the fact that there's no way he should still be alive after all the punishment left on him (though Kyuubi healing him is the common excuse), this would leave an extremely traumatized child. Then we have other character irregularities; take the common "Minato and Kushina abandoned Naruto w/sibling"; if you have to have this (and I actually love this kind of story), please have there be an explanation other than "it was part of the plan... and the plan consists of just abandoning him in a village with no way of checking on his with a bunch of people bitter about the Kyuubi". You can make their plan wrong, immorally off, but please don't arrange a plan that a 5 year old could see holes in; resentful, deluded, sure, but they are not idiots. This would have gone into my pet peeves, but I feel that it's a little too complex to be summed up in that section. Note that these are not game breakers on their own (if they were, let's just say that I wouldn't be reading many stories). An examples of a story that pulls the "Naruto runs away/is abandoned" well is God of Illusion, Host of the Devil's Arm.
Often I will run into stories (sometimes school fics, sometimes crossovers) that involve taking a canon character and plopping him or her into a different universe. Especially if this happened at the beginning of the story or the story began that way. This particular kind of story isn't exactly a pet peeve, which is why it isn't below, but something that I think should be commented on. Some of these stories, if you changed the name of the one/few canon characters, would be unrecognizable as a crossover/fanfiction at all. This, contrary to what some people think, doesn't make it a bad story. However, the canon character is more like an OC, perhaps one with a similar personality or traits, than an actual character. A profile I once read roughly described it as, "If I can't recognize who the character(s) is/are if their names are changed, then it's not a fanfiction."
This pertains to Naruto fics and the concept of a council. Personally I believe that the very concept of a council stems from the desire of writers to create a world where the Hokage can't order his shinobi to do what he wants, when he wants, why he wants. Period. Because in canon he can. The Hokage is the supreme commander of a military dictatorship. I think it's a useful plot device; there are plenty of stories where writers have two options: create a Hokage that ranges from bashed to downright evil, or take away enough power that he can be a good guy but honestly unable to help. The most realistic version of this is expressed with in actually a number of fics. The Hokage can order his ninja to protect Naruto (for example), but he can't order people to like him. The Hokage can even order stores to sell him their products, but doesn't prevent other forms of discrimination. This is just one of the more prominent examples.
This section is about Harry/Naruto being neglected by family because of a sibling. Aside from the fact that this is almost never done even in a vaguely realistic manner, this is a genre that I really enjoy reading; if I haven't read most versions of this on the Potterverse and Narutoverse verse, either it's a not-popular story that slipped through the cracks, a story that I decided the low quality overruled the plot, or a relatively recent addition. But that's not the point of this pondering section. In almost ALL versions of this, Naruto/Harry is much stronger mentally or physically (and sometimes both) than his sibling. This is not universal, but extremely common to the point where I wondered, "What if Naruto was weaker than his sibling? Not so much mentally but physically and chakra/magic wise (and even then it can be close mentally). I have seen this before, but only once or twice. Usually it's more along the lines of Naruto/Harry is only a shade better than their sibling. One of my story ideas below has the concept of a weaker Naruto that must work hard in order to become a splendid shinobi.
The concept of AU. Technically every fanfiction is AU, or else it wouldn't be fanfiction. However, I think that TRUE AU is where the actual verse is different, not just a decision or a couple characters. Example of Naruto AU: The Empty Cage by Rathanel. Example of Harry Potter AU: Hell Eyes by Jezaray (in this, Earth is the same but a whole new world and concept of worlds is also introduced). Personally I love true AU's, as they usually are well done and have a lot of thought in them. Exceptions are real world AUs. I hate real world fics (ex: High School Naruto, non-magical Harry Potter).
The idea of Naruto being a scroll and Kyuubi the kunai. That is not true. Kunai's cannot actually affect the scroll; the container isn't the Bijuu, but the Bijuu can affect its container to varying degrees (depending on the seal, amount of chakra used, and will of the host). In that sight, it would not be a mistake to treat the container with caution (though organizing witch hunts is not only pointless and stupid but actually counter-productive). If the container grows up with a healthy mentality and strong seal, they should be okay. Nevertheless, while it isn't as clear cut as the scroll and kunai analogy suggests, that doesn't mean that the container is the Bijuu. On the side, I can understand how the uneducated could believe that there was no way a mere human will could keep the Bijuu at bay. Lashing out at it like the way it is happens in fics however is still stupid beyond measure. If it really is the demon, all they're doing is pissing it off.
Harry Potter Corner (evolving):
Common misconceptions: there are many elements that are used so often in fanfics that everybody forgets that they aren't actually canon. Here's an evolving list of them as I think of them (note that these are in varying degrees of prominence, ranging from ones that almost everybody thinks is canon by this point to those that people know aren't really canon but still use):
Magical cores: Believe it or not, there isn't anything on magical cores (except for wand cores) in canon. There isn't anything on magical exhaustion either for that matter, it's simply a plot tool used to control how much power a wizard can put out over time, and as an explanation as to why some wizards are stronger than others.
Daphne Greengrass: canon said virtually NOTHING about Daphne. The Ice-Princess deal is purely fanon to the point where everyone uses it. But yeah, of all the characters mentioned in canon, she's in a tie for least developed character.
Arithmancy: Now, as much as I like the fanon interpretation of arithmancy, canon arithmancy is simply divination through the use of numbers, not spell creation or whatever.
Ancient Runes: It's basically just studying another language; it is not inherently linked with wards or magical runes.
Glamours: Basically illusions. These aren't covered in canon... at all. It MAY mention an illusion somewhere in canon (not invisibility mind you), but IF it does (I'm not rereading the books to find out for sure) it is incredibly high-leveled magic, not something that any half-decent student can use on their face to cover up pimples.
Plot holes and annoyances in the overall series:
Hogwarts houses. There are some VERY token efforts later on in the series to show that Slytherin is not the incarnation of evil, but it was terribly done. Everyone that is developed at all is rude, vindictive, petty, and sadistic. Griffindor is the incarnation of light and happiness, with bravery and strong morals all over the place. Wormtail of an out of place attempt to change his, but mostly just led to readers wondering how the heck he even made it into Griffindor. Hufflepuff is full of duffers and is completely pathetic. The on exception of Cedric, and he so outshines the rest of his house that he actually made them look worse. Nothing can really be said about Ravenclaw, the least developed house, except that it's full of brainiacs. So we have the good house, the evil house, the pathetic house, and the boring house. Great job JKR. On the other hand, it give plenty of opportunity for fanfic writers to develop the houses on their own.
Dumbledore. Actually, that's a little misleading. I like Dumbledore, he's a strong, wise, and yet flawed character. What I don't like is the number of plot points that make him look either incompetent or manipulative. The prime example is the ridiculously easy tests to get to the Philosopher's Stone. I use this as my example since, despite the nearly uncounted other events fanfic writers accuse him of, this is the only one where even I can't think of an excuse for. He take the Stone into a school of children (secure or not, and the school has shown not to be as secure as he thought), directs their attention in that direction, and proceeds to put a series of tests where the only really difficult ones were Fluffy (if you didn't know the secret) and Snape's (assuming that flame-freezing charms don't nullify the flames). Dumbledore's puzzles me; what if you don't want it for yourself, but to give it to someone who does? Hmm. Anyways, but to subject. I feel that everything else that he's done can be attributed to a combination of reasons and excuses. Examples include sending Harry to the Dursleys because he'd be safer from vindictive death eaters behind protections (and he wasn't physically abused there, despite the horde of fanfics that portray him in that manner), not knowing where the chamber of secrets was because he simply didn't get the same clues that Harry and co did, and more. My end point is that I don't like how incredibly easy it is for fanfic writers to portray him from manipulative to worse than Voldemort.
Archtypes. Now, all fandoms have them, but Harry Potter is particularly bad. Almost all stories can be classified into the below:
1. Harry's parents live through Halloween that night and people think that Harry's brother is the boy who lived (whether or not he actually is varies, but usually not). This often (but not always) is accompanied by things ranging from neglect to abandonment. Slight variations exist.
2. Time travel. Harry dies, or perhaps wants to redo the past. He goes back in time (usually when he's 10 or 11, but sometimes earlier, though very rarely later). Whether this other time is literally the past or the past in an alternate dimension if variable.
3. Harry around 5th year figures out that his whole life he was being manipulated by Dumbledore (or in some less common cases he just unlocks greater power, no one was manipulating him), and claims his Lordship, goes and makes bargains with the apparently friendly goblins, etc.
4. All after the end of the books fics. I know I shouldn't lump them all together, but with few exceptions (usually crossovers at that) they just kind of annoy me.
5. Harry starts school much more badass than canon, whether it's due to latent powers, special training, or even just a different Dursley family. This is particularly annoying because of the tendency to leave almost everything else the same.
Now, that isn't to say all fics are in these categories, or that these stories are necessarily bad. In fact, some of my favorite Harry Potter stories are in these categories. It'd just be nice TO HAVE A LITTLE VARIETY ONCE IN A WHILE! Come on, make it more AU (when I say AU, I mean an alternate version of the Potterverse, not the same one with only a couple of different decisions).
Pet peeves: (will be updated over time):
Bad grammar in the summary or title. Sadly, that is actually a good indicator of how competent the writer is. Or rather, good grammar does not necessarily mean a good writer, but bad grammar usually indicates a bad writer. I mean, come on; if they can't even be bothered to edit their own summary and title for mistakes, then how can they expect to write a story? And don't rely on betas; betas are to fix the holes and grammar in your work AFTER you've done the best you can with it. I have sympathy for those who English is a second language, but then, that IS part of what beta's are for. At the very least, use spell check.
When the summary is "Summary is inside." It's one thing if you want to explain a summary in more detail inside the first chapter, but at least have a teaser so people know what it's about. If you don't, you'd better hope that the title is impressive enough to make people actually enter the fic to read the summary. It doesn't seem like it'd take a lot of effort to do that, but a lot of readers (including myself) probably wouldn't bother, unless I was really bored.
Summaries that are cursory and end with "better than it sounds" or "just give it a try" or even worse "I suck at summaries, just read it." If you think your summary was bad... make it better. And don't doubt yourself in the summary, it makes you look like a bad writer (which you may be, but whether you are or not is irrelevant, it still sends the message). With that kind of summary, similar to the last two points, you look like your careless and don't care very much about your fic if you can't even spend the time to make a well-written (or at least a complete and grammatically correct) summary.
Unrealistic leaps in logic. Sometimes you read something, and you think "this is basically 1 plus 2 = 4." A common one is Naruto being rejected by his love (sometimes, but not always, when he's not even involved with her in the first place, which is really pathetic), and decides that no one will love him. Sometimes this is understandably made worse by later events, but it happens. Often during battle, analyzing abilities falls under this category. An example is in a NarutoxBleach crossover that will not be named here, Kakashi is fighting Toshiro. Toshiro sends a series of kido at Kakashi, and Kakashi copies all but an ice-based on that was thrown in the middle. Toshiro says, "I see now, you can copy any element except for sub-elements" (or something to that effect). WTF? How on earth did he get to that conclusion. Here's a more realistic line of thought: "Hmm, he didn't copy my ice kido. Maybe I should try using some more on him to see if he really can't copy them." And even if you got "unable to copy ice" from the initial statement, how on earth did you get from there to every sub-element? Besides... I'm not even sure the two would define sub-element in the same way.
Very short chapters. I categorize my chapters in 5 categories:
Very short (less than 2000 words)
Short (between 2000 and 4000 words)
Medium (between 4000 and 7000 words)
Long (between 7000 and 12000 words)
Very long (greater than 12000 words)
Very short chapters are annoying. I would rather the author take longer to update than post one of these. The only exception is if that is their normal chapter length (in which case they better update with a speed to match this). Short chapters are probably the most common. Can be irritating, especially if the author is question doesn't update often, but I've gotten used to them. Medium are also pretty standard, right up there with short. Don't have a problem with them in general, but can be annoying if updates are very rare, especially if it is a shorter medium chapter. Long chapters are my favorite to read. They are engaging, and often are able to tide me over for a fairly long time (meainng that I'm less impatient for the next chapter to come). Very long chapters can be difficult at times. I personally enjoy them, but I'd rather have a long chapter and more frequent updates (because slow updates are often related to very long chapters). The exceptions however (very long chapters and regular updates) are great. See Kenchi618 for an example of an author who does this. Wow, this particular rant turned into a lot more than a pet peeve.
When authors have no markings or indications of scene/character changes. One moment they are talking about Naruto, and the next they are talking about Sakura in a completely different place. Usually, with some effort, these changes can be tracked without markings, but it is inconvenient. Even worse is when the author hears these complaints, or even if they don't, and state that anyone who can't follow the changes is stupid or retarded (maybe not in as many words, but pretty close). That is blatantly insulting to those who can't keep up. That leads me to the next one.
When the author states in the author's note something about how obvious something in their story was and how pathetic someone would have to be to not get it. This is highly insulting and rude. Just because it's obvious to the author does not mean it's obvious to the reader. Some readers have a lot of difficulty reading in between the lines, does that make them pathetic or stupid?
When the author changes their story just to get back at annoying readers. Not being an author myself, I can't truly understand what they're feeling, but come on; potentially changing you story for the worst just because a couple people are annoying you? If you have to change what you're doing, do it for a reason better than "if one more person thanks me for not making the pairing Naru/Hina, I actually will (or something along those lines). Also, when readers start insulting potential flamers. It is one thing if they want to refute what the flamer said. It is another if they just want to insult the flamer; in my view, that really doesn't make them any better than the flamer. Which leads into my next point.
Flames. Flaming can be complicated, and people have different ideas and definitions of it. In my opinion, flaming is unconstructive and often insulting criticism of a story, implying that the story itself is poorly written, etc. It is important to note that while flaming is not necessarily incorrect (a fic might actually be terribly written), it is, as started above, unconstructive and insulting criticism of a story. A common sign of flaming is insulting the actual writer as well as the story, blatently calling the fic horrible, and a few others. Often flames have bad grammar and are made anonymously as well. If a reader feels that he/she has to make their review anonymous in order to avoid reprecussions, then don't even review. However, if the reader makes it clear that their negative view of the fic is their opinion, nothing more or less, than I feel it isn't a flame, especially if accompanied with why they don't like it and perhaps suggestions to fix it. I do this all the time with fics that I feel may be substandard. However, if I really hate a fic that for some reason I actually read, then I just don't review. Sort of an "if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all" kind of deal. People who want to flame a story should try that. Reviews should be reserved for those who honestly like, or at least want to improve a story, not those who just want to rant on how much they hate said fic. Lastly... a lot of flamers somehow connect poor writing with being a bad person. This is stupid beyond all belief. Bad people can be good writers and good people can be bad ones. In addition to random death threats or threats at all to writers, I have even seen a writer say (in an anonymous review) that the writer wasn't worth signing in for. Ugh.
Defensiveness. This ties into the above point. It is very annoying for a reviewer to post some suggestions, and then get yelled at for them. At best this takes the form of "I'd like to see you do any better," or maybe "If you don't like it don't read it." When it gets worse though, the writer may even start putting words in the reviewers mouth, implying (or even downright stating) that the reader is saying things that they actually didn't. Next, some people would rather yell at the person they are arguing with than admit they are wrong. Sometimes they just drop the messaging completely, which is fine, especially if that's the only way you won't escalate matters even more with defensiveness.
Big Harems. I can take two people, MAYBE three if it is well written, but any more than that just gets on my nerves. Usually when there is more than three there is copious amounts of lemons, and often despite the character's or the author's best effort each relationship just means less. It's less significant.
Long explanations. It annoys me when the reader sees 3 or 4 thousand words of "who are these guys and what do they look like, and what are their abilities." It is also annoying if the character in question is explaining this to someone who should already know for the sole purpose of informing the audience. Please try to find a different way of putting it, whether it is just observations and memory, or someone who doesn't know this. I prefer if the explanations are more spread out. Let's say someone enters a meeting. Instead of giving a long boring explanation of everyone at the beginning of the meeting, how about only describe someone when they speak up or are spoken to. And perhaps, if they have special abilities, only talk about them when the abilities are about to be used or have just been used.
When the main character has too many abilities. I've literally read fics where the main character can do practically everything. This isn't a good thing in my mind, it's like the author couldn't decide what to give the main character and just decided to give him everything. For example, there's a Naruto fic where Naruto has 9 Kekkai Genkai, of various levels of cheapness. I've also read a Fairy Tail/Naruto crossover that left Naruto able to do like 15 types of magic. It was ridiculous.
Abrupt love. It annoys me when a character says that she/he loves another character with no buildup, no signs before hand, and no good reason. A couple of these reasons can be acceptable in the right circumstances, but an example of an abrupt relationship came when I just recently read the first chapter of a Kyuubi/Naruto fic (with fem!Kyuubi). Kyuubi tricked Naruto into freeing her, and then declares her love for him. What annoys me about this is that their previous relationship consisted of her annoying him to death and trying to convince him to free her. The only saving grace for this is that at least Naruto didn't declare his love for her at the same time. In this case, I would have found it acceptable for Kyuubi to have grown to admire him, but love?
Overpowered characters. Now, I like god-like powers as much as the next guy, but I feel that if you give the main character god-like powers, give him god-like enemies. Stories where he never breaks a sweat just aren't any fun. An example would be of VFSNAKE's stories. As fun as they can be, most (not all) of them consist of maybe one challenging battle in the entire story, and Naruto just breezes through the rest of it. A couple examples of a good god-like Naruto that I felt was well done are"Don't Be Flashin Steel When U Roll Through Compton" and "Naruto the Angel of Death." "Everyone has darkness" is a rare example of a story that has a mostly unchallenged Naruto (with notable exceptions mind you) but is still an amazing story.
Deus ex Machina: Now, there are different degrees of this. It ranges from an "all-knowing" character like Dumbledore basically telling the protagonist everything they need to know, a prophecy basically spelling out what needs to happen, or the direct intervention of a character to fix all problems. Sometimes the author wants something to happen and needs to find a way to make it somewhat realistic. That I feel is where most Deus ex Machinas come from. "I want Naruto to know this, so I'll bring in an OC to explain everything." "I want this enemy who I have powered up immensely to almost but not quite win, so Kyuubi will offer Naruto the rest of his power in order to win." "I want Harry to have a fighting chance against Voldemort, so I'll have him download Voldemort's memories." These are example of Deus ex Machinas that are not infrequently used. This can almost all be taken care of by preparation; if you want Naruto to know something without going on a major quest, feed him information slowly by different people throughout the storyline, or try to find a canon character who has a good excuse to both know and tell Naruto about it. If you want Naruto to barely beat an enemy stronger than him, try to have him win through strategy instead of last minute power-ups. If you want Harry to gain a lot of power in a short period of time... well, you're out of luck there, because a Deus ex Machina of some degree is needed to allow Harry to face Voldemort on equal grounds (he's a powerful prodigy who's honed his skills over the course of decades compared to a powerful student).
Super strength progression. I have a problem with people who gain incredible power in a ridiculously short amount of time. If they got some eerily powerful boost for whatever reason (I've seen a few), then make them have to learn how to control it. It really isn't as much fun when the main character can get so strong in a small amount of time. Small is relative to both the verse and the character. As an aside, this includes when the character is uber powerful by the second chapter. It just... takes away form a story.
Repetition: It is sometimes irritating when an author uses the same adjective 3, 4, 5, or even more times in a short period of time. There are a lot of adjectives out there. Try using a thesaurus.
When reviewers complain about a story before finishing it. Mind you I think their are exceptions where it is acceptable; once in a while you run into something that either is only relevant to a chapter (like a major grammar error), or is so catastrophically wrong in some manner than it doesn't matter what they do next chapter(s), it still should not be in the fic. Before you review a story about an error though, keep in mind other people have probably already stated this and it might have been fixed later on. Write yourself a note so that if it isn't fixed you can say something, but don't leap to conclusions.
The phrase "as the minutes pass in silence," or "minutes later". Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with these phrases, I just have a problem with how people use them. Often what they really mean is "as the seconds/moments pass in silence," or "seconds/moments later". If you say minutes have passed, mean minutes. This is often used in conversations. What did the other person do in the conversation, wait entire minutes until you responded? I know that if I were that other person, I'd prompt the person waiting minutes no more than 30 seconds in if they didn't respond. Please use this phrasing correctly. Even if you do mean minutes, make sure that minutes is appropriate for the situation. (Side note: I have recently figured out that minutes can be used in place for moments, but I still feel it is confusing).
Distorted portrayals of characters. If the fic isn't crack or a parody, please tone it down. For this reason, most bashing is also under this category. I'm okay with OOCness, but not, say, making an otherwise intelligent person do something of monumental stupidity. Sometimes this is a plot device, but the majority of the time there HAS to be a more reasonable way to achieve the same result.
Polls that provide the option for a harem. In stories where the author sets up a poll for the readers to decide if there should be a harem or not, I have never once seen a poll that did not end in some form of harem. In other words, if writers are willing to leave it to the readers, they should save everyone some time and just make it a harem. It is SO annoying. Just what do so many people see in a harem anyways? Indulging their subconscious desires? I have no idea.
People believing unbelievable stories almost immediately/agreeing to ridiculous demands with surprisingly little resistance. This is most common (though not exclusive) with crossovers. Naruto example: Random hero #23 comes from a random dimension for reason X. #23 sees Naruto being beaten up and kills the mob. Sarutobi appears and demands who they are. #23 tells them that he comes from another dimension, and sometimes with a little skepticism and sometimes without any, Sarutobi believes them. #23 then insist Naruto will comes with them back to their dimension, and after a little hemming and haahing Sarutobi agrees. Some variations of this are more reasonable than others, but this is a very common formula for crossovers. Not just in Naruto.
When the author inserts his own thoughts and attitudes into his writing. Don't get me wrong, in small quantities and done right it can be funny. But usually it isn't done right and it's done too much. If you just want to insert your opinion because you feel like it, don't. If you want to say some version of "duh" because it's obvious, leave it alone and let it be obvious. If you feel that readers won't understand it without a note, then make a note at the bottom along with a number to go with it (Rathanel does this well).
When the author inserts an overabundance of narration into the story. It shows that he/she wasn't willing to put in the work necessary to have said information revealed in the story naturally. Even worse, some authors narrate the obvious, like, "Character A thought that there was no way Character B had gotten training over the last month, but of course Character B had," when the readers read about Character B's training earlier in the story. Why are you telling us this, we (the readers) KNOW that he got training and that Character A didn't know that, we're not 5 years old and don't need that explicitly pointed out.
A very specific but unfortunately common dialogue error: "Julie went to the store." He said. Or perhaps, "Julie went to the store," He said. The correct version is "Julie went to the store," he said. That is the ONLY correct punctuation of that sentence. If you want to do it differently, try something like, "Julie went to the store." A visible tone of annoyance was heard in Bob's voice. Okay, without the passive tense but you get what I mean. Open ANY published book with dialogue. Go on. I can guarantee you it doesn't do dialogue like the one pointed out in this pet peeve.
- End Pet Peeves -
Reviewing tips: I think that there are very few concrete suggestions about reviewing. Here's a few.
1. Try not to say, "look forward to the next update" when it's the last chapter.
2. Telling them their story was terrible will help no one (except perhaps make yourselves feel better); it is far more constructive to tell them WHAT is wrong with their story and a tip or two to fix it.
3. If you honestly have nothing good to say about the story, don't bother reviewing (exceptions exist when you have concrete suggestions to make it a better fic).
4. Be polite. If you aren't, everything you say is less likely to be taken seriously. This includes not being condescending or superior.
5. Not everyone is a professional writer, so keep that in mind when you are providing criticism.
6. Keep your grammar, if not perfect, pretty good. Don't use "U" for "You", "Ur" for "Your", etc. It is rather painful to read "o my gd, ur fic amazing was" (I have seen reviews with that bad grammar before).
7. Put yourself in the writer's shoes. If you seriously wouldn't appreciate your review if you were in their place, seriously consider editing it or not sending it.
Other than that... everything goes. You can just say "Loved your fic", or go on a whole review on the chapter, or just state what you liked, or suggestions, or whatever.
Story Ideas: These are all ideas of stories that I have either begun writing or have thought about but haven't started. Anyone can use these ideas, just ask me first. It is likely that none of these will actually see the light of day (due to just how sporadic a writer I am), so I have decided to put them here. Also, unless I am certain that I can finish a story (or better yet have already finished) I will not even post it.
A New Beginning (35,000 words written): After Takato essentially dies during a trip to the digital world, a devastated Rika wishes for the last digignome to bring him back to life. Unfortunately, the cost was Takato's identity. Instead, Kiara, an American and cousin to Rika came into being. Over the course of the story, Kiara has to confront new enemies, a new partner, and even her own identity. Kiara, despite her previous identity, is essentially an OC. Despite this easily being the most developed of my ideas, I cannot seem to muster the effort to continue writing.
Cyber Sleuth: A Tale of Two (500 words written): A spin-off of the game Digimon World Cyber Sleuth, the main character finds herself in a very different situation after being attacked by an Eater at the story's beginning. Instead of simply losing her physical body, she instead games a virtual duplicate of herself. The problem? The duplicate has all her memories and believes that she is her. They go on a similar yet different adventure, the girl who possesses an indomitable will, and a digital clone that is desperately trying to make a place of her own in the world. I have a desire to write this, but unfortunately I'm stuck. Plus, I have the problem where I want to catch the personalities of the game characters, but neither do I want to just copy paste dialogue. Hard to find a balance.
Naruto and Fairy Tail:
Naruto: Celestial Warrior (10,000 words written): A take on neglected Naruto who's sister had the Kyuubi sealed in her. Due to the Kyuubi's chakra years before, Naruto is unable to manipulate chakra, and slowly started drifting away from his family. When Naruto is eight and wandering out at night, a mysterious blue-haired man appears in a burst of light. Naruto gets help and he is taken to the hospital. Naruto meets with the man (Jellal Fernandez) and gets a brief take on who he is and what happened. This is when Naruto learns of the existence of magic, and Jellal confirms that Naruto does possess it. Naruto wants to leave with Jellal for training, but his parents refuse. Naruto runs away will Jellal anyways and they spend the next five years traveling the elemental nations. Jellal dies near the end of these years, and Naruto returns to the village. When he returns, he is not Super Naruto; simply the level of a very strong Chunin. This is not the typical abused Naruto fic; as of the second chapter, Naruto (when he comes back from the training trip) fully concedes the estrangement was as much his fault as his parents, and while it will be rocky for a while, they shall overall have a good relationship. Might continue later on.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky (1,000 words written): This is essentially a fic version of the game. It will follow the game fairly closely, but this is not a video game fic and the story will reflect that. Will be written if I can get off my lazy ass and play the game carefully and methodically (got distracted with other games, like Pokemon Black 2).
Born from Fire (3000 words written): Minato decides to flee with Naruto rather than seal the Kyuubi into him. Minato raises Naruto on his own outside of the village. Before Minato decided to teach Naruto the ninja arts, he tested Naruto. The boy (six years old) failed the test, and Minato declined to teach Naruto. Naruto, furious at this, flees a year later to Konoha where he hopes that he can become a ninja. He has the goal to surpass his father, and become the strongest shinobi alive. Over time the lengths Naruto was willing to go for his ambitions increases more and more until he makes bargains with Orochimaru, performs treason to his village, and more. Will develop relationships and friendships throughout the story; dark but not evil Naruto. May write; I have a lot of ideas for this story but it's pretty difficult.
Naruto: The True Sage (idea): Another Naruto had a sister who's the jinchuriki. In this one, for unknown reasons (even I haven't worked it out yet, though I can always go with Kyuubi's corrupting influence should all else fail) Naruto was born and possessed little chakra and stamina, though enough to enter the academy. He is close to the bottom of the class, though not through lack of effort. His own family has been leaning away through embarrassment and confusion, especially his sister. At some point, Naruto will begin to meditate in hopes of increasing his spiritual energies (one half of charka; he figured if he can't increase his physical energies, he'll have to go with the other), and unconsciously begins to access a primitive sage mode. He does this without realizing what he's doing. Slowly the natural energy is building up in his body, increasing his chakra and physical ability. Jiraiya catches him at it, and begins to take him on as his apprentice. Will contain sibling rivalry and jealousy, new enemies, and more. Will probably never be written, though there is always the chance.
Death's True Master (idea): Harry triumphs over Voldemort, but at the cost of all of his friends. Truly distraught, he tries to use the Resurrection stone to bring them back. Unfortunately, he discovers the same limitations that its creator did. He travels around learning dark and death magic in hopes of reviving his friends and family. When he finally gains the necessary knowledge, to his dismay Harry's family and friends don't want to come back, they want Harry to move on. The ministry convicts Harry of using forbidden magics soon afterwards and throw him in Azkaban. The dementors soon drive Harry insane, and he breaks out. He begins his journey to become the greatest necromancer of all time and his chosen enemy is life itself. Takes elements from Fantasy Warhammer. If I write a Harry Potter story (and that's not at the top of my priority list) this will be the one.
The Logic of Magic (idea): Harry has a sibling who's the boy who lived, and Harry is a squib (a natural one). He grows up in a magical household, and his jealousy and envy slowly grows until he becomes obsessed. Determined to gain magic and prove that muggle technology is superior to anything the wizards can do, he become a scientist that specializes in the nature of magic (not that more than a very small selection of people know this), and finds not only a way for squibs to become wizards, he can (given time) give muggles magic. He starts by just infusing magic in otherwise muggle creations to allow them to perform amazing acts, but then he decides to break the barrier between the muggle world and the wizarding one. What better way to do that than to subtly give the muggles magic, and then have a great revelation. Story is about the consequences of Harry's actions. Will never be written, just an idea floating around in my head.
Inheritance Cycle and Warcraft:
The Dark Eclipse (idea): Eragon, Murtagh, and Arya lose to Galbatorix in his throne room, and are all enslaved to him. Many decades later, a mostly broken Eragon is Galbatorix's personal spy and informant for the kingdom, with Murtagh being the general of his armies and Arya the leader of the new, corrupted dragon riders. A new portal is mysteriously ripped open in a part of Alagaesia, and Eragon is sent to investigate. In the Warcraft world, a massive magical battle between the Burning Legion's terrible sorcerers and the combined magical and military prowess of the Alliance. The Burning Legion is driven back, but the powers mustered have blistered the land and open a magical portal that then proceeds to transport the large army to a new land: Alagaesia. Eragon notices and spies upon these new arrivals, but is caught. Eragon easily fought his way through the Alliance forces, but not before determining why they were there, and hinting that it they could defeat the current government they may gain access to the knowledge necessary to travel back to their land. With the very subtle help of Eragon, Murtagh, and Arya, the Alliance forces must defy Galbatorix and rally a new rebellion. May actually start writing, it's a newer idea than the others. This is a story I'd love to see someone else write though. It doesn't have to be Warcraft actually, there just has to be A. Magic in that world and B. Forces strong enough to stand against the Empire even though it has Dragon Riders. So you could use the Warhammer verse instead, or perhaps the world from Dragon Age.
Naruto and Inuyasha:
A Journey Beckons (hesitant title, a few thousand words): A fusion between the Naruto and Inuyasha world, though it'd be more accurate to say that the Naruto world was integrated into the Inuyasha one. Naruto is a kitsune hanyo, his parents a fox demon Kushina and a priest Minato gave their lives to seal a powerful kitsune demon that attacked their home (but not in him). The Uchiha are a clan of demon hunters with just enough demon blood to wield demonic blades of varying strength, with the strongest blades only being able to be wielded by those with strong demonic blood. The stronger the blood, the more likely they were to have supernatural vision and the ability to see demonic energy. Sasuke wields the demon blade Chidori, though later on gains the legendary blade Amaterasu. Akatsuki would be here, though their goals would likely be different. Konoha would not exist, though many characters from it would (Kakashi would be a dog demon, Jiraiya a frog, etc.). The actual plot, if the fic was written, has sadly not been thought out (though several events have, there isn't even a timeline yet). I will almost certainly stop after writing the first chapter to be honest, but I'll at least get that much out.
A symphony of swords (idea): An AU world where materialized zanpakutou are also residents of the soul society, every time a soul enters a potential zanpakutou is born. It only materializes when it's gathered enough spirit energy from the environment (the exact amount varies from sword to sword and indicates their level of strength). Shinigami lack a natural zanpaktou and wield Asauchi. However, they can make a contract with a zanpakutou and allow them to enter their soul. This allows the shinigami to learn to wield his new blade and achieve both shikai and bankai. The zanpakutou is bound the the shinigami and can no longer materialize indefinitely at any one time (they can do so at will, but not for extremely long periods before having to return). In exchange, they can grow in power along with their wielder and achieve bankai (because unattached zanpakutou can use shikai naturally, but not bankai and cannot increase their spiritual energy from its base level on their own). Zanpakutou can also be taken by force if defeated in battle, but this is generally a bad idea for both parties as the shinigami will never be able to wield shikai without the zanpakutou's permission while the zanpakutou cannot increase in power along with the shinigami if they don't have at least a little harmony. If a shinigami feels that a zanpakutou is purposefully holding him or her back, they can cut the sword off from their soul until the issue has been resolved (though this also increases the amount of freedom the sword has, so it's not like they're locked up). I had a whole bunch of interesting zanpakutou in mind with crossover elements. No real plot comes to mind honestly, this is more an idea for a world than a story.
Naruto and League of Legends
To be free (idea): Integrating moderate elements of Lol into the Naruto world, but particularly replacing Naruto with basically Ahri. Essentially the story goes that due to a major mistake in the sealing, Naruko received way more demonic energy than she should have and it changed her appearance. In this story, Mikoto was her birth mother because of a one-night stand that Minato had when he was drunk so her appearance was closer to Ahri's from the beginning. The sealing gave her fox ears and nine tails, along with slitted eyes. The village tries to kill her repeatedly a few times, though this is pretty much stopped by ANBU watching her 24/7. Sarutobi is basically stuck between keeping her in a village that literally thinks she's the reincarnated Kyuubi (with more reason than in canon) and keeping her outside where she is much more vulnerable to outside threats. To add insult to injury, she can't use chakra because of all the demonic energy floating around her body (later on she will learn to use Ahri's abilities along with the few demon only canon abilities that Kyuubi has shown). After yet another attempt at killing her, one that got closer than normal because of shinobi, he sends her out with a very trusted ninja as incognito as they can with a girl that has fox tails (she's about 8 when this happens). She resents the village greatly because of her experiences (understandably). An attack from missing-nin ends up killing her caretaker and only a fluke of her own powers awakening allows her to survive. She wanders for a brief time before she's found by a traveling Zabuza with Haku in tow. She ends up going with him because she has no other real options, and while she doesn't ever see him as a father he eventually becomes an extremely valued mentor with Haku as a romantic interesting. After Zabuza's death in wave (during a modified version of the wave arc) she goes with Haku to help the Mist Rebellion. That's about as far as my idea got. The Bijuu are also not the only demons, and Akatsuki will probably be all Lol characters with abilities roughly translated into the Narutoverse. I will probably write the first chapter because I recently got into Ahri as a character (my avatar may or may not be her when you read this), but absolutely not guarantees on anything else.
Bleach and Akame ga Kill
A Place in a New World (working title, idea): Recently watched Akame ga Kill, it's an amazing anime and manga honestly. The anime is only 24 episodes as well, so it doesn't even take very long to get through. So, without too many spoilers, this is an AU spin off (sort of; what this fic will be assuming is where the manga is likely headed, but hasn't reached yet) where Tatsumi (one of the two main characters) overuses his Imperial Arms and turns into Tyrant before being killed by Akame. Despite Tyrant's mind being destroyed, Tatsumi's soul has been infected by it and transforms nearly instantly into a Hollow. Many years later, after reaching Adjuchas level, Tatsumi regains some of his memory. What happened to his friends and the woman he loved? And why is this blue haired crazy chick hitting on him? Other characters from Akame ga Kill will be included among both the Hollow and Shinigami side. Tatsumi eventually reaches Vasto Lorde and is approached by Aizen. Aizen promises to help him find out what happened to the girl he loved when he was alive, and he joins Aizen. Fortunately for the mastermind, Tatsumi is an old hand at killing enemies regardless of personal like or sympathies. Unfortunately, Tatsumi has a strong moral compass and will almost certainly defect once it becomes clear just what kind of person Aizen is. Going to try and write some of it while it's fresh in my mind.
Below are some of the better fics on my favorites list. However, I kind of abandoned this a little ways in because it is too boring to just catalog my massive favorites list.
Here are some of my favorite Digimon fics:
The Rabbit on the Moon by Sakura Martinez
Chronicles of Time: Of What the Future Brings by Sakura Martinez
Chronicles of Time: Cyber World by Sakura Martinez
Digimon Continuity: Brave Tamer by Digi9346
Digimon Continuity: Quest for the Digimon by Digi9346
Digimon Continuity: Aftermath of 02 by Digi9346
Digimon Continuity: Mystery of Cyberdramon by Digi9346
Deranged Crack Tales by blackandblood
Our Child by Domehic
The Ultimate Gathering of the DigiDestined by Shara Raizel
With Broken Wings by Akino Ame
Yang Yin by Akino Ame
Favorite Bleach stories
A Protector's Pride by NeoRyu777
Sit Upon the Frozen Heavens by James D. Fawkes
The Azure Sky (remake of Sit Upon the Frozen Heavens) by James D. Fawkes
Crisis Core: The Azure Moon by James D. Fawkes
Feeling Hollow by Daricio
Hogyoku ex Machina by Mac Ceallach
P.S. Not as many stories on this list, but they're all good.
Favorite Harry Potter stories
Altered Destinies by DobbyElfLord
Balancing Destinies by DobbyElfLord
Harry Potter Mercenary by DobbyElfLord
Harry Potter Hit Wizard by DobbyElfLord
The Sniper by DobbyElfLord
The Sniper II: Babylonian Nights by DobbyElfLord
Better Be Slytherin! by jharad17
Harry and Gabi by muggledad
Harry Potter and the Distaff Side by Clell65619
Harry Potter and the Heir of Magic by BladeDSF
Harry Potter and the Price of Being Noble by DriftWood1965
Never Say Remember by Malora
Nobody Cared by etherian
Second Chance, a new choice by moonbird
The Little Veela that Could by Darth Drafter
To Shape and Change by Blueowl
As you may have noticed, minor obsession with 'Snape mentors Harry' and 'Harry/Gabriella' fics
Naruto fics (because there are so many) are broken down into sections. Crossovers will be mixed in, or in their own category depending where they fit. Sometimes stories will apply to more than one section. They probably won't be repeated.
A Chance at the Road Not Taken by The13thHour
A New Hope by kittystarry
A Simple Change: The Sharingan Volume 1: Rebirth by James D. Fawkes
A Simple Change: The Sharingan Volume 2: Reminisce by James D. Fawkes
A twist of fate by LD 1449
Again by kimcat
A City Built on Bones by Grey Goose 74
A New Cause by Mystik109
Bloody Whiskers by Mystik109
Antagonist by Kalashnikov2092
Amenaza by Alban55
Joins another village:
Amegakure's Jinchuriki by Bonesboy15
An Uzumaki Amongst the Dunes by pudgypudge
Merges with Kyuubi
The Fox Knight by Leaf Ranger
Ascension of the Kitsune by Wandering Maverick
Naruto crossovers that don't fit anywhere else:
A New Order by Nik0laiCarpathia
Wizard of Kitsune by Leaf Ranger
Legend Of Naruto by Leaf Ranger
By the way, I got bored of categorizing fairly early on. Feel free to look here, but these aren't even necessarily the best fics on my favorites at this point. It is my opinion when dealing with a large favorites list where you're only really looking for one genre is to sort by category rather than update.