Welcome to the barren pit of despair that is...*dramatic silence* my profile! If you've lost your way and found yourself here, feel free to escape this place of unmitigated misery and return to greener pastures. In any case, the reason I bothered to make an account at all was because I was fed up of having to bookmark all my stories; it's just so much easier this way, after all. In any case, feel free to avail yourself of my favorites list, which - if I say so myself - is quite a decent one, with a pretty wide selection of fictions that have pretty good ratings. Well, pretty wide so long as you like reading Naruto fics of the 100k+ variety, anyway. I guess I should take the opportunity to recommend a few which I've found to be particular gems, though:
Time Braid, by ShaperV, is probably one of the fics I'd rate most highly on this site, and hands down is my favorite time travel oriented story. It's very well written, and has fantastic character development and an engrossing storyline, without suffering too much from the problems that Perfect Lionheart's Chunin Exam Day has (though that's another fic that I would recommend as a classic in the 'time travel' genre). Although the plot can be quite complex, especially if you've never read Oh My Goddess!, I'd highly recommend this.
A crack-fic series which also has roots in time-travel is The Naruto Omake files: Innortal Style (surprisingly enough, by Innortal). Although references from other shows abound, and it can be quite difficult to understand all the references without having prior knowledge of these shows - particularly Ranma 1/2 - the fiction varies between amusing, funny, and absolutely hilarious. Even better, this is part of a series of omake fanfictions; Innortal has written similar fictions for Ranma, Harry Potter, and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Yet again, with a little extra help by Third Fang is the next choice on my list. A combination of comedy and action, this monster of a fiction clocks in at over 700,000 words (and for context, that is over six times the length of the average book). Although the author introduces five major OCs, they're written strongly enough that it's not a real problem. This fiction would make any TVtropes reader go mad with the sheer level of badass and tropery involved; though to read the whole thing requires pretty impressive stamina.
On the subject of TVtropes, Kyon: Big Damn Hero by Durandall manages to write a fiction that applies liberal - and by liberal I mean copious - doses of the website to a fiction where Haruhi discovers her powers. Although I find harem plots a little irritating in many cases, it's dealt with with relatively good taste (I can only compliment so far =P) by Durandall. Again, the fiction's really well written, which is yet another plus point in my books.
Back on the subject of Naruto, Nugar's People Lie is a real gem in my eyes. Nugar manages to combine a hugely cynical and malicious universe - where nobody, or at least next-to nobody, is ever totally truthful and everybody, bar none, is more jaded - with some fantastic dark humour. In particular, one of the most striking changes is Hinata, who in this fiction becomes one of the darkest characters, as a member of 'team lie' (comprising her, Naruto, and Sasuke).
Finally, I thought I'd talk about a few noteworthy authors, too. The aformentioned Perfect Lionheart has a rightly deserved status as one of the most famous authors on this site, though their fictions are very much of the marmite variety. Of particular note are Chunin exam day, as already mentioned, and Partially Kissed Hero, a Harry Potter fiction with an evil - with no redeeming features, too - Dumbledore. Although Perfect Lionheart has a tendency to go into a lot of detail which can lead to some quite convoluted and complicated stories, there's no doubt that he's a very accomplished author (both of these fictions have over 11,000 reviews, which should be some indication of their reputation and popularity).
S'TarKan is another extremely accomplished author, and has most notably written Team 8, the account of Naruto's life under Kurenai with Hinata and Shino (and a fiction that will eternally have a place in my heart as one which sent Team 8 on an alternative mission than the wave arc), and Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures past, another genre-defining fanfiction. Both of these are very well written, and the characters are strongly portrayed. S'TarKan's community is Viridian Dreams (google it) so you can check that site out if you want to know more. (he actually manages to write a fiction where Ron isn't a bad guy and Ginny hasn't been manipulating Harry, which also cements him as a figure to be respected in my eyes). Sadly, both of these fics are seemingly on hiatus at the moment, but S'TarKan hasn't given up on them, which is a good thing.
My final choice is lord of the land of fire, who has written a highly impressive number of fictions, with three fics with over 5000 reviews (A mother's love, a few angry words, and That Look) and has over 10 with more than 1000. Although his Naruto fictions have a tendency to make Naruto especially powerful (though not without a lot of hard grind on the way) they're very well written and can be a pleasure to read (mostly, they're of the 'For want of a nail' variety; A Mother's Love is all about the alternate reality that would have evolved had Kushina survived). LotLoF has absolutely no qualms about killing off characters though (he has probably killed off every one of the Konoha 12 at some point, to give a bit of perspective), so bear that in mind if you can't bear character death.
Anyway, I hope that this list has been informative and given you a few tips to consider if you're looking for something to read; all of the fictions and authors I mentioned can be found in the favorites list below. If you're so smitten with my list and fabulous personality/writing/modesty, please feel free to drop me a line with suggestions as to other fictions I can read (though I won't read anybody's fiction if they send them to me themselves - self promoting isn't really my thing =P). Thanks for reading this far (or scrolling down this far, I can't really tell the difference) - now go read fanfiction!
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