Author has written 5 stories for Star Trek: 2009, House, M.D., Avengers, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, and Naruto.
I like fanfiction. I also like lots of other things.
Current obsession(s): Revisiting Star Trek! I love the Reboot, because it got me into Star Trek in the first place, not to mention Kirk/Spock, and TOS is my great love. Reboot fics sometimes annoy me because characterization is so varied, and I don't always agree with it. Kirk isn't just a womanizing alcoholic reckless man-child, which Reboot seems to love to present him as; in TOS, Kirk is a strong, competent leader who uses every resource available to him and makes ingenious, intuitive leaps of logic and bluffs his ass off to a massive scale, with almost 100% success.
TOS presents the Kirk-Spock-Bones triumvirate as this: Spock as the cool, logical, rational side, the Superego; Bones as the one guided by emotions and impulses, who wears his heart on his sleeve, the id; and Kirk as the Ego, who balances out the two extremes of rationalization and instinct and makes the best command decisions because he has two devil's advocates. Reboot doesn't have this. It has Spock and Kirk at opposite sides of the same emotional spectrum, even as they are both highly impulsive and passionate. Bones and Uhura are the support: the best friend or the girfriend. It kind of ruins the original dynamic.
Reboot Spock's characterization is something I'm undecided about, though. TOS Spock basically had the Vulcan equivalent of a mid-life crisis at the end of the Enterprise's first five year mission; he let Starfleet to undergo Kohlinar, which purges all emotions and bonds. Only a massive alien thingy attacking Earth gave Spock the courage to come back. Reboot Spock is frankly a bit whiney and has precariously tenuous emotional control. I know that stuffing an entire franchise's worth of character development into two movies is pretty impossible, but the impression I get of nu!Spock sometimes is that he's much closer to a pre-Reformation Vulcan than he is a post-Reform one.
Destroying Vulcan in the first movie has essentially gutted a large part of Star Trek canon and closed a lot of possible plot paths. Are Sybok and Savik even alive? Will the movies ever deal with Pon Farr? And if they do, how will they address it with Uhura? Is T'Pring and/or Stonn still kicking? Isn't Pon Farr a biologically driven impulse that compels Vulcans to return to their home world? Does that mean Vulcans will no longer experience it, now that their planet is no more?
Spock's relationship with Uhura frankly doesn't make much sense to me. I adored TOS!Uhura and her quiet strength and efficiency and her relationship with Scotty; nu!Uhura doesn't translate very well to me. Seriously, just because she's the only female doesn't mean you need to make her the love interest! TOS was definitely light years ahead of its cultural time in certain respects.
It was too soon for the Wrath of Khan remake; the original was meant to show Jim that there are some things he can't bluff his way out of. Spock had finally come to terms with his Human and Vulcan sides; his final decision was both rational- the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one, and emotional- there is no way in hell that Spock would let Jim and the crew die and the Enterprise be destroyed if he could do something about it. All the main characters display maturity and growth. Nu!Trek doesn't have the foundation for it yet. All we've seen of the bridge crew is a bunch of inexperienced, untried cadets whose resolves haven't yet been forged or solidified in fire. I think there should have been at least one or two movies in between before tackling Khan; some of the TOS episodes could be greatly expanded on, like they did with Khan.
This doesn't mean I dislike the Reboot; I love it, and the fact that it revitalized one of the original fandoms and slash pairings is amazing. The explanation for the reboot universe is also quite compelling as an alternate universe accidentally created through reckless time travel by insane, grieving Romulans. For the most part, the characters are amazing and portrayed by amazingly talented people.
Dragon Age & Mass Effect (video games)
Dragon Age: I played DA2 first, then played Dragon Age: Origins, and suddenly, Hawke's decisions became very, very stupid. I think I prefer Origins overall, for both plot and character development, but DA2 has some very appealing aspects (Fenris, Hawke, Sebastian Vael).
Mass Effect: Female Shepard just has a charisma that Male Shepard lacks, but both are pretty awesome, regardless. Kaiden Alenko becomes a huge jerkface in ME 2 & 3. Garrus Vakarian, on the other hand, is like the most awesome one of them all, regardless if he's romanced or not. I have a soft spot for Thane Krios, but the more I think about it, the more I get the impression that Thane worshiped his Siha more than he loved her.
Inuyasha. Finally finished reading the manga, but have yet to watch the anime. I very much adore Kagome/Sesshoumaru and am ambivalent about Inuyasha.
OC and Self-Inserts!!! For some reason, I've really been indulging in these.
Vampire Diaries: I cannot find much redeemable with Elena, and the other characters aren't interesting enough to me to enjoy main character perspective. Therefore, I've been reading OCs who are usually Elena's twin or sister. This way, the idiotically stupid love triangle of Stefan-Elena-Daemon is torn apart and there is usually someone with more common sense to balance out Elena's stupid martyr tendencies, among other things.
Naruto: I read Silverqueen's "Dreaming of Sunshine" on a whim after a year of resistance and I was hooked. Completely and utterly drawn in without any hope of getting out. Now I've been branching out to other self-inserts. Clearing Mist by shadownumera is another incredibly excellent self-insert fic that I would otherwise have ignored. I suppose one reason I enjoy them so much is because of their similarities to time-travel fics, which are my favorite cliche. A character who might be OP and godlike is unexpectedly dropped in the middle of the Naruto world and has the advantage of knowledge of the future and seeks to fix certain things.
Favorite Fandoms (a non-comprehensive list):
Harry Potter- Harry centric fics, Severus Snape (can't read stories with evil!Snape), Sirius/Remus, Time Travel
Uzumaki Naruto: probably one of my favorite characters ever. Everything from his love of orange and ramen, his dream to become Hokage, his idealistic and naive, yet surprisingly mature understanding of what it means to be a shinobi, to his ability to make friends out of enemies and his relationship with Kurama, Naruto is a beacon of light in the shinobi world.
The Sandaime Hokage (Sarutobi Hiruzen): my head canon is that Sarutobi retakes the mantle of Hokage mainly for Naruto. When he's forced to retake the position after Minato, he's already old and weary, and most of his family is either dead or estranged from him, and he trusts his old acquaintances too much. I don't know if the manga ever delves into the details of the impact of the Kyuubi attack on the village, but it seems like Konoha is still recovering at the beginning of the manga. So Sarutobi definitely has quite a job on his hands, which a lot of other factions of the village took advantage of. He's not perfect, and he's made mistakes in his long reign as Hokage, but he also protected Naruto as much as he could to the best of his abilities and gave Naruto a safe haven from the hatred of the village.
Uchiha Itachi: One of the unsung heroes, whose love and loyalty for his village forced him to sacrifice almost everything. I like to think of Itachi, and Shisui as well, as the representation of the Uchiha Clan's potential for greatness. Itachi is incredibly skilled and intelligent, way beyond Sasuke's potential, although his emotional IQ is incredibly low (aka his horrifically stupid plan to have Sasuke hate and kill him in order to redeem the clan which really makes no sense at all).
Hatake Kakashi: Kakashi's a good guy but is very much haunted by his past. He's never really gotten a break. His father committed suicide in shame, he was forced to live up to impossible standards, and just when he is thawing a little but under the not-so-tender ministrations of his team, Obito dies. Just as the Third war ends, and Minato and Kushina are happily in love and starting a family, they die, leaving Kakashi broken once more. I like seeing Kakashi & Naruto interactions.
Jiraiya: I am still firmly in denial that Jiraiya is dead. Personally, I felt his death was kind of lame and didn't really serve much of a purpose other than to give Naruto more tragedy in his personal life. Seriously, Tsunade is STILL alive even after all those close calls she's had in canon, and Orochimaru was resurrected. Jiraiya isn't really there for Naruto for a long time, but I don't think it was out of malice or cowardice. When Minato and Kushina died, they left their son in the hands of very much emotionally constipated or repressed people (Kakashi, Jiraiya, Tsunade), or people who are so tied up in politics that they can't do anything to help Naruto anyway (Sarutobi, possibly Uchiha Mikoto). Jiraiya's an idealist in a world where killing is the norm. He's an orphan who clawed his way to the top with his own blood, sweat, and tears to become one of the most respected and powerful shinobi of his generation. He's also an idiot, a self-proclaimed super pervert, and the writer of Icha Icha. In many senses, he's very much like Naruto. Jiraiya plays a crucial role in shaping Naruto's understanding as a shinobi.
Namikaze Minato & Uzumaki Kushina: They would have been great parents for Naruto, providing discipline and inspiration while not overshadowing their son. I'm annoyed that canon declared the Hirashin to be Tobirama's creation instead of Minato's, and that some of the ANBU can use it. I love Minato's calm presence and Kushina's fiery temperament, and their obvious love for their son.
Shimura Danzo: Danzo loves Konoha as much as Naruto does, but it's like an abusive relationship/stockholm syndrome/unhealthy relationship. His love is so twisted and corrupted, and he's a perfect example of how good intentions are the road to hell. Danzo could so easily have been a hero if he had just taken another path. He's a more rare complex character in contrast to a lot of the one-dimensional personalities of say, Sakura or Sasuke, or even Naruto at some points in canon. I just like that he's not a typical trademark villain (cough Madara/Obito cough).
Disclaimer: The following list is not meant to criticize those who enjoy these tropes/cliches, just fragments of my head canon that I felt like writing down.
Dark/Evil Naruto: This is just a personal preference of mine. It's intriguing to explore what happens when Naruto gives into his hate and anger, and the upheaval the world would go through as a result. However, I've always felt that one of Naruto's key defining traits is his resilience in the face of darkness, his will to never give up even in impossible circumstances, and taking that away leaves his personality irreparably broken.
Naruto is banished: For whatever reason (the whole Sasuke retrieval/Valley of the End event is quite popular in fandom), Naruto ends up exiled from Konoha, or is basically forced to leave, and ends up paving his own way into another village or establishing his own. Well, first of all, Naruto is the jinchuuriki of the Nine-Tails, and there is no way the council or the Hokage would let that kind of firepower fall into the hands of others. Even if the civilian council gets its way, Danzo at the very least would interfere because he's not letting go of a potential weapon. The First Hokage distributed the bijuu among the villages as evenly as he could to maintain a balance of power. Anywhere Naruto goes, there would be a disruption of the status quo of the power balance, resulting in war. Secondly, Naruto HAS to have some kind of rights or form of legal protection as the son of the Yondaime. Seriously, the entire village cannot be that clueless to not notice at least some of the similarities. At the very least, the shinobi clans would be smarter than that. Who's going to push away the offspring of a beloved and incredibly powerful leader?!? Tsunade and Sarutobi would never approve of such a measure in any case. Tsunade only returns to Konoha because she sees in Naruto a hope and inspiration she lost in the Third Shinobi War. Even outmaneuvered, they would give Naruto any sort of help they could.
Naruto/Kushina: Um, first of all, I have a general aversion to cross-generational incest (with a few exceptions), but my main reason for not liking this pairing is how Minato is treated. Either Kushina was forced to marry Minato, or Minato wasn't actually the father, or Kushina is angry with him for turning their son into a jinchuuriki, among other reasons. I dunno, the logic of it just doesn't make sense to me, and I don't like it enough to activate my "suspension of disbelief" state of mind.
Wrong Boy-Who-Lived Twin/Sibling trope Narutofied: Fics where Minato and Kushina are alive and the Kyuubi is sealed into an OC sibling, and Naruto is neglected and/or abused, are not my cup of tea. Granted I like a few HP stories based on this trope, but the cliche doesn't really work for me in Naruto fic. Maybe I just like Minato and Kushina too much or maybe it's because Naruto always turns dark or something.
Sakura: I've tried very hard to like her. I still can't. I like reading fic that bashes her. I'm okay with fic that makes her into a decent kunoichi. Fic with her as some sort of superpowered Mary Sue who gets all the guys, or is Naruto's main love interest boggles my mind.
Sasuke: Let's just disregard the mind-melting recent canon (Sasuke wants to Hokage, really? Yeah, after willingly deserting Konoha, putting a hole in the chest of someone who's supposed to be a teammate and a friend, attacking another major village and kidnapping the Raikage's brother, attacking the Kage Summit, and performing who knows what other atrocities, resurrecting the former Hokages just to get an answer, Sasuke's really a shoe-in). To me, Sasuke is a representation of the worst that the Uchiha clan has to offer, a mirror image of his brother Itachi. However, circumstances have contributed to his descent into insanity. He's a redeemable character. I can read fic in which Sasuke's one of the good guys, and I can read fic in which he is not. He's still not a favorite character of mine though.
Umino Iruka: Unpopular opinion alert! Iruka's the second person to believe in Naruto but I have problems with him. So Naruto's never really gotten a good education at the Academy because no one's willing to help him and he's not exactly the bookish type. A teacher's responsibility is to help his students learn, and none of the Academy teachers fulfilled that duty for Naruto. Until Iruka. Until Iruka decides that, oh, I'm a teacher so I should be teaching instead of letting ignorant prejudice sway me from my JOB. I don't think Iruka should be commended for simply and FINALLY doing what he was supposed to be doing all along anyway. If another teacher did the same, I would just think FINALLY! instead of putting them on a pedestal. I do understand that Iruka and Naruto's relationship goes beyond a typical teacher-student one, and Iruka provides Naruto with some adult support. But just because Iruka begins doing what every adult was supposed to be doing anyway does not make him a very worthy character, in my opinion. Remember, this is just my opinion. I am aware there is evidence for pro-Iruka arguments, like the beginning fight with Mizuki in which Iruka defends Naruto, and the affectionate, brotherly relationship Iruka and Naruto share. Still, I must emphasize, Iruka does what everyone in the village SHOULD be doing, and it does not make him better than anyone else. Additionally, he really doesn't seem like a good teacher: his lectures are always incredibly dry and boring, and half the class falls asleep half way through. He doesn't offer any additional instruction for Naruto (or at least, that I can remember) and criticizes Naruto's Sexy no Jutsu and inability to produce regular clones. Shouldn't an academy teacher know that the more chakra one has, the less control they have over it? Unless Iruka is under the assumption that Naruto's chakra level is normal, in which case it's still a matter of poor instruction. Or maybe canon is just full of holes...
Hyuuga Hinata: Well, I don't hate Hinata, precisely, but I'm irritated at fandom's apparent love for her. I'm somewhat disturbed by her stalkerish tendencies, but in a world where fan girls strike terror into the hearts of even the most powerful shinobi, where some have the ability to see through everything, and people can survive being thrown out of buildings, stalking is probably the norm. I just feel like Hinata loves the ideals Naruto represents, and uses him as her inspiration, but it isn't love when you've barely spoken to each other. I guess I'm mostly indifferent to her, but I get annoyed at all the NaruHina pairings.
Things I do not like:
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