Author has written 9 stories for X-Men: Evolution, Hunger Games, and Batman Begins/Dark Knight.
One thing I can say for sure about FanFiction; it has changed my perspective on writing and reading completely over the several years I've been a part of this sight. My skills as a writer and as an objective reader have increased beyond what I would have imagined when I started, and it has also shown me how much I still have to learn. I can also say that I have never been more eager to learn.
I am now an almost finished senior in high school, but one that has some experience with college. I'll admit it gives me a bit of a puffed-up demeanor when I start going on about what I've learned in my college English courses, but I think it has helped me when writing and giving constructive criticisms to other stories.
As a person, I'm much more introverted than extroverted. Half my brain lives in imagination mode, contemplating themes, opinions, and how to improve as a writer and person. I love watching online reviews of movies, books, TV shows, cartoons, pretty much everything that can be critically analyzed. I'm a semi-secret comic geek at heart, and if I ever became a film director (however unlikely that is), my dream come true would be to direct a Batman movie.
Movies: Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dark Knight Trilogy, Star Wars (original three), Pan's Labyrinth, V for Vendetta, Sherlock Holmes, first Transformers, Life of Pi, Avengers (all superhero movies, really, except the really crappy ones), Disney classics and Pixar, Anchorman, A Christmas Story, Terminator, Terminator 2.
TV shows: Castle, Grimm, SNL, Supernatural.
Books: Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Redwall, Warriors. Those are really the only ones that come to mind. I really suck at reading classics, and all the teen literature these days is supernatural romance *puke*. I have nothing against romance, but really, stop insulting my intelligence with these Twilight clones. The preteen series about warrior cats had more mature themes than all these kinds of books combined.
Comics: So far, I've only just started reading Watchmen. But from what I've thought of it so far, I'm sure it won't be the last graphic novel I'll be sucked into.
Music: Pretty much everything except country. Seriously, anything from Top 20 pop music to a dark, German men's choir. Love it all.
Cartoons: X-Men TAS, Batman TAS, X-Men Evolution, Ultimate Spiderman, Justice League/JLU, The Batman, Looney Tunes, Wolverine and the X-Men, Teen Titans. Am I a superhero nut? Pff, what gives you that idea?
Fandoms: X-Men Evolution, Justice League, Hunger Games, Batman Begins/Dark Knight. For Crossovers: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Batman (comics), X-Men the Movie, Avengers.
Genres: I like anything as long as it's done well, apart from slash and squick. I don't have anything against gay people, but reading a romance about it is something I can't really understand or relate to, so I don't read it. And as for squick... eh, it's just a no-no.
On OCs: This is a subject I find myself often occupied with when I'm on FanFiction. I personally love OCs, as long as they meet the criteria of being well thought out, and of having a purpose. I will admit I hate Mary Sues, but not really because of the authors or even the Sueness in and of itself. I just hate the wasted potential. Admittedly, new writers are likely to make Mary Sues at some point, I know I certainly have. That's understandable. I just don't like the thought that the Mary Sueness is something that people think is a good thing. For the authors, if they're young or inexperienced, they're understandable. But for older readers that have probably been exposed to great literature, I don't understand how they can't recognize and point out something that is only paper-thin. It's like when someone knows their friend can't sing for crap, but they still let them audition for American Idol. Plus, Mary Sues only seem to embody that which is shallow, and those that encourage them seem to place value in that shallowness. Beauty is good; value placed only on beauty is not. Powers are cool; overpowering to the point of godmoding is not cool. Destiny and prophecy are compelling; using it only as a way to make the OC better than everyone else is abusing a concept that could hold so much weight. OCs are our creations; it doesn't say much of us as writers if we only emphasize the surface and neglect the best of what human nature has to offer, as displayed by a good character.
X2 Trilogy: Currently my biggest project in the works, featuring a mostly OC cast, a dystopian reality, and a cornucopia of angstful and depressing themes: war, divided loyalties, coming of age too young, death, grey morality, holding onto humanity, loss of innocence, religion, hope, and sanity itself. Let's hope I can do that roster justice. (Fandom: X-Men Evolution, Rated T, WIP)
Old Endings and New Beginnings: My first ever fic, and one that I hold great affection for, despite it being put on the backburner somewhat, what with X2 hogging my creative juices. A high school fic, centered on the featured OCs as they grow, mature, and become their own people. (Fandom: X-Men Evolution, Rated T, WIP)
Stroke of Midnight: A ROMY fic, using a plot from an app game I have, with my spin on it. (Fandom: X-Men Evolution, Rated T, Complete)
Tears and Applause: A tentative future fic that I plan to expand whenever I get around to it. An experiment in making a good OC within a familiar plot device. (Fandom: Hunger Games, Rated T-M, WIP)
Before the Dawn: A ROMY one-shot featuring one of my favorite songs ever. Looking back, I think I misinterpreted the meaning of the song, but I still like the fic. (Fandom: X-Men Evolution, Rated K, Complete)
Ten Years Later: A tragedy fic commemorating the victims of 9/11 and the heroes lost that day. (Fandom: X-Men Evolution, Rated T, Complete)
Possible Future Fics:
Call it a Learning Experience: First planned Batman Begins/Dark Knight fic. Might turn into a series, depending on how it works out.
Some Favorite Random Quotes
- "I just got the best dang chicken tenders!" - Olan Rogers
- "But why is the rum gone?" - POTC
- "Those gelatinous marbles were telling me that there was a zombie gallivanting in the back alley." - Olan Rogers
- "AMERICA!!! - The Other Guys
- "Satan's Camero, in my yard, it's STALKING ME!" - Transformers
- "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up." - Batman Begins
- "You're completely crazy. But what great person isn't?" - Alice in Wonderland (2010?)
- "I have an excellent idea. Let's change the subject!" - Alice in Wonderland (Disney)
- "Oh look, the silent Avenger of the Night over-steered and is spazzing out on someone's TV aerial." - Ben 'Yahtzee' Croshaw, Batman: Arkham City review
- (Superman): "That poison almost killed you!" (Batman): "So?" - Justice League, Injustice for All
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