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Author has written 9 stories for South Park, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Death Note.
Real Name: Not for you, I'm afraid.
Profession: Mathematics student and budding writer
Current Status-Indefinite FanFiction Hiatus
Currently, I'm not writing fanfiction. Feel free to browse my completed works below, or check out my stories on FictionPress (under the same username).
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In the time that I've been writing fanfiction, I've seen that the institution (fanfiction in general) is overrun by people who are obsessed with pairings. Now, there isn't necessarily anything wrong with pairings, but when there are angry words over someone not liking the pairings you happen to like, well then someone's taking the pairings too seriously. And then from that we have out-of-character pairings, slash pairings, and enough smut to make anyone wish that they didn't have to share their fandoms with teenage girls (for those teenage girls who don't write obsessive pairing fics, I apologize, but that IS the stereotype).
And so, I've decided, no more. From this day forward, I am at war. War with bad fanfiction everywhere. Just because we aren't professionals doesn't mean we shouldn't try to make our work good.
My blog (The Fanfic Skeptic) is in the process of becoming a haven for Gen Fics, both from myself and any author that wants to submit their own high quality stories. It's a lot like the communities on this site, but I also want to gather authors from other fanfiction publishing sites as well. Hopefully, we can build it into a place where people can find good work without having to sift through pompous pairings, slash fics, and Mary Sues. I also keep my stories here as well, so that I can help maintain a presence in "enemy territory." If you want to become an author for The Fanfic Skeptic, send me a PM.
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My Favorite Stories and Franchises
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Favorite TV Shows:
Avatar: The Last Airbender
New Doctor Who
Anything Star Trek
The Harry Potter series
The Artemis Fowl series
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Lois Lowry's dystopia trilogy (The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger)
The Inheritance Cycle
The Chronicles of Narnia
Brave New World
The Myth Adventures series by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye
Most of Michael Crichton's books, especially Sphere.
All of Rick Riordan's books (the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series, and the Kane Chronicles)
Any book by Robert Cormier
The Princess Bride
Star Wars (all 6)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Dark Knight trilogy
The movies leading up to and including The Avengers
Any movie by Pixar (though my least favorite is Cars)
Pretty much any movie related to the above Manga/Anime/TV Show/Book franchises, especially...
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek (2009)
The Harry Potter movies
Death Note & DN: The Last Name
Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door
Sherlock Holmes & SH: A Game of Shadows
The Chronicles of Narnia (by Walden Media)
The Last Airbender
Thoughts and Advice
First off, I started writing fanfiction soon after I joined this site, in the summer of 2011. I had seen a few South Park stories, and they inspired me to write my own. I consider myself primarily a South Park writer, although there are other fandoms that I write (and intend to write) for.
Outside of fanfiction, I am working on an original fantasy novel/novella series with one of my friends. I originally used this site as a way to change up what I was writing, so as not to get bored, but it's almost become the opposite; recently, I've spent more time here than on my "real" story. So I'm trying to keep the two fairly even.
In my opinion, the key to writing great fanfiction is to not like fanfiction in general (as weird as that obviously sounds). Remember, 99% of everything is crap, and fanfiction is no exception (I hope I have not offended any of you by saying this, but it is somewhat true). The 1% of it that's good inevitably imitates whatever it is that makes the Original Source Material so good. To use an example: in South Park, this is the comedy. If your South Park story doesn't have humor in it (even sick, demented humor, as I have often used), then it's probably not good (the exceptions to this are extremely rare). And sometimes, just having humor is not enough; usually, the humor itself has to be what drives the story.
Why do I say all this? I have a great deal of respect for the books, shows, and movies listed above. Too many people (in my opinion) use fanfiction as an excuse to, well, have their favorite characters have sex with each other or with his/her own OC, or to make the OC overshadow the "real" characters (there, I said it). If that's what you do, go right ahead, but I probably won't give very positive reviews. Sorry. Remember, the key to making good fanfiction is to base it on the OSM, not other fanfiction.
And with that, here are some tips I've found to be helpful:
Be in character. The characters we use don't belong to us, and we should use them in character or not at all. For instance, I don't usually swear in real life, but Kenny and Cartman do in my stories, because that's what they do in the show. Remember, you should adjust your story to fit the characters, and not the other way around (unless you're writing a twisted AU, and even then it has to be done carefully).
In keeping with the previous point, avoid slash pairings. To be clear, slash pairings are defined (by me, at least) to be a gay pairing between two characters who are NOT canonically gay (otherwise, it's IC). Using a slash pairing is a real easy way to write OOC real quick. For a full critique of slash, see "Dude, This Pretty F'cked Up Right Here" below. It's just my luck that my three favorite fandoms (South Park, Death Note, and Star Trek) have some of the most notorious slash pairings ever.
In conclusion, I always prefer that stories be consistent with canon in terms of plot, because I think that's a part of playing to the story's strengths. In franchises that are less plot driven (like South Park), I'm usually a bit more lenient. However, that is a standard I try to only hold myself to; I've found many non-canon fics that I enjoy, although when it comes to franchises that are heavily story driven (such as Death Note), it becomes much harder.
Star Trek, in particular, is a show/movie series that has done quite well on its own. I only want to offer them stories that are the very best I can make them. This even applies to South Park (and let's be honest, even its creators disrespect it from time to time, in good fun). The stories I write are an attempt to reflect what is good about the shows/books/movies that I enjoy, in the hopes that I can display them in a positive light.
Now, for reading. I always try to incorporate constructive criticism into my reviews, because I want to help others improve. I typically only review stories that I like, though, so if I leave a long review breaking your story down, it's usually because I care, and not because I'm trying to be a jerk. The only times I'll leave a review for a story I don't like is it's really pissed me off somehow. And trust me, you'll be able to tell if that's the case.
The main thing that irritates me while reading is when people leave a good story unfinished. I understand why people do it, but it really is frustrating to be reading a story...and then not have it be updated for months or even years. That's why I try to only work on one major story at a time, so that I can make sure to not keep the audience waiting. After all, the show must go on!
As of June 2012, I'm not reading as much as I used to, so as to spend more time writing. I'm keeping up with stories that are already on my Subscription list, and if you leave a review, I usually go to see if you've written anything I might be interested in (so yes, I do spend some of my time creeping on people's profiles, checking out their stories, so...beware!). But right now I have too many stories to keep up with for me to just randomly browse the (South Park or Death Note) front page anymore. The best way to get my attention is to review my stories.
As I've stated above, I always try to keep my fics grounded in the reality (or at least the possibility) of the OSM. However, I am as human as all of you, and there are a few things that I consider to be my guilty pleasures in fanfiction.
Pairing Cartman and Wendy (South Park): Even though I'm not a big fan of romance and most non-canon pairings, I find Candy (when written well) to be immensely enjoyable to read, and often to write. Still, it always has to be done in a way that develops and is consistent with their characters.
Making Near suffer (Death Note): In all of Death Note (and possibly most anime in general), Near is my least favorite character because of his smug attitude and snooty aloofness. If Near appears in any of my DN fics, don't expect him to be portrayed sympathetically.
Rule of Funny/Rule of Cool: If a story is either funny or badass, it's usually easier for me to overlook glaring flaws.
I've decided to stop putting this on my individual stories, as I think it's become rather cliched. As this is a fanfiction site, these stories are all based in existing franchises, which do not belong to me, and are the property of their respective owners. The only thing I own in this whole thing are my individual stories, as well as any OCs that may appear from time to time.
As for everything else...well, just see "My Stories" below.
Future Projects: Some of my ideas for future projects include...
It Began with a Question, an origin story for Mysterion. (Next in multi-chapter queue)
Josh, a movie parody. I don't want to give away what movie, though, so I really can't say more. (4th in multi-chapter queue)
Butters' Balls, working title for Butters' character story.
You Better Go Catch It, something of a (very light-hearted) sequel to The Clock Ticks On. (Scrapped, at least for now)
Of Mice and Me, a(nother) Kenny one-shot.
(Future installments of Reflection are also currently on hold)
To Be the Best, which chronicles Mello's rise to power.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
The Love of the Gods, a prequel starring Annabeth, Luke, and Thalia. (Reduced to one-shot)
One of Them, a sequel to The Last Olympian (but set prior to The Lost Hero). (3rd in multi-chapter queue)
Star Trek: Brave New World, a sequel to Star Trek (2009), not related to the Untitled Star Trek Sequel coming in 2013.
Star Trek: Renegade, a Star Trek fanfic series, starring completely original characters, with some crossovers into other science fiction franchises (including, but obviously not limited to, Star Wars). It will be a total of seven "episodes," following the adventures of the crew of the starship Renegade. (Episode 1 is 2nd in multi-chapter queue, with more to follow)
A one-shot or short multi-chapter based on the Weasely is Our King theorywhich can be found here.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Ember Island's Other Performance, an ATLA version of "Dude, This is Pretty F*cked Up Right Here"...depending on how much the amount slash in that fandom pisses me off as I read it.
The Heirs of Roku, which will (finally) explain what happened to Zuko's mother. (On hold, until I get a better idea of where the story will go)
The Inheritance Cycle
Endless Black, a tale of joy, death, and madness. (Next in one-shot queue)
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Due to the nature of the TRC manga, it's very easy to cross them over into pretty much ANY franchise. Crossovers are not really my signature style, but you can probably expect several crossovers to involve TRC. For fans of the manga, any crossover with them will probably be set prior to the Acid Tokyo arc (since that where things really start getting crazy). Potential crossovers include:
Where Travelers Meet (Doctor Who. You know, the same thing about TRC can be said of this as well. It can be crossed over with virtually anything).
Forever Doomed Shall Be the One (Artemis Fowl)
Untitled Harry Potter Crossover
(All TRC crossovers on hold for awhile)
Wizards and Pirates, a Fairy Tail/One Piece crossover featuring duels between the guild and the crew. Just for lulz. Assuming I get better at writing action sequences, that is.
Various one-shots (which can be somewhat spontaneous) will no doubt pop up here and there.
Well, find a story to read below, and enjoy.