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Author has written 10 stories for Naruto, and Jurassic Park.
Before we start off, I'd just like to say that everything on this profile is basically my personal opinion on things that I have seen in the fandom. These include less than savory behavior patterns, cliché story archetypes, and just plain rambling at times with recommendations of the better stories I've come across interspaced here and there.
Date of Birth: Late January, 1996
Residence and Place of Birth: Midwestern United States
Occupation: I'm in college now. Going through undergrad and on my way to med school.
I suppose that I should mention the existence of a second account which I use to post plot-bunnies and alternate versions to chapters of my 'main stories'. The username is Rikkudo. I have a few more alternate profiles out there, but I have no intention of telling anyone the usernames. If you happen to see the similarities in writing, great! I'll never admit it, though.
A Guide To My Stories (in order of publication):
The Clan Wars -- First thing I ever wrote. I must admit I was proud of it at the time. It's basically overpowered!Team Seven traveling back to the era of the Warring Clans. To do what? I dunno. I barely ever plan. This story was abandoned as soon as I realized how uninspired it was. The descriptions are severely lacking, the dialogue is insipid, and an actual plot is a long-since abandoned dream. Do yourselves a favor and don't read it. I'm only keeping it up as a reminder of how bad I was when I started off. However, one thing that I'm still proud of with this story is the fact that I had the Sage of Six Paths show up and give Sasuke a Rinnegan and Naruto this super sage-mode thing almost a year before it happened in the manga.
Hands of Time -- This story was the direct consequence of me realizing just how bad The Clan Wars was. Basically, it was my attempt to fix the old story without overpowering Team Seven (minus Sakura this time) by having the Sage of Six Paths give them even more power. So basically, Naruto and Sasuke are totally blind to their situation when they're thrust into the past. Like a, "Hey, didn't you die a hundred years ago?" and "Where the fuck is Konoha?" kind of blind. While it's a bit of a clunky story in terms of language and plot, I can't bring myself to hate it because it's not horrible, really, just average. Why does it have more than a thousand favorites and follows? It might have something to do with a ton of recommendations. Friends in high places. That sort of thing. This story's actually the perfect example of 'review if you want reviews'.
A New Dawn -- This was actually just a way for me to pass the time. I put no real effort into it, planning or otherwise, and it ended up turning out better than the first two. :P Anyway, this is a dimension-hopping story. The idea was the Jūbito was irked with Naruto's unyielding defiance and forced him out of their world. I mean, Jūbi Jinchūriki = god. Why the hell not? Not to mention the fact that Kaguya had pretty much the same power (although I'll admit I had no idea this was the case at the time). Anyway, Naruto ends up in a world where his parents are alive and his counterpart is female, and he's still reeling from the fact that, "OhshitwherethehellisObito?!" Be warned, there are dozens of plot-holes in this due to a lack of planning. But try not to take it too seriously? Despite how it reads, it isn't actually meant to be too serious.
Cleaning Up After Sasuke -- This is a rather pointless little one-shot. The premise is that after Sasuke left Konoha to train under Orochimaru's guidance, Itachi made his way back to Danzō to make one thing clear yet again. I honestly don't know why I wrote it. I mean, sure it might have happened, but there was really nothing said in the story that most readers won't already know.
Persuasion -- Poetry from Kaguya's POV.
Fox, Hawk and Flower -- Poetry about Team Seven, co-written with Zenthisoror.
Uchiha Shuffle -- This is my best story on this account. First of all, to understand it, you have to have watched the Road to Ninja movie where Naruto and Sakura get sent to an alternate dimension after an encounter with Tobi or Fake!Madara. That being said, the premise is taking Road to Ninja!Sasuke (who has no quarrel with Itachi for reasons to be revealed later) and Canon!Sasuke (who hates Itachi with every fiber of his being), and switching the two right before Canon!Sasuke and Canon!Itachi have their final battle. In other words, no one has a clue that the brother they're fighting isn't the one they know and love/hate. Insanely fun to write.
The Greatest Infiltration Ever -- This was written because I lost a bet with Igornerd. When the Naruto manga was reaching its climax, I turned to him and said something along the lines of, "Hey, wanna bet if the Hyūga ancestor is gonna possess Neji's dead body at some point?" The loser of the bet would have to dedicate a 5K word ficlet to the other person. Obviously, I lost. Turns out that Neji died to support the Naru/Hina pairing. :P Anyway, Igornerd had me write a story where during Sasuke's time training with Orochimaru, various Konoha shinobi manage to turn up in the top-secret lair with the worst disguises, but for some reason he's the only one that notices. It's a crack-fic.
Tempting Fate -- A Jurassic World fic, basically because I thought that movie was badass. Also, Velociraptors.
Gilded -- This is an idea I've had for a long, long time. Nothing is as it seems.
Thoughts for today (8/27/14):
1) College is way better than fan fiction.
2) The sage of six paths is probably evil. I mean, look at the latest manga chapter. That smile at the end is not a good smile.
Proven wrong. Never mind. :P
Thoughts for today (11/30/14)
I'm pretty damn sure that Neji died solely to provide backup for the seemingly last-minute NaruHina pairing. I mean, I'm neutral in this particular shipping war, but there was definitely more development for Naru/Saku than there was for Naru/Hina.
When Neji is skewered, the guy's last words basically tell Naruto to marry Hinata no matter what. :P "Never forget that Hinata-sama is willing to die for you."
Subtle, Kishimoto. Real subtle.
Thoughts for today (12/01/14)
I just realized something.
Here are the parallels between Itachi and Orochimaru.
1) Itachi represents Susano'o. Orochimaru is the Hydra dragon-snake thing that Susano'o killed, also known as Orochi. (This was seen during the Sasuke-Itachi fight to the death.)
2) Their names. 'Itachi' means weasel (as far as I know with my nonexistent knowledge of Japanese), and a mongoose is a kind of weasel. Orochimaru is an obvious reference to a snake. In most battles between a mongoose and a snake, the mongoose ends up eating stringy, rubbery snake meat.
So basically, Orochimaru gets the short end of the stick on both counts. These parallels indicate that it is in their nature for Itachi to crush Orochimaru in any of their encounters.
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Who are we kidding? I suck at updating on time. You'll just have to live with it.
Hey, I'm sorry, but I've got a life. That comes first.
Flame me. Please. Flames are a wonderful tool for improvement. Well-constructed ones, anyway.
I mean, even if it isn't constructive criticism, it's still criticism. Criticism is a freaking useful thing.
So please, find it in your heart, and flame.
Or just review. XD
Theoretically, there's nothing wrong with yaoi. It's just gay romance.
The problem is that, more often than not, it's not even written by gay people. It's written by fangirls who find the idea hot. It's usually a mess because of this.
That being said, I've never actually read yaoi. I'm strictly heterosexual. (I get my information from people who have had the misfortune of stumbling across such stories.)
Thus, you don't have to worry about finding it in any of my stories.
On Bashing in general:
If you bash or enjoy reading stories that bash, I immediately assume that you're an idiot.
It's both stupid and disturbing that anyone would waste their time spending hours writing a story about a cartoon character that they hate . . . Not only that, but these authors try to make their stories 'realistic' too. Here's the thing—it's not going to work if you never let the character change.
Fine, I get wanting to make a character you hate as despicable as possible, but have you ever heard of character flaws? You know, little quirks about a person that can be incredibly annoying or just downright offensive? The story will make most people cringe if a character acts like a prejudiced toddler for no apparent reason.
I get it, she's evil because she rejects Naruto's advances and keeps on hitting him. Right?
In case you haven't noticed, Kishimoto made most of those scenes for a comical effect. Wouldn't you also reject the advances of a snotty twelve-year-old who constantly asked you out and couldn't take a hint if he was literally bashed over the head with it? I mean, come on. Give Sakura some credit here. Sure, she went a little overboard at times, but she wasn't completely unjustified in her actions.
Heck, if I was thirteen again and a girl wouldn't stop asking me out, I'd prank the crap out of her and probably be incredibly rude in my rejections. Why? Because people who can't take a hint are fucking annoying.
But back to the point. The thing is if you bash, all it really shows is that you don't have the ability to convince your audience that a character isn't worth liking.
If you don't like Sasuke, don't show it by bashing him. Instead, use his actions, his mannerisms, his dialogue. He's plenty rude on his own and enough of a bastard as it is, so no need to take away the majority of his intelligence and what little maturity he possesses for the purposes of your story.
Hell, you could do this for anyone.
Jiraiya didn't show up in Naruto's life until he was a genin, even though he was the godfather. I happen to agree with his reasoning that he couldn't take a child alongside himself, but you don't necessarily have to. There are a million unexplained elements in the Narutoverse that you could use to bolster your argument. However, there had better be some goddamn development to actually make Jiraiya of all people a hatable person.
Tsunade became a rather disappointing person right after Dan died. Again, I agree with her excuses, but you don't have to (although it's technically awful writing if you ignore her character development). PTSD is no joke, especially when it involves your loved ones dying.
Kakashi played favorites a bit by training Sasuke (not really, since Ebisu was actually exactly the kind of teacher that Naruto needed), but then again, Sasuke was going to face a known jinchūriki. He needed all the help he could get. Seriously. Everyone watched Lee was fucked up, and then Sasuke is matched up against the monster that did it. Do you really think that any sane teacher would choose to train Naruto (who would most likely survive) over Sasuke who might survive if given the proper tools? I mean, by choosing to train Sasuke, Kakashi actually displays loud and clear that he cares about his comrades.
Anyway, my point is that the characters' reasons for being who they are and acting the way they do are already pretty solid. To simply decide that you hate one of them (a cartoon character, btw) and proceed to write them wildly out-of-character for your own amusement shows a level of immaturity that I can't comprehend.
Just don't bash. Don't be an idiot. Stick within the bounds of your character.
Furthermore, if you really, really hate a character as much as I hate Kabuto, then please for the love of God use actual character development to make him despicable.
My 16 Points on the Banishment Arc:
God, these stories make me squirm. The first one I read, no logic whatsoever. For some reason, all of the rest followed exactly the same pattern.
1) Naruto actually manages to get Sasuke back in the Sasuke retrieval arc. Somehow.
2) Some non-existent civilian council decides to banish Naruto for his success??? Like I said, no logic. This is how bashing messes up a plot.
3) Tsunade does one of two things. Either she sits on her ass and lets the council do as they please concerning Naruto, or for some reason she hates him and wants to get rid of him . . . Alright. Yeah, yeah. Alternate Universe blah blah. If she has a reason to hate Naruto, who happens to be the only reason that she became the Gōdaime, it had better be pretty damn good. And if it's an Alternate Universe, then the author needs to explain how it differs from the Narutoverse. This should go without saying, but you'd be surprised.
4) Soon after Naruto's banishment is announced to the village, most of the retrieval team and their respective clans are in an uproar. They fight for him, but are blatantly ignored by the higher-ups. This part actually makes sense to me. This is a ninja-village. That means military-style rule, where orders and decrees are absolute unless revoked.
5) Just as Naruto is about to leave Konoha for good, Hinata Hyūga finally works up the courage to talk to him without fainting and explains that she wants to join him. This is usually for two reasons. Well, that I've seen anyway.
1) Hinata's father found out that the elders wanted to put the caged-bird seal on Hinata, so he ordered her to secretly leave with Naruto to wherever he was going.
2) Hinata's entire family hates her . . . Everyone. She is in danger of getting the Caged-Bird Seal and the love of her life is leaving forever. So naturally, she decides to join him.
6) No one has heard from Hinata or Naruto in years. The rest of the world heard of what the council decided in Naruto's banishment and effectively cut off trade from the Hidden Leaf.
These lands that participate in the embargo are usually Wave, Sand, Snow, the Crescent Islands, and a few others of the author's discretion. Well . . . any that the author has actually bothered to scrounge through Wikipedia to find.
The point is that no matter how devastating the consequences, the civilian council never seems to change their opinion regarding Naruto.
Again, this is how bashing destroys a plot.
7) The Leaf is in a bad position concerning their standing with the other hidden villages, and they've heard whispers of a rising power in the unexplored west (unexplored in the Narutoverse) called the Empire of the West.
Normally, this wouldn't have been such a big deal, except for the fact that no one's united the west in over a thousand years. So whatever warlord who did it has got to be rich and powerful and at least an able tactician, right?
So, the Leaf sends a bunch of delegates to the Empire to negotiate a treaty. Usually, it's a bunch of characters from the Konoha Twelve, a couple of the sensei, and possibly Jiraiya, Tsunade, or Danzō, all of whom are twisted beyond recognition with all of the bashing (except maybe Danzō).
8) The delegation is shocked to find that the Emperor of the Western Empire, an empire that somehow dwarfs the Elemental Nations, is Naruto! Usually, the meeting is punctuated by a confrontation of sorts in which a stupidly overpowered Naruto beats down whatever character the author feels like hating on.
For some reason, it always seems to be Sasuke or Kiba who just attack Naruto without provocation, despite the fact that the Hidden Leaf needs the alliance and attacking the emperor is the last way to get it.
But besides that, duh duh du-u-u-uh! Naruto has the Rinnegan! How? The explanations I've seen have varied from 'the Uzumaki's are the TRUE descendants of the Sage of Six Paths' to 'Naruto shoved a Sharingan eye into his conveniently empty eye-socket and it reacted with Uzumaki DNA to morph into the Rinnegan'.
For some reason, the authors never seem to focus on the origins or the significance of the Rinnegan, just the power. Personally, I think that it's a mistake to do so because the origins are actually quite interesting. I don't know, at least attach a mandate-of-heaven to the eyes or something. Make them more than just badass eyes.
AND, Naruto has the Kyūbi on his side. This tends to be a minor detail because these authors don't seem to know how to write a character as complicated as the Kyūbi. They also have to tendency to make the Kyūbi female . . . O_o
Now I know that there are plenty of fantastic stories that do that, but . . . have you guys ever heard that voice? All baritone and demonic? Fanfiction my ass, just keep him male.
9) MOST importantly, Hinata is revealed to be Naruto's wife and Empress of the Western Empire. Surprising, right? Seriously, they could at least try to make it less obvious.
10) The delegation leaves for Konoha incredibly shaken and discouraged, but some happen to be glad to see Naruto alive. These "normal" people include Rock Lee, Gai, the Ino-Shika-Chō trio and parents, Tenten, and a few others. For some reason, these authors seem to hate Kakashi, despite his very valid reasons for being a messed-up person. I get that bashing Kakashi feels very satisfying (as I am somewhat guilty of it myself, mainly due to Chunin Exam Day by Perfect Lionheart, which is a horrible, horrible story and fuck you if you like it), but these authors take it way too far.
Edit: Now that I've been a member of this website for three years, I take no pleasure in bashing and whenever I see it I have an overwhelming urge to flame the shit out of the story that bashed in the first place. Like, are you that fucking immature that you have to destroy a character to fulfill your own fantasies? For God's sake, grow the hell up.
11) Life gets bad in Konoha for the normal people. Due to high risks of war, the civilian council has ordered Sasuke Uchiha to take multiple wives and sire as many children as possible . . . For some reason, Sakura is okay with this.
Really? Really? Even her fangirl version was better than this, as she didn't want to share her Sasuke-kun with anyone else.
Obviously, Ino and Tenten don't take it very well when they are ordered to become a part of the Uchiha harem. Because the author is a basher and has made Sasuke far worse than his canon counterpart ever was.
12) Then, whoever the author has a soft-spot for (think Teuchi, Ayame, Iruka, Konohamaru and family, and the afore-mentioned Ino-Shika-Chō trio, possibly the Hyūga), all pack up and leave the village at Naruto's offer for sanctuary from the Hidden Leaf.
13) Konoha is in shambles after several of its most prominent clans leave.
This is one of the few good things portrayed in the Banishment stories. Hidden Villages do indeed fall apart when half their military power abandons them. Take a moment to think about this. We are in a perpetually hostile world, and we all live in the same village with only each other to depend on. Do you really think that the perpetually hostile world won't jump at the chance if half of us just abandoned the rest?
Dream on. Both groups would be crushed. However, one is spared because of Naruto's freaking god-like powers. Have I mentioned how much I hate Godlike!Naruto?
Well I do.
14) Usually filled in with some fluff of Naruto and Hinata. Possibly a kid or two. This is the author's attempt at mushy goodness, though half the time it comes out horribly wrong. Granted, the authors of this kind of story are usually fifteen or below with very little life experience, so you've gotta give 'em credit for at least trying.
15) Naruto starts to manipulate Konoha into the worst political and economic situations possible with the help of the other villages, all of whom would love to see Konoha fall and who also don't want to piss off an overpowered Naruto.
16) Naruto gets bored and destroys Konoha in a spectacular fashion. Don't worry, this part's usually fun. I mean, come on. If you read a story like this all the way to completion, there's no way that you're not as sadistic as I am. That, or you're just really dedicated to reading.
Well, that's about it. What you should take away from this: I really hate bashing. Also, Banishment stories are possibly the stupidest cliché on the fandom.
On Banishment in general:
Okay, this has been bothering me for a while now. I've seen waaaay too many stories where Naruto gets banished for some stupid plot-point. There are several reasons this plot device ticks me off.
1) Naruto is a Jinchūriki. He is literally considered to be a living, breathing weapon of mass destruction by the higher-ups in the Hidden Leaf. Why the hell would they disarm themselves? They wouldn't. Doing so would pretty much be an invitation for all of the other Hidden Villages to attack at the first available opportunity.
See the problem?
Basically, why I'm trying to impress upon you is that no, Konoha is not run by total morons.
2) If there has to be a banishment, at least do a bit of work on the reason. Don't just be lazy and blurt out something like "Naruto hurt Sasuke!"
These are shinobi that are running the Leaf. Believe it or not, they do have functioning brains. They can actually look at a situation, like Naruto's fight with Sasuke at the Valley of the End, and deduce who is in the right.
In other words, which one of them is loyal.
So with this point, basically, the rest of the characters aren't idiots. Ninja aren't in the habit of getting rid of valued assets. Unless they (the council) have a legitimate ulterior motive to want him gone, then there shouldn't be a banishment.
And to be clear, the 'we want to take over Konoha' excuse isn't valid. With Konoha's jinchūriki out of the picture, the other villages have a green light to invade. There's no point in taking over a village if it's just going to be destroyed a few months later.
3) What's absolutely hilarious is that in most of these stories, Danzō of all people is the one who's instrumental in getting Naruto banished.
Danzō, the warmonger.
My God, people, have you lost your minds?! Why on earth would he get rid of the jinchūriki?! If anything, he'd keep Naruto under lock and key while he trained him in ROOT!
His villainy (and short-sightedness) aside, he's the last person to intentionally leave Konoha vulnerable.
On Naruto-Reads-Naruto Type Stories
The main plot involves several Naruto characters (not necessarily Naruto himself) being plucked out of time to watch or read about the struggles of our favorite hero. Who the characters are varies from story to story, but it seems that Team Minato, Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Kushina usually end up being those primary characters.
Anyway, these seven people are all plucked out of time (the author can spout whatever crap about how the person who pulls it off is fate's ambassador, it honestly doesn't matter who he/she is to the story) and then they are shown a version of the Naruto saga.
That might sound a bit boring.
You have no idea. Not to mention the fact that the characters are butchered for certain plot devices to work. Ugh.
The better versions of this kind of story (as unbelievable as that may be) include Reading the Future: Naruto's True Nindo by xxHinaAngelxx (which I have been led to believe was the first of this type of story) and Naruto: Genesis of the Nindo by Bloody-Mad.
Be warned: everything tends to be a bit cut and dry.
I've been bored out of my mind by this kind of story. Good luck if you actually attempt to read it.
On Neglected-Naruto Stories:
First of all, there are several types of this story. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I don't even know them all, but I'll do my best to explain anyway.
1) Naruto is neglected by his parents in favor his sister.
I've seen this so much it's actually becoming cliché.
Which is sad. This is too horrible to be this common.
In these particular stories, Naruto's family is alive (meaning Kushina and Minato, obviously). Now the clincher is that either Naruto has a twin sister or a younger sister. Normally this would be a perfect set-up for a decent AU . . . if these authors had the slightest idea on how to realistically develop their characters.
Basically, in these stories, Kushina and Minato have the parenting expertise of a toddler and show blatant favoritism (which is a big no-no) for their other child over Naruto. That, and they have the biggest case of denial known to man. Anyway, while the author might do a half-way decent job in characterizing Naruto's subsequent depression at being ignored (don't count on it), they make Minato and Kushina act like complete idiots.
Not exactly my thing.
If I'm reading angst, it needs to at least make sense.
Minato and Kushina being bad parents? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! No. Fuck that shit. They'd be the best parents ever.
If you ever write a story and the main character actually begins to feel sorry for himself, your audience will hate him (unless they're as immature as you). It's okay for the character to feel sorry for himself for a brief moment, but he sure as hell better snap out of it and get his head back in the game. Haven't we all seen anime where there's that one character who everyone hated solely because they were whiny and bratty? Now you want to go make Naruto like that? Are you out of your goddamn mind?
I mean, I don't get why some people write Naruto as a whiny little bitch. He's the complete fucking opposite. Sure, he's had his moments of sadness, but Naruto has the strongest goddamn spirit I've ever seen. Then these writers just go and trample all over that spirit so they can write their angst stories. -_-
Back to the point, the first of this kind of story was actually somewhat decent in quality, although the general angst plot remains questionable. It's called God of Illusion, Host of the Devil's Arm by Thanathos.
2) The standard village-hates-Naruto story.
Meh. This one should be obvious. Just . . . don't. Please. Spare the fandom of this garbage.
Let me explain, though. What I mean is physical abuse. Do you really think that the Third Hokage would let Naruto be the punching bag of the entire village? I'm not talking about one kick or a swat to the back of the head. I'm talking about being beaten within an inch of his life by a goddamn mob. Yeah, no.
3) Naruto is hidden from his family in Whirlpool by Konoha in an attempt to keep their jinchūriki. So basically, Prince-of-Whirlpool stories.
There are several things wrong with this kind of story. First, bashing abound. Sasuke bashing, Sakura bashing, Kiba bashing, Konoha bashing, nonexistent Council bashing.
People, there are ways to structure a plot that involve no bashing.
The second point is the beginning. This is possibly the worst beginning in the entire fandom. A six-year-old (or younger) Naruto is running for his life from a mob of angry Konoha citizens who want to kill him because he's the Kyūbi, or some shit like that.
Let's take this apart piece by piece.
In fact, the general rule is that if a story starts off like this, I drop it then and there. And possibly leave a critical review in my wake.
These are stories where the author creates character either entirely or partially based on themselves and inserts it into the Narutoverse. The plot-devices used for this genre include inter-dimensional tears, reincarnation, and a whole lot of other things that I can't think of off the top of my head. These stories seem to follow a specific pattern.
1) And . . . who are you? There is a little introductory phase which describes the life of the main character in our universe. This can take place either in real time or in memory, but it always seems to exist for the purpose of introducing the character.
2) Arrival. The second step is when the Self-Insert travels to the Narutoverse. They can find a way between worlds, die and be reincarnated, or even take over a canon character's body. This step isn't always there since some authors don't bother to explain, but it's certainly common.
3) Realization. This is the stage where they figure out that the world they're in . . . isn't the one they knew. O_O It can be pretty badass if the author does it properly.
4) Living life. The stories all deviate from here.
Some of the good Self-Insert authors I've come across include: Darkpetal16, Silver Queen, Nanosilver, ElectraSev5n, Vixen Tail, and XER9AF. They aren't the only good ones by any means, but they are among the best.
That being said, this genre has its own problems.
On Journal Stories:
Pretty straightforward. A character gets a journal, fills it up with their thoughts.
This could go in any direction, and as usual, it depends on the author's skill and ability to convey emotion. These can center around any character, and can be pretty much any genre. Humor, angst, you name it.
One of the more prominent examples of this kind of story is Signed From: The Sand Siblings by The Kazekage of Suna. Actually, this author has a ton of other stories in this style as well. Check them out if you're interested.
Okay, I understand people having personal preferences on which fictional characters they want to see together.
However, if a story is written well enough, it doesn't matter what the pairing is, so long as the romance itself is original and inspiring. And to be frank, I don't care what the pairing is (barring any and all incest and pedophiliac relationships, and no yaoi whatsoever). I'll read anything that I think is good.
And then there's the grand debate of Naruto/Hinata vs. Naruto/Sakura. People literally flame over this shit.
Let me make one thing absolutely clear: I don't give a fuck about which pairing you happen to like.
I read both of them, so long as the writing is of high enough quality. If you try to convince me why either one of these pairings is the "right" one, I'll start to subtly make fun of your intelligence (or lack thereof) in whatever conversation we happen to be having.
Seriously, this is FANFICTION. You know what that means? We get to take the characters created by Kishimoto and completely screw with their worlds and manipulate all kinds of circumstances. And more often than not, love is a product of circumstance. Heck, I've seen good stories that are Itachi/Sakura, and what made them good was the succession of carefully manipulated circumstances which led to the romance. If you can make that work, you can make anything work.
So basically, if you ever try to convince me that a pairing cannot happen because of something like "those characters never met" or "that character's a total bitch," I'll laugh in your face. Why? Because as a writer, I have the power to make those characters meet. I cannot stress this enough: FAN. FICTION. (Keep in mind, there are still writing standards. In no way do I excuse bad writing, and I apologize here and now for at one point being a truly awful writer.)
And if she actually happens to be a bitch, like, say, Tayuya, I can use this wonderful little tool called character development. It might be long and slow at times, but I could eventually develop Tayuya enough as a character to make her suitable for romance (because let's face it, she's probably not looking for anyone and with that attitude very few guys would be interested in the first place).
That's the thing, here. You start out with something relatively canon, then you take it and make it your own. And what's wrong with that? I applaud whenever I see others do it. It's freaking good writing.
But back to the point. Sakura vs. Hinata? Either girl works. But there had better be some goddamn character development in those lines, because pure smut does not a romance make.
They make me so jealous. >:(
And I'm pretty sure they've got an unfair advantage by being girls . . . (-_-)
Anyway, with any others pairings . . . Seriously, as long as the English is legible and the plot actually exists, I'll give the story a shot.
But there are some things I just won't read: incest, yaoi, and any pairing where the age difference is too much like Naruto/Tsunade or even Naruto/Anko. Also, I REFUSE to read pairings with underaged characters, mostly because I happen to have a younger sibling and the idea sickens me.
On Crossovers: I love crossovers. I really do. But I only really get into it if the worlds of the crossover can blend together fluidly.
For example, the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon) and the Elder Scrolls series (Skyrim). They both have a very similar medieval setting along with magic and elves and dragons and struggling empires. Another example of two compatible worlds to use for a crossover would be the Harry Potter novels and The Dresden Files novels. Both are urban fantasies and both have a wizard as the main character. Lots of possibilities there.
Oh, look at that. This is the perfect place for a story recommendation.
Dragons by Annonimous4862 is by far the best example of a crossover that I've ever seen. This one is basically putting Skyrim's Dragonborn character into the world of the Inheritance cycle. Incredible story.
Or, you could take the path less travelled and make a crossover with two worlds that have NOTHING in common.
For example, there's When Destiny burns by Master Dude the 21st which is a crossover between the Inheritance Cycle and Halo. It wouldn't sound like the best combination in the world, but this story blew my mind. It's proof that you can make anything work if you're a good enough writer.
Now what I don't like to see in crossovers? People taking a character they happen to like *cough* Naruto *cough* and using him to curb-stomp everyone in whatever different series they write him into.
I actually have fan art! Wow! I'm not nearly good enough to deserve it, but I'm still immensely grateful.
The wonderful Zenthisoror (who all of you should go check out right now, because she's one of the best writers on this entire goddamn site and she's woefully under-appreciated) drew a scene from 'New Dawn'. Admittedly, it was one of my favorite scenes of the story. XD
Here's the link:
And I have more fanart, even though I definitely don't deserve it. o.O
This was drawn on the iPad for 'Hands of Time' (I'll let you guys guess which scene) by the talented To Mockingbird.
Stories that I beta for which you should definitely check out:
You can't stop the flow of time. Its wheel only whirls in one direction. It is impossible for a mere human to change that path. But sometimes the impossible must be done… Naruto time travel fanfiction.
He had no family, no talent, and a giant maniacal fox stuffed in his gut. He was a loser. Despite all this, Naruto Uzumaki had a dream, inspired by a goal. Nothing would stop him. He would go farther than the eye could see. For better...and for worse. AU. Mysteries abound. "Suspension of Disbelief" required because of absurdity.
Time-Travel fic. She appeared out of nowhere, protected by the chakra of a fallen Uzumaki. Uzumaki Mito named her Takara as she was once treasured by an Uzumaki. Takara, who would become her dearest friend. Takara, who claims to remember nothing. Takara, who will change the shinobi world for the Uzumaki who treasured her. Takara with her pink hair and green eyes.
The fabric of time and space is more delicate than one would imagine. Especially when seals are practically made to tear a hole in their workings. The traveler in question isn't exactly whopping for joy to be in the past. And five-year old Jiraiya certainly hadn't expected to stumble upon the enigma known as Uzumaki Naruto. Timetravel.
Fifteen years ago, Naruto made an unsightly promise to Priestess Shion. The result of that promise came back to haunt him the day of his children's graduation from the academy, and stirs up trouble with his dream of becoming a shinobi. Meanwhile, dark forces from the past are stretching out over the ninja world once again. Could Naruto's priest-born son unconsciously be the cause?
(She deleted the story and won't return any of my PMs. :P It was a good story, though. If you wanna find it, just search for the name. She has it on another account.)
Sequel to Hashirama, World's Worst Matchmaker. After his disastrous matchup regarding Toka and Izuna, Hashirama still isn't satisfied. So when the Uzumaki's requested a marriage alliance between the two villages, he gladly offered his brother up, of course, we all know, Tobirama isn't happy about it and Toka and Izuna are up for revenge. (Microfic & Crackfic) READ AND REVIEW XD
Mulan wasn't supposed to be discovered as a woman in the Imperial Army. Her life wasn't supposed to be spared and she wasn't supposed to go home dishonored. Shan Yu wasn't supposed to survive the avalanche and he wasn't supposed to take over China. Clearly, fate had other plans for the two...and it all revolved around revenge, obsession, a girl and a mountain. LEMONS ON BLOG.
It wasn't enough to have to deal with the Thalmor, the Falmer, and all the other assholes. Now he had to deal with the antics of a blond boy, too. Rating could change because of violence in future chapters.
Kakashi falls off a tree and lands in a different world. Literally. Now he's in a dimension where nothing makes sense—but he's used to that. Kakashi plans to wreck as much havoc as he can and find his way home . . . if he can.
Yes, I beta for these people. However, I am not accepting any more requests. Nada. None. I'll review and point out a few things should you ask, but I'm not willing to be a beta for any more stories at the moment. Why? It's simple. I don't dedicate enough time to my own stories as it is. My readers can attest to this. You guys are probably screaming at me to update or something.
So forgive me if you ask me to be your beta and I end up refusing. It's not any fault of yours, it's my own utter lack of time-management skills. For example, as I write this, it's two in the morning and I should be in bed.
Stories that I'll never write:
1. When Jiraiya is brutally slaughtered by his former student, his soul doesn't follow the usual path. He knew that he was destined to train the Child of Prophecy, but he never expected to become the phantom-sensei to the Rikudō Sennin himself! Can the ghost of a Super-Pervert transform a scrawny teenage boy into a warrior without equal? Time-travel.
So . . . obviously time-travel. This just popped into my head one day when I was writing chapter 5 of The Clan Wars. If you like the idea, feel free to take it up. I just ask that you let me know so that I'll be able to read your story.
2. The war had ended, but so had the world... Just as Naruto was about to give in to his crushing despair, a certain giant fox intervened. What happens when a being of pure chakra decides to use it all? Let's just say that too much chakra isn't all that healthy for the fabric of time and space. Now, Naruto has to navigate the chaos of the Second Shinobi World War, all while he tries to wake Kurama from his slumber.
So again, time-travel . . . Have I mentioned that I'm a fan? Anyway, I chose this because I haven't seen a single 2nd World War time-travel story before (let me know if you find one?). Again, feel free to take this idea up if you like it, just notify me beforehand so I can read what you come up with.
Things that just tick me off:
1. People who drink and drive.
If you do this, you're a fucking moron and you deserve to be locked away for a very long time. I cannot emphasize enough how much I hate people who do this. Like, you wanna get drunk and be an idiot? Fine. But if you put other peoples' lives in danger while doing so, you can go ahead and burn in hell.
2. People who text and drive.
I bring this up because the majority of people on this website are teenagers.
Seriously. Chill. The text can fucking wait. Don't risk your car, your life, and someone else's life on some stupid message.
If you want so badly to text while driving, buy yourself a goddamn smart phone with voice command.
If you're desperate, pull the fuck over. I'm sure your bestie has vital information to share with you. (-_-)