Author has written 43 stories for Star Wars, Batman, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Deadpool, Avengers, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, Arrow, Supernatural, Sailor Moon, Book Thief, Harry Potter, Flash, Walking Dead, and Death Note.
Howdy, howdy! And welcome!
I, Scorp, do solemnly swear to *try and* review all the fics I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else.
I am a soldier in the review revolution.
You can call me Scorp. If you are interested in following me, you can find me lurking around in the Review Lounge, Too forums (I am one of the RLt's mods). Commonly, I am here: Randonmess but you can also see me lurking around the Review Sub-Categories. In fact, if you are looking for some input or help with your story? Here's a good place to get it! If you are looking for a beta? The Reviews Lounge is an EXCELLENT place to look for one (you can even advertise for one!). Plus, we're all super sweet and nice people so don't feel like you can't join in on the insanity. We welcome everyone and like all fandoms :)
I am making a statement about Original Characters right here and now: I use them, I love them, they are part of the cast inside my particular stories. I feel there's a very bad rap against OCs on FFN and in fanfiction in general, and that people tend to lump all writers who use them into one collective pot and allow their assumptions to discount a story because of it. Well, yanno what they say about assumptions, right? ;) Seriously, here's my response to OC phobics (and I'm gonna use my dominant fandom as my reference point):
Dick Grayson was brought in as Robin after Batman was an already established character. He was an OC when he first entered the fandom. Becomes a new main character and gains a huge following. We then get Jason Todd once it's decided to grow Dick up and move him off into his own life. Jason is another OC. He becomes Robin. Another new main character. People hated him because he wasn't fleshed out properly so he gets killed off. Enter Tim Drake. Another OC. He becomes Robin. Another new main character that is widely loved by fans. Enter Damian Wayne. Another OC. Becomes Robin. Another new main character that has amassed quite a little following. What's the pattern here? All the Batboys started life as...ORIGINAL CHARACTERS! So give an OC a chance. You might find another Robin.
Also, not all OC's are Sue's. The term Mary Sue and Gary Stu is frequently tossed around and most people label all OC's that way. I freely challenge you to pick up anything from my Bat-arc and find my OC and call her a Sue. If you can manage to convince me she's a Sue, I'll give the story of your choice a review (and my reviews are not one line reviews for the record). That's how confident I am in the character I have built.
I understand and accept that there are two definitions that people have for fan fiction. There is one definition that says it is a broadly defined term for stories or poetry written about characters, worlds, themes, or settings. Fan Fiction is written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creators themselves. Wikipedia goes on to further that definition by saying that "Fan fiction is defined by being both related to its subject's canonical fictional universe and simultaneously existing outside the canon of that universe (otherwise known as Extended Universe or Alternate Universe)." I write in what I feel is an Extended Universe (especially in relation to fandoms like Marvel, DC and Star Wars). I write what could have happened had the original creators opted to go that way.
This quote right here completely explains my logic when it comes to how I view the material that I write:
"Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don't do it for money. That's not what it's about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They're fans, but they're not silent, couch-bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language." —Lev Grossman, TIME, July 07, 2011 (taken from Wikipedia).
So, my general opinions is that if DC can retcon, update, fubar and otherwise change around the canon material and character histories of their characters every ten years in order to make it fresh and new, so can I (I'm just not being paid for it). All I'm doing is expanding my fandom's world and the lives of the characters that I love by incorporating new takes on them, or bringing new characters into their world that deepens who they are as people. If people like my work and my story, I feel I have done my job as a fan fiction writer. If not, it's less the fault of myself and more that they have a different criteria for what they expect out of fan fiction. I'm not here to write for the masses, nor am I here to write what is popular. Even Stan Lee will tell you that what is popular today won't be popular tomorrow. Fads come and go like the wind. But a quality story? It lives forever.
A note on my story arc.
Yup, I get that Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake and everybody else under the sun has been retconned, redone, had their origins told over and over, ages changed, lives changes, stories altered, blah blah blah. I'm operating within the original comic framework that was pre-52 with a bit of the things from the 52 that I do like and which I think happened to work. I'm also playing inside the Arkham-verse created by the games.
On Dick's age because I'm sure a lot of purists out there think I'm an idiot, I'm not. I picked Dick to be 9 for my story arc for a reason. I liked the idea of him being 9 when he loses his family, meets Bruce and ends up becoming Robin because Bruce was 9 when his parents were murdered. Bruce was also 25 when he became Batman. So was Dick. So for me, it's about symbolism. In MY (meaning my own) head cannon, I am connecting the two together (because they are very connected in my mind) through them having a similar path but ending up as different men (with Dick being who Bruce might have been had his parents not been murdered). I have also seen comic fans and experts argue and dispute how old Dick was when he became Robin and some have said they thought it was between 9-13, so I rolled with 9 for my OWN stories based upon the information.
I'm also not a dark and depressive person and I like the idea of there being hope at the end for these characters. I like focusing and exploring the family dynamics. I like showing how these people survive and cope with their lives. I like showing how they would interact with other people in their lives. I'm not here to rehash storylines told in the comics/games/moves/cartoon show or feed the need for a fast smut fix (sex of any sort in fan fiction isn't a big deal for me, but I absolutely do not read/write slash). I'm here to tell a story and to build a world from an already wonderful world (that has more tragedy than a Shakespearian play). I also don't adhere to DCs adage that because they are superheroes they cannot have private lives. That's just bull and I chuck that notion into the garbage where it belongs.
A quick explanation on my AU:
Essentially, I am writing from a mixture of Young Justice (cartoon), Young Justice (comics), Batman (comics), Nightwing (comics), Robin (Dick/Tim era comics), Red Robin (comics), Red Hood and the Outlaws (comics), Under the Red Hood (comic, movie), Superboy (comics), Arkham (comics), and Arkham (game verse). Everything is a mixture of storylines that I like and which inspire me. There's some 52 stuff, but most of it is pre-52 since that's what I got into.
I am putting this here for those people who will not read anything with an OC in it. These are stories from my profile without an OC to make it easy for people to pick something should they decide they want to review me and can't figure out what to read that hasn't got an OC in it. Now you have a list to select from :)
Vigilante Training 101
A Hero's Promise
The Winchester Gospels
Harlequin Love Poem
For the Book Thief
Breaking the Fourth Wall
I am a contributor in the RLt's 2014 Fall Event (The Halloween Collaboration): Witches and Goblins and Ghosts, Oh My!, the story is Masquerade (which is listed below on my profile).
For the songs in Masquerade:
Grim, Grinning Ghosts (played during the Haunted Mansion ride in Disneyland)
Swan Lake, Op 20 (Lake In the Moonlight)(from the Haunted Mansion movie)
Now, I'm kinda a pedant when it comes to continuity, even though I write out of order (because my main muse is this little Bat-fairy named Heckle who has vampire fangs and demon claws and an attitude of we do what she wants). So for those who are like me and like to read things in some sort of order, this is how the important part of the collection should be read:
Batman: The Family Exploration:
(AU set between the Comic-verse and Arkham-Verse)
Devil's Night-- (Complete)
Batman: The Joker's Revenge-- (Complete)
Batman & Robin: Inceptive-- (Complete)
Love & Bullets-- (Complete)
Robin: Growing Pains-- (Complete)
How to Date a Nightwing-- (Complete)
Arkham-Game Verse (Arkham-Verse)
I want to make a distinction that there are stories in the Arkham series which take place within the center of the videogames Arkham Asylum and Arkham City. They still are taking place above but they are different because WB had to come along and screw with the timelines. *sigh* Like I don't have enough confusion and complications?
The Asylum Incident (these are based upon events in Batman: Arkham Asylum)
The Harlequin's Regret-- (Complete)
The Harlequin's Love Poem-- (Complete)
The Temptation of Dr. Jonathan Crane-- (Complete)
*Robin: Noel-- Events of Arkham City occur within this story (Complete)
*The Harlequin's Revenge-- Events of the DLC called Harley Quinn's Revenge occur within Noel (Complete)
THE TIES THAT BIND SERIES
(This is an AU of my original timeline where everything diverges after Devil's Night)
AU question: What if Bruce Wayne really died at the hands of Darkseid at the end of the Final Crisis?
Devil's Night-- (Complete)
Red Robin: A Birdie Alone-- (Complete)
Red Robin: Family Ties (Complete)
Ballad of a Robin (Complete)
Bringing the Red Hooded Birdie home... (Complete)
The Kryptonian Saga:
(This series diverges after Devil's Night and is a different universe entirely)
Devil's Night-- (Complete)
*Batman: The Joker's Revenge (parts of this story will apply in this saga)
Arrow (TV Series)
1) Loyalty-- (Complete)
3) Masquerade-- (Complete)
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