Author has written 2 stories for Naruto.
I've been a reader of Naruto fanfiction on this site for almost half a year now. It's been an amazing experience and I absolutely love it. While I do still watch the series occasionally I don't enjoy it near as much anymore because I've read so many stories that are much better than the series. I've read some epic stories that go behind the scenes, down in the dirt and no holds barred that is only implied but never shown in the series being that it is targeting a younger age group.
I enjoy the long stories most. 90% of the stories I read are 100k> words with the other 10% being works in progress that have not reached their full length yet. I've read some short stories that are great, but I just feel they need more. I love a whole drawn out, action-filled adventure. One-shots just don't do that for me.
I'm a romance lover at heart and that is what brought me to fanfiction. After endless episodes past Hinata's confession to Naruto and nothing coming out of it, I wanted to see some NaruHina. That is where it all started. Since then I've expanded so much and enjoyed every minute of it.
My ideal story will be a novel length with a good plot, a romance (I don't mind lemons as long as long they are done well tastefully, meaning it is not just smut for smut's sake, but using the act to build on the emotional connection between the characters), plenty of action, a little politics (council, especially civilian council, bashing is always fun) and maybe a little humor (Naruto's pranks and their aftermath to name one example). A good example of this would be An Uzumaki Amongst the Dunes by pudgypudge.
There are many other factors some large, some small that make a story enjoyable for me. For example, I like the jutsu names in japanese with an english translation. Jap. Jutsu (Eng. Trans.)
The FanFiction.Net website is very nice as well. Both desktop and mobile versions are very user friendly and easy to navigate with. One thing does bother me a lot though. You can't filter out certain stories. I don't like Yaoi pairings. I may not have a problem with homosexuals, but I don't want to read about it. Here is a big example. The NaruSasu (NarutoxSasuke) pairing is one of the most common pairings found on the site next to NaruHina (NarutoxHinata). My filters usually include Naruto as Character A and when I get at least 3 stories every page with that pairing, it get's real annoying. So my big wish is there was a filter between the hetero and homosexual stories like "Include Yaoi/Yuri: Yes / No" or something like that.
My favorite pairings (in order of enjoyment):Naru/FemHaku: This has got to be one of my favorite pairings and unfortunately, rarely found. It's hard to describe what draws me to this but I find that Naruto and Haku can connect and fall in love very well. Usually stories that focus more on romance and not as much on action are the best ones that I found this pairing in. Just tugs my heart-strings a lot.Naru/Anko: This is another one of my favorite pairings. Two kindred souls, scorned, hated and despised for their pasts and wearing masks to hide their pain finding comfort in one another is good. I don't want Anko too tame though, her fire is one of her defining features and a great source of humor. Showing her soft side when alone and her fire elsewhere is what I like here.Naru/Temari: A fairly new pairing I'm enjoying. Not much in common with each other but they fit well together. Best done when Naruto is in Suna or paired through a political marriage. Council's Folly by Aggammenonn, Political Alliances by Agent-G and An Uzumaki Amongst the Dunes by pudgypudge to name a few.Naru/Yugi: Similar circumstances with Anko here. I like the Jinchuuriki pairings. This one is definitely the one if Naruto is in Kumo rather than in Konoha. The Fox Loves the Cat by KyuubiGoku is my favorite for this pairing. Although Naruto the toad sages apprentice by freowin is good too.Naru/Harem: I've read a few of these and enjoyed them greatly, but it has to be done realistically and tastefully or I won't enjoy it. No mass harems, no fangirls, no instaharem. There has to be love and it has to be mostly equal and treat the women with respect and not like toys.Naru/Saku: This is a rare pairing. I don't like Sakura under normal circumstances very much at all. In fact I like stories that bash her and Sasuke a lot. But sometimes this pairing is done well. The Broken Fox by Triforce Guardian and Without Sasuke by Yethri are examples.Naru/Fu: One of the newer pairings I've started delving into. Like with Yugito I like the Jinchuuriki pairings. Naruto: Nine and Seven (and it's rewrite) by X009 is good here. There are others too including one of the few short stories I like (Icha Icha Paradise: Spiraling Love by JackOfBladesX).Naru/Hina: This is what got me started. It's nice and all but shy, timid, and stuttering Hinata got old eventually. I'll read one occasionally but not as much as I used to.
Favorite Circumstances/Other Aspects:
Bashing: There is something about this that pleases me greatly because the targets mostly deserve it in one way or another.The Council (mostly the civilian side): These people make Naruto's life hell. Overcharging prices, denying basic necessities, organizing mobs and brutal beatings, make teachers and hospital staff hurt and hinder Naruto, and more.Sakura's Mother: Part of the civilian council. Usually the main target in the bashing when the council is involved. Often portrayed as a pink-haired, screeching banshee obsessed with clan status and giving everything their precious Uchiha wants.The Elders: Never liked them. Danzo's cronies that help him try to get Naruto as a weapon, not let him be adopted by any clan and making all the evidence against the people who hurt Naruto mysteriously disappear.Danzo: (except in The Sealed Kunai by Kenchi618) An all around despicable man. Head of ROOT, wants Naruto as a weapon under his control to gain the power of the Kyuubi and use him to become Hokage and start wars. *SPOILER* Collaborating with Orochimaru to gain Shisui's hypno sharingan and the other ones in his arm plush the Shodai's DNA. *END SPOILER*. The list goes on.Sasuke: Arrogant, egotistical, revenge-obsessed emo with a god complex that needs to be taken down peg.Sakura: Worthless, screeching, Uchiha obsessed fangirl that constantly berates and hits Naruto.Orochimaru: Big, evil villain obsessed with immortality. Fun to call him a pedo who likes little boys. Many instances of this in the stories I've read and pretty funny too.Kakashi: Lazy pervert stuck in the past, always late and shows favoritism to the Uchiha and often neglects Naruto's training. Very few instances of major bashing here. There are a few times but otherwise it's not as important. As there are reasons and usually he gets better.
Strong/Smart Naruto: A common preference of mine in the stories I read as long as it is realistic.Attitude: I think Naruto should be more serious instead of so happy-go-lucky all the time. It is usually just a mask of happiness anyway. I'm not saying be broody that is bad, just take things a little more seriously and act like a ninja instead of an attention craving idiot.Dark Naruto: There are some stories where this is done very well and others where it is not. Dark!Naruto is okay sometimes but I don't like Evil!Naruto or Insane!Naruto.God-like Naruto: Usually a big no-no. I don't enjoy this very much unless it is done realistically. No "Hey Kyuubi I want power. Sure Kit here you go, now you can take Orochimaru down right out of the Academy."Fast-track promotions: This is okay if it is done realistically. I think he should be promoted to Chuunin after the exams or maybe Tokubetsu Jonnin if the circumstances are right.The Dobe or Dead Last: I did not like the Anime Naruto who was dumb as a rock for most of his career. I can understand if his education is stunted in the orphanage/academy but after graduation he should be taught properly. Also understandable if the dobe persona is used as a mask to hide his strength due to being under the authority of the civilian council who will scream out the demon is taking over or some other rubbish and demand his execution, banishment, revoking of ninja status, etc. But I think he should drop it after he becomes a ninja.Jutsu Arsenal: Another thing that bugged me about Anime Naruto. He is supposed to be a ninjutsu specialist but has only the academy basics (henge, kawarimi), kage bunshin, orioke no jutsu, and the rasengan? Really? He should have a good arsenal. Some I think he should definitely have are the kage bunshin family (shuriken, kunai and explosion), shunshin (body flicker), and some basic elemental jutsu (Doton: hiding like a mole, double suicide decapitation, Katon: fireball, Futon: air bullet, etc.)
Appearance: For goodness sake get rid of the bright orange jumpsuit. Some orange is okay, but not a ton of it. A ninja is supposed to blend in.Hair: Semi-long spiky blond hair. The back goes down to mid-shoulder and is bound in a brown leather strap going from the base of the neck to upper shoulder with a bit free at the end. Spikes on top of the head lay semi-flat and don't stick up straight in the air but rather down and to the sides somewhat. Spiky bangs fall freely around the forehead without covering the eyes and the hair in the side-burn area goes to just below the jaw while framing the face. NOTE: Image based from http://www.wallgc.com/images/2012/12/naruto-shippuden-kyuubi-naruto-uzumaki-ninja-scroll-fan-art-hokage-HD-Wallpapers.jpgEyes: Eyes are slightly slanted similar to a fox, the iris are a deep blue in color that appear to lighten or harden base on Naruto's mood with the pupils slitted slightly.Whisker Marks: Whiskers marks are slightly more pronounced than in the anime about halfway between when he is normal and when using Kyuubi's chakra.Trench Coat: Dark grey or black with dark red flames at the bottom of the coat with an orange trim, Uzu clan symbol on one sleeve and the kanji for nine on the other, seals for storage stitched in the lining, and fastenings for a sheath going diagonally down the back.Upper Body: A mesh shirt showing under a long sleeved tan or creme colored v-neck style shirt.Vest: After chuunin/jonnin promotion instead of green the vest will be black and unzipped to show the shirt underneath.Arm Guards: Wrapped bandages starting at the forearm over the sleeves down to the hand and some black or grey plated fingerless gloves.Pants: Semi-loose black pants with some bandages around the thigh and the shuriken/kunai holster over them.Belt: Brown in color, with places to hold scrolls on them, a pouch for basic supplies near the back of the hip and the plate with the leaf symbol that goes on the headband fastened over the belt buckle.Footwear: Shin mesh to bind the lower area of the pant legs and black ninja sandals.
Weapons: I think Naruto should have a weapon of some sort other than the usual kunai.Sentience: The weapon should be semi-sentient. Enough to choose it's wielder it's appearance reflect Naruto's personality or inner being but not talk to Naruto like Kyuubi does.Type: A bo-staff is okay but I would prefer a bladed weapon.Acquisition: My favorite scenario is Naruto gaining the Kibukiri Houcho from Zabuza after the Wave Mission or if Zabuza gives Naruto a blade from the Uzumaki clan that only a blood Uzumaki can wield. Another scenario is a sword given to Naruto by the people of Wave that was found in the ruins of Uzu.Appearance: Straight blade (not a katana) forged from chakra metal with seals (blood and chakra to identify the wielder and defense to prevent others from wielding) engraved at the base near the guard and a gold wrap at its base. The hilt is bronzed with a curve near the end and will have the head of a fox at the guard with nine red stones going around the face of the guard. The grip will be black in color with the material being leather. The base of the hilt will have a bronze cap style end with the Uzumaki clan symbol emblazoned on it. The sheath will be made of a polished wood redish/brown in color with some gold stylized at the head, middle, and base of the sheath.
Special Abilites: All the Jinchuuriki except Naruto have some kind of awesome ability like control of sand for Gaara, insect wings for Fu, ink blasts for Bee, etc. What does Naruto get? Nothing. I don't count the fast healing I think that is a trait from being an Uzumaki, Kyuubi may have simply enhanced it. I think Naruto should have some kind of special power or ability.Kitsune-bi or Fox Fire: A rare concept but still there in some stories. Not quite the strength of the black flames of Amaterasu, but stronger than normal fire. It is blue in color and unique to kitsunes. I can see several scenarios for this ability. Naruto granted control over the flames in a way similar to Gaara's sand. Naruto's elemental affinity of fire being enhanced to the degree of using kitsune-bi instead of normal fire for jutsus. Kyuubi giving making Naruto's secondary elemental affinity to kitsune-bi. All would work.Kitsune Illusions: Another rare concept but still seen in some stories. Kitsune illusions are not genjutsu, they can be given substance or effect reality itself, is actually closer to shape-shifting. A good example would be Naruto's solid henge. Instead of a standard illusion with no substance, Naruto actually transforms into the object matching it's appearance, size and weight. I can see Naruto using Kitsune illusions to get around his lack of ability with genjutsu.Kitsune Summoning: Probably one of my favorite concepts. This contract grants Naruto the ability to summon kitsune. While it may be confused with foxes they are in fact different. Kitsune are demons while foxes are animals. The strength of the kitsune is determined by the number of tails from one to nine with the boss being the Kyuubi itself.Nine Tails Summoning: A concept I thought of a while back but have yet to read about. I wanted Naruto to be able to summon the toads and kitsune both, but doing that when nobody else was able to made it seem like overkill so I altered it a bit to my tastes. Similar to kitsune summoning, except the contract is with Kyuubi only. Ability given by a summoning contract created using the combined collaboration of Naruto and Kyuubi. The summoning contract would be made by taking a blank scroll and using blood given by both Naruto and Kyuubi being put on the scroll, Naruto and Kyuubi at the same time, form special handseals and force their chakra into the scoll forming the contract. After signing Naruto's name he would then complete the contract. In order to summon Kyuubi, Naruto would swipe blood over the seal then proceed to perform the summoning jutsu with Kyuubi's chakra with the amount used dictating Kyuubi's size and power (from chibi size to boss summon).
Art for Stories:
Raining Darkness by Crimson ultrafox
Trials of Ice and Fire (my own story)
Pre Time Skip: http://zimmmaster.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-from-Trials-of-Ice-and-Fire-387210429
Post Time Skip: http://zimmmaster.deviantart.com/art/Jonin-Naruto-from-Trials-of-Ice-and-Fire-392222795