PDA

View Full Version : Fanfiction Recommendations


Lilfut
08-11-2012, 02:34 PM
"90 percent of everything is crap, and the other 10% is worth dying for."

Do we have one of these already? Ah, well. Basically, here is where you share the other 10%. I'll kick things off with something that's more of a 1%: a good Sonic fanfiction. It's called Rising Star (fanfiction.net/s/2726841/1/Rising_Star). It's a novelization of Sonic 2. I can't really describe the charm precisely, but I think it has to do with young Tails' excellent characterization and/or the depth the author provides for each zone. So, what's y'all's favorite fanfictions?

Stiv
08-12-2012, 03:37 PM
It is a crime nobody has responded to this. A crime.

EXHIBIT A: The Gonterman Shrine (http://www.commuterbarnacle.com/gonterman/index.html) is the only location on the internet to find the early works of the modern day Mark Twain. Unfortunately his latest masterpieces appear to have been taken down from Lulu.

I was going to have more but UNFORTUNATELY the internet won't let me find the story where Revolver Ocelot gives Snake fake AIDS or where Hillary Clinton shrinks down a bus filled with tourists and then fucks it.

I guess there really isn't any good fanfiction anymore.

Issun
08-12-2012, 03:45 PM
It is a crime nobody has responded to this. A crime.

You typed that and then realized the majority of responses would be trolling anyway.

Aylor
08-12-2012, 04:34 PM
You typed that and then realized the majority of responses would be trolling anyway.

I think that was the joke.

P.S Oh yes, this has to be here (http://dirtypotter.com/page1/page1.html)

Kalir
08-12-2012, 04:50 PM
Well, uh...

My Immortal drove several of my friends insane. Probably me too.

Epithet
08-12-2012, 05:01 PM
I'm partial to Pequod II: This Time It's Personal, a work that questions the realities of human life and then eats them. Startlingly daring.

This had better not be real.

Regina4Lyfe
08-12-2012, 05:30 PM
xXxNOMURASANxXx is one of my favorit fanfic authors Ill just recommend one of his finest work the Kingdom Hearts (https://docs.google.com/a/email.arizona.edu/file/d/0B8cPyvE2GTjOMzE4MTVlZTctMjE5Yi00YzAzLWJjZTAtZTllO DY2OTc2MTMx/view?hl=en_US&sle=true) series

Stiv
08-12-2012, 06:34 PM
Half-Life: Full Life Consequences (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2945837/1/Halflife_Fulllife_Consequences)

I wish that youtube weren't so flooded with shitty readings of that and the laundromat wifi was better so I could find the original, beautifully read and animated, version.

Stiv
08-12-2012, 06:47 PM
DOUBLE POST'D REMINDER: David Gonterman is still writing (http://www.foxfirestudios.net/) and currently working on a rewrite of his magnum opus gold standard bad sonic fanfiction, "BLOOD AND METAL". If you were on the internet in 1996-1998 you might remember it.

Healy
08-12-2012, 07:18 PM
If you're, uh, looking for legitimate suggestions, there was that one time the maker of Eversion tricked us Bronto folks into writing video game fanfiction. The thread's here (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=4401.0). Friday's is good, Bongo Bill's is pretty legitimately great, the rest I could take or leave.

Zef
08-12-2012, 08:17 PM
I always feel weird talking about fanfiction on Talking Time, because while I enjoy reading, writing, discussing, etc., and I have a good eye for quality and I love MSTing both good and bad ones, TT has an intense, white-hot hatred for anything that even resembles fanfic. It's possibly the only community I've been a part of where I would never share my ideas or concepts or even ongoing stuff because I know it'd be subject of mockery within milliseconds of me hitting "Submit" on a post.

That said, I already made my own recommendations here, in this older thread (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=10189).

MarsDragon
08-12-2012, 09:47 PM
I always feel weird talking about fanfiction on Talking Time, because while I enjoy reading, writing, discussing, etc., and I have a good eye for quality and I love MSTing both good and bad ones, TT has an intense, white-hot hatred for anything that even resembles fanfic. It's possibly the only community I've been a part of where I would never share my ideas or concepts or even ongoing stuff because I know it'd be subject of mockery within milliseconds of me hitting "Submit" on a post.

Well see, drawing art and comics of other people's characters is good and right and shows how creative you are. Writing words about them is the lowest of the low and only for creatively bankrupt scum.

It's that simple!

Loki
08-12-2012, 11:30 PM
I'm am legit interested for reals in Zefiction.

Wolfgang
08-12-2012, 11:55 PM
Well see, drawing art and comics of other people's characters and also writing words about them is the lowest of the low and only for creatively bankrupt scum.

It's that simple!

Odin
08-13-2012, 12:43 AM
I wish that youtube weren't so flooded with shitty readings of that and the laundromat wifi was better so I could find the original, beautifully read and animated, version.

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHxyZaZlaOs) is where I first learned of FULL LIFE CONSEQUENCES. If you've seen better, let me know.

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 04:23 AM
That said, I already made my own recommendations here, in this older thread (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=10189).

This.

This is all I want.

If you're, uh, looking for legitimate suggestions, there was that one time the maker of Eversion tricked us Bronto folks into writing video game fanfiction. The thread's here (http://brontoforum.us/index.php?topic=4401.0). Friday's is good, Bongo Bill's is pretty legitimately great, the rest I could take or leave.

I'm reading this right now. Friday's is quite good, and I love Bongo Bill's. I'm also liking LaserBeing's, though the reincarnation bit at the end was silly. And Francois's is my favorite sort of thing: the novelization. The second Friday one, about Castlevania, is also pretty good.

See, the reason I wanted to make this thread was that it's really hard to find good fanfic amidst the yaoi and blatant wish fulfillment.

MarsDragon
08-13-2012, 09:19 AM
See, the reason I wanted to make this thread was that it's really hard to find good fanfic amidst the yaoi and blatant wish fulfillment.

Yeah, damn those women, writing what they want and forcing good men to read it! Where do those crazy bitches get off, thinking they get to do things we don't approve of? Obviously nothing they do can be any good. Remember to avoid and shun them at all opportunities, that will learn them.

Oh, but filth for guys? That's perfectly normal. Men need to be catered to, after all.

I just hate nerd hypocrisy okay

The Raider Dr. Jones
08-13-2012, 09:48 AM
Originally Edited by Wolfgang
Well see, drawing art and comics of other people's characters and also writing words about them is the lowest of the low and only for creatively bankrupt scum.

It's that simple!
But we're all scum, Johnny.

http://www.femc.net/johnny.jpg

Zef
08-13-2012, 10:34 AM
Yeah, damn those women, writing what they want and forcing good men to read it! Where do those crazy bitches get off, thinking they get to do things we don't approve of? Obviously nothing they do can be any good. Remember to avoid and shun them at all opportunities, that will learn them.

Oh, but filth for guys? That's perfectly normal. Men need to be catered to, after all.

I just hate nerd hypocrisy okay

Personally, I don't care if it's yaoi, yuri, "straight" slash, or whatever, I find all forms of OOC equally contemptible, especially if it's for a PWP pairing that's there just for titillation or fan[boy/girl] wish-fulfillment. Because the reason I like and enjoy fanfiction and hold it to a very high standard is that, for me to respect it, it MUST respect the creator's characters in turn. I don't want to read about Body Snatcher X wearing Terra's body getting it on with Body Snatcher Y wearing Edgar's (just like I wouldn't want to read about them engaged in any other kind of fic.) If you're going to take established characters and lead them into a new and different (maybe drastically different) direction, then you damn well better justify it with a story that obeys their original world's laws and characterization, and grows naturally from them when you insert your new elements. And this applies whether it's an "original flavor" story, a crossover, a fusion, a lemon/slash, whatever. I want to read "what the character I like would do in this new setting," not "how a warped interpretation fulfills a writer's wishes."

Given that my main fanfic interest lies in Ranma fanfiction, whether I'm reading a Star Wars crossover or a tear-jerking drama, the basic rule of thumb I go by is: "would Takahashi be OK with this?"

Of course, you can see how this leads to a LOT of debate on OOC-ness, character analysis, fanon vs canon, and narrative minutia, especially when a fanfic involves more than one established universe. But it's not just for nitpicking or whining! Sometimes those arguments could help you notice aspects of a character you hadn't realized were there, or, in more general terms, they could educate your writing technique and plot development. Damn, but do I miss the mid-to-late nineties debates on the FFML and RAAC ;_; Those were really fun way back then, in the era of "Thy Outward Part" and "The Bitter End" and "Ill Met By Starlight." And of course, finding something to be incredibly OOC can be fun, too: that's what MSTs are for :p

That said, it's mostly pair-up fics (now known as "shipping" fics,) whether they have sexual content or not, that I tend to object to. That's because those are the ones that set out to break characterization just to match up the author's favorite characters --and not just for those characters, but any existing pairings, too, to force the new one into place. Even drama, or "darkfics" and "angstfics" (the good ones, anyway) ARE entirely focused on character development (whether they succeed or not is another issue) while comedy, adventure, and continuation fics at least make an effort to stay true. And if it's a parody, like Fritz Fraundorf's absolutely AMAZING Final Fantasy mega-crossover series, having everyone as outrageously OOC as possible IS part of the fun.

A fic that just goes "Wouldn't it be hot to make these two characters have sex?" isn't fun, whatever gender(s) they are. It's altogether pointless.

¡HarlequinPanic!
08-13-2012, 10:51 AM
Yeah, damn those women, writing what they want and forcing good men to read it! Where do those crazy bitches get off, thinking they get to do things we don't approve of? Obviously nothing they do can be any good. Remember to avoid and shun them at all opportunities, that will learn them.

Oh, but filth for guys? That's perfectly normal. Men need to be catered to, after all.

I just hate nerd hypocrisy okay

Wow, what a great example of TT fanfiction!

Zodar
08-13-2012, 12:11 PM
If you're talented enough to write good fanfiction, you're talented enough to write a story using your own original characters and ideas and contribute something new to the literary canon.

you lazy fuck!!!

Zef
08-13-2012, 12:20 PM
See what I meant about the white-hot hatred?

And no, writing good fanfics doesn't say anything about your ability to write original fiction, except maybe that your prose and technical skills are good. It's kind of like saying that a good cover band is good enough to compose its own songs.

(Also, just pointing out that this isn't in the Pit of Flames but in the Dead Trees forum, so the purpose of the thread is probably more legitimate than anyone has been giving it credit for.)

Dawnswalker
08-13-2012, 12:37 PM
I don't have anything against fanfiction in principle (ask me about my literary guilty pleasures (http://www.amazon.ca/Havemercy-Jaida-Jones/dp/0553806963/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1344882543&sr=1-1) and how they got their start), but the sea of mediocrity between "genuinely good" and "entertainingly bad" is much, much deeper than it is for fanart.

That said, I haven't really looked for any actual good fanfiction in years, so I wouldn't begin to know what to recommend to you.

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 01:17 PM
Yeah, damn those women, writing what they want and forcing good men to read it! Where do those crazy bitches get off, thinking they get to do things we don't approve of? Obviously nothing they do can be any good. Remember to avoid and shun them at all opportunities, that will learn them.

Oh, but filth for guys? That's perfectly normal. Men need to be catered to, after all.

I just hate nerd hypocrisy okay

...when did I say I was okay with filth for guys? Not my fault that yaoi is far more common than straight porn in the fanfiction world.

And no, this isn't a troll thread. Fanfiction.net has such a good mobile interface that I've been staying up into the wee hours reading it on my 3DS the past few weeks.

BEAT
08-13-2012, 01:21 PM
Everything in this thread. (http://www.talking-time.net/showthread.php?t=12504)

EVERYTHING

BEAT
08-13-2012, 01:33 PM
Who wants to be in my new TTfic

I ship Michelle/McClain and QueenPossum/TheGiantHead

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 01:34 PM
Who wants to be in my new TTfic

I ship Michelle/McClain and QueenPossum/TheGiantHead

eh, why the hell not

Issun
08-13-2012, 01:38 PM
The best ship set sail when I paired BEAT/Brick.

Kirin
08-13-2012, 02:05 PM
A fic that just goes "Wouldn't it be hot to make these two characters have sex?" isn't fun, whatever gender(s) they are. It's altogether pointless.

Unless, you know, you happen to like the idea of those two characters having sex, and then it can be some perfectly decent passing entertainment (if it's not horribly written). This is like saying dime-store smut is pointless when there's Great Literature to be written. It just has an entirely different point, is all.

Of course, terrible writing is terrible writing, and you're certainly quite likely to come across terrible writing when the only reason for the story existing was someone's horny fantasy.

But all that said, I last kept up with fanfic in like 1996 or so, so I don't have a whole lot to contribute. (Oog, and I'm suddenly getting nasty flashbacks to past TT flamewars about creativity and authorial intent and ownership that went on waaaay too long in years past and can we please not do that again? Cool.)

BEAT
08-13-2012, 02:09 PM
eh, why the hell not

Lilfut stared at his computer, his head tilted ever so slightly to the left.

What even are you

Granted Talking time was no stranger to the strange. It had all the trolls, perverts, social justice warriors, casuals, and weirdos of any other forum community, but all of them had some sort of clear end goal. This man did not. Lilfut leaned back in his chair and reviewed the facts as he knew them.

So he claims to be a skeleton, and that means he has to use capslock for... some reason. And he listens to nerdcore? And occasionally gives passionate arguments in defense of Juggalos and Bros, maybe? He refuses to guess anything other than Bangai-O in "The Video Game," and now tends to write weird play scripts about daily life like it's the most dramatic thing. Lilfut sighed heavily. None of it added up, and now the weirdo was offering to write a fan fiction about anybody.

"May as well volunteer" he sighed to nobody in particular. He typed out the post and hit submit reply. "I mean, what's the worst that could happen?"

Suddenly Lilifut's home was destroyed by Smiler's Monster truck. Phat sat in the passenger seat, talking on his cell phone.

"Yeah. No way man. Yo dawg it's like I told you, we're hella lost. Yeah. No This house is like totally wrecked. Like bits of wood and brick all over the place, mad knocked over and shit. Where? Yeah? No way it's bubble bobble. Yeah. No. No I don't do Goku Songs anymore. Okay. Cool see you soon." Hanging up, he turned to Smiler. "Fanboymaster says we took a wrong turn like, 30 miles ago. Come on man we're running late".

Smiler's face hardened with determination as he gunned the truck's terrifying engine. "This is gonna be awful".

Epithet
08-13-2012, 02:12 PM
No more Goku songs? This is a sad day indeed.

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 02:13 PM
that's actually awesome

BEAT
08-13-2012, 02:14 PM
No more Goku songs? This is a sad day indeed.This is a work of fiction. Similarities to real people, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.

tungwene
08-13-2012, 06:15 PM
If you're talented enough to write good fanfiction, you're talented enough to write a story using your own original characters and ideas and contribute something new to the literary canon.

you lazy fuck!!!Like so! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey#Background)

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 06:25 PM
Like so! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey#Background)

But then there was the chick who did the Draco Trilogy and went on to be a fairly respectable author.

tungwene
08-13-2012, 06:45 PM
But then there was the chick who did the Draco Trilogy and went on to be a fairly respectable author....yeah sure "respectable" (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=913588&postcount=4114)

Not saying fan fiction authors can't turn into good published authors. But Cassie Clare? That was the example you pulled out of the hat?

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 06:54 PM
...yeah sure "respectable" (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=913588&postcount=4114)

Not saying fan fiction authors can't turn into good published authors. But Cassie Clare? That was the example you pulled out of the hat?

Well, vaguely respectable.

Raven
08-13-2012, 06:57 PM
Eh, I have no problem with the concept of fanfiction itself. I don't bother to actively look for the good ones (too much work), but they do exist.

Does narrative LP counts? I believe it does. Then, this (http://lparchive.org/Oregon-Trail-%28by-Chewbot%29/), this (http://lparchive.org/Quest-64/), and this (http://lparchive.org/Animal-Crossing/).

Also, long time ago (like, ten years ago), I remember reading a pretty terrific Minesweeper fanfic in fanfiction.net. Not sure if it still holds up, but should be worth a search at the very least.

Lilfut
08-13-2012, 07:05 PM
I don't bother to actively look for the good ones (too much work), but they do exist.

Which is what this thread is for!

And on that note, I'm not autistic enough to sort through 93 of these (http://www.fanfiction.net/game/Minesweeper/). Do you remember vaguely what it was about?

I did, however, find this Sonic/TF2 crossover (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8065266/1/). It's certainly not fine literature, but it embraces its silliness wonderfully. I'd say it's the fanfiction equivalent of Babe 2.

Raven
08-13-2012, 07:33 PM
This one. (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1106180/1/Sunglasses)

fugu13
08-13-2012, 09:26 PM
What's sort of funny is, over half of Shakespeare would be considered fanfic or realfic by a lot of standards if written today.

Loki
08-13-2012, 11:54 PM
Come now.

shivam
08-14-2012, 01:00 AM
What's sort of funny is, over half of Shakespeare would be considered fanfic or realfic by a lot of standards if written today.

what the fuck are you talking about.

Bongo Bill
08-14-2012, 02:22 AM
The technical definition of the term "fan fiction" doesn't capture the full breadth of its true meaning. It's one thing to say that it's amateur fiction derived from existing stories, but another to understand that it is meant pejoratively.

Nor should one confuse the derivativeness implied by the term to be the reason for the insult. Reusing existing characters, premises, settings, etc. has been the norm for most of the history of fiction; the novel was a relatively late invention, and that form distinguished itself at first by purporting to offer something new and original each time.

The reason you wouldn't classify the Matter of Britain as fan fiction, for instance, is because those parts of it which shared the traits we use to identify fan fiction today did not survive to the present day, because they were terrible. A portion of the stuff will inevitably prove respectable, and in so doing, if it survives, will cease to be thought of as fan fiction, because it's not facile, indulgent, juvenile, indicative of untreated mental illness, or any number of unsavory qualities.

Lilfut
08-14-2012, 06:49 AM
what the fuck are you talking about.

Henry x? Julius Caesar?

BEAT
08-14-2012, 06:57 AM
If we're actually talking about Fan Fiction, Deptford's two-face storyline counts.

And I love that thing.

Healy
08-14-2012, 07:34 AM
The technical definition of the term "fan fiction" doesn't capture the full breadth of its true meaning. It's one thing to say that it's amateur fiction derived from existing stories, but another to understand that it is meant pejoratively.

Nor should one confuse the derivativeness implied by the term to be the reason for the insult. Reusing existing characters, premises, settings, etc. has been the norm for most of the history of fiction; the novel was a relatively late invention, and that form distinguished itself at first by purporting to offer something new and original each time.

The reason you wouldn't classify the Matter of Britain as fan fiction, for instance, is because those parts of it which shared the traits we use to identify fan fiction today did not survive to the present day, because they were terrible. A portion of the stuff will inevitably prove respectable, and in so doing, if it survives, will cease to be thought of as fan fiction, because it's not facile, indulgent, juvenile, indicative of untreated mental illness, or any number of unsavory qualities.
Well, in that case, what amateur fiction derived from existing stories do you feel are the best? Remember, it has to be amateur. No fair citing professional works.

Lilfut
08-14-2012, 07:44 AM
This one. (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1106180/1/Sunglasses)

Okay, this was actually really, really good. Not as in "good for a Minesweeper fanfiction", either.

Zodar
08-14-2012, 12:03 PM
Really, there's a difference between making fiction using an existing setting/cast because it would serve your purposes better than any that you could come up with, or because you're making a response to the original work, and doing because you're a Big Big Fan of the subject matter. Calling The Iliad or Wide Sargasso Sea fanfiction is disingenuous, because fanfiction is the product of a specific "fan" mindset and culture (characterized by echo chambers and cultish obsession)

Zef
08-14-2012, 03:00 PM
You would need to define those "echo chambers" and "cultish obsession" first, though, or your own qualification would be disingenuous. After all, all manner of fanworks, or indeed, derivative works, are created first by an individual whose purpose and inspiration you can never hope to know unless you speak with them all personally --and whether they associate with a community, and whether said community slavishly praises them regardless of quality, is another matter entirely. Not all fanfic springs forth from the pit of FF.net, and if you only see echo chambers and cultish obsession, either you've been browsing some pretty low-quality sites in the first place, or you've already come into the subject with a prejudiced mind without ever having read anything (and without the intention to do so in the future,) so no effort to dissuade you about the quality of anyone's work will help.

But hey, if "cultish obsession" is what sets apart fanfic from more legitimate derivative works, then what about a wish-fulfillment, self-insertion story based on existing literary characters where the embittered author gleefully tosses his real-life enemies into the worst of fates, is hailed and praised by his heroes, gets to pontificate about his own morality, political views, and tastes in music, and, at the end, gets his childhood crush (whom he had met only twice but carried a flame for all his life)? Would you qualify that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy) as "obsession"?

Bongo Bill
08-14-2012, 03:06 PM
I believe the point he was making is that fan fiction comes from fandom, which is not the same thing as saying that it comes from fans.

Solitayre
08-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Okay, this was actually really, really good. Not as in "good for a Minesweeper fanfiction", either.

My interpretation: everything went black because he has the sunglasses now.

Zef
08-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Which is still wrong, as one can be a fan and engage in individual and independent fan activities, like fanart, without being part of a fandom.

Bongo Bill
08-14-2012, 03:25 PM
Which is still wrong, as one can be a fan and engage in individual and independent fan activities, like fanart, without being part of a fandom.

The point is that the term "fan fiction" is used to refer to derivative works that come from fandom.

Yes, even though that isn't the technical definition of the term.

Zef
08-14-2012, 03:45 PM
The point is that the term "fan fiction" is used to refer to derivative works that come from fandom.

Used by whom? I just take it to mean "fiction written by a fan."

Anyway, my point is that generalizations help no one, especially the person making them. You don't like the concept, that's perfectly fine, but casting vague, negative qualifiers only shines a light on your (not yours, Bongo's) prejudice.

Adam
08-14-2012, 04:52 PM
Nothing defines fandom better than pedantic bullshit.

Bongo Bill
08-14-2012, 05:12 PM
Oh shit, my prejudice.

Simply understand that what you take it to mean isn't what most people take it to mean.

Zef
08-14-2012, 05:32 PM
I WAS using the "royal you," and wasn't referring to you specifically :p

And the "what most people take it to mean" is still very iffy to me. It's not like "fanfiction" has a specific meaning, so, unless there's some sort of consensus or something... It's a lot more natural to read "fan" in the word than to read "fandom," but eh.

But again, splitting hairs. The fact of the matter is that saying "this whole thing sucks" is dumb, especially when people come out and point out examples that don't. Especially when the thread is looking for examples that don't. It's just a hobby, guys. You don't have to read it if you don't specifically go looking for it.

In any case, this is exactly why I'd never, ever even think of showing TT anything of my own. Sure, my old shames (very embarrassing old shames) are out there for anyone to Google, but the stuff I care about? Yeah, not a chance :p "White-hot hatred" and all that.

Bongo Bill
08-14-2012, 05:36 PM
You see? You see how the ambiguity of language causes problems? This is what I've been trying to warn you about! O, I am cursed to be like a modern-day Cassandra who is also a dude and not Greek.

Zef
08-14-2012, 06:09 PM
You see? You see how the ambiguity of language causes problems? This is what I've been trying to warn you about! O, I am cursed to be like a modern-day Cassandra who is also a dude and not Greek.

To be honest, it's this that I took objection to, and this is why I suddenly got so defensive about it:

if it survives, will cease to be thought of as fan fiction, because it's not facile, indulgent, juvenile, indicative of untreated mental illness, or any number of unsavory qualities.

Because you're stating that fanfic IS facile, etc., but especially the "indicative of untreated mental illness." OK, sure, I can live with that. If it comes down to it, I can accept the possibility I'm mentally ill, and I'll accept whatever treatment is necessary. From your perspective, what would you say I have? And from the list of authors I recommended earlier, what would you say they have? And are is their stuff indulgent, unsavory, juvenile, etc.? You'd first need to read it to know which of those applies. Hell, maybe all of it applies, but how would you know?

Lilfut
08-14-2012, 08:35 PM
But hey, if "cultish obsession" is what sets apart fanfic from more legitimate derivative works, then what about a wish-fulfillment, self-insertion story based on existing literary characters where the embittered author gleefully tosses his real-life enemies into the worst of fates, is hailed and praised by his heroes, gets to pontificate about his own morality, political views, and tastes in music, and, at the end, gets his childhood crush (whom he had met only twice but carried a flame for all his life)? Would you qualify that (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Comedy) as "obsession"?

I audibly applauded this.

Kirin
08-15-2012, 12:10 PM
Guys, this is the most ridiculous semantic argument of the last... I dunno, week, at least. Maybe we should talk about salsa instead?

(But really, if you're basically gonna define "fanfic" as "crap I don't like", it's kind of no wonder you don't find any you like. Since anything you don't think is terrible garbage written by terrible people would probably have some excuse to not be "fanfic". (This is again the royal, abstract "you".))

BEAT
08-15-2012, 12:32 PM
The reason people on this website hate X is because they have decided that they, as a community are too cool for X.

The idea that someone within the community is okay with X, and some guy who didn't know them already noticed, that guy who doesn't know them might think they like X too!

BUT THEY CAN'T LIKE X THEY'RE WAY TOO COOL FOR X.

So they stomp up to the one who likes X and tell them to CUT THAT SHIT OUT. And they do it the only way they know! By eloquently demonstrating to him that X is garbage! Only an IDIOT would like X and I guess that makes you an IDIOT, IDIOT! Seriously! Why are you such a dumb loser dumbface god I can't even look at you!

And the guy who likes X is like woah wait guys I'm actually hella smart and not dumb I just kinda like this thing, it's cool bro you have thread where you can like a thing too.

NO! The hella cool as hell guys respond EVERY THREAD MUST BE OURS.

The one who likes X is now sad! Surely there was enough room on the forum for a one who likes X! What went wrong? How could this happen?

And so the one who likes X leaves the forum, and marches into the woods. Their animal instincts take over, and they live as mankind first existed, a desperate struggle to survive in a world that will go on without them without even stopping to notice. After 5 days of backbreaking labor just to survive they eat the wrong mushrooms, they collapse to the ground in a heap.

The layers of reality are torn away one by one, They see the world as it was and as it will be, and comprehend their place in existence for the first time. It is then they finally meet their spirit guide at the apex of reality.

The guide's gaze turns from the vast cosmos to them, it's raven black wings unfurling towards the heavens. A portrait of beauty and terror.

"Child" it slowly intones in a voice as old as the seas. "I know why you are here. But do you?"

The one who likes X falls to their knees, weeping. "I like X" they sob. "But they were too cool."

The ghost of a smile passes across the guide's terrifying Beak. "Fuckem." As the vision fades and reality slowly falls back into place, you hear its gentle, final words "They ain't shit".

And that's why I Capslock Nerdcore Bad Politics.

Lilfut
08-15-2012, 02:12 PM
Morphic (http://dragonflycave.com/fanfiction.aspx#morphic) is, frankly, one of the best stories I've ever read. I'm not too good at explaining stuff, but it's a Pokemon fanfic with excellently written characters. And it deconstructs the "pokemorph" fad, which is nice. Just read it already.

Healy
10-13-2012, 10:10 PM
HOLY MOTHERFUCKING SHIT Y'ALL (http://m.fanfiction.net/s/8030516/1/)
If you ever read one Vocaloid fanfic in your entire life make it this one, "Snoop Dogg Watches a Youtube Video." I promise it actually doesn't have that much vocaloid in it.

BEAT
10-17-2012, 06:13 AM
That was legitimately amazing.

Healy
01-03-2013, 12:13 PM
So this one place had a Secret Santa fanfiction gift exchange (yeah yeah I know), and one of the participants wrote a text adventure crossover of Italo Calvino and that one XKCD strip where you had to click and drag to see the whole thing. It's called Bigger Than You Think (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2012/works/598023), and I highly recommend playing it.

Healy
02-15-2013, 02:10 PM
Erotic Faith Fiction (http://grueislurking.deviantart.com/art/The-Last-Sins-The-Leap-of-Faith-saved-fic-350941596)
(you might need to read this comic (http://tallcomics.com/?id=119) first)

Droewyn
04-25-2013, 04:40 AM
Sailor Moon fairy tales. By Seanan McGuire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seanan_McGuire).

Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, and Mars
(http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/507758.html)
Endymion and Serenity (http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/508002.html)

So, so good.

Droewyn
06-15-2013, 07:58 AM
"Callahans (http://archiveofourown.org/works/569840)".

It's a Callahan's Place / Young Wizards crossover.

BEAT
11-14-2013, 10:58 PM
Kid Vid sorrowfully kills wheels to make room for Jazz (http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9847734/1/BURGER-KING-KIDS-CLUB-THE-DEATH-OF-WHEELS)

Teaspoon
11-14-2013, 11:25 PM
I'll just leave this Raffles/Holmes crossover here (http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/20559/pg20559.html), because more people should enjoy Bangs.

BEAT
11-24-2013, 10:11 PM
Stewie and Brian flee a band of hostile Native Americans in a jeep. Brian explains that on a trip to Jamestown in the past, they gave the Native Americans guns which were used to wipe out the Europeans. Stewie finds his return pad destroyed by bullets and decides to find the alternate timeline Stewie for help. Going to the equivalent of their house, they find a new time machine and pad and return to Jamestown to set things right. As soon as their original counterparts leave, they take back the guns and return to the proper time.
Tired of their close calls, Stewie makes a snap decision to destroy his time machine and crushes the remains at the junkyard. While there, Stewie and Brian find a street hockey net and take it home for exercise. The first time they set it up, Brian is hit and crushed by an out-of-control driver. At the vet, Brian is near death and the family says their goodbyes. Brian recovers enough to express his love for the family, thanking them for a wonderful life before dying.

Droewyn
01-02-2014, 02:12 PM
"Wizards in Winter" (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2013/works/1095415)

The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT* including cape, manual, secret Speech Decoder Ring, top hat, bow tie, crystal ball, Powerwand, live salamanders, and bloodless saw. Although the kit does not include the sort of double-partitioned box in which one would normally saw ladies – it all has to fit in one case to qualify as a kit, Calvin speculates to Hobbes, who agrees sagely – Calvin is sure he can build one of those on his own. All he needs are boxes, scissors, tape, and maybe a marker. He imagines Rosalyn at the mercy of his magic and wolfs down a triple serving of cereal, grinning all the way to the bus.

(The asterisk, which Calvin does not read, says this: all applicants are subject to normal Oath&Ordeal procedures to qualify for wizardly status. Neither Sugar Shack Cereal nor any of its subsidiaries or affiliates are in any way aware of or liable for any injury, death, despair, temporal annihilation, dimensional marooning, or other consequences of satanic encounters or errantry gone awry that may occur.)

LBD_Nytetrayn
01-03-2014, 10:52 AM
Rockman: The Robot War (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/366295/1/Rockman-the-Robot-War)

Science fiction story based on the original NES game, written back when most of the series' story was coming out of the X series, most people in the west didn't see Mega Man as a 10-year old boy, and there was nothing beyond Classic, X, and maybe the first Legends game to the franchise's name.

TV Tropes says it's "a stellar example of Adaptation Expansion done right."

Droewyn
01-03-2014, 11:09 AM
Four Things That Weren't Adequately Covered In Mulan's R.A. Training (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2013/works/1085502)

I knew I was in over my head when Punzie's mother called my cell phone at three in the morning because Punzie wasn't picking up.

This was not in the job description. Nor was it covered in the training. I calmly (!) told her that it was inappropriate for her to call me, that I had seen Punzie earlier in the day and I was sure she was fine and no, I was not going to bang on her door at three in the goddamn morning and tell her to call her mother.

"If she is dying right now," her mother said, "I hope you can live with yourself, Mulan!"

I lay in the dark for a while after hanging up, thinking of all the things I could have said to Punzie's crazy helicopter mother-from-hell and finally got up and went for a run. Everything about this year was harder than I'd expected.

Teaspoon
03-14-2014, 11:56 PM
Catherine the Great wrote a fan fic adaptation of "The Merry Wives of Windsor".

Wow.

Droewyn
05-09-2014, 04:47 PM
Means and Mendacity (http://archiveofourown.org/works/1113562?view_adult=true)

It's an Avengers Regency romance.

BEAT
06-05-2014, 08:18 AM
SOMETIMES I DO THINGS AND I CAN'T STOP MYSELF. (https://twitter.com/BEAT_TWITTAR/status/474538734084710400)

Live-action Beauty and the Beast Disney film. There IS a god.

IS IT WEIRD THAT I HOPE IT'S A TRAGIC STORY ABOUT GASTON, ROOKIE POLICE OFFICER TRYING TO SOLVE A MISSING PERSON CASE?
Three days to retirement!
NO THAT'S OFFICER LEFOU, WHO'S BEEN ON THIS BEAT FOR YEARS, SLOWLY GROWING WEARY OF THE CORRUPTION THEY CAN NEVER SEEM TO STOMP OUT

THE TWO UNCOVER A HORRIFYING PLOT IN WHICH A PSYCHOTIC OLD INVENTOR GAVE UP HIS ONLY DAUGHTER'S FREEDOM TO SAVE HIMSELF!

BUT WHEN THEY TRY AND FIND OUT WHERE THE POOR GIRL ENDED UP, ALL CLUES LEAD TO THE CASTLE.
FORGET IT KID, SAYS LEFOU
ABOVE THE LAW.

GASTON REFUSES TO LET IT GO, AND DISCOVERS THAT THE KING HAS A SON HE NEVER SPEAKS OF. A DEFORMED MONSTER OF A MAN.

TWISTED BY YEARS OF SCORN AND NEGLECT "THE BEAST" HAS BEEN KEEPING HUNDREDS OF SERVANTS CAPTIVE FOR YEARS.

THE LAW IS POWERLESS
SO GASTON TURNS IN HIS BADGE AND RALLIES THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES TO STAND UP TO THIS MONSTER
KILL THE BEAST!

AS THE MOB SWARMS THE CASTLE GASTON CONFRONTS THE MONSTER ON THE ROOF.
"THE OTHER COPS ALL LET IT GO!" IT SNARLS. "WHY COULDN'T YOU?"

GASTON MANAGES TO CRACK A DESPERATE SMILE.
"NO ONE FIGHTS LIKE GASTON"
AND HE BEGINS HIS FINAL SUICIDAL CHARGE

BEAT
06-05-2014, 08:39 AM
"You think I haven't wanted to arrest that whole fucking family for years?" LeFou took a long swig of his beer and set it down hard on the bar. "We've always known that they were dirty, the whole lot of them, but there isn't a goddamn thing we could do about it." He sighed heavily. "I'll admit this business with the prince is news to me, but there's no way we'll ever even get a warrant.

"So what," cried Gaston, finally giving into frustration. "They're just above the law?!"

"THEY'RE THE FUCKING ROYALS!" Shot Back LeFou. "THEY ARE THE LAW!"

BEAT
06-05-2014, 09:25 AM
Seriously I am just completely obsessed with this idea today what the fuck.

I mean just.

THE MOVIE IS LITERALLY ABOUT A MEMBER OF THE RULING CLASS WHO REFUSES TO ASSOCIATE WITH THE COMMON PEOPLE. SO MUCH SO THAT WHEN ONE SHOWS UP BY ACCIDENT HE HAS THEM THROWN IN A PRISON AND LEFT TO DIE.

ALSO HE IS PHYSICALLY AN ENORMOUS MONSTER.

AND ALL OF HIS SERVANTS THAT WERE ONCE PEOPLE ARE NOW ACTUALLY TOOLS EXISTING ONLY TO SERVE THE PRINCE.

Holy shit.

MagFlare
06-06-2014, 05:53 AM
I think it's worth pointing out that, if the Beast needed to find love by his 21st birthday or the curse would be permanent, and if the candlestick guy is correct in recalling that "for ten years [they'd] been rusting / Needing so much more than dusting," then the Beast was eleven when he got cursed. If you go door to door turning every preteen who happens to be a selfish dick into a hideous buffalo mutant, you're going to have a neighborhood full of buffalo mutants at the end of the day. They'll have to put up signs. "SLOW - BUFFALO MUTANTS PLAYING."

That said, there does need to be a Gaston-centric movie, and it's Gaston Kills the Disney Universe. The man has some weird relationship boundary issues. I don't want to see him try to romance people. But he did climb up a castle rooftop in the rain to shank a monster in the kidney immediately after trying to beat that monster to death with a broken chunk of the monster's own house. I want to see Gaston at work.

Droewyn
07-04-2014, 07:19 PM
Sailor Moon fairy tales. By Seanan McGuire (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seanan_McGuire).

Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, and Mars
(http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/507758.html)
Endymion and Serenity (http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/508002.html)

So, so good.

And here's a Uranus/Neptune story. (http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/90791922915/sea-and-shore-and-in-between)

All the squee. All of it.

Trar
07-16-2014, 09:02 PM
Okay, this was actually really, really good. Not as in "good for a Minesweeper fanfiction", either.

Man, I read this ages ago.

...I read a lot of fanfiction ages ago. Some of it wasn't good, and I can't remember most of it now (although I might have some of it favorited on my old-as-hell FF.net account.) There was a huge Calvin & Hobbes/Kingdom Hearts crossover that I remember reading and not knowing what to think about because I had no idea what Kingdom Hearts was. And I still don't. My best guess is Final Fantasy: Also Third Person Fighter With Disney In It Somehow.

Anyway. I simply define fanfiction as writing based off an already existing piece of media. A good portion of it is crap simply because it's easier to write fanfiction and upload it than it is to write something original and publish/post it somewhere (whether by effort or by not knowing about places like the Wanderer's Library (http://wanderers-library.wikidot.com/), which incidentally is a great place to read stuff.)

Oh, yes. Here's some actual fan-fiction.

Vita Fluxa (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2272572/1/Vita-Fluxa)

New Atlanta (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6715571/1/New-Atlanta)

Both of these are System Shock, both read by me, both written well.

As far as novelizations go, this Half-Life one is good, even if the grammar is a bit spotty. (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3147068/1/The-Black-Mesa-Incident)

Also here's a short Doctor Who/The Big Lebowski crossover. (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7870430/1/The-Doctor-Bowls) With accompanying video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AHdI25K-Oc)

Droewyn
11-05-2014, 04:37 PM
Yet another reason to follow Seanan McGuire's tumblr.... (http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/101826201900/wait-im-confused-do-you-think-that-venus-ever-really)

Fredde
07-05-2015, 03:30 AM
An interesting retelling of John Carpenter's The Thing, from the Thing's perspective. (http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/)

Droewyn
08-12-2015, 07:46 PM
One of many excellent reasons to follow Seanan McGuire's tumblr is the way she occasionally commits random acts of fanfic.

CONTEXT:

https://36.media.tumblr.com/48e742d684bfb25221ca50b8f32cc8de/tumblr_nszthooWAw1uoszrto1_1280.png

OH NO

ON NO IS USAGI JUST LISTENING TO MAMORU’S VOICE MAIL MESSAGE BECAUSE THAT’S THE CLOSEST CONNECTION SHE CAN HAVE TO HIM RIGHT NOW

HOW MANY TIMES HAS SHE DONE THAT

HOW MANY MONTHS

HOW MANY UNANSWERED LETTERS DID IT TAKE TO COME TO THIS

THIS SECRET ACT SHE CAN ONLY DO IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT WHEN EVERYONE’S ASLEEP SO SHE WON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY AND MAYBE NOT HAVE TO FACE IT ALL FOR ONE MORE DAY

OH NO

USAGIIIIIIIIIII


Minako remembers more than she lets on.

Usagi knows that. She’s not as much of a silly little rabbit as she sometimes seems, and she’s seen the way Minako winces when certain things are said, when certain suggestions are made. She tries, in her own bumbling way, to guide the group another way whenever she sees that look in Minako’s eyes.

The mistakes of the past belong to the past, she wants to say, and if my mother did this to you, she did none of us any favors, and but when did the moon do anyone any favors? She remembers enough, has determined enough from the things Artemis says and the things Mina doesn’t, to know that the moon, historically, has been a thing that is beloved, and not a thing that loves you. Beauty that pushes down, instead of lifting up.

That kind of beauty is broken, she thinks, and while she does not always remember what it was to be a princess in a tower with a white gown and a swarm of devoted attendants, she has to believe that it was the desire to lift up that drove her into the arms of a boy from Earth, who loved her more than he loved her name. For the love of a silly little rabbit, he went into the ground, and when he found her again, she thought she was the luckiest princess in the universe.

But then he left her, saying to be strong, saying he’d come back to her, and now she’s alone, truly alone, for the first time since the Silver Millennium, because now she can’t even dream of her prince coming to find her. He already did. She wasn’t good enough for him.

She doesn’t remember as much as Minako does, and maybe that’s a blessing, and maybe that’s a curse, because she has a question clawing at her throat, like a scream that wants to be free.

Was I better then, when I was someone else, when I was Serenity? Was my love better then? Was it worth dying for? Was it worth living for? She sent us here, she sent us here to be happy, but you remember, and I don’t. Did she send all of me? Did she keep the parts of me that he loved, or did she keep them with her on the Moon, to go to dust with everything else she hated too much to save? Am I too much Rabbit, and not enough Moon?

If I were now who I was then, would he have stayed?

She presses the button. The message begins again.

The last princess of the Moon, the story of her love grinding to an end at last, sits, and listens, and cries for the things she can’t remember, the things she can’t forget.