Wow, National Novel Writing Month is coming up again.  We've only got a month till it starts.  Last time at Nanowrimo, I didn't manage to get my novel finished...I didn't even make the halfway mark :( .

This year might be better though.  I'm already trying to think up possible story ideas.  I just hope that I have the time to write.  I have a ton of stuff to do for my last semester of college.  But if I can I'm going to try and get something done. 

Anyway, go check out Nanowrimo too, and add me!  My name is Phoenix Torte on Nano.
BTW, they're moving to a new site on the tenth.  Go to their current site for more info.  EDIT: Oops, they're not moving the site, but changing it to a friskier new database.  Might be shinier, now...

Something That's Been Super Annoying Lately

Normally I read a lot of slash fanfiction, but over the last several months, I've been reading a lot of gen and het stuff.  You know, the stuff that most normal people start off with.  But, something has been annoying me about this stuff.

Don't get me wrong, a lot of the stuff I've been reading is really good (like Kyubed, Shinobi's Revenge (Naruto), Stranger in an Unholy Land,(HP) and Naruto: Myoushuu no Fuiin), but there are a few that are really, really annoying me.  The ones that are super devoid of meaningful imagination.  You know the ones I mean.  The author is super lazy and wants to change some aspect of Harry Potter/Naruto/Twilight/etc.  However this change (Naruto's a girl!  Harry Potter's a vampire!  Bella's not an idiot!) does nothing to change the plot of the story.  Instead, the plot is ripped, almost line for line from the original.

Take Unknown Relations by ksomm814.  The story is well written, and the theme of (spoilers) Harry Potter being the "boy-who-lived"'s brother is somewhat well done and a bit less cliched than usual.  However, the first two books I've gotten through so far, are largely the same as the actual Harry Potter books.  The only thing that changes are the names and some minor details (such as which twin the book event happens to).  At least the third book might start to diverge a little-though I haven't read it, Sirius Black never went to Azkaban, ergo he cannot escape it. 

This stick-to-the-original theme is old hat in other fandoms as well.  Most gen Naruto fanfic I've read pretty much follows the script of the original, though many start to diverge past the chuunin exams.  It doesn't matter that the characters may be portrayed as "different" from the original (Naruto's evil, Sasuke's not, the Yondaime never died), the characters quote word for word from the original series roughly half of the story.  I get that you want to stay loyal to the original show.  But for Pete's sake, change up the dialogue at least.  Keep certain events (trip to Wave, chuunin exams, etc) but have the characters do something interesting and actually say lines I haven't already heard in about sixty other fanfictions.  Change where you start off in the timeline or the main character (as beautifully done in Fuzzy Logic, Naruto) or change the events once you've shown that the characters are different from the original (as seen in Methods of Rationality).  Some idiots might flame you for not sticking to canon, but many a weary reader will thank you.

Anyway, I don't mean to rant, especially after I haven't posted for about sixty bazillion years, but I just had to get that off my chest.  Sooo...what irks you about fanfic?

Shameless Little Plug

Hi guys,

I started a new blog today called Shame Share.  It's meant to be a sort of Post Secret, though you'd have to send the secret shame to the email  Anyway, I was hoping that you guys would check it out and consider submitting something!  All entries are anonymous.  Thanks!

Check out the rule post here

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1) Look at the list and italicize those you have read.
2) *** those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen***
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller***
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare -- most of them
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien***
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger***
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell***
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky***
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck***
29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy**
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell***
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon***
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens***
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov***
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding***
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie***
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce***
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray***
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro***
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert ***
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery***
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare -
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo***


Write about Fan Fiction

Hi, are you interested in fan fiction? Do you like to write? 

If you said “Yes”, chances are you’d like to participate in The Fan Fiction and Literary Criticism Community on LiveJournal. 

The community is for the purpose of talking about fan fiction in an exploratory or literary way. Queer, feminist, psychological, and cultural perspectives are welcomed. The analysis of fan fiction for literary purposes is still new—you can make a difference by sharing your unique perspective.

Entries for the first round are due on April 12, 2010, though more rounds will be organized in the future. Entries may be 1000 words or higher. Send entries to

Go to the community to sign up and read the rules!

New Community--Join fanfic_litcrit for a fest-style fun!

The Fan Fiction and Literary Criticism Community

Do you like to read, write, or draw for the fan community?  Like to write literary reviews and criticism?  Join fanfic_litcrit for fest-style fun.  Submit articles and read other's.  Be sure to check out the rules post, and the topic post, and pay attention to deadlines.  Topic proposals are due by April 21st! 

Don't know what to write?  Think about literary critique focuses, like feminist theory or post colonial theory and how it can be applied to the fandom of your choice (for example, queer theory in Star Trek fanfiction...why do Spock and Kirk make such a popular pairing?)  Think about themes and motifs in fan fiction (for example, the evolution of the Mary Sue/slash genre/mpreg meme/etc.).  The possibilities are endless!

Question about possible sort-of quasifest?

So I have a little bit of a question.  I have an Editing and Publishing class, and for the class, I decided to make a website with literary articles on fan fiction.  An awesome idea since I figured fan fiction just isn't written about enough, but the amount of articles I wanted to put up won't be possible (since I can't write that fast).  Though I plan to maintain the site after the class is over, I don't think the teacher will be satisfied with just a "sorry, I'll finish it later". 

Since the project is mostly about publishing rather than getting my own work out, I was wandering if I could set up a fest, exept instead of fan fiction, people would be writing about fan fiction.  For example, you could write about common  memes that pop up, explore the fan fiction of yesteryear, the queer theory of slash, etc. 

The other thing is that the articles would have to be beta'd and referenced (links to quoted fanfic, and stuff like that). 

Do you guys think that people would want to rant and rave intelligently about their favorite passion of fan fiction?  Do you think other people would help mod, or that there would be even any responses?


1. If you're on my friends list, I want to know 34 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet or long and detailed, all is good.

2. Copy and past in a comment here with your answers, and re-post the questionnaire in your own journal.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite food?
34) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

Please Help Me With a Survey!

Hi, darlings! I've made a survey for a paper I'm writing on fanfiction. It's not very hard, and can be taken by anyone(even if they don't read/write fanfic). I would really appreciate anyone's help, especially if you post the link in your own journals and spread it around.

Thank you!

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Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In May I gave lunakatrina a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). In June I pushed the_con_cept in the mud (-17 points). Last Wednesday I gave maxine_chan a life-saving blood transfusion (50 points). In January closet_bound and I robbed a bank (-50 points). Last week I helped drachenmina hide a body (-173 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-195 points). For Christmas I deserve a spanking!


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