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Where did these elements come from anyway?

Well, this is more of a prelude for future segments of fanfiction highlights. So, sorry if you’re actually hoping I’ll target a specific story today. I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to rant about various aspects in fanfiction that I’ve noticed come up repetitively. These aspects seem to be out of place, yet seemingly, next to everyone who writes in those various sections use them. I simply don’t get it.

First, I’ve gotten bored at times and wandered into the territories of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer fanfiction. Since I like bad boys, I tend to search for Spike stories when I do that. However, I am baffled by the “mine!” thing that many stories seem to include.

I cannot think of a single instance of vampire mating found within the source material, let alone some moment where one vampire will mark another while proclaiming “mine”. So, I honestly am baffled as to where this trend started. I imagine that it had to come from some other vampire fiction. At least, I hope that it came from another vampire fiction and wasn’t just a bunch of authors mimicking each other.

Then again, I have noticed that fanfiction writers will emulate previously successful stories ad nauseum. If one author has success in making a compelling story with time travel, all the sudden there’s 100 different stories with the same concept. However, I am diverging from my point at the moment.

I still have no idea where this “mine!” thing came from. It completely baffles me. However, not so much as what I encountered when I once again got bored and started browsing Inu Yasha fanfiction.

Well, to put it simply, I found a variant on the “mine!” with just mating and marks. So, I think I will need to revise my theory that this trend was some replication of a vampire fiction that I know not of. For, it clearly was adapted for dog demons as well. Unless the authors have at some point confused vampires with the yokai of Inu Yasha and… I don’t even want to think of that.

Anyway, I must admit that these trends have slightly irked me. While some authors have managed to use these cliche’s of fanfiction to some sort of proper effect, the overabundance of stories with these elements do honestly irritate me. Perhaps they wouldn’t bother me so much if I felt that they were canon, but I’m more than certain that they are fanon.

People make no sense.

I can’t believe it!

Remember how Seferia ranted about a story utilizing the second person perspective yesterday? Remember how she also mentioned that she somewhat dislikes having people write in the first person perspective?

It can’t be hard to remember those things, they’re only two posts down.

Well, Seferia has just stumbled upon a story that must be designed specfically to make her want to kill something. Yes, that has to be the only explanation for this story. It is designed just to drive her into a murderous rage!

In fact, she is in a murderous rage right now. How could she have possibly found a story that uses both first and second person? How does that even exist?

Seferia is so angry at this story that she doesn’t really want to give a properly long rant for it. She is just going to put up this rant and let it be. Yes, that is what she is going to do.

That’s it, I’m going to Torchlight II to blow up stuff!

How to ensure that Seferia doesn’t read your fic

Write the silly thing in second person. Yes, that will most definitely ensure that I’ll be in a rage and not get too far into the story.

Now, a while ago, I had said that I’d bring up a story from the DMC area since that is abundant in horrible stories. Well, I delayed because the pile was so pungent that I didn’t want to really dig into it much to find one.

Well, today I return with this one, which I had known about at the time that I had spoken of Devil May Cry fanfics. I knew full well that it was a story with possible tolerable writing if not for the fact that the person decided in a moment of great lack of brilliance to write in second person. Quickly scanning through the story proves that this person has a firm grasp on grammar. So, they have that as a plus.

Still, what exactly goes through someone’s head to make them decide “I will write this story in second person”? Seriously, I don’t know how that thought process even started. I can get the huge piles of first person stories that I’ve found post-Twilight. The fact that they appeared post-twilight and tend to have a certain… well, yea, it points to Twilight having been a contributing factor in inspiration there. Even then, there are successful first person stories. So, I do occasionally forgive the uneasy feeling of reading someone’s diary when I read that sort of story. No matter about the legitimacy of writing in first person, how does someone come to think of second person?

Second person is usually stated to be utilized for persuasive speeches. It’s something a person utilizes to get a person across to the “you” which is being referenced. That “you” is usually not just this random person who clicks on a story and decides to read it. That random person is unlikely to be pulled into the story because “you”. More likely, they’ll be turned away as I am because they aren’t making decisions and don’t want to be part of that story.

The only published fictional works that I know of that ever were written in the second person perspective were “make your own adventure” stories. I did read those when I was younger, but they had a very important part to them. That part was rather simple, the reader made decisions by flipping to pages. Thus, the story did indeed interact with the reader.

This one, on the other hand, does not.

Not to mention, I’m more than certain that the author made the “you” character a Mary Sue. That really doesn’t help their story at all.

Sad final statement: there’s worse fics out there in DMC. I may go back to digging to bring another one to light on another date.

Ready for that promised rage?

Well, it’s almost here.  Sadly, this piece of junk that I just came by isn’t quite worthy of rage.   No, not rage at all.  Only the pathetically perturbed feeling of knowing that I found a winner of bad-fanfiction terms by only reading a single word.

Seriously, I didn’t need to read more than a single word in order to know that I had stumbled upon a disaster.  That single word was “i”.  Seriously, this person didn’t have a spell check or was too lazy to actually capitalize that word?  How…  I don’t even want to know what has to exist in order to produce a person that would “publish” a piece in such a deplorable state.

Just no.  Absolutely no.  I don’t even care if this story may have wound up funny if it had good grammar or spelling.

On further thought, how do stories this bad wind up with a lot of reviews?  “Reviews: 1,163″…  Seriously, does this story deserve that much attention?  Sometimes, I feel completely scared for the future of humanity.

I’m even more scared when I stop to consider that despite the fact that I was able to proclaim this story trash within seconds, this is not the worst that I’ve seen.  By far,. it’s not the worst that I’ve seen.

At least I’m not this bad

Seferia may spend a lot of her time reading fanfiction, but she doesn’t usually stay up all night reading it.  She usually only reads it until she drops dead and falls asleep.  She also rarely reads slashfiction for it’s usually just horridly written.  Half the time, it’s “we have two handsome men!  Let’s stick them together even though they have no good reason to care about each other!”  Yea…   Not my cup of tea..

And David Willis… if this is based off any real events, how did you find enough comic book fanfiction?  I’ve strayed into that territory, the pickings are slim….


Proof of the demented state of the populus

Everyone, know first and foremost that Malek is to blame for this post.  I would have rather saved this material for another day.  However, he is insisting that I use one of the various trinkets that I had encountered through  my years of going through fanfiction.

Well, now that you know who to blame, let us start with the how this story was even located.  For, this is not the type that I would have searched out on a normal day.  First of all, this story isn’t even a thousand words long.  Hrmph, if I tired, I could probably make this very entry longer than the story.  No, I do not generally read such short stories.  So, it normally would not have come up in my searches.

In fact, this story was located on purpose.  My friend, Kat_Aclysm, and I had once had a conversation on how people are strange putting characters together that should have no right or purpose being together.  During this discussion, we theorized the various sorts of wrongs that one could possibly come up with.  In general, while we knew that there was a high chance that there would be someone who would put the various characters that we were discussing together, we had hoped that we wouldn’t find the situation to be real.

Well, out of sheer desire to humor myself for a few moments back then, I looked up this story.  Actually, I just put in Cait Sith and Sephiroth in the character filters and spun the wheel.  I fully expected to find absolutely no hits.  Who would even think of such a pairing other than a laugh for a post or something like that?  Well, someone did and someone actually wrote a story on it.

So, Malek, are you happy?  Here is that story.  A villain as villain as can be and a stuffed toy as side-kick foolish as can be.  They by no means should have a fic where they do things together in the least.

Why do I always find these ones?

In my quest for hidden gems amongst the grime, I regularly come across stories that are ancient, good, and have no hopes of ever being updated again.  They have a charm to them that pulls me in.  However, the fact that they were last updated over four years ago always is there, tormenting me.

This story is one of them.  I took a chance on it when I bumped into it, figuring that it would be horrendously full of banal one-shot moments that would lead no where.  However, it did keep my attention enough for me to devour it.  Unfortunately, the sad truth is that it has no hopes of ever being revived.

I know the way the game is played.  No fanfic writer returns to a story after years of decay.  This story was last updated on 06-15-07, so yea, not a chance that it’ll ever be returned to.

However, if you happen to be at least vaguely interested in InuYasha and want a few good laughs, I do recommend it.  The author did manage to capture an entertainment that did not depend on awfully out of character moments or banal senses of “this must be cute”.  Overall, I found it rather fun for what it was.

Now, I’m certain those that know me are going “where’s the Seferia raging at bad fanfiction?”  It’ll come.  I just haven’t found something that is actually worthy of rage yet.  However, it will come.  Bad fanfiction is a part of life for a fangirl.  Fanfic writers never fail me on this matter!

So very wrong, and yet so very fun

Well, I had two requests to review this fic and present it up here. I know that I have mentioned it at times to various people, but it’s not really that high on my list. It’s only a fanfic that is unquestionably wrong and funny at the same time. By all means, the very concept of this story should put it under the “automatically horrible” column. Yet, somehow, the author managed to pull it out.

So, I shall go ahead and speak of it today. My Little Wesker is definitely not the pile of sludge that I was expecting when I first read the name and saw the categorization of “My Little Pony/Resident Evil crossover”.  I will be honest, the first time that I read the title, I had images of a terribly written story with raging out of character interactions.  I couldn’t even comprehend how such a story could possibly work.  I’m certain the same thoughts are going through the heads of those reading those right now.  They all lead to “NO!”, I’m sure.

Well, I’m definitely no MLP fan, I watched the original series as a child and have watched the Friendship is Magic series out of sheer boredom and because my friend insisted that I check it out.  I have no strange fascination with the series.  It exists.  Is it bad?  Not completely…  The dialogue is noticeably horrible if you hear it through another’s speakers.  But it has some quirks that make it reasonable as a product.  So, I can understand why some people enjoy the show.  However, it isn’t something that, for lack of better terms, I find magical.  It exists.  That’s it.

Resident Evil and Wesker, in particular, should be no means be able to mesh with the MLP ideas.  Sure, they came close to having an actual villain worth notice at the end of the 2nd season with the shape-shifter.  However, there is definitely nothing that I would classify as an actual threat in MLP.  Thus, the interactions should by no means work.

Yet, somehow, this author has managed to make it work.  Even Malek commented that the humor in the fic was actually charming.  I think the thing that makes this story work is the fact that it is aware of itself being something that should not work.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously.  However, it is written maturely, so it doesn’t look like a complete mess.

I have found many flaws in the story though, such as it using the show/video games as a strong clutch.  Scenes from Umbrella Chronicles and the show have both been presented and reformatted for purposes of this story.  Like the other story that I presented the other day, the story does rework these scenes to make them fresh.  So, it is a minor point in some ways.

Also, it is noticeable that Wesker is a bit not quite spot-on with characterization.  At times, the internal dialogue and dream sequences indicate that the author does understand his characterization.  However, there is just a bit off in general with how he interacts with others.  Still, overall, it’s not too strongly out of character.  So, this story does not stray into the “bad” category.

This story is still in progress, and I do read new chapters as they come up.  Hopefully the humor and odd quirks will continue to intrigue me.

Well, I hope you guys enjoy the fact that I presented this story to you.  Check it out if you want your mind blown with absolutely bizarre humor that should not work.

I also think I have an idea for my next target fanfic.  However, I shall hold off on it until tomorrow.

It starts, Seferia shall blog about fanfics

Most who associate with me know one very important thing about this Seferia: She is a huge addict to fanfiction. She spends a lot of her free time digging through the piles of amateur fiction found on fanfiction.net in order to find the gems that actually catch her attention and draw her in. On her way, she has a large tendency to find many stories that are, to put it mildly, not up to par. However, today Seferia will not be focusing on one of those.

However, do be warned, there will come a day in which Seferia will once again find a fic that will make her rant. It will not be pretty.

No, Seferia will not be doing that today. Instead, she will be handing out a stamp of approval. For this fanfic is one of the ones that she actually enjoys following. As such, she feels like sharing it. She also feels like stopping with the third person to give her actual review.

Meet Final Fantasy VII: Another Side By: Mystwalker. I cannot say that the idea behind this fanfic is overly original or anything, it is indeed simply an alternative universe fic where Sephiroth does not go evil. However, the lack of novelty doesn’t bother me. This story is well written and has had several clever elements to it that keep my attention. I also have found no forced relationships as of yet, which please me quite a bit.

About the only thing that I find to be disappointing is that the story line does seem to follow the game’s story a bit too much. However, the author has tweaked and twisted this enough that it feels like their own take and not a retelling of the game. So, I have no problems about forgiving them for presenting the game anew.

This story is still in progress, so their is a high chance that like many fics that I like, it will never be finished. However, I do hope that this author does indeed follow through.

Anyway, I’m done abusing my blog to share a story that I like. Beware though, as I said, Seferia does tend to find more bad fanfiction that good fanfiction. So, the next time this category comes up, it may be a dozy.