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Fan Fiction Friday!!!

OK, so I have a boyfriend. A good one. He cooks, he cleans, he enjoys anime and graphic novels, he talks about his feelings, and best of all? He adores me. He thinks the fact that I can debate him on why Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight is neither better nor worse than Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the original Batman movie makes me the bee’s knees. All of this is fine and good (it’s pretty awesome, actually), but it seems to be changing the type of fan fiction I’m reading. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the angsty stuff. However, I’m finding myself hunting for stories that are bit on the fluffy side, which is why I’m loving SilverShine’s “The Girl from Whirlpool” right now.

“Whirlpool” is the story of Minato Namikaze and Kushina Ukimake, and how they came to be a couple. I have to admit that I never really thought about Minato and Kushina in any way other than them being Naruto’s parents. But when you think about it, their backstory is so sad and tragic that the only way to get through it is to give yourself a little shot of fluff. As usual, SilverShine’s writing is superb. Her descriptions of battles are full of action and detail (her explanation of how Minato developed his Flying Thunder God technique is especially good), but of course, it’s the budding romance between the two main characters that takes center stage. Kushina is temperamental and mouthy, but it’s all a cover for the pain she’s had to endure. And Minato. Oh, Minato. SilverShine makes him so sweet and awkward yet thoughtful and strong. You can easily see how their traits and quirks make Naruto who he is. This story is a work in progress so who knows when she’ll actually finish it, but it doesn’t matter. After reading chapter 504 of Naruto Shippuden, you’ll need “The Girl from Whirlpool” to balance the angst.

p.s.: SilverShine gets an extra large glomp for her ability to make all of the side storylines mesh perfectly with Minato and Kushina’s story. Be on the lookout for Orochimaru, Kakashi and Sakumo, and even a little bit of Obito.

The Girl from Whirlpool. Rated T. Grade A.


Fan Fiction Friday!!!

While watching Darker Than BLACK, I kept finding myself rooting for Misaki Kirihara and Hei/BK-201. Theirs would’ve been a classic star-crossed lovers type of love story, really. Uptight law enforcement officer falls in love with a mysterious guy with a very, very dark side. She’s totally by the book; for him, there is no book. (Think George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight, except instead of robbing banks, George Clooney kills people by shocking them with massive amounts of electricity.) In the series, Misaki is clearly attracted to Li, Hei/BK-201’s well-mannered albeit naive alter-ego. But would she risk her career for a relationship with a criminal? Viconia2000 poses this question in “A Deeper Shade of Black” and the answer is “yes.”

The story starts with Hei/BK-201 saving Misaki during a bust gone wrong. After essentially kidnapping her and fleeing to safety, he propositions her. Her first instinct is to object. “Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have time to date, let alone carry on a clandestine affair with the most wanted contractor in Tokyo,” she says. There’s no real rational reason for her to say yes to him. She merely does so out of curiosity. That’s the thing about clandestine affairs; they’re completely irrational.

“A Deeper Shade of Black” almost reads like a chick-lit novel, which I don’t tend to enjoy, but it works because viconia2000’s Misaki is just so in-character. The story is more about her and her entire life is filtered through the lens of her work than it is about Hei/BK-201 seducing her. In the end, Misaki finally puts the pieces together on her paramour’s identity, leaving her with a decision to make: turn him in or date him. I’ll let you guess which one she chooses.

A Deeper Shade of Black. Rated M. Grade B.

Fan Fiction Friday!!!

OK, so work has been kicking my butt lately and I’ve slacked off on posting all month. For the three people who read this blog, I’m sorry. For the one person who likes my Fan Fiction Friday recommendations, I’m extra sorry. Let me make it up to you with this entry. Since I missed an FFF post a couple of weeks ago, I’m going to give you two recs (two!) for the price of one. They’re both Kakashi/Sakura, of course, because they’re my standby couple.

Up this week are two dystopian works-in-progress, both of which ponder what would happen if Danzo was in charge of Konoha for any significant amount of time. The answer? Corruption, mass destruction, and chaos. In Cynchick’s “Will of Fire,” Tsunade’s still healing from facing off against Pein and Danzo eighty-sixes her before she has a chance resume her role as Hokage, using his ROOT forces to take control of the village. But the coup doesn’t stop with Tsunade. No, he wants just about everyone who’s loyal to her taking a dirt nap (Kakashi, Naruto, Shikamaru…the list goes on and on). The survivors escape and start to mount a resistance to win back Konoha from the evil dictator.

So far, seven chapters in, Kakashi and Sakura have only shared a couple of moments (including a very touching scene where he confides in her in front of the cenotaph), but it really doesn’t matter because I’m drawn in by the larger story more than the KakaSaku aspect of it. Will Naruto’s rebel army be victorious? Will Hinata get caught spying on Danzo? Is Karin really loyal to the cause or is she just waiting for the perfect time to rat everyone out? Where the author is going with this is all a mystery, but I’m happily following along.

While Cynchick’s Danzo tries to terminate all remnants of Tsunade’s regime with brute force in “Will of Fire,” SilverShine’s Danzo has a different way of destroying his enemies in “Scarlet Scroll.” This story is based on SilverShine’s short fic “Fraud” and in it, Danzo’s forcing kunoichi to, um, “acquire” the jutsus of enemy ninja through seduction missions. The hope is that each seduction will end in pregnancy and the pregnancy will produce a child who takes after his father, thus making him or her an asset to Konoha’s military defenses. He’s clearly trying to break both Sakura and Kakashi simultaneously by sending her on one of these missions and making Kakashi act as her handler. Sakura can’t disobey his orders and live, and Kakashi is completely helpless, unable to protect her from what’s being forced upon her. After some pretty intense interactions with her target, she gets the bright idea that if Kakashi impregnates her instead, then she can stop whoring herself out, they can go home and all will be right with the world. Right? Probably not. Nine chapters in, the deed is done and I’m impatiently waiting for SilverShine to post her next chapter.

I thought long and hard about whether to recommend this one. It’s fairly graphic and it reminds me a lot of Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, in which all aspects of women’s lives — including when and with whom they have sex — are tightly controlled by men. Some scenes are kind of squicky but it goes with the territory, I suppose; the storyline itself is a bit squicky. I would imagine that a truly loyal ninja would feel obligated to do a great deal of repulsive things for his or her village, including use one’s body to obtain information. (And, really, is that more or less disgusting than teaching children to kill?) I generally try to avoid reccing fics that are extremely explicit, but SilverShine’s work is so challenging, so thought-provoking, that it practically recommends itself. Suck up the squick and concentrate on the narrative.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Scarlet Scroll. Rated M (but it’s almost an NC-17). Grade: A.

Will of Fire. Rated M. Grade B+.

Fan Fiction Friday!!!

I have a very short list of favorite fan fiction writers and Redbrunja is among them, somewhere near the top. Why? Because her writing is so well done, so spot on, that she can make me ship just about anything. And I do mean anything.

Red is the master of the quick fic, capable of saying a lot with very few words. (Take this little gem, for  example: Naruto/Sakura, take 1: He’d rather be Second Best than Dead Last. Ugh, I don’t even like those two together but this kills me.) But when she does go long, more often than not, it’s made of all kinds of win. One of the many pairings I’ve come to appreciate more due to Red’s writing is Tsunade/Jiraiya.

At first glance, these two are either comic relief or used as a parallel to Naruto and Sakura’s relationship. I didn’t even think twice about how complicated and angst-y their relationship is/was until I read “Jester.” In it, Jiraiya gets his shot at Tsunade, only to realize that he loves her in the worst way and is an absolute fool for doing so. The story gives some additional context to support the way they interact in canon. Jiraiya is always attempting to ease Tsunade’s fears, playing the role of the lovable, happy-go-lucky wanderer to her head-strong leader. He knows he’ll never break through the walls she’s built up around herself; all he can do is play his position.

Like with all of her fics, Red covers a lot of ground in a few sentences, using words sparingly to mark whole periods of time without rushing the narrative. The sentences “Jiraiya was on a mission when she met Dan” and “Jiraiya was on a mission when she lost Dan” are only a sentence apart, indicative of the cruel way fate has given Tsunade happiness and then just as quickly, taken it away. It’s the fleeting nature of happiness that Tsunade runs from right up until Jiraiya’s death.

For all intents and purposes, I think Jiraiya is a romantic. A lecherous horndog of a romantic but a romantic nonetheless. But his relationship with Tsunade is the one thing he can’t truly gloss over the way he does everything else. She won’t let him. In “Jester,” he finally sees why she can’t.

Grade: A. Rated NC-17. (Please heed the rating.)

Fan Fiction Friday!!!

Happy October, fellow fangirls! In this edition of Fan Fiction Friday, I’m dropping my KakaSaku fetish for a moment and going back to Cowboy Bebop because this one is just too good to pass up.

I watched the Bebop movie on Netflix the other night and it kind of left me jonesing for a little Spike/Electra, which apparently no one ships. (People, how can you not love the fight scene where he’s being all flirty with her when she’s clearly trying to subdue and/or kill him? That scene alone should’ve launched a thousand fics!) What I did find was a neat little story about the love triangle that is Spike, Julia, and Vicious.

What’s the point of reading something when you already know how it ends, you ask? If you don’t, you’d miss out on fics like bebop-aria’s “Left Eye,” a prequel which lays out in agonizing detail exactly how, when, and why Spike falls in love with Julia. Before the first chapter begins, the author says, “This really didn’t start out as a fanfic. It started as my attempt to outline, from the still photos we see in the episodes, what happened between Spike, Julia and Vicious to bring us up to the “present day” in the Cowboy Bebop universe.” This careful outlining leaves readers with a story that feels quite canonical. The pacing is amazing and even though I knew no good would come of it, I couldn’t stop reading it, as if the ending was going to change somehow.

The thing that makes this fic awesome is the great restraint shown by all of the characters. Julia isn’t too needy and Spike’s longing for her simmers right below the surface, rarely making its way to the top. And Vicious? Well, he is, uh, vicious, of course, but not so much so that Julia completely loses sight of why she cared for him in the first place. (But, really? His name is Vicious. Wouldn’t you think that’d give you some clue to his personality? *shakes head* Bah.) It is when said restraint is broken that the spectacular display of emotion that’s unleashed feels like the relief you didn’t know you were waiting for.

Rated M. Grade: A

Fan Fiction Friday!!!

When I was in the 7th grade, I became convinced that the mother of one of my classmates had died in a horrible car accident. I told a friend that I’d found a picture of a woman in my mother’s high school yearbook who’d looked like the boy in question and that they had the same last name. My mother told me she’d died in a car crash a few years after they’d graduated. That was all my friend and I had to go on—all we’d needed, apparently—and we began trying to research the mystery woman’s past and attempting to get close enough to our classmate in hopes of hearing him talk about his family life growing up.

After a few weeks, my friend got bored, but me? Every little scrap of new information, no matter how small, made me feel giddy. I was Nancy Drew, putting together this puzzle no one had solved yet. A month in, when I was at a total impasse, I realized this wasn’t a puzzle. It was someone’s life and I was prying, making myself privy to way more information than I’d ever had the right to. I felt ashamed, the cool, almost scientific detachment melted away, and stopped my “investigation” immediately. I was reminded of my complete lapse in judgment when I came across Eldr-Fire’s “Static.”

Sakura’s fascination with Kakashi’s life before Team 7 goes into full-on voyeur mode when she finds video tapes with his name on them at Kurenai’s apartment. (It’s not what you’re thinking…keep reading.) She steals one and is treated to a few glimpses of his teenage years, with Asuma acting as the narrator/interviewer. Making out with Rin, hanging out with Genma, Gai, and Asuma…these encounters are day-in-the-life-of scenarios of a teen who just happens to be a trained killer. No harm, no foul, right? But the tape doesn’t curb Sakura’s thirst for knowledge; it drives her to find out more about him. So she steals another tape and another and another until she has a picture of Kakashi in her head that is irreconcilable with the person she knows in real life.

The weight of what Sakura discovers drags down their relationship and her actions become so pushy, so invasive, that it’s clear that she’s more than willing to sacrifice their present in order to find out about his past. It’s one of the few well-written KakaSaku fics I’ve read that doesn’t end well for the couple…and rightfully so. It’s natural to want to know intimate things about the person you’re dating, but do you really want to know everything? And how does that affect your interactions with your significant other? Does knowing everything create emotional intimacy or simply allow you to indulge your nosiness? If it’s emotional intimacy you want, doesn’t it mean more when you don’t have to force it?

Eldr-Fire does a great job of using audible references to static in different ways throughout the story (the static at the end of each scene on the tapes, the static that crackles on the phone line when Kakashi sighs, etc.), but this isn’t why “Static” is a great title for the piece. The author seems to be using the word’s definition (“pertaining to or characterized by a fixed or stationary position”) to allude to the overall inability to let go. Asuma promised Kakashi that he’d burned the tapes and he never did. Even though she knew of Asuma’s promise, Kurenai is still holding onto them because they’re a part of what made Asuma Asuma. Kakashi can’t let go of his past and neither can Sakura. Being unable to let go ensures that the past will continue to haunt them all.

Rated M. Grade: A.

(FYI Eldr-Fire gets an extra glomp for depicting Kurenai and Asuma’s kid as a pint-sized version of Shikamaru. He’s so calculating, such a little strategist, and you just know that he’d be that way from hanging out with Shika all of the time. Love.)

Fan Fiction Friday!!!

The other day, I was re-watching the Naruto Shippuden episode of Asuma’s funeral, the one where Shikamaru cries. Ugh, whenever I see it, it leaves me a bit teary eyed…it also leaves me feenin’ hardcore for a good Shika/Kurenai fic. As much as everyone likes the idea of Shikamaru with Temari, he would not trifle with young women who are barely out of their teens. Under all of his laziness, Shika’s an old soul and he should be with an older woman.

Like Kurenai.

In PSITeleport’s “One Last Smoke,” it’s the fifth anniversary of Asuma’s death, and Kurenai coaxes Shikamaru into smoking a cigarette for her, Asuma’s brand. He exhales the smoke and she breaths it in, and the act smacks of desperation, the need to have something she can never have again weighing down her soul. Although married to Temari, Shikamaru seems to fully understand that even with something as innocuous as smoking a cigarette, he is carrying on an emotional affair with Kurenai. They are bound to one another; Asuma’s death saw to that.

Of course, hooking up with her dead baby daddy’s student would be thoroughly frowned upon and Kurenai would never confuse Shikamaru’s loyalty to Asuma and dedication to their child with romantic love for her. But we can still pretend that she would. *sigh*

Rated T. Grade: B