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fryfanSpyOrama

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« Reply #120 on: 08-17-2005 00:14 »
« Last Edit on: 08-17-2005 00:14 »

Thank you Kryten for coming out of retirement.  It's a shame that I retired from doing fanfics.  I've been busy doing original projects and I don't have time to write Futurama fanfics.
Venus

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« Reply #121 on: 08-17-2005 00:36 »

Yay! The kitty story's back!
DrThunder88

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« Reply #122 on: 08-17-2005 02:16 »

 
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Originally posted by RavenStar:
Sorry about that, Dr. T, but I will admit my fanscripts are for the major fans of all the shows. Fact, I only posted that story here because of the setting in the year 3000, which I was really using as a plot device to set up something a hell of a lot bigger in the 3rd story of the trilogy that crossover was the 2nd story in.

Like I said, I blame my lack of cable, not your writing.  And, yes, most of the time, I forgot to put transitions or something indicating the end at the bottoms of the chapters.
SpaceCase

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« Reply #123 on: 08-17-2005 12:28 »

 
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Originally posted by Kryten:
 Oh, look who knows so much!

It just so happens I have restarted work on Ch. 5... more as it develops.

<Grin>  smile

<Broad grin>  big grin

<Broader still>

<head splits in two>

Ol´coot

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« Reply #124 on: 08-17-2005 15:33 »

 
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Originally posted by Venus:
Yay! The kitty story's back!

More importantly the Amy kitty story is coming back  big grin   big grin
Kryten

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« Reply #125 on: 08-17-2005 19:09 »

Thanks, everyone. I'll try not to take another whole year to get it out.  wink
Ol´coot

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« Reply #126 on: 08-19-2005 19:57 »

 I have been enjoying the heck out of Craig Williams' "The Fifth Season" and recommend it to everyone. He has done a great job catching the feel of the series while adding some more serious plot elements.    smile

 He has also done a good job of portraying the characters - so much so he reminded me why I hate Quebert so much!!  mad If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor and check it out!  wink

Set ye Zapp in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten and die.

II Yosemite 11:15
Venus

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« Reply #127 on: 08-19-2005 20:07 »
« Last Edit on: 08-20-2005 00:00 »

I don't know what i think about that fanfic. On one hand it's well written and fairly interesting, on the other hand we know Leela got her hearing back, Angela has the potential to become a Mary Sue if Craig's not careful, and the Amy side story was a little preachy.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #128 on: 08-19-2005 21:06 »

The one thing that I really don't like about this story is how Leela is really just a supporting character not so much as a main anymore. And I wish she wasn't.
fryismyhero

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« Reply #129 on: 08-20-2005 07:14 »

It was well written, but I must second what Venus and spacedal11 have said.  ME WANT MORE LEELA!

That said, it is certainly not the worst fic on TLZ by any means.

I did have a giggle at the "How to write a shippy Futurama Fanfic" though- great!
Ol´coot

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« Reply #130 on: 08-20-2005 12:52 »
« Last Edit on: 08-20-2005 12:52 »

Leela is a supporting character (so far) but that doesn't bother me so much. Venus, pardon my ignorance but who or what the heck is Mary Sue????

Coot the un-hip
Spacedal11

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« Reply #131 on: 08-20-2005 16:43 »

Mary-sue is a term for a new made up character that is the ideal person. This person has had a bad life but is really nice and is really smart and pretty and all this stuff. Mary-sues aren't wanted in fan fictions.
Ol´coot

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« Reply #132 on: 08-20-2005 19:20 »

 
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Originally posted by Spacedal11:
Mary-sue is a term for a new made up character that is the ideal person.

Thanks Spacedal11! Sorta like a certain female character from an epic fan fic from last year?  wink
Spacedal11

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« Reply #133 on: 08-20-2005 19:23 »

...not sure how to respond. But tell me which epic. Then I'll respond sarcastically.
Ol´coot

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« Reply #134 on: 08-20-2005 19:36 »

I was thinking of UoM...
Teral

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« Reply #135 on: 08-20-2005 19:39 »

 
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Originally posted by Ol'coot:
Leela is a supporting character (so far) but that doesn't bother me so much. Venus, pardon my ignorance but who or what the heck is Mary Sue????

Coot the un-hip

Mary-Sue's are also thinly veiled representations of the author of the story.
Spacedal11

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« Reply #136 on: 08-20-2005 19:39 »
« Last Edit on: 08-20-2005 19:39 »

Oh wait, are you talking about that one by Kenneth White? Universe of Malice? Yeah that girl had really small lips in the pictures he made. And big fat head.
Venus

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« Reply #137 on: 08-20-2005 23:36 »

Mary Sue's aren't always thinly veiled author insertions, but at least some of the time they are.

Alesia from UoM walked a fine line between being a Mary Sue and not being one but a few times in the story she did have her Mary Sueish moments. But she was supposed to have flaws which is something most Mary Sue's don't have. On a side note, male Mary Sue's are called Gary Stu.
DrThunder88

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« Reply #138 on: 08-21-2005 03:24 »

 
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Originally posted by Venus:
...she did have her Mary Sueish moments.

Funny, she doesn't look Sueish.

Seriously though, I agree with both Venus and Teral.  It's probably easier for fanfictionists to superimpose their own conscious/subconscious motivations onto an original character than a canonical character even if they don't say something like "Mary Sue is going to be just like me if I had a Ph.D. in awesomeology," or "I'll change my name to 'Gary Stu' and become Leela's new love interest," or "Jack Havoc is me with a beard and a gun."

Can anyone in the fanfic-know tell me where the name "Mary Sue" came from?
Venus

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« Reply #139 on: 08-21-2005 03:31 »
« Last Edit on: 08-21-2005 03:31 »

Evidently the term originated in Star Trek fandom where someone published a fanfiction they wrote in some sort of fan magazine and the original character of the fic was named Mary Sue. Somehow or another the term got adopted to describe any original character who was annoyingly perfect at the expense of all off the canon characters.


EDIT: Found a little article piece:

Although storytellers have been rehashing Mary Sue since the dawn of time, she did not receive her current name until the early 1970s. The original was Lieutenant Mary Sue ("the youngest Lieutenant in the fleet -- only fifteen and a half years old" ) as immortalized in Paula Smith's "A Trekkie's Tale," which she wrote and published in her 1974 fanzine Menagerie #2. (According to Katherine Langley: "Paula is still active in fandom and, to be sure, suitably bemused that Mary Sue lives on." )

DrThunder88

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« Reply #140 on: 08-21-2005 04:22 »
« Last Edit on: 08-21-2005 04:22 »

Yes, it figures that as soon as I had posted that, I decided to look on Wikipedia.  Wouldn't you know it?  They have an entry for "Mary Sue Fanfiction."  I guess I should've guessed they would.  I already knew about their articles on "Stormtrooper effect" and "redshirts*."

Frankly, I had no idea fanfiction had such a long and illustrious history.

* They note that Zapp Brannigan refered to "redshirts," but through the entire run of the show, I can't think of one reference to them.
Kif White

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« Reply #141 on: 08-21-2005 07:23 »

Just a quick FYI...

Alesia in UoM was actually intentionally supposed to have several Mary-Sue stylings to her in the sense that she tried to be perfect and that Fry sometimes saw her that way, though at the same time was supposed to reflect how the very idea of perfection is absurd and cannot be. I tried to illustrate how even somebody's apparent perfections can be a weakness as well, though whether that got across... dunno... that's for the readers to have decided. However, saying that, if I were to go back and rewrite UoM, there are a few factors here and there that I would definitely change about her. Nothing major, just the odd little things here and there.
Venus

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« Reply #142 on: 08-21-2005 16:15 »

Continuing on our Mary Sue topic, i found this comic. It's for a different fandom but it sums things up quite nicely.

 http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Image:Marysue.jpg
Spacedal11

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« Reply #143 on: 03-04-2007 01:21 »

I know this is like so old. But I just read the latest chapter for Rye Guy's The Other on TLZ. And though I haven't read all of it and I just barely could remember what the last part was on.

However,

I totally called it.
WAVer

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« Reply #144 on: 07-09-2007 13:51 »

Posting after a 4 month drought, I would like to say that my favorite fanfic is Krieb's Best of Times and Worst of Times. Here is a preview:

This work is set three years after the final episode, The Devil's Hands are Idol Playthings, with Fry and Leela happily married for two of those years. In this period of time since the final opera scene, despite being happily married, they've had to endure both wonderful and, unfortunately, tragic events. However, it's Leela's 31st birthday, and Fry has organised a special party for her. What Leela yearns for, though, is a present that means more than mere money, which only Fry can give. Will he lighten up their lives with something more treasured than gold?

This fanfic can be found here:  http://www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar/fanfic/indexk.shtml#kriebs
I honestly hope no one minds me direct linking..., if so, I'll get rid of it, but yes, it can be found in the fan fiction section of TLZ. This is without a doubt my favorite fan fiction. Please keep in mind that Kriebs is not finished with it yet, but I have been keeping in touch with him through e-mails and he intends to finish it. Real life comes first tho   wink
Spacedal11

Space Pope
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« Reply #145 on: 07-09-2007 15:24 »

Hehehe, I just did a Mary Sue excavasion. I am so going to write a Harry Potter fan fic. Ha!
JustNibblin

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« Reply #146 on: 07-09-2007 19:21 »
« Last Edit on: 07-09-2007 19:21 by JustNibblin´ »

Hi WAVer,

That was my question--if Krieb was going to finish. I do like that story, even if it sometimes brushes a little close to "Star Wars" for me.  The scene with Zoidberg I actually found pretty moving.

 I still highly recommend Layla's "Fry's Choice" even unfinished.  I'd also try Kif White's "Chronitons of Frynia" since it doesn't seem to get as much press as some of the other good fictions. 
WAVer

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« Reply #147 on: 07-10-2007 07:52 »

I've read some of Layla's "Fry's Choice" already, and also Chronitons of Frynia as well. I just, personally, perfer fanfics that are post-DHAIPT. Know what I mean? I am also a star wars fan too. Go figure lol. But I dont just like Kriebs fanfic because of the Star Wars references, but because of the overall story in general.
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