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: Tedious Debate! Fan Fiction vs. Fan Art, and Suckage Thereof  (Read 3148 times)
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Inquisitor Hein
Liquid Emperor
« #40 : 02-10-2012 14:52 »
« : 02-10-2012 15:58 »

But they're relatively hard to write for. Therein lies the root of the problem.

Also, the format of the show - light action comedy (?) - does not make the jump well to the written word. Fan writers respond by writing in script format (please, make it go away!), or introducing a more serious element to the story.

A script was never meant to be a stand-alone-entertainment media, so it usually can never be as entertaining as a well written book/comic.
Also, the change from one media to another will alter the whole story balance/pacing.
E.g. TKOS: A few seconds showing Fry's sad face looking at his gone love message were enough to tell the viewer his feelings, without giving the whole thing a too sappy touch.
In a book/fanfic, those shown feelings will have to be described (requiring more text), so the whole scene/episode will look much more serious/sappy as in the TV episode (though being exactly the same event).

All in all, I doubt a typical Futurama episode (with TV specific pacing/balance/plot) can be made to work as a fanfic. A good fanfic's style would imhO rather bear similarities to the writings of Adams and/or Pratchett.

Liquid Emperor
« #41 : 02-10-2012 19:58 »
« : 02-10-2012 20:00 »

To me I think PEEL has some of the best fan artists like Freako, Demeter, Professor Zoidy, Unreallegend and of course Inquisitor Hein.  (I may have missed some people out)

Fan Fiction for me is alright when it's in comic book form as it's simple to imagine whats going and to get into the action. I'm not one of those people who can sit there and read a whole futurama fan-fiction as most people I've seen have gotten the charictars completely wrong/

Avatar Czar
DOOP Ubersecretary
« #42 : 02-10-2012 21:18 »

At least with fanfictions, you can imagine how everything is.  You have to go with whatever the fanartist draws, and usually it's really off model and turns off my boner. :hmpf:

Starship Captain
« #43 : 02-20-2012 14:12 »

I think fanfiction has to be adapted based on what you're writing. Futurama would be written differently to say, Gossip Girl. Futurama as a show focuses on social commentary, one-liners, unexpected gags and character development every so often. People often over-explain or describe locations, character appearance or other unrelated things and put the comedy second.

And realistically, you'd need to be able to write jokes well to be able to write anything Futurama related at all. Not just "Bite my shiny metal ass" every few lines. Like any fandom, I think Futurama has the potential for good fanfiction, it's just working out a style that suits the show's flow.

Or something. IDK. I just draw.
totalnerd undercanada

DOOP Ubersecretary
« #44 : 02-20-2012 20:55 »

90% of fanfiction (regardless of fandom) and 75% of fanart suck noodles. Occasionally, there will be something worth paying attention to, but these are the exception rather than the rule. PEEL is fortunate to have some active artists who don't suck, and used to have a couple of decent fanfictionists too.

However, the majority of fanfic, fanart, fanon, and in general obsessive fans tend to be the absolute lowest order of entertainment available.
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