noun; The epic battle that rages in the Rock Li headquarters every time the WLS is set to release an issue over whether articles should be separated by a dotted or solid line. The two editors have done everything they could to solve the issue. They've played "Rock, Paper, Scissors," flipped a coin, dueled with swords, asked Jeeves, visited a psychic, and even had a blinking contest. Still, the question remains unanswered for all of time. "Oh hey Minnichi, I noticed that you created the Issue 9 template with dotted lines…" "Oh! Yeah, Mr. Rocks, ya know… It's just so much neater looking and-" "Well I thought we agreed on solid lines…" "I don't think that actually happened." "…" "…" "It's just so much easier to add an article without dealing with the special format needed for dotted lines so-" "Well the BSST uses dotted lines." "(Getting a little more stern) Well, I don't really care so… haha…" "I mean I already added the dotted lines. We might as well-" "-change it. We might as well change it." "…" "…" "On the count of three, draw." "The Line War rages on."
interjection; The phrase everyone says when they come across the shippings in Chronicles of Ian. Note: It must be said in George Takei's voice. "Hmmm. Chronicles of Ian? I've never read that before. Oooh, this looks interesting… Scroll down… Oh, the shipping section… A picture… click to enlarge…………… Oh my!"
Proper noun; Someone every member of the Fanon Review Squad tries to avoid becoming. "Listen, I was reading your action scene, and I just… I don't even know where to begin. You should honestly be ashamed to publish this kind of garbage. The guilt of knowing that others will have to suffer through this utterly disgusting and painful fanon should make your stomach twist. Just the thought that someday some innocent child could stumble upon your work and spend the rest of his life bleeding out of his eye sockets should make you want to kill yourself. I wish I could have the hour that it took me to vomit after reading this back, you pathetic waste of life." "(sniffles)" "Gosh, I'm becoming Simon Cowell, aren't I?"
noun; What the majority of fanon names are. Instead of a normal, decent title, it always has to be something overly dramatic that basically screams for your love and attention. "I want to read a story about a Dai Li agent, but I don't think there are any on the Wiki." "Are you kidding? I always hear about this one fanon written by the most Dai Li-obsessed author ever: Silent Hero in Emerald." "What? 'Silent Hero in Emerald?' Why couldn't they just call it 'Hero from the Dai Li?' It'd have been a lot easier for me!!!" "Well, beats me. Who knows what motivates those attention-calling titles? And by the way, d'you know a good story about Toph? I can't find -" "Oh, there's a good one called 'Burning Secrets of the Perilous Earth: A Young Heroine's Dramatic Tale.'" "...(Sigh) Authors these days..."
noun; What several writers use as an alternative to the refusal to read a fanon. At this point, they've been cornered badly by a shameless author, but they just don't have to heart to say no...so they stick with subscribing (and not actually reading). "Heyheyhey, so like, you commented on my fanon that one time like, 3 months ago, and like, you told me 'Good job!' That obviously means you're in love with my fanon, so you totally should read all 50 chapters!" "Oh...er, yes. Yes of course." "Awesome!!! So you'll read it soon, right? Right?" "Well...I..." "Oh, that's okay if you don't start today. I mean, you could always subscribe, since EVERYONE knows that subscribers mean everything for a fanon's popularity reputation! D'you wanna subscribe? Do ya? Do ya?" "...YES! Yes I do! I'll subscribe and read your fanon when I have time!" "Cool! I'll add you!" *Runs off* "...(Sigh) Is subscriber escape always the only way? I need to stop doing this one day..."
noun; Someone who relies wayyy too much on fanon illustrations, since they can't paint a picture with their own writing. Their chapters are usually packed with endless, out-of-place screenshots to assign to every paragraph and character. "I just can't get used to this fanon... It's like the author takes every picture on the Wiki and names them after his characters just for the heck of it! I mean, really? His characters, 'Kara,' 'Soks,' 'Ong,' and 'Tough,' just happen to look exactly like Katara, Sokka, Aang, and Toph." "Yep, seems like another picture packer to me. And oh, what's that? Is that your fanon illustration I see listed for his earthbender, Shu?" "WHAT?! (Looks at fanon page) THIS GUY! I'LL KILL HIM!" "Hey now, calm down -" "MY FIREBENDER DOES NOT LOOK LIKE SHU! This picture packer's going down! Arghhhhh! (Storms off)" "Well, that didn't go well." *Hears the picture packer's screams of terror in the distance*
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This story encompasses the events that transpired under the influence of Avatar Jong-Mu, who originated from the Earth Kingdom. It's centuries upon centuries before the 100 Year War and there's a revolution about to happen in the North Pole. Discover how the Northern Tribe separated and eventually led to the migration to the South. Along the way, the waterbenders face the dangers in the North and South, as well as witness the Darkest Day in Fire Nation History while traveling the oceans.
Plot/Storyline: There's a whole lot going on, but I haven't found myself really getting into some sort of exciting plot. We have this revolutionary war going on, but I can't find myself asking 'What will happen next?' 8.7
'Creativity: I don't believe anyone has ever thought of this whole Water Tribe division idea. Overall, the story is very unique9.3 Action: I suggest upping both the amount and the quality of action, but especially the quality. If the author wants to keep the frequency of fight scenes the same, then there needs to be an improvement of battle descriptions. Perhaps adding some emotions to fights will do the trick. 8.9
'Interest Level:8.5 Character Development: Not too shabby here. 9.0 Believability: See: Character Development. 9.3 General Writing: The story is well-written. At least, better written than I expected from a new author. After noticing the main page had only two comments, I assumed the vocab and grammar would be horrendous, but this is not the case. 9.0
Average Score: 8.96
Note: All Scores Are Out Of Ten
What WaterMasterFinn does right/can improve on:
I think I may have come across a rising star of an author. Although the plot isn't particularly interesting- and that can't change- the writing isn't half-bad and I look forward to reading future chapters.
I don't remember exactly how I started reading fanfiction. Once the series ended, I sat by a window for a couple hours, took a long shower, and came to terms with myself about where I would take my life. For the next year or so, I accepted the fact that Avatar was over. I guess the news of Korra re-ignited my love for the show, and I began researching all the news and updates. By a stroke of luck, I must have stumbled upon fanfiction.
At first, I was that anonymous reader who left no reviews or favorites or anything for that matter; yes, I was THAT guy. I read voraciously, as I couldn't get enough of these stories. Lying on the couch with my iPad, I read and read and read. Falling into the words, I immersed myself in new worlds and revisited the characters I had come to love. I became addicted to fanfiction.
Mom: "Can you clean up the basement?"
Mom: "What are you doing?"
Mom: "What's it about?"
Ty: "Living underwater."
Mom: "Go clean the basement."
I doubt she thought I was reading an article about living underwater, but I didn't really care. I was baffled by these authors who wrote multi-chapter sagas over 100,000 pages long. How did they write so much? There's no way my squirrel-like attention span could focus on such a project. Anyways, this routine of addictive reading continued for a while, until I ended up here: the Avatar Wiki.
Ohhhh the colors and pictures! It's just so beautiful! And the users are so funny with their comments and hilarious links! That was my initial reaction to the Wiki. Things only got crazier when I discovered the Fanon Portal. I felt so welcomed by all of my new friends that I decided to dabble in my own Fanon experiment. I had never written any fanon, or even fictional writing for that matter. But, I thought to myself, "Hakkuna Mattata."
If I considered myself addicted to reading fanon, then I suppose I'm a hopeless case when it comes to writing it. Writing fanon is an experience like no other. Sometimes life blurs by so fast that you miss things. Time stops when I sit by my familiar window and let the words flow. Writing takes me away to a whole new world where I'm the creator. Fanon has opened the door for me to tell the stories I've always wanted to tell.
Hey, it's December 22nd and we're all still here! (Gasp) Looks like many more WLS articles to come! I'm hoping that everyone will take this new opportunity at life to contribute, since, well, inactivity's making things a little difficult over here. But of course, there's still enough going on for me to do a little news ramble. Without further ado...!
Well, not much happened in the fanon portal since the release of the BSST issue last weekend. However, it seems fanonbending status is still being actively voted on, with some new achievements from Henryjh98 and PracticalPabu! Like I speculated the other day, reader activity obviously hasn't been on the low. Now if only we could get them to show the same dedication to the newsletter...
Aside from fanonbending, however, Vortex has actually released a chapter after its prologue! This is not just me being biased as one of its authors; it's actually a big thing for a community fanon to continue consistently. As far as other big fanons go, though, we're all still anticipating the start of ARG's and PreservationWing's big projects. (Then again, I just updated you on that last week, so it's probably no surprise if nothing new happened yet)
But ah, you're not reading this for news about fanons that aren't related to you, are you? I know how it works! After all, the participation for the advertising contest didn't get any new people until I mentioned prizes! So to get to the point - first off, I didn't decide on an epic illustration winner for the FAS yet, just pointing that out. However, I have established yet another connection with a good artist on deviantart; it seems I've won another completely free commission! (And following the routine, here's a sample of her work to rub it in all you lazy authors' faces.) Usually I have to spend my (donated) points or exchange a piece of art on my own, but I got lucky in a random contest and now have the opportunity to request a custom picture with up to three characters! Thing is, though... I have no idea what I want. So instead, I'm thinking of (ominous music) perhaps, just maybe, putting together another friendly contest... SO, just a heads up! I suppose this counts as news, since it's one of the only kinds of fanon news that anyone really cares about ;) I hope you writers are still active these days, because yes, this is a call for you to prepare yourself. Anddd I think that's it from me for today! This is Minnichi, signing off and wishing you all Happy Holidays~
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