Fan Fiction

Hey, everybody! Antoni, here, with another fan fiction recommendation. Yes, I know I was supposed to review Rossini’s Semiramide live from the Met. However, because of my upcoming Spanish exam, I decided to postpone that said review until tomorrow evening, as after the exam, I also have to study for my upcoming Chemistry exam with some help from my private tutor. With that said, I will be taking a look at, of course, another Powerpuff Girls fanfic called, who you gonna call written by queen caffeine and published October 9, 2017. It’s rated T. It’s in English. It’s humor/friendship, and the main characters involved are Butch and Blossom, in which they have a platonic relationship as friends. There are also hints of Brick/Blossom, Butch/Buttercup, and Boomer/Bubbles. Aside from Brick, Buttercup, Boomer, and Bubbles being involved in this story, Princess Morbucks and a few extra characters make an appearance on here. The characters are all teenagers between 17 to 19 years old. Let’s get this started shall we?   Aside from me being a fan of Brick’s and Buttercup’s platonic relationship as friends, I also happen to fancy Butch’s and Blossom’s platonic relationship, as all of their dynamics are really interesting, in my opinion. You will find out why, but first my thoughts on the entire story.   Blossom goes about her normal day doing groceries when all of the sudden Butch attempts to call her, as something drastic happened. As she approaches her home, she sees Butch who then blurts out that Brick, Boomer, Buttercup, and Bubbles have been kidnapped. Through this revelation, an unlikely friendship is formed between the articulate, intellectual, usually composed pink Powerpuff girl and the hyperactive, big shot, tough dark green Rowdyruff boy. Thank goodness that not all hope is lost, as tracking devices were placed on Buttercup and Bubbles so that they can find their location via computer. Blossom initially wants to do this rescue mission alone, but Butch charmingly lends his aid to her, making her at first reluctant but she relents. After some expert-level hacking through different systems, Blossom finds out that Brick, Boomer, Buttercup, and Bubbles are on a huge ship in different cells, where they are deprived of their powers, somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, and they were kidnapped by none other than Princess Morbucks. So, our two main protagonists suit up, head off to rescue them, and stop Princess. I’m not going to spoil the rest, but let’s just say that the climax has sufficient action and tension to make it interesting and it’s nice to our heroes kicking loads of butt, especially Blossom and Buttercup. Although the ending was satisfying, I would’ve wanted to see what happened after the final battle. Maybe we could’ve seen Boomer waking up and having a moment not only with Bubbles but the rest of the Puff and Ruff gang, that would’ve been sweet. However, as it is, the story has a sufficient amount of humor, charm, action, and enjoyment to make it an interesting and fun ride.   In terms of characters, it should be no surprise that for the most part, Blossom was in character with a few moments, where she kind of swore but not on the sailor-mouth level like Brick, Butch, Buttercup, and Princess. She manages to keep her levelheaded nature to a T and she had her deadpan snarker moments, which made her all the more entertaining as an individual character. Complimenting Blossom’s levelheadedness is Butch’s charmingly lovable idiot jock, big shot personality. Alone, he too is extremely entertaining, being at times the chivalrous pervert to not only Blossom but, of course, to Buttercup. Even more so, he has his sarcasm and hilarity to make him all the more charming. He even blurts out the relationship status for each of their respective siblings, like Boomer and Bubbles officially dating for Lord knows how long, Butch being completely convinced that Buttercup wants him even though she is rather annoyed by him, and Brick and Blossom have a lot of unresolved sexual tension to the point where she is defensive about it. When one puts these two characters together, they are not only entertaining but also pretty good teammates, with Blossom being the savvy, articulate, composed technician and genius bruiser and Butch being the muscle and the impulsive yet lovable idiot big shot jock. These two definitely have some funny moments of dialogue where on the outside they show sass and irony but deep down one can tell that they care for each other as friends. I even enjoy how Butch calls Blossom “Rapunzel”, mostly due to her attractiveness and her long hair. Princess Morbucks and her troupe of guards serve their purpose as the big bads of the story, as she uses her master plan to lure Butch and Blossom to their fellow Ruffs and Puffs almost to perfection. The other characters also serve their purpose very well, like Brick keeping his impulsive and sardonic nature, Buttercup keeping her tsundere and tough girl edge, Bubbles keeping her sweet nature, and Boomer…Well, he passed out for the duration of this story. So, overall the characters were, as always, lovable and interesting with Butch and Blossom stealing the show all thanks to their fun character dynamics.   Now with such praise, I have to give this story in terms of build-up and characters, one would think this is perfect right? Sadly, no. There were definitely some technical issues to be found, most especially in the grammar. First of all, the title’s first letters should have been capitalized, as it is the standard protocol when it comes to writing. Secondly, when dialogues are not involved, the story is written in present tense, when it should have been past tense. For anyone who aspires to write stories, please, use the past tense, as they indicate what the characters did. How this story was written seemed more like a script than a piece of fan fiction or even a book. Third, there were times that…

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Hey, everybody! Antoni, here, and I do apologize that I have not been active with my video blog-style reviews as of late, because of all the academic priorities and many other things I have especially a new role in the form of an adaptation of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther. So, I thought it would be nice to recommend a fanfic and I’ll be talking about an Inuyasha fanfic, What Hurts the Most written InuYasha’sReincarnation. It’s rated, T, it’s in English, it was published on on September 26, 2008, and the pairing is Inuyasha and Ayame, with a hint of Kouga and Kagome.   Before I start, I would like to state that I am not a fan of Inuyasha and Kagome or Inuyasha and Kikyo as a couple even when I was very young, but that is just my personal taste. One thing I have to give credit when it comes to Inuyasha’s and Kagome’s relationship in both the show and the manga is how it developed and grew despite their constant bickering, her constant use of the command, “Sit, boy!” with the beads of subjugation, and Inuyasha’s on-and-off relationship with Kikyo. When it came to his time with Kikyo especially in the two-part episode, The Tragic Love Song of Destiny, it was nonetheless fascinating to see how his relationship with Kikyo started out and what lead them to go against each other. I seemed to have preferred Inuyasha and Ayame paired up together and Kagome and Sesshoumaru as a couple, as the latter two might have ended up being Rin’s and Shippou’s adoptive parents if they would have hooked up. Regardless of taste and interest, Inuyasha is still a show I kind of enjoy and I hope to make an anime review of   With that said, let’s get on to what I thought about this fanfic. Overall, I found it to be well-done. The basic plot involves Kagome leaving Inuyasha for Kouga because she feels slightly closer to him and she hopes to be on friendly terms with Inuyasha. He gets annoyed with her decision and encounters Ayame, who was banished by her tribe and now lives alone. It is a rough start with the both of them, but Inuyasha comforts Ayame and decides to get together with her.   This is a very interesting what if scenario if Kagome decided to hook up with Kouga, and Inuyasha decided to hook up with Ayame. The characters were in-character with Inuyasha’s stubborn and hot-headed nature still intact, Kagome’s plucky, sweet, and Tsundere-edge still present, and Kouga’s cocky yet suave persona being totally well-established. The clear highlight when it came to the characters was without a doubt, Inuyasha and Ayame. Say what you will, but I really like these two together. They have pretty good chemistry, which was not present in the main show, but when you have stuff like this where their relationship seems to bloom, then you cannot go wrong. It would have been fascinating to have Inuyasha’s brash attitude mix well with Ayame’s fierce and independent persona in the main show and they would have hooked up really well. And of course, the final scene with Kouga and Kagome, which I dare not spoil, is a combination of sweet and hilarious.   Another positive I can give this fanfic is that the layout is really good, for the most part. I, as the reader, can follow through easily, and that is a good sign.   However, there were some minor qualms I had about this and it was mostly technical. They came in the form of misused words, missing punctuations, and wrong grammar only in some areas. For example, “your right” should’ve been spelled with “you’re right” and “could’nt” should’ve been “couldn’t”. Yes, those errors were rather conspicuous, but they did not detract my overall enjoyment.   In conclusion, this was a solid read. I know this fanfic is going to be nine years old in a few weeks, and I’m pretty sure InuYasha’sReincarnation probably has real life and other pieces of fan fiction to focus, but if he does get back to this fanfic, I would like it if he were to look through the mistakes and correct them, which would be great. Despite all that, it was an enjoyable read and I had fun when all was said and done. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of non-traditional or non-canon pairings, anyone who likes Inuyasha and Ayame as a couple, and anyone who is a major fan of Inuyasha.   If I were to give it a grade, I would give it B+. It was a really good effort overall, but the grammatical and spelling errors were a bit of a dent to my reading enjoyment and the errors do need to be fixed up. Still, I enjoyed it and that’s all that mattered.   Well, that’s all for now. I’m no fan fiction critic, but, hey, it was fun looking at a fanfic I know I was going to enjoy and I kind of wanted to recommend. So, until then, see you all later and have a great week ahead of you.

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