The first fan-fic made by Tropers/{{NKSCF}} of ''FanFic/BreakingTheDeal'' fame, ''Life Is Worth Living'' is a ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' story that follows the adventures of an OriginalCharacter, Matthew "Matt" [[MeaningfulName Soterios]] King, who, along with his girlfriend, Sara Ringwalt, gets abducted and taken away to ''Hellywood''. By making a DealWithTheDevil, Matt manages to stay alive and keep Sara from being hurt, but through Lala-Ru's return, Hamdo's lack of mental coherence, Matt dealing with his cardiac arrhythmia, and several other contributing factors, they end up bruised and battered beyond what anyone should ever experience.

From there on, Matt works to bring down ''Hellywood'' from within, but after Hamdo orders Matt to do the unthinkable, he tricks Hamdo, an act that backfires once Hamdo learns of it, and then orders Sara to be raped, which [[spoiler:results in her getting pregnant.]] Hating himself for not being able to save her, Matt tries to give them a chance to escape, while also meeting Shu and Lala-Ru. However, thanks to Sara, they manage to escape, where they are found by Sis, who brings them to Zari-Bars, where they think they can be safe from ''Hellywood'' forever. Matt struggles with his Christian faith, but finds a way to believe again after an encounter with a holy man in the desert, and begins to reestablish his relationship with Sara, who is coming to terms with what happened to her.

Unfortunately, when Shu and Lala-Ru reappear into their lives, things go FromBadToWorse, leading to a confrontation with ''Hellywood'' that causes them to be captured once more. With the help of their allies, [[spoiler:Matt and Shu manage to break out of their holding cells and save Lala-Ru, who manages to take down ''Hellywood'', giving them the opportunity to survive. Matt and Sara elect to remain behind, while also leaving a log of their journey to their son, and the story ends, concluding that "Life is worth living."]]

Noted for being one of the few ''Now and Then, Here and There'' fan-fics out there of any worth, ''Life Is Worth Living'' has been praised for its strong characterization and deep look into the world that is ruled by King Hamdo and the regions beyond his control as well.

The original story is right here: ''http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5557166/1/Life_Is_Worth_Living''

!!This series provides examples of:

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* AbandonedWarehouse: In the flashback, Matt ends up in one when he's tricked into entering it when a girl he likes sets him up to be attacked. The whole ordeal ends up causing his cardiac arrhythmia, but he also meets Sara because of it, so he considers it to be a fair deal.
* AdultsAreUseless: For the most part, every adult that Shu and Sara meet is this trope in the future, however, Sis is anything but.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Neither Matt or Sara starts off as this, but they are understandably unnerved after their torture at the hands of Schmerz.
* AgeAppropriateAngst: Seeing as how [[spoiler:Matt gets beaten and tortured to the point of death, can't do anything to save Sara from being raped several times, and they both think they have no chance of getting back home]] it's easy to see how they could angst about their lot in life a lot.
* AGodAmI: After he discovers that Matt and Sara have [[spoiler:faked the consummation of their relationship]], Hamdo almost kills them. However, some clever thinking and lying on Matt's part causes Hamdo to believe that they can't unless [[spoiler:they get married]] in accordance to the will of the Trinity. Hamdo promptly states that they should have told him first, as he is God and the Trinity bows down before him. One of the most chilling parts of the whole fan-fic.
* AngelUnaware: Matt, Sara, and Shu are the only people that know that [[spoiler:Lala-Ru is an angel sent to judge humanity's worth to keep on living and that thanks to their efforts, she decides that they deserve to live on.]]
* ArcWords: [[TitleDrop Life is worth living.]] Things being "ephemeral", referring to the poem that precedes every episode.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Matt is definitely religious, which is a major part of his {{Mangst}} about whether or not what he has believed in for years is true, as he believes the Apocalypse should have happened years before ''Hellywood's'' existence. It's a major part of his CharacterDevelopment when he discovers that nothing he has gone through has directly contradicted anything in the Bible. The Disciples are also quite religious as well.
* AxCrazy: Hamdo personifies this trope amazingly, especially during his VillainousBreakdown.
* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]: [[spoiler:Even though it isn't his biological child, Matt adopts [[DeadGuyJunior Kazam]] as his own with Sara and takes care of Sis's children as well.]]
* BackStory: If any character appears in the original show, then they will--mostly--have a back story. For example:
** Abelia: [[spoiler:Was once a member of a primitive tribe several thousands of years before the modern age who was abducted by scientists from Das Paradies to become Hamdo's wife due to the fractured genetics of the Hamdo family.]]
** Hamdo: [[spoiler:Came from a kingdom called Das Paradies, the remnants of a country that had accidentally propelled itself into the future thanks to becoming corrupt with their technology. Hamdo also is the result of generations of inbreeding, which has caused his mental instability.]]
** Pashahanta: Despite having no name in the series and only appearing twice, Pashahanta is [[spoiler:the man who first raped Sara in ''Hellywood''.]]
** Matt/Sara: Were both happily dating each other before the fan-fic started, just as Matt was about to go off to college. They met each other the night that Matt was tricked by a fellow student he had been interested in dating into coming to a secluded part of town, where he was beaten and eventually entered the accident that caused his cardiac arrhythmia, but allowed him the chance to meet Sara. Later on, to celebrate Sara's birthday, Matt takes her out to dinner, giving her a pendant as a gift. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this, along with Sara's appearance, causes Abelia to come back in time to capture them, as they think she's Lala-Ru in disguise. Neither of them takes this well at all.]]
* BatmanGambit: Matt plays a very serious one when he [[spoiler:manages to record a couple similar to Sara and he having sex so that he can play it and make it sound like they're having sex like Hamdo ordered them to do, while not having to perform the act themselves. This backfires when Hamdo discovers it and orders Matt to be beaten and Sara to be raped. Matt is understandably unhappy with the way he fumbled the idea.]]
* BedouinRescueService: Happens later on when Matt is saved by a nomad, one of the few remaining Christians left on the planet.
* BetaCouple: Some of the fans see Shu/Lala-Ru this way. WordOfGod says that this was slightly intended, but could be seen as male/female HeterosexualLifePartners instead.
* Literature/TheBible: Matt gets a holographic version of the Bible from the Disciples that save him. It's one of the only surviving works of literature left in the world.
* BornLucky: At the beginning, Matt believes himself to be this. He's well off, got a bright future ahead of him, and has a great relationship with his parents and girlfriend. (Although he hates the word lucky, since he doesn't believe in luck.) When his world falls apart he starts to lose this state of mind. [[spoiler:By the end of the story, though, he realizes that he has a great life and decides to keep on living it to the fullest.]]
* BoyMeetsGirl: Matt meets Sara the night he develops his cardiac arrhythmia. He calls it the best night of his entire life, well, [[DeadpanSnarker except for the cardiac arrhythmia part.]]
* ButIDigress: Matt, being the narrator, engages in this a lot. He lampshades it constantly.
* CanonForeigner: Matt, obviously, being an original character. The Disciples as well.
* ChekhovsGun: Matt's hacking skills and Lala-Ru's healing powers.
* ChildSoldiers: Being a ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' fan-fic, it's a no-brainer that this shows up a lot.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Hamdo forces Matt and Sara to go through this constantly. It almost breaks both of them, but thanks to their love for each other, they make it through it.
* ConsummateLiar: Matt, despite his upbringing, has learned how to lie far too well for his own liking. In the story, he lies to pretty much every single character. He hates himself for it and wonders about the morality of lying to protect someone, but leaves that up for God to decide. In fact his lying causes almost every single problem he ever encounters. Then again, one could argue that if he hadn't lied, then he never would have made it as far as he did.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Sara does not like the fact that she just happens to look exactly like Lala-Ru and that Matt just happens to give her an pendant that [[OverlyLongGag just happens]] to be shaped exactly like the one that Lala-Ru wears.
* CrazyPrepared: Matt delves into this, using such means as [[spoiler:getting an audio recording of two people having sex to make it sound like Sara and he are acting as Hamdo commanded them to and installing a virus that completely incapacitates ''Hellywood'', but only if he were to return to it, which was a ridiculous idea, since he had never planned to go back there.]]
* [[spoiler:DeadGuyJunior]]: [[spoiler:Sara's child, Kazam, is named after his father, who, even though Sara didn't love him, still respected the way that he saved them all when ''Hellywood'' died.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Matt is most definitely this, especially thanks to the fact that this entire story is being told from his point-of-view, such as this instance where Abelia asks for Matt's name:
-->'''Abelia''': “I admire the ferocity behind your eyes, boy. What is your name?”
-->'''Matt''': “Richard Bachman, but my friends call me Stephen King,” I said, smirking.
* DealWithTheDevil: Matt makes one with Hamdo to help him design weapons that Hamdo will use to attack his enemies in exchange for Sara's safety. However, Hamdo being himself, this doesn't work well in Sara's favor.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Sara has her moments, but it's all a facade, which she eventually breaks out of.
* DoomedHometown: What happened to Tabool, Boo, and Nabuca's homes, and eventually [[spoiler:Zari-Bars for Sis and her children.]]
* DyingTown: They're all over the place, but there is some hope that some of them may be revitalized later on.
* DysfunctionJunction: It's amazing any of the characters stay as stable as they normally are.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The sun is in the last phases of its life. The reason for this being that [[spoiler:humanity was accidentally propelled into the future thanks to a TimeTravel experiment gone wrong, as well as several events known as the Great Cataclysms that ruined the Earth's resources. Providentially, though, they get a second chance to restart the planet with Lala-Ru's HeroicSacrifice.]]
* EternalEnglish: Something that the author explains by means of all people having a universal translator implanted into their heads. Matt and Sara have their forcibly introduced, leaving scars on their heads as a result.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Disciples are the descendants of Christians, the people of Zari-Bars are implied to be [[InformedJudaism Jewish]], and Hamdo's legions are based partly on African warlords.
* FauxlosophicNarration: Matt does this every now and then to spice things up. Like usual, he lampshades its use.
* FreudianExcuse: Hamdo hated his father for mistreating him, so much that [[spoiler:he steals ''Hellywood'' from him and runs away, growing fearful that his father and his other enemies are trying to kill him.]] When Matt finds this out, he doesn't think it's a viable excuse at all for his insanity.
* FriendlyEnemy: Despite the fact that Matt had to shoot [[spoiler:Boo]] with his taser to prove its effectiveness to Hamdo, [[spoiler:Boo]] doesn't hate him for it at all, although Matt still feels bad about it. Matt's relationship with [[spoiler:Nabuca]] has this going as well, and being nice to [[spoiler:Abelia]] has its rewards too.
* FriendToAllChildren: Both Sara and Matt love kids and it was one of the things they liked about each other when they were first dating, so much that when Matt offered Sara a check for a million dollars for saving his life, she asks him to send it out to buy off children being used as child soldiers. This really starts to hurt them when they find out that Hamdo has children fighting his wars later on, but when they make it to Sis's home, they once again find their niche with children. Eventually, [[spoiler:they decide to stay in the future and watch over Sis's kids when she dies.]]
* FromBadToWorse: Things start out dark, and get steadily darker. However, thanks to its [[spoiler:HappyEnding, everything works out as it should have.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: Matt suffers from cardiac arrhythmia, a disorder that causes him to suffer greatly if he physically exerts himself too much, and hinders him throughout his time in ''Hellywood''. However, it was the only reason why he was not conscripted into fighting as a soldier for Hamdo.
* GratuitousGerman: Is used and lampshaded within the fan-fic with things like naming an interrogator named Schmerz (German for pain) or the kingdom that [[spoiler:Hamdo and Abelia]] are from is called Das Paradies.
* HeroicSacrifice: As in the series it's based off of, [[spoiler:Lala-Ru sacrifices herself to save everyone, giving the Earth a second chance for life in the process. Although the [[WordofGod author]] says that she didn't die, since angels can't die, so she merely ascended to Heaven to report back to God on her findings.]] Even so, the trope rings true for the characters involved, who don't know this.
* HoldingBackThePhlebotinum: Matt deliberately holds back his knowledge of several weapons that he knows how to build in order to prevent Hamdo from gaining access to a game breaking weapon. He does, unfortunately, give them access to designing [[spoiler:tasers, which comes back to haunt him during the attack on Zari-Bars, as he watches people being incapacitated by them.]]
* HostileWeather: Matt and Sara get lost in a sandstorm, barely making it back to each other.
* IdiotBall: Hamdo possesses this in shades, but that's because he is what he is.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Matt notes that Shu has this attitude and wishes that he could be more like him. He even admits that if it weren't for Shu, then Sara would probably be dead and he would have nothing to live for.
* InfallibleNarrator: Matt definitely remembers way too much for such a terrible time in his life. However, he says that he's always had a great memory and he did talk with other people to get his facts straight so that [[spoiler:Sara and he can give a proper message to their son, Kazam.]]
* InterruptedSuicide: With Shu's help, Matt manages to stop [[spoiler:Sara from killing herself. He tells her that if she were to kill herself then he'd have nothing to live for anymore, so he'll just die with her. This, along with other factors, snaps Sara out of her intention to kill herself and she decides to keep fighting.]]
* JumpedAtTheCall: A major part of Matt's CharacterDevelopment is learning to help out more people than just himself and Sara, even though he is a nice person and genuinely wishes to help out others. After [[spoiler:Zari-Bars' populace is captured by Hamdo, Matt immediately goes out with Shu to save Lala-Ru and get everyone else out of ''Hellywood''.]]
* KidsAreCruel: No matter what happens, Matt never blames the ChildSoldiers for hurting Sara or him, because he knows that they have been brainwashed, and he always forgives them when they mistreat him.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Hamdo, Sis, Boo, Nabuca, Tabool, Pashahanta, Soon, Kazam, and Elamba.]]
* LockedIntoStrangeness: As a result of massive stress brought on by torture, Matt's black hair turns to white. WordOfGod admitted that he knew the YouFailBiologyForever aspects of this and did it anyway for CharacterDevelopment reasons, which actually worked, as the white hair is a constant reminder of his failure to save Sara and himself from harm, but, at the end, [[spoiler:Matt becomes content with the change and moves on with his life.]]
* LonersAreFreaks: Matt and Sara used to be like this before they met each other. To their credit, they both tried to find people they could be friends with, but failed miserably. Sara was admittedly better at making friends than Matt, something he finds compelling about her.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Matt's reaction to seeing Sara for the first time when he wakes up from his mini-coma.
* MamaBear: Just like in the show, it is a bad idea to mess with Sis's children.
* MagneticHero: Shu, just like in the show, has this as part of his heroic personality. Matt has a lesser form of it, managing to befriend or at the very least having grudging respect from Nabuca and Abelia.
* MeaningfulName: Matthew ''Soterios'' King is definitely looked at as a savior by some characters.
* MonochromaticEyes: The [[WordOfGod author notes]] that he discovered this trope via reading TVTropes, and then decided to explain an in-universe reason for it being apparent and why Abelia didn't have this trait (explain for her in her BackStory above.) The reason for the denizens of the future to have this change is due to it being taken out of humanity's genetic code thanks to random mutations.
* MoodWhiplash: Happens tons of times over the course of the fan-fic. One moment everything will be absolutely wonderful, but then the next, things go FromBadToWorse.
* MyGreatestFailure: Matt's greatest failure is [[spoiler:not being able to prevent Sara from being raped. However, after much time to move on, Sara tells him that there was nothing he could do to prevent it, so he forgives himself.]]
* MysteriousWaif: Lala-Ru most definitely. It turns out that [[spoiler:she's an angel sent to Earth to judge humanity to see if it's worthy enough to continue as a species. After living on the Earth for years on end, she finally comes to the conclusion that humanity is worth the risk and when she disappears her death has given the Earth and humanity a second chance.]]
* MythologyGag: There are plenty, almost to the point of ContinuityPorn, especially with some of the dialogue being taken exactly from the show itself.
* TheNarrator: The entire story is told from Matt's point-of-view. We find out in the end that he's been telling his life story via [[spoiler:the old recording devices of ''Hellywood'', as Sara is doing the same thing in another room. The reason for them telling their stories is because they want a record of it for their child, just in case something happens to them.]]
* NerdsAreVirgins: While more of a {{geek}}, Matt is definitely a virgin by choice, as is Sara, who is definitely nowhere close to being either a nerd or a geek. [[spoiler:It's implied at the end of the epilogue that they'll be busy having fun once they get married.]]
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Matt gets a moment in the closing chapters with Hamdo.
* NoWaterProofingInTheFuture: [[spoiler:One of ''Hellywood's'' failings, but some of the technology remains intact after Lala-Ru has disabled the battle station.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Matt does this purposefully in order to help Hamdo as little as possible, because he has a massive amount of information that could easily be used to further Hamdo's goals.
* OfficialCouple: Matt/Sara, one of the sweetest original pairings created, especially since it's one of the few reasons they can remain sane during their stay in ''Hellywood''. WordOfGod has also said that he left very subtle Shu/Lala-Ru in the story if people wish to pick up on that and view them that way.
* OriginalCharacter: Matthew "Matt" Soterios King is a regular student, who just happens to have a rich family that's worth a little over several million dollars. However, he never lets his future inheritance cloud his vision, and is continually one of the nicest people anyone could meet, one of the reasons why Sara fell for him in the first place. He also suffers from a heart condition that will kill him if he physically exerts himself too much.
* [[spoiler:OurAngelsAreDifferent]]: Lala-Ru has always been a MysteriousWaif, but through speaking with Matt she mentions that she is actually an [[spoiler:angel sent to judge humanity's worth. She almost decides against them, but thanks to the actions of Matt and Shu, she reconsiders her opinion and "sacrifices" herself to give the world water again, from which it can rebuild itself.]] Because of this explanation of her origins and her renewed convictions, [[WordofGod NKSCF]] says that she doesn't [[spoiler:die at the end, merely going back to Heaven to report back to God.]]
** Likewise, Abdimalkah has shades of this, knowing things he shouldn't, and acting otherworldly. WordofGod says he could be taken as this trope or as more of a StealthHiBye by a regular guy.
* PerpetualSmiler: Before the events of this fan-fic, both Sara and Matt were this, but through the things they start to experience in ''Hellywood'' they start to lose this part of their personalities. [[spoiler:They get it back at the end, though.]]
* PlayfulHacker: Despite saying that he hasn't done anything too wrong with his computer skills, [[spoiler:Matt knows enough about implanting computer viruses to send one into ''Hellywood's'' systems without it being discovered until it's too late.]]
* TheQuietOne: As a kid Matt was like this, but he eventually grew out of it. Lala-Ru plays this up as well, only speaking when she wants to.
* RealMenLoveJesus: After finally realizing just why he believes in his faith, Matt is definitely this trope. Most notably, however, he thought that this was who he was before ''Hellywood'', but after suffering through everything, Matt finally understands what this trope really means.
* RebelLeader: Elamba, the leader of Zari-Bars' resistance, and it costs him dearly.
* ReligionIsRight: At least that's what Matt and Sara believe in. Whether it's right or not is [[WordOfGod left up to the reader, although the author is a devout Christian.]]
* ShoutOut: Several, including {{Franchise/Star Wars}}, {{Franchise/Batman}}, {{Anime/Neon Genesis Evangelion}}, and a more obscure one to church folklore about the name of the Ethiopian eunuch from {{Literature/Acts of the Apostles}}.
* ShownTheirWork: Besides the intentional artistic license revolving around Matt's hair color changing, there is a lot of work shown in just how much research was done for this fan-fic. This ranges from studies in human evolution, church and biblical history, and the continuity of the show itself.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The author uses the names utilized by the official English translations for such things as Zari-Bars, ''Hellywood'', etc.
* StepfordSmiler: For a time, Matt becomes this, merely being happy because he doesn't want anyone to know how he really feels about his lot in life. [[spoiler:He gets better.]]
* SupportingProtagonist: Sara, which becomes HilariousInHindsight as [[spoiler:she is also telling her own version of the story to a recording, which makes Matt the supporting protagonist of her story.]]
* TeamDad: In the end, [[spoiler:Matt becomes this for Sis's children, along with Sara who becomes the TeamMom.]]
* TeamMom: Sis. [[spoiler:Sara becomes this once Sis dies.]]
* TimeTravel: The way that Sara, Matt, [[spoiler:Abelia]], and Shu get sent into ''Hellywood's'' time. Also [[spoiler:how the human race ended up at the end of Earth's lifespan, due to a time travel experiment gone wrong.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: No matter what happens, Matt is always faithful to Sara, even when she tries to push him away. Everything he does is to make sure that he can remake the world around them so that they can be safe together.
* UnwittingPawn: Hamdo becomes this, thanks to [[spoiler:Matt deliberately leaving a computer virus in ''Hellywood's'' computer systems that will take several months to fully integrate itself inside of it. When Hamdo pushes Matt over the edge by threatening Sara and his friends, Matt activates it just as Lala-Ru begins to destroy ''Hellywood'' too, which helps lay waste to the battle station.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Just like in the series, Hamdo goes through spectacular ones every time someone does something that upsets him or causes him to rethink his plans.
* WordOfGod: As is usual for his stories, NKSCF always likes to talk to his reviewers and answer any questions they have. He has said that thanks to his reviewers his story got better along the way, and he has also admitted to falling on some tropes that don't work in real life mostly for RuleOfCool or RuleOfDrama. He also admitted that the story doesn't [[spoiler:change too much, because he mostly wanted to explore the history behind some of the characters, to give them other motivations than what was seen in the series. He also wanted to help develop the backstory of the world itself, explaining how it got to be so desolate.]]