The Hallowed Halls of Fielding
is an Alternate Universe Daria
fanfic by Roentgen.
When the Morgendorffers move to Lawndale, Daria and Quinn start at a new school. Thanks to the influence (and bank account) of Helen's mother, the girls are enrolled in Fielding Prep instead of Lawndale High. Thrown into a world of privilege and, frequently, snobbery, Quinn is immediately inducted into Topisiennes
. Meanwhile, Daria finds herself in an academically challenging environment for the first time.
At the entrance ceremony, back and forth snarking introduce Daria and Elsie to each other, and the two quickly become thick as thieves. Although most of the students are boarders, the Sloanes, like the Morgendorffers, are day students. Daria soon meets Elsie's twin brother, Tom, and develops a crush on him.
Quinn finds herself at home in the social world of Tops, but adrift in the academics. Daria finds herself forced into the swim team as the lone high-diver.
Best summarized as Daria goes to Dallas
The first few chapters are available on Fanfiction.net
, but the vast bulk of the 140+ chapter story is only available on The Paperpusher's Message Board
The Hallowed Halls of Fielding provides examples of:
- Absurdly Powerful Student Council - Subverted. The student council has little power over anything except club budgets.
- All of the Other Reindeer: How Daria and Quinn start out at Fielding.
- Academic Alpha Bitch: Daria. It takes her a while to spin up to speed, but after that...
- Alpha Bitch: Plenty to choose from here.
- Alternate History - Daria and Quinn going to Fielding instead of Lawndale High.
- Asshole Victim: More than you can throw a quarry's worth of rocks at.
- Big Fancy House - The Sloane residence.
- Boarding School - Even though the main characters don't board, Fielding is one.
- Coming of Age Story - Hard to do a high school story without this one.
- Cool Uncle - Elsie's uncle Tyler.
- Crowd Chant - Fielding, Fielding, rah rah ree.
- Down to the Last Play - Happens sometimes with the swim team, but most notably with a football game hardly anyone was actually watching.
- Dysfunctional Family - Just about all of them.
- Elaborate University High - Indeed.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Horrifically averted.
- Godzilla Threshold: invoked in manners bordering on the psychotic. The Morgue attack, Sue Bee's response to the Mirrors, Schuler's attack for sleeping with Quinn, the Cutie Bombing, Sue Bee receiving a photo of her dead mother after overdosing on a bathroom floor with the needle still in her arm and leaving Fielding immediately afterward, or the Bentley family immediately disinheriting her after news reports of her possible involvement... the list goes on and on.
- Gone Horribly Right: Daria and Quinn fitting in at Fielding. They both fit in all too well.
- Gym Class Hell - General Fitness has this reputation.
- Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: Played with in Terry's case, as he's not shy about it, but doesn't throw it in anyone's face.
- He Who Fights Monsters: A fan of the series mentioned that 'Dee-Dee' could now be the image on the trope's entry page.
- High School - The part of the school we're most concerned with, anyway.
- In-Series Nickname - A number of students pick them up.
- Incest Is Relative: Tom and Kathleen (who are first cousins). While Tom and Kathleen as a couple actually is legal in Maryland, the Squick is still there. Somehow, Tom manages to get over his disgust.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Implied to be one of the reasons why Clayton leaves Fielding after the Morgue scandal.
- Meaningful Funeral - Jake's
- Melodrama - This is about teenagers, after all.
- Mistaken for Gay: Daria gets this after she joins Fielding Swim.
- Nostalgia Filter - Far too many alumni view even the worst of Fielding's traditions this way.
- One-Gender School - Fielding used to be an all boys school. The anniversary of the day this ended is still known as Bitchmas.
- Our Founder - Questions about Habbakuk Fielding are part of The Knowledge.
- Penny Among Diamonds - Most of the students attending Fielding range from rich to really rich. The Morgendorffers are not.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Somebody suggested in a forum thread Ali Project's Girls' Aristocracy would make a good theme song for it and Roentgen approved.
- School Play - Given the status of those at the school, this one attracts an usual amount of attention.
- School Uniforms are the New Black - Fielding requires their students to wear uniforms, although Tops still manage to stand out.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money! - Pat Six gets Pat Seven out of a lawsuit by funding a movie.
- Socialite - A number of the parents.
- Spoiled Brat - Numerous, but Sue Bentley and Yong Ae stand out.
- You Have Failed Me: Implied in Jill's case, when Sue Bee comes to call.
- Unstoppable Rage: How Sue Bee reacts upon finding out about the Mirrors (a rival group to Tops, and helmed by Quinn) being formed.
- Wham Episode: Several major ones, as befitting the series.
- The mass expulsions caused by the Robins' attack on the Morgue, and the Headmaster's resignation (but not before admitting a number of 'formerly undesirable' students to the school).
- Jake's death.
- The 'Cutie Bombing'.
- Sue Bee's fall from grace, leading to her leaving Fielding.
- Tom sleeping with Kathleen.
- Xanatos Gambit: an accidental example, with the Robins' attack on Fielding by hitting the Morgue just before finals. It succeeds far better than any of them had imagined.