Naturally, writing a Fan Fic
in the form of a script. Originated as a way of giving a sense of illusionary "officialness" to a fic for a TV series or movie (Look! It can be filmed as-is!), which makes the format particularly popular for continuation fics
, and/or to use narrative tricks that wouldn't sound right in prose. It also functions as a prime outlet for writers unskilled at detailed description, and who despise Wall of Text
, but talented with dialogue. Most MSTings
are written in this format as well.
In addition to screenplay-type script fics, there are also those that are simply a script, without the technical terminology to describe the "filming" such as "pan", "exterior and interior", et cetera.
Though some readers think the lack of prose detracts from the story, others like the enhanced focus on the dialogue and action. A good script fic can accurately describe what is going on in the story without using prose, which is part of the challenge (to be coherent without using narrative and relying on action and dialogue to carry the story and explain what is occuring). It can be an interesting challenge for writers who want to practice writing dialogue and experiment with form.
Occasionally enough stories are made that they're accepted as so-called virtual seasons.
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Anime & Manga
- Narrabundah 1/2, Urac Sigma's mid-1990s re-creation/reimagining of Ranma 1/2, is a prime example of script format taking a good fic idea and making it hard to read and enjoy. In general, the Ranma fanfic community had completely abandoned script format by the late 1990s.
- On the other hand, a well-done script-format fic was, for a short time in the mid-late 1990s, successfully passed off as a pirated copy of the shooting script for an upcoming Ranma theatrical feature. This hoax was aided by the primitive state of native-Japanese anime coverage on the Web at the time, but was still unmasked rather quickly.
- One script-format Ranma work needs to be mentioned: John Biles' Putting Your Heart In The Right Place. Nice WAFFic; established some fanon characterizations, most notably Nodoka's. Until 1996, Right Place was considered THE definitive Ranma fanfic.
- Suburban Senshi, a comedy Mega Crossover based mainly on Sailor Moon and bringing in everything from Doctor Who to Sakura Taisen, is an odd case. The regular episodes are written in prose, but it also has a few episodes marketed as "The Movie", written as Script Fic, and plenty of segments of the characters on IRC.
- Shadowjack Watches Sailor Moon takes Sailor Moon and rewrites it episode-by-episode, with the author's own jokes and interpretations (and the occasional recap comic).
- This MST of an Evangelion script fic once, using the script format to give the first chapter's Cliff Hanger that little extra kick.
- Thundermuffin's The Typical Gundam SEED Destiny, which is a parody that can be found on MAHQ's Mechatalk forums. It also includes a couple Gundam00 crossovers, and a parody of the (currently nonexistent) GSD film.
- Evangelion R, written by Maher al-Samkari, is an example of this for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Unfortunately, while well-written in other ways such as character or plot the writer obviously did not know how to write a script.
- This and this are a freaking musical on the Ishvallan War of Extermination.
- A fanfic author over at the MI6 (James Bond) message boards wrote a 116-page script on Timothy Dalton's proposed third Bond film, (adapting some other material too) accessible here.
- A purportedly "leaked" script for The Third Transformers Movie is pretty much a script fic, and a highly illogical one to boot (time travel and G1 altmodes are heavily involved, oy...)
- A Lord of the Rings/Big Brother cross-over used this form. It was popular enough to run several seasons, was posted in episode form and held proper evictions based on reader feedback. Season 1 can be found here.
- Larry Boy And The Little Man Of Purpleness, a Star Wars/Veggie Tales crossover.
- Several fanfics for Scream 5, 6, 7 etc. take this form, including this one. Quite a few of these, interestingly enough, bring back Kirby. And most of them have her survive.
- BHF5 all the way, allowing for tons of meta-humor.
- Scene 24: Johnny Thunder Blows This Taco Stand is written in the formatting of a movie script, complete with directions on lighting and camera angles.
- There is a series of Immortal Iron Fist and Luke Cage fics at Fan Fiction.net that depict the author's ideas for a Heroes For Hire film series that resembles the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Live Action TV
- Millennium Virtual Season Four was an entire season's worth of script fics written after the cancellation of the TV show, and was generally well-received — series star Lance Henriksen even noted that he enjoyed several of them.
- Most MSTs are in script form, due to the way the "theater" segments work. Some writers, however, write the host segments in narrative form and the theater segments in script form.
- Virtual Firefly, written as the "missing" second season of Firefly.
- The very old but still rather good Blackadder: Serpent of the Seven Seas.
- MZ Ptv is one of the largest websites/communities dedicated to original scripted fiction, containing many different virtual seasons, mini-series, webisodes, and movies. The site is run similar to a television network, with pitches and pilots and pickups and development staff, but in a much looser way. Users push themselves to produce quality entertainment, making every possible attempt to be a legitimate format. The community is also a place where amateur and aspiring writers can learn the craft and get feedback on their work at every stage.
- MZPtvFanFic. A separate blog repository for all of MZ Ptv's old fanfiction since they went all-original. The site includes continuations of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Millennium, Doctor Who, Star Trek and a spinoff from Alias.
- The VPN hosts scripted fiction for a number of both original works and virtual continuations.
- Gallifrey Base, the largest Doctor Who forum on the internet, has an extensive subsection devoted to this kind of format. Generally produced in virtual seasons by veteran posters, they most often feature past Doctors continuing on from after their "non-Fanon" deaths. Quality can vary wildly from the not too good to the surprisingly professional.
- An unusual official Script Fic is "The Trials of Tara" by Paul Cornell in the short story collection Decalog 2: Lost Property, which is written as the script to a Shakespeare comedy.
- The "Storytime!" fics in This Time Round have the stories written in script format, with the Look Who's Talking scenes written more conventionally.
- Virtual Mutant is the sister-site of MZP-TV, and contains scripted virtual continuations of Buffy and Angel, as well as spin-offs Faith and Slayer Academy set in the same continuity. It also hosts several "non-MZP continuity" shows set in the Buffyverse.
- Just about every fan fic based on My So-Called Life falls under this category.
- Star Trek: Voyager has The Voyager Virtual Season Project. Dozens of new stories set after the televised finale. If you want the plot in smaller, less-accurate doses they're partnered with Fiveminute.net, so you can read the abridgements over on that site here.
- Xena had the Virtual Subtext Seasons, essentially a continuation of the show with Xena and Gabrielle's relationship as canon. While the quality level wavers, they're not all bad and the format is surprisingly well done (with some exceptions).
- The Forever Knight virtual continuation FK 4 is written in the format of a TV script with more specific details about camera angles and stage directions.
- Power Rangers Take Flight, a hypothetical adaption of Choujin Sentai Jetman (and later, Choujuu Sentai Liveman), is written entirely in script format. Like an actual Power Rangers season, the storylines are even written with the use of Stock Footage from the Super Sentai season in mind.
- Surprised this is still there, but ths is A.A. Pesimal's engaging script-fic based on Father Ted. If you're doing fan-fic episodes of TV series, how the Hell can you NOT do them in script form> This is BASIC! Father Ted And The Army Chaplain. In which Bishop Brennan wishes a fourth priest on Craggy island. Nothing good ever comes of a fourth priest...
- Season 8 Redo is, for all intended purposes, a completely different That '70s Show Season 8(and 9) script that keeps and uses all the original characters (even one-shot characters), keeps on Eric and Kelso, uses the themed bumpers, changes up the car intro every half-season or so, and goes into great detail with old and new scenery. Best of all, NO RANDY!
- Glee The Virtual Season Four is similar to the above and also exactly what it calls itself.
- Most of the stories in the Calvinverse are fake movies or television shows, and while they don't use actual script formatting they all have aspects of their medium: marathon segments, Medium Awareness moments, fake commercials...
- On the other hand, Robert Lamb's Adventures of the nWo B-Team (Internet Archive link, broken formatting) uses the format very well, to keep all the dialog gags coming without a lot of narration getting in the way.
- San Tropez by Breakinglight11 is a Cabin Pressure fan fic designed to be like just another episode of the series, and so is written in audio drama script format. Not only does it fit in with the continuity, the voices of the characters and the style of humor are a very close imitation of how original author John Finnemore writes them.
- The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE, based on Rock Raiders, was written in script format, as was the standard for BZPower comedies. Initially, the first two chapters of Rock Raiders - Legacy were also written in script, but after readers encouraged Primis to start writing in prose instead, all further chapters and installments of the saga were written in prose, and Primis was inspired to rewrite the first two chapters of Legacy in prose and start writing Two Worlds, a ground-up rewrite of The Rock Raiders Meet BIONICLE in prose.
- An odd example is Super Smash Stadium (based on Super Smash Bros.) which actually started out in prose but turned into a Script Fic soon after because of it focused on the fights as though it were a promotion complete with commentary. With its adaptation of Subspace Emissary, it has reverted back to prose.
- And an odd variation in Kingdom Hearts 3, a hypothetical Kingdom Hearts game, written not as a script but rather as a video game walkthrough.
- Hey, Ocarina! Being a "musical", it uses the script format to great effect where lyrics is concerned.
- As well as a nonmusical Ocarina adaptation.
- Brendan Namron: Ace Attorney is written in a style not unlike a transcript of an official Phoenix Wright game (such as this one). The author DOES attempt to open the first case with a prose format, however.
- Phoenixs SSBB Case Files, being the series that inspired the above, naturally uses the same transcript method.
- Fandemonium, due to video games being the closest thing you can get to describing it.