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serious criticism of great literature
The Half-World is a blog primarily for
Fan Fic MSTs
. It comprises of awful
from fandoms such as
; as well as various other posts (some of which are
in their own right, though not of
). The site, which was started in September 2010 but didn't post any
or attract much attention until early 2011, is quickly expanding and now has over 200 chapters of
He has MSTed these stories:
(Sorted in order of
The blog also occasionally features guest
Due to his popularity, Skepkitty has also done co-MSTs:
It can be found
here. This website provides examples of:
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Berserk Button: Many, many, things that show up in the fanfictions are these to Skepkitty. Big "NO!": (From It's My Life)
OH GOD NO
Blatant Lies: (From Invader Bre-Z: Day Out) gaz-yea sure whatever(turns around and see’s tak )tak tak-gaz Meadow: This is some of the best dialogue known to man. Also, the blog's new tagline.
a blog full of serious criticism of great literature
Catch Phrase: HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE
Sorry. Does "hate" still look like a word to you?
HATE. LET ME TELL YOU HOW MUCH I’VE COME TO HATE YOUR STORY
SINCE I BEGAN TO MST IT. THERE ARE BETWEEN 80 AND 120 BILLION NEURONS, ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, THAT FILL MY BRAIN. IF THE WORD HATE WAS ENGRAVED ON EACH NANOANGSTROM OF THOSE TENS OF BILLIONS OF NEURONS IT WOULD NOT EQUAL ONE ONE-BILLIONTH OF THE HATE I FEEL FOR YOUR STORY AT THIS MICRO-INSTANT. FOR YOU. HATE. HATE.
THE. PLOT. THICKENS. JOY JOY JOY JOY JOY JOY "You have no idea how much x delights me." (In response to a nonsensical statement) Got it. It just makes so… much… sense. It. Sporks. Itself. Department of Redundancy Department: Redundancy is practically a Running Gag on The Half-World, given how often it happens in the FanFics (which is always pointed out by Skepkitty). The MSTs occasionally contain redundancy as well:
And here’s another stupid chapter of the stupid fanfiction
, which is stupid.
Detractor Nickname: Invader Cakez, author of "Grazie the Beautiful New Girl", is almost always referred to by Skepkitty as "Invader The-Cakez-Is-A-Lie". Five Second Foreshadowing: Skepkitty helps us out with the revelation in Love Knows No Race.
Really really really bad feelings Heel-Face Turn: Invader Cakez, originally the author of two of the fics subject to MSTing here, by May 2012 has become a hater of badfics herself. I Do Not Own: (From Book One) Justified, as an e-book is only one step away from a published book, which could earn money. Horrible Fanfiction #1 begins with "No, I didn't write it, okay?". However, one MST gives this: (From Teen Fortress 2) [...] THEN I REMBERED THE BLOOG BOUT HAF WORLDS WAS LIKE INVADER ZEN SO I PUT GAS IN TO SEE HOW SHE LICKS SAYIN STUFF BOUT YUR CHARS LIKE HOW SHE SAID SCOT MOLEST/RAPED KATTY!)
I like the idea that Gaz is somehow “my” character.
Incredibly Lame Pun: Sometimes in the FanFics (which always leads to much Facepalming), sometimes in the MSTs. Butt the worst thing was who the ppl who were shot in the dream where……………………… Lucian and Serious!111
In Joke: "...and there was ____, looking extremely fucking hot." (Based on a line from My Immortal) " Still a better love story/fanfic than Love Knows No Race." Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: A comment on Zim Born Again, noting that Zim was literally born again, not converted to Christianity, has led MarissaTheWriter into writing a fanfic " Invader Zim: Born Again Christian". It was promptly MSTed. Orwellian Retcon: While usually against changes in his published MSTs when a mistake is pointed out, in the MST of Chapter 7 of Teen Fortress 2 Skepkitty actually did that. As a general rule, if the mistake is a minor one it's corrected. If the mistake was a bigger part of the MST a note is added. During the summer of 2013, Skepkitty went through some of his old MSTs and edited them, mainly to remove Portal and Portal 2 references. Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Used when the Catch Phrase "It. Sporks. Itself." is present, and many other times as well. Rapid Fire No: (From Love Knows No Race) no no no no no no
THIS ISN’T HAPPENING no no no no THE AUTHOR DID NOT JUST IMPLY THAT
ZIM AND DIB ARE BROTHERS AND THE CHILDREN OF THE ALMIGHTY TALLEST
no no no no no no no no no NO
Rouge Angles of Satin: In response to comments by MarissaTheWriter:
Maybe I really
change the tagline. “THE HALF-WORLD, a bloog bout haf worlds which is like
In fact, the tagline was changed to "a bloog bout haf worlds which is like Invader Zen" for a week. Running Gag: Dib taking people to carnivals. Specific to the Zim's Future MST: Gaz throwing people (mostly Zim) into puddles. Sarcasm Mode: From the Love Knows No Race MST:
OKAY! I’m gonna explain a few things… I know it’s going really fast, but that’s only because the rest of the story is going to go really slow.
Oh, fantastic. /sarcasm
Shipper on Deck: Tara/Raven
is the best pairing and you must ship it now.
Shout-Out: "SIR/MADAM, I DOUBT THE VERISIMILITUDE OF YOUR..." is a Shout-Out to Topless Robot. As is HATE HATE HATE, but The Half-World actually uses that more than Topless Robot does. And "WELL, THIS AMAZING PLAN CAN'T POSSIBLY FAIL." Symbol Swearing: For a while, but then Skepkitty gave up; mainly because the FanFics he was MSTing tended to use more language/mature content ( My Immortal, for example), and thus the posts were going to be NSFW anyway. TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary: There are many, many references to tropes on the site. Unusual Chapter Numbers: The MSTs have five separate counters: Horrible Fanfiction, guest MSTs, My Immortal, Surviving Middle School at Aperture Science and Author's Requests. Hence, Skepkitty acknowledged both the 100th MST and the 100th HFF. RingmasterJ5's MST of Half Humans, as it's only on the book and not on the blog, doesn't get a number, and is known as "guest MST #?".
Since when did Ebony have a camera?
Costume Porn: Many of the fanfics, particularly those featuring a Mary Sue, are prone to this. Crossover: My Immortal, It's My Life and Me in Invader Zim? Oh Kami. Department of Redundancy Department: Happens constantly in the FanFics on the site, and is made fun of whenever it happens.
Dumbldore yelled at them but they didn’t stop. All of a sudden…… a terrible man with red eyes and no nose flew in on his broomstick. He had no nose and was wearing a gray robe.
Wait, so did he have a nose?
(From Grazie the Beautiful New Girl)
“A diary…” I was walking home from Skool when I tripped over the Diary.
Well, now we know where Grazie is from. She’s from the Department of Redundancy Department.
This is the new studant hes new.
The new student is new? No points for guessing that all these guys passed their Redundancy classes of redundancy. They probably got A’s.
Exposition Beam Fandom Specific Plot: Many of the FanFics MSTed on the site. Forgotten Phlebotinum: In many instances. See Gratuitous German below. Gratuitous Foreign Language: German: (From Grazie the Beautiful New Girl)
“Hallo, mein Name ist Grazie, ich freue mich darauf, Sie kennen zu allen! Ach ja, und Frau Bitter ist ein horribe Lehrer und hat keine Ahnung, was ich sage, so HA! Toodles!”
According to Babelfish, that means: “Hello, my name is Grazie, I looks forward to it, you knows to all! Oh, and Mrs. Bitter is not a horrible teacher and has notion, which I say, so HA! Toodles!” I would suspect that what she meant is “Hello, my name is Grazie, I look forward to meeting you all! Oh, and Ms. Bitters is a horrible teacher and has no idea what I’m saying, so HA! Toodles!”
I can’t explain the “Toodles!”
Reminder, again: Everyone but Zim thinks Grazie can only speak German. It was part of her cover. I guess we’re just tossing that out the window now.
“Ähm, Entschuldigung! Kein Englisch!” I turned around. Dib was standing right behind me.
You dropped the German act back in chapter 1, and now you’re digging it up again after Dib’s already heard you speak English several times?
You’re an IDIOT. Not that I mind idiots terribly, but the author seems to think you’re a genius. God, I hate her. And I hate you too.
Japanese: My Immortal and Me in Invader Zim? Oh Kami. Skepkitty had to be told what "kami" means, because he didn't know that. . note Incest Is Relative: Love Knows No Race practically runs on incest. Red/Purple, then Zim/Dib (Red and Purple's kids), and then Purple/Sek (Zim and Dib's kid). Though, Zim/Dib is actually incest (in the fic, as they're twins), Ho Yay (complete with M Preg) and Foe Yay (in the canon) in one place. Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Grazie's prank in Grazie The Beautiful New Girl was an air-cannon rigged cookie basket left on Zim's doorstep. Grazie filmed it and put it up on YouTube, under the name DEATH BY COOKIES. Lost Forever: Often Skepkitty will MST fics that end up being deleted from FanFiction.Net, My Immortal was removed even before Skepkitty was active, and Me In Invader Zim Oh Kami was removed while it was in progress and Skepkitty was MSTing it, leading to him officially acknowledging the loss. Invader Cakez removed the Grazie saga because Skepkitty MSTed it. Then there was the badfic purge by two different critic groups on FF.Net. Mythology Gag: In the universe of Invader Zim: Born Again Christian, the plot of It's My Life replaced Portal 2. Also from Invader Zim: Born Again Christian, both Skepkitty and the reviews pointed out the "former" relationship between Gaz and Demoman. Rouge Angles of Satin: All. The. Time. (From Half Irkens) Then we started our normal Saturday retain (a/n I suck at spelling). Self-Insert Fic: What many fanfictions that Skepkitty features is based around. It also counts as a Berserk Button for him. (From Grazie the Beautiful New Girl)
Allow me to rant here: you should never base a character on yourself. It just sets you up for viewing the character as you, rather than as a tool with which to write a story, and then you become attached and don’t want to make anything bad happen to the character because that’s
, and you also don’t want to show the character’s bad side because you’d like to present yourself in the best light, and before you know it you’ve turned your character into a
Sue. (From Me in Invader Zim? Oh Kami) Surprise Incest: Shows up everywhere in Love Knows No Race. UpsidePickle: All in all, incest, incest COMBO x2!!, incest TO THE SECOND POWER. Ur Example: Love Knows No Race was actually written in 2002, inciting Skepkitty to point something out...
I was going to suggest that
try to get a part in this, but then I realized that this story was written in 2002. Since it’s such an old Zimfic, maybe, instead of just borrowing every Zimfic cliché in the book, the author helped invent those clichés, which makes it worse in a way.
Which also makes it older than My Immortal, which by The Half-World's present day (2012) had become a badfic classic. Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: (From My Immortal)
“Thou must!” he yelled. “If thou does not, then I shall kill thy beloved Draco!” Invader Zim: Born Again Christian also has a few lines in Ye Olde Englishe.
Other Blog Tropes
One of Us: Skepkitty constantly references this site and has his own Troper page. And he helps edit this page sometimes. note He also, once his My Immortal MST got to the "Hajimemashite gurl." part, almost directly quoted TV Tropes on the matter. Review: A few non-MST reviews of fanfics have appeared. Listed here. Word Salad Title: The title comes from a phrase in Skepkitty's family:
The site’s name comes from a phrase my mom uses sometimes; when I’m spacing out, she'll say “You’re staring into the half-world”. When I was trying to come up with a good name for the site, this was the only name that stuck. It’s rather appropriate for a blog filled with the kind of stuff I think about when spacing out.