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The Half-World
"serious criticism of great literature"

The Half-World is a blog originally dedicated to Fan Fic MSTs run by Skepkitty. It used to comprise of awful fanfictions from fandoms such as Invader Zim, Twilight, Harry Potter, and Portal; as well as various other posts (some of which are MSTs in their own right, though not of FanFics). The site, which was started in September 2010 but didn't post any MSTs or attract much attention until early 2011, saw rapid growth in the first two years and now has over 250 chapters of MSTs. Currently, the blog is more focused on reviewing published literature, as Skepkitty has grown and picking on authors that are younger than him has become an issue.

He has taken on these stories: note  (Sorted in order of appearance)

The blog also occasionally features guest MSTs:

Due to his popularity, Skepkitty has also done co-MSTs:

It can be found here.

This website provides examples of:

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  • Applied Phlebotinum:
    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.
    • (From Teen Fortress 2)
    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 you, 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)
    Now, as you can no doubt tell, I am a big fan of Invader Zim. Would I want to go to the IZ world? No, because it sucks. Earth is horrible, everyone is stupid, and the rest of the universe frankly isn’t much better. As much as you might want to go to meet a specific character, the entire cast is mentally unstable if not downright murderous or insane. And she didn’t ask if she could ever come back…
  • 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 Marissa 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!”
    “Thou dost”, not “thou does”. Ye Olde English 101.
    • 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.
  • 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.

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