YMMV: The Legend of Total Drama Island
- Author's Saving Throw: The first Boney Island challenge has a downplayed example. Chris was supposed to warn the contestants during the challenge briefing (as per canon) that a curse would befall anyone who took anything from the First Nations burial ground located there. For whatever reason, the author forgot to include that bit, and didn't discover the oversight until well after posting the chapter. Rather than go back and quietly revise the scene, the author wrote a scene for the following chapter wherein one contestant who happens to know the legend warns another contestant who has innocently picked up an artifact from the area. This approach had the advantage of giving the resident motor mouth another monologue.
- Bizarro Episode: The Seventeenth Night chapter of this mostly realistic story heavily features the supernatural. The fabled Boney Island curse turns out to be real; a wendigo is lurking in the camp; and not one, but two Magical Girls note strut their stuff. Dawn note works high sorcery, including a fairly elaborate magical ritual, sings a Gilbert & Sullivan patter song (from The Sorcerer, naturally) and essentially acts out an entire Gilbert & Sullivan scene. note Ella, canonically a Disney Princess parody, is introduced, and her songs have explicitly magical effects in addition to the canonical one of taming animals. Her singing can even make Heather and Leshawna get along!
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Sadie quickly became an audience favorite, and appears to be the story's most popular character who wasn't a major character in the canonical first season.
- The sheer amount of the He's Just Hiding reaction pertaining to a certain challenge victim makes it wholly apparent how much the reader base enjoyed their brief presence.
- He's Just Hiding: This was a widespread reader reaction to a certain contestant being apparently killed in a challenge accident. Not surprising, considering that there was no visible blood and the victim's body was not recovered.
- Pandering to the Base: The author has acknowledged that Sadie has gotten several additional scenes because reader response to her portrayal was so overwhelmingly positive, and that the Lindsay/Justin ("Lustin") pairing has also gotten some additional play due to favorable reader response.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In the canon, Sadie was one-dimensional, little used and widely disliked. In the reimagining, she proved popular enough to get a significantly higher profile than the author originally planned.
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