Share Your Orwellian Edits!:

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1 Durazno18th Mar 2011 12:35:22 PM from Academia , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
All business!
(Holy crap am I ever a windbag. When you post yours, you don't have to be as long as me, of course.)

Philosophies differ as to when it's a good idea to alter a story (original or fanfic) you've already posted, and whether you should acknowledge it. Personally, I try to avoid it, unless I notice a typo or seriously glaring flaw, as sometimes happens even with editors. It seems unsporting, and if I let myself, I'd be constantly re-editing old stories and never writing anything new.

But then there are times that changing an old story seems not only appropriate, but necessary. I've made two such edits fairly recently:
1) Six years ago, in working on a Godzilla/Azumanga Daioh story that's recommended here, I decided I was annoyed with a trend in fanfiction at the time, and had a character get mad about people from their old school treating "the Sakaki thing" as Kaorin's one defining trait in spite of not knowing anything else about her or even if she was actually gay. (That last bit's changed with the newer strips, I suppose.) It wasn't the yuri that bothered me, it was the torrent of stories where Karoi's whole characterization could be boiled down to "yaay we have a character who can have wild sex with/creepily stalk the others and remain canon compliant!" (I have nothing against you like such stories. This is an "at the time" thing.)

I realized much later that the scene was worded in such a way as to make accusations of lesbianism sound like some kind of mortal insult, which was not my intention even a little bit. I changed the character's complaint to make it more clear, and removed an idiotic and insensitive joke about an asylum while I was at it. I'd say the change amounts to about six scattered clauses and three sentences replaced.

Courtesy link to the start of that trilogy. (edit here)

2)Four years ago, I posted a goofy Harry Potter fic about Luna Lovegood being an unconventional sort of Auror. It was a modest success, but not my best work, especially with the "interrogating a vampire with a miniature false sun" scene.

Being reminded of it recently, I was appalled at past me - not only does the (thankfully brief) scene portray torture as effective, but the interrogator was a pained and apologetic Luna freaking Lovegood. What the hell was I thinking? I swapped out a few sentences and now the story merely flouts canon instead of defiling it (too badly.)

Courtesy link.
Now that I think about it, I guess announcing them here kind of defeats their Orwellian-ness, doesn't it? At any rate, let's hear yours! What did you change, and when, and how, and why? Don't forget to link the stories in question!

edited 18th Mar '11 12:36:22 PM by Durazno

2 nrjxll18th Mar 2011 01:07:13 PM , Relationship Status: Not war
I do not, have not, and will never write a Harry Potter Crack Fic where Albus Dumbledore is an Evil Chancellor and Bill Weasley is a costumed adventurer.

No link available, as I never posted it online (preemptive Orwellian editing, perhaps?). I still consider it Actually Pretty Funny, but when one of my own works provokes What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? as a reaction, I probably should never have written the thing.

edited 18th Mar '11 1:08:05 PM by nrjxll

It's easy, mmkay?
Does it count if we didn't delete it so much as leave it up, stop following that community, and never talk about it again?

If so, I would like to share the story of my Jimmy Neutron Dark Fic, which included, among other things, a future Timmy Turner as a time-travelling mass-murdering pedo/ephebophile obsessed with raping Cindy as a teenager, Carl and Sheen being nearly executed by a Kangaroo Court for pirating episodes of Ultralord, and Betty being murdered by aliens in a meat grinder (no, it wasn't Die for Our Ship, I just wanted something really sad. I have a feeling the opposing ships took their own pleasure in it, though).

edited 18th Mar '11 10:39:22 PM by PDown

At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
4 Durazno18th Mar 2011 10:40:46 PM from Academia , Relationship Status: Drift compatible
All business!
Hmm... maybe I should have made this a general Old Shame thread?
5 snowfoxofdeath18th Mar 2011 10:42:17 PM from San Francisco Suburb
Thou errant flap-dragon!
I'd share them, but I'm such an extreme Orwellian Editor that I have even removed them from my own memory.

But I do know that I was the master of creating Mary Sues.

edited 18th Mar '11 10:42:30 PM by snowfoxofdeath

It's easy, mmkay?
Also, when I was a kid, I wrote this superhero story that had:

edited 18th Mar '11 10:49:02 PM by PDown

At first I didn't realize I needed all this stuff...
...starring Adam Sandler?!
My current series (A teen comedy) started as almost surreal and very cartoonish; as the series progressed, it became a little more down to earth: it is still crazier than the average, BUT I had to go back and retcoon several things that now seem out of place, among them, a joke about a rain of sausages...It Makes Sense in Context...or well, maybe not...

edited 19th Mar '11 2:31:22 PM by Anthony_H

The system doesn't know you right now, so no post button for you.
You need to Get Known to get one of those.

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