After being asked to trope it and scouring the text for tropes, I'd like to recommend the Yugioh The Abridged Series
fanfic, Decks Fall, Everyone Dies
Now, most people probably don't even care about Moulin Rouge after 2003 (I certainly didn't think about it until I read this story), but this isn't just a change-the-names, add different songs, run-of-the-mill Film Fic
. You might not even have to see the film to understand it (all I did to trope it was look at the tvtropes and Wikipedia pages).
This person not only seems to be trying to fix the plot errors in Moulin Rouge, but they've actually adapted the plot to the Yu-Gi-Oh universe (well, the abridged universe, anyway). And
they've made it more about the political events than some boring old romance (but the politics are based on card/dice games). And
they've written their own filk/parody songs that actually relate to the plots events, instead of ripping off other songs. And
I think they actually succeeded in making it funny (or, sparingly using references to the Abridged series to supplement the humor). And I think it actually makes sense, which would be hard to do with a story like this.
They even found a way to add depth to the Duke's character. In the movie, he was just a 2D cartoon villain, but here, he actually seems to have some sort of reason to his actions and background (as much background as you can have when you're in a fic based on a gag dub, anyway).
I haven't watched much Yu-Gi-Oh lately, but the characters' personalities seemed consistent, so that's a good sign.
I don't know if it's True Art, but it's worth at least a try.
edited 15th Feb '12 11:32:18 AM by NomadicLurker
Nothing to see here.