Yeah, I think you hit the nail on the head, the author cannibalizes the Eva cast because it gives him more visibility. Though it's not like there's a single original thing in the fic anyways.
Which, this is kind of off topic but it just annoys me about a lot of fanfics in general, both Eva and otherwise. This focus on trying to shove as many tropes and nerd references and generic "awesome" things as possible and Nobody Dies is the nadir of that mindset.
Shout Outs are all well and good and can be fun, but when that's ALL your story is about, when about half the dialog are quotes from other sources, when your characterization is basically "Like this character.", it just makes the story feel hollow.
And as others have said, it's not like the references are used in particularly p clever manner, it's just "Hey I'm aware of this nerd thing" so the reader can pat themselves on the back for getting it.
Thrown in the fact that every character is HERP DERP BADASS MOTHERFUCKER and it's just ugggh. Like I love Crazy Awesome
over the top stuff like Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
or Batman Brave And The Bold
, but those show's are able to be so without trying as hard and do their shout outs in dynamic and interesting ways, along with coming up with their own ideas. Where in Nobody Dies, the more OMGSOAWESOME the author tries to make his world, the more mundane it actually feels.
Err I could probably go on about this but this post is long and off topic enough as it is. Just a trend that's been bugging me. :/ *Get's off soap box*
edited 30th Nov '11 4:37:15 AM by Firestorm