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Trollfics vs. Terrible Fanfiction:
Mr. ShoggothAhoy hoy. So, I've been thinking: has anyone here read a story lately that they had to invoke Poe's Law on? I've been reading through some of the more infamous ones (like Naruto Vengeance Revalations) and I'm convinced that one can't be real, because there's several subtle shout-outs to other media. Then there's this gem: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7232788/1/bBATMAN_b_bVS_b_bTWILIGHT_b So, how's it? Which stories you've read do you think are genuinely terrible as opposed to deliberately so?
Shadowed PhilosopherAt a certain level of terribleness the point becomes moot. My Immortal, for instance—I really couldn't care less if whoever-she-is is actually just a terrible writer, or is trolling the entire universe. It's equally hilarious either way.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
watching down on usThis. A trollfic that isn't funny is just terrible fanfiction.
edited 17th Nov '11 6:41:35 PM by annebeeche
Banned entirely for telling FE that he was being rude and not contributing to the discussion. I shall watch down from the goon heavens.
Who you are does not matter.My comment about the failure of stealth parody should make this clear.
Mr. ShoggothI'm almost tempted to write a few of them, after reading Thirty H's and some genuinely funny crack fics. Then again, acting stupid is far harder than actually being stupid in the first place.
Fuzzy Orange DoomsayerThere's a third choice, between intentionally bad and unintentionally bad—the author can be unintentionally bad at being intentionally bad. For instance, I've heard there was a writer who read a bunch of unintentionally bad fanfics in which Harry Potter spoke in American slang. He attempted to parody this with a story called "Harry Potter is a Wigger, " but the story itself was quite badly written. (Then again, I've never been able to track down this story, so I can't prove it actually exists.)
That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
Whether it exists or not, that's an excellent point - attempts at being bad can be genuinely bad.
I've had the exact same thought, too; I think that someone who can make a classic trollfic (in the vein of My Immortal, not Agony In Pink) should be recognized for their talents.
Occasionally SmartWell the writer got one thing right at least:
The ploice couldn't catch him because he was batman
He's like fire and ice and rage. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time. Rory punched him in the face.
Mr. ShoggothDon't forget using his leg muscles to run away. Normal people don't use them.
Shadowed PhilosopherI have to say, that's rather hysterical.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
Mr. ShoggothThis just reminded me of Wesker The Idiot. Back in the day, funniest thing ever. Nowadays, I know about Terry Pratchett, so it's not quite as funny. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2309597/1/Wesker_the_Idiot
edited 18th Nov '11 2:53:42 PM by JoaquinDawley
Thunder, Perfect MindEven genuinely Horrible things have their merits, in terms of potential mockery. But the line is indeed thin and pale.
Mr. ShoggothThat Shinji's Nightmare Cataclysm... someone should link the MST'ing that got done of it, because it's seriously funny. Almost prevents reading the story being a complete waste of time. And some words of wisdom: "paintings are dumb because theres no speesh bubbles"
Joining the Team.docI dunno. What would this count as?
Teens dress as Batman to catch pedophiles; cops not impressed
Mr. ShoggothFunny. =P
Rainbows hurt.I think these days, we get a lot of copycat killers. I mean that in the sense that a few fanfics (which may or may not be legit in their awful nature/sheer WTF-ness) became legendary and people want that same notoriety. Fame < Infamy.
edited 18th Nov '11 9:37:35 PM by PancakeMckennz
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Dirty CommunistEgads! Why? http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7641809/1/The_Pony_Versus_England_Case
Well, shoot my blistered corpse and call me a collarbone.
I am making sense!I haven't read the whole thing but I can't see how My Immortal could possibly be real. Beyond simply being crappy it seems too on-the-nose somehow, like somebody went down a checklist of stuff that usually goes wrong and hit all of it. The Eye of Argon is a more convincing kind of suck, where it manages to get some stuff slightly right but then makes mistakes that never would have occurred to a normal person (this is the challenge of doing stupid on purpose).
Except [condescending response follows]. Because [sarcasm here]. You do understand [snark], right? POTHOLE TO SARCASM MODE
Who you are does not matter.Poe's Law really expresses why trollfics seem counterproductive to me.
Thirty Sue Pileup, and a Crack Fic plot, which is what all the imitators seem to take away from My Immortal and Half-Life: Full Life Consequences. I myself personally find the work of Sue Mary(who legitimately is a troll) to be much more on the So Bad, It's Horrible side then So Bad, It's Good.
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