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Reviews Comments: Implausable but not Terrible How I Became Yours fanfic review by 18 Till I Die

Having read HIBC I was genuinely expecting it to be an unbearable experience...it's not. No, really, don't let then pearl-clutching and hand-wringing fool you, it's not. Does it shit on characterization? A little. Really, I have to say that, never having been a huge fan of ANY Fire Nation character (but Ty Lee, who is my wifey) I really can't honestly say that they're ALL out of character; Zuko is still a creep with good publicity (and abs) and Mai is still an unironic glorification of everything that made Daria unbearable. Aang and Toph are both still sweet, kind individuals, Katara is still an outright hero, Sokka is largely still a horndog lovable asshole, the biggest changes are Azula (COMPLETE character rewrite) and the actions of Mai to some extent but then again all the Fire Nation folks in the series were just Nazi Party: Red China District. Really, would you put it past ANY of those kooks to kill a baby? Before you answer remember that Zuko burns a town down to find the Avatar once, and he's basically the HERO OF THE SERIES.

Except Ty Lee, she's the breast of them...best of them!

Really I think the reason I enjoyed it more than some was, I have no notion of Zuko being heroic or Mai being a sweet innocent victim, so either one doing something horrible like adultery or murder bothers me not one bit. Also, I love soap operas and the whole thing is so lavish and so dramatic and fantastical it either has to be a parody or straight rip of of soap operas, and the signs are all there.

Love child? Check.

Illicit affair? Check.

Tragic miscarriage? Check.

Forbidden PASSIONS? Check dat.

Evil mistress? Check.

Amnesia? Check.

Nurse my beloved back to Health? Check it before you wreck it.

Cheesy dialogue? GEE YA THINK!

May as well call it Dallas: How I Became J.R's! In fact the exact same plot played out on that show, TWICE, in the reboot and the original series. It's been done three times I know of on One Life To Live, and I lost count on General Hospital. If you like soapy drama it won't bother you more than any other canon-annihilating fanfic. There are far worse, far far worse, so give it a chance...and a rest.

Comments

  • LitleWiggle
  • 15th Jul 14
So basically, because you don't like the characters....them being assholes in this is fine.

I doubt that's what you mean to say.... But that's kinda how this comes off.

Though, I don't really care about Mai myself. She's just boooooooring.
  • Pannic
  • 15th Jul 14
Katara is an outright hero

Doesn't she flat-out murder someone in cold blood in this?
  • Robotnik
  • 15th Jul 14
^Didn't that someone poison her unborn baby?
  • Theokal3
  • 15th Jul 14
No offense, but... this is probably one of the least objective reviews I have ever seen.
  • Pannic
  • 15th Jul 14
^^Doesn't make it not murder.
  • Robotnik
  • 15th Jul 14
^If Mai poisoned Katara's baby, then I'm not sympathetic.
  • VeryMelon
  • 15th Jul 14
This was a really disturbing read.
  • qtjinla15
  • 16th Jul 14
Review creator this is a terribly review justifying a terrible wishfic that makes a mockery out of the out of character characters of the Avatar show.
  • 18TillIDie
  • 22nd Jul 14
Reviewer here:

I understand my opinion isn't held by some fans of the show, but frankly, I've seen so many immature, canon-obliterating fanfics I simply can not be upset about this. Characters I like are portrayed in a manner which at least makes them heroic, characters I don't care about get he brunt of the canon-dicking. Ok. Fine by me.

It's not an objective review, but then again its a fanfic, by definition its a horrible defilement of canon and logic. The point I want to make is that, literally, I've heard people say this is the worst possible thing ever, fling death threats at the writer, and take things out of context in ways that, to be frank, betray a level of childishness to say nothing of churlishness on the part of certain people and websites.

I stand by everything I said, and I have no compunction about calling black label bullshit when I see it.
  • Theokal3
  • 22nd Jul 14
It's not an objective review, but then again its a fanfic, by definition its a horrible defilement of canon and logic.

That seems like a very stereotypical view of fanfics.
  • 18TillIDie
  • 24th Jul 14
"That seems like a very stereotypical view of fanfics."

When they stop being that way, I'll stop saying it! j/k

Seriously, by definition a fanfic defies all canon, usually delves deep into fanon (or worse, HEAD-canon) and most disregard logic to achieve some goal. Is that bad? Of course not! Which is my point here—this isn't a BAD fanfic, it's just A fanfic, no different than most Zutara stuff. The reaction from the fanbase—and remember, I'm a huge ATLA fan—is simply childish and deserves to be called out.

Is it silly and rips off numerous soap operas? Yes.

So it's just a regular, old, mildly passe fanfic then. Implausible, but not intolerable.
  • Theokal3
  • 24th Jul 14
I see your point. But thing is, canon isn't always perfect. There have been series where fanfic actually did a better job than canon. Not much, I admit, but still.
  • qtjinla15
  • 24th Jul 14
This is just a terrible fanfic with drawings that make the characters completely OOC. Portraying someone less heroic and then completely defiling canon is two different things.
  • Commonsensus
  • 27th Dec 14
Why are you generalising fanfiction like this? Sure, much of it is crap, but there are good ones and don't deserve to be lumped together with the rest. In fact, much of the quality of fanfiction depends on how closely they follow canon. You might as well stop requiring ny quality in published books because hey, shit like Twilight is popular, so why do we even care? Plus, most of what you said about characterisation is extremely inaccurate: I have seen no canon evidence of Zuko being a creep or a villain with good publicity- more the contrary, in fact- and Katara has more in her character than being heroic. May is hardly a "glorification" of anything and her moodiness and nihilism are shown to stem from deep emotional problems. Lastly, describing Toph as "sweet and kind" makes me doubt that you have ever watced the show. She was very clearly and unsubtly a headstrong tomboy, contrary to her portrayal in this fancomic. I'm not usually one to nitpick, but this is pretty basic and I just can't compehend how anyone could watch the show and miss it.
  • qtjinla15
  • 27th Dec 14
Its obvious, neither the reviewer or the comic maker actually watched the show. They just went onto avatarpedia or something. Anyone who thinks Toph is sweet and kind and not a Tomboy is blowing smoke out of their rear ends.
  • LordZoroark
  • 13th Jul 15
Twenty bucks says that the Comic Writer wrote this. This is atrocious, pure slander.
  • Beacon80
  • 12th Apr 18
Nah, 18 Till I Die can at least spell. He\'s still wrong about anybody being remotely in character, though.
  • Valiona
  • 13th Apr 18
The problem with Zuko\'s characterization in How I Became Yours is that he\'s supposed to be seen as sympathetic, even when he throws Mai to the ground in a fit of rage. You could argue that Mai is a morally gray individual who cares more about Zuko than about doing the right thing, but nothing in canon would suggest that she\'d ever go this far.

There are plenty of other flaws with this fanfic, even apart from the way the Fire Nation cast is portrayed (admittedly, since the characters play a large role in the fic, the problems are that much more detrimental to the overall quality). The art is poorly drawn and often blatantly traced from other sources, including the show itself. The dialogue can be ham-fisted and melodramatic, even when it doesn\'t have glaring spelling and grammar mistakes- most infamously, \"chard monster\". The author\'s personal desires dictate story and character developments, from Azula becoming a completely different person after losing her memory to Suki and Sokka breaking up so that he can hook up with Azula.

If anything, the author\'s inability to write Zuko or Mai well isn\'t the only problem with the fic, but is also representative of her deficiencies as a writer, so even if you excuse those away, HIBY is still terrible.
  • catmuto
  • 26th Apr 18
I have to agree with your review. Maybe it\'s because I look at this with the eyes of someone who... doesn\'t really care much for The Last Airbender, nor am I a person who gets really uptight about shipping. When reading HIBC, I just thought... oh yeah. It\'s totally cheesy, dumb, has horrible dialogue, is full of Plot-Contriving drama... and that\'s it.

I wouldn\'t call it good. And some of the actions the characters (supposed \'heroes\') pull off are absolutely not okay at all. Stolen, traced images. Yeah, it\'s an obvious wish-fulfillment. And it\'s badly written... but hey, I have not been able to find many wish-fulfillment stories for canon series that doesn\'t involve it being badly written, changing characters into what they are not, and otherwise bending canon in a way so it goes with their wish-fulfillment. That\'s the whole point of that type of story.

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