Reviews: A Matter Of Honor
Told in Toph's point of view, A Matter of Honor is clever, well-written and hilarious. Worth your time.
i have to say this is a thoroughly entertaining piece. it's my go-to fanfic when i want to read something AtLA, simply because it's hilarious and at the same time thoroughly heartwarming. it's not the most poetic or introspective writing, certainly (the narration comes from toph's PoV, after all). it rather bothered me that many scenes depended almost exclusively on the dialogue, and didn't have suitable accompanying description. it also drags at parts— the avatarverse is certainly fantastic, but i admit i skipped most of the parts where the gods made their appearance, i found them too much and not very interesting (except whenever agni and the fish interacted with zuko and sokka. you don't want to skips those parts, they're absolutely hilarious!) and el tuerto, which i just found completely out of place. also, some characters (katara springs to mind) felt very OOC at parts. but even with all of this, it's clear that adridere knows how to work the relationships between the Nakama (not only the couples, the relationship between the girls, and between the guys as well) in a way that is engaging, which i absolutely loved. all of them get their whatever changes she made to the characters' personalities makes sense when it's explained, and seriously, this story is HILARIOUS. it knows how to be silly without being ridiculous, and the fact that we're seeing it all from toph's... uh, feet (LOL), with her sarcastic remarks and her irreverent nicknaming and her Genre Savvy, makes it completely awesome. if you're looking for zutara, it sorta gets hijacked by toph, but you'll find little moments in the fic that will sate your thirst for them. definitely recommended!
A spectacular and hilarious story told primarily from Toph's POV with a good start, decent middle, and kickass final act. All of the Gaang are strongly presented, with Toph's characterization being spot-on with her sarcasm, combative nature, and strong-willed independence. The story initially starts off as a Zuko/Katara fic being told from Toph's perspective, which unsurprisingly results in her particulary brand of wit and bluntness being applied to the romance, but as the story progresses it steadily becomes a Toph/Aang plot. Commendable for its mature approach to the canon pairings, as the relationship between Aang and Katara and how it conflicts with the other romances forms a major part of the plot, and none of the romances start suddenly or abruptly; there's plenty of development and build-up, and in the later parts of the story the romances are particularly strong and believable, especially when Toph and Aang start butting heads. Also worth noting is that the humor is very mature, and sexual themes abound (the Gaang are in their late teens, after all), but it never descends into anything crass or explicit. On the negative side, the story does start to drag in the middle - the trip to the Spirit World is in my opinion the weakest part of the plot - and the author isn't a native English speaker, so there are some grammatical errors. A few of the minor characters are a bit OC, and Earth King Kuei feels a bit too manipulative and dastardly for me, but he's still mostly in-character. Overall, an excellent shipping fic, especially if you like mature humor, Zutara, or Taang, with a solid plot and extremely good characterization, particularly of Toph.