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Sometimes fanfics disappear offline. They're deleted by the author, they're deleted by the website, the servers or bandwidth dies, etc. Very few of these fanfics are downloaded elsewhere, so Keep Circulating the Tapes is rare.
So, what fics do you like that have disappeared?
Unstable Equilibrium was my favorite equalist!Asami fic for The Legend of Korra, but the writer deleted it after 30+ chapters. Someone has copies since it was uploaded to Archive of Our Own, only to be deleted again a few weeks later.
Edited by Pichu-kun on Aug 22nd 2019 at 10:02:52 AM
I got two (which sadly don't have Trope works here), both of which were by the same author.
Over and Over Again was a Persona 3 fic where, due to a bit of a hiccup in time, Minato's day keeps repeating. So he ends up exploring various possibilities as to what he can get away with during this one-day time loop. Definitely had a few good laughs in this one.
Reload is a sequel to the above-mentioned fic, where Minato, freed from his duty as the Great Seal, is sent back to Iwatodai to properly seal the 12 Arcana Shadows and prevent the Fall. Older!Minato works his way back into SEES, and actively works to help guide his younger self.
There was a Princess Lover fanfic I like that was a Yuri story between the two main princesses of the game. Then one day, the author suddenly deleted it along with other Yuri fanfics he wrote.
He later explained in a post that revealed why he deleted them; He had a girlfriend who was a Conservative Christian who didn't like his Yuri fanfics due to her beliefs and demanded he deleted them which he did. Long story short, things didn't work out for them so they broke up and he's back writing fanfics but he couldn't bring back his old Yuri fanfics since he didn't save backup copies.
From what I've heard, Unstable Equilibrium was deleted for similar reasons. The writer became religious and didn't like her stories about same-gender romances, so she deleted them.
I found this one Frozen fan fic that even has a trope page on here called Frozen A Dark Retelling, which basically retold the movie but with added elements to expand on certain things, getting rid of Olaf, and more character development. I really liked it and was halfway through the fic until it suddenly got deleted with no rhyme or reason. It's a shame, because I really wanted to read the rest of it, and it was genuinely good!
There was also this really dark, gripping Lucky Star fan fic called Bonds, which is about the girls and everyone in their school having to deal with a school shooting caused by a girl who had been bullied. Again, I was only halfway through finishing the fic until it got deleted. But it was really sad and well written and really good. I really wanted to read the rest of it.
There was a really cute Zootopia fanfic called "Love Is a Chemical Reaction" about Chief Bogo and Clawhauser starting a relationship following the latter's removal from the front desk, but sadly the author cut it short and eventually deleted it.
Years ago, the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons fan-sites HM Farm and Ranch Story had a bunch of fics. I used to read the latter's a lot. However, one day they revamped the site and removed all the fics. I don't remember any but I remember being disappointed. I've never liked their new layout anyway.
Over ten years ago I read a nice (or at least, I thought it was nice at the time) Misao/Ayano fanfic where the two are in a Secret Relationship. I've tried looking for it but it seems to have been removed.
Edited by Pichu-kun on Aug 24th 2019 at 12:51:34 PM
There was this Merlin fanfic I read years ago called "Circle of Magic" or something like that.
I really liked it because of the premise.
It's set in S2/S3 and basically there's this grand magical summit on the Isle of the Blessed that Merlin is chosen to mediate to decide what magic users should do about Camelot.
But both Arthur and Morgana also sneak into it as well. So it ends up a story about the secrets between the three of them slowly coming out as they work together to ensure the more moderate faction wins the support.
The thing is though, I managed to find it years later in a dump of FFN stories. And it really didn't hold up.
My memories absolutely made it seem better than it was in hindsight.
Edited by 32ndfreeze on Aug 24th 2019 at 5:59:47 AM
I remember a Dark Fic for Ed, Edd n Eddy , how Edd snaps and...things take for a very dark turn.
It doesn't portray Then Let Me Be Evil in any good, positive way at all. Edd's been pushed so far he... urgh.
I remember the end, when some black corruption started consuming everything. It's been almost a decade since I read it tho
Edited by Dhiruxide on Aug 24th 2019 at 2:56:36 PM
The nice thing about the MLP fandom is that even though fics do get deleted all teh time by leaving authors, they're backed up quite extensively. The Fimfiction Archive does total backups of teh site every couple of months, and FIMFetch keeps ahold of it all for browsing later, even deleted fics can be seen.
That said, there have been too many deleted fics to count that I've liked before they were gone.
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