Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fanmade Saturdays: The 3rd Fic Edition

In previous installments, we've taken a look at some neat fanworks.  Fanfiction, from poignant shorts to epic-length novels, can serve a purpose in continuing the fan-following of a series, even when new source material isn't forthcoming.  From fanart to amvs to fanfictions,  the possibilities are endless and allow us to explore the "what-ifs", show extended or missing scenes, and come up with resolutions to questions that are left unanswered by the original works.  So this week we're going to take a look at a couple of works I've found, and try and see where they fit in with fannon and cannon.

I will try to avoid spoilers in this discussion, but please use caution, since the fics may give spoilers as well.

First fic : Times Like These by dear future (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

This fic takes a look at how life would have been for the magical girls if magical girls didn't exist.  Miracles don't happen, but life continues on anyways.  It is an interesting portrayal of how each of the major girls would have ended up if their problems weren't able to be solved by anything other than ordinary means.  It's a little dark, but gives us an interesting view into what the girls could have been like without the influence of Kyubey.  Their struggle is almost more relatable with the "magic factor" removed from their tale.

Second Fic: Good Intentions by Lisse (Fullmetal Alchemist)

A look at life in Shamballa as Edward gets older with his adopted granddaughter.  A school project makes her curious about their history, and Edward begins thinking of a place he hasn't thought of in years.  Amestris isn't a real place, and some of the things Edward has said recently don't make sense.  Is he just getting older, or is there something more to his strange statements?  This short piece is thought provoking, especially on a few topics pertaining to ageing adults.  It gives a nice outsider perspective to things that the reader assumes as common knowledge, but is actually not widely known by the characters.

Third Fic: World Without End by Min Daae (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

Spoilers up through the end of the series.  Shows Suzaku's perspective as he contemplates what Lelouch has asked of him and what will come of it.  He struggles with his internal sense of justice, and worries about what his duty as Lelouch's friend really is.  The future is uncertain, but the cards are in motion, and there is no turning back now.  This piece gives an introspective view into Suzaku's thoughts as the series wraps up, and would make a fascinating companion to the final events of the season.  Suzaku's struggle here is portrayed in an excellent way, and the short length leaves you a sense of unease, as if something is missing or uncertain.  Certainly fitting for this work.

That's it for this week's fic round-up.  I hope you enjoy these short fics.  If you have any fic recs you'd like me to put in the next edition, email us at

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