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2011 Review of the Year

Welcome to the 2011 Review of the Year

Hosted by your very own Fanon Review Squad

Welcome users, young and old, new and experienced, fanon writers and passersby, to the Fanon Review Squad's first annual Review of the Year - a fanonical analysis of the whole fanon portal from what we've looked at since founding the user group earlier in the year, complete with story awards a bit farther down the page.
Tips and Hints from the Founder
When I, BlackMonkey, founded the Fanon Review Squad in late August, I was hesitant and afraid the idea wouldn't be received well. Now, about 50 reviews later, I'm glad I did it and really think I helped the fanonical community by doing so. For quite some time now I've been making and editing a list of my top tips for aspiring fanon writers, and after my career as the leader of the Fanon Review Squad, I've finished them, and present these fanonical tips to you with pleasure:
  1. Have a good story. I don't mean a super advanced 90 chapter long sort of thing, but it still needs to be unique and thought out. No badguys trying to "take over the world" because they feel like it. Plan it out. The more complex, the better.
  2. Always have an antagonist. Are there badguys in this story? Or is it just Team Avatar adventuring and learning? It's best if you can intertwine multiple antagonists intricately with your plot and backstory.
  3. When something can get wrong, make it go wrong. The main characters should always have the hardest time possible to win. Sometimes, people will give them trouble, other times, they should make trouble trying to fix things.
  4. Make break scenes. Your fanon shouldn't be battle after battle until the very end. You need time for your characters to recover. Make sure your story flows.
  5. Do your characters struggle? Or are they just heroes who want to be heroes because they want to be heroes? You need an inside struggle, a moral struggle for your goodguys. What inside mixed feelings does your character conflict with when he tries to accomplish his goals?

I think all of those can be incorporated into everything we grade fanons in, and I hope they helped you all.

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The Fanon Journey
When I, Bahjy1, joined the wiki, I was just finished from watching the finale of the series. When I started my journey, I felt like "yeah, I'll just edit some pages to return the favor" and blah blah blah... But the pages were 100% perfect and had nothing to edit. So I met some new people and then decided to write my fanon, Next Generations.

And what a year it was! I finished my first book, I joined the amazing user group, and the more important is that I met awesome people like you!
Now my life story will be boring, so let's jump out of it. The Fanon Review Squad have helped a lot of people, and as a part of it and as the host of the undiscovered fanon column in BSST, I feel like a pillar of this wiki and an author's best friend.
I never suspected I'd end up in the fanon portal, but here I am. Well, after getting engaged into the portal's outermost and innermost things, I know it is a great place. The fanon portal, ever-changing as it is, is still a great place, and I know that as long as the people managing it are still here, it will still be an author's habitat. Thanks to the people involved in the fanon namespace, no author can be given less than what does he deserves.

Well, I can't say this year hasn't been interesting. With Korra updates galore, numerous nominations, the revival of the Fanon Awards underway, and of course, the FRS, this has been quite a year on Avatar Wiki. With 2012 before us, I would like to take this oppurtunity to update my work here.

1: My reviews: Honestly, I feel like they've been decreasing in quality along with my free time. With a new year and a new schedule, I would like to improve on my reviews. Actually getting them done on time would help, too :)

2: My story: I need to work on it, of course. Posting a chapter every now and again would be nice instead of a three month hiatus.

With a new year and new oppurtunities, I hope to be able to take this chance to improve myself and be a better contributer to the wiki. I guess I'll see how I did when 2013 comes around. Assuming that we don't die first :)

Rubric Analysis and Awards

Now we get to the fun part. Our three current members grade fanons on a lot of things, from description to believability to grammar and punctuation. Now, we have created one common rubric consisting of action, character development, creativity, story, and writing. Below we have a full analysis of each of the elements, along with the fanon we've reviewed in the past four months which we believe is the strongest in each of them. Get ready, get set, and read.


Lets get to the point. Action is the one thing that can change a good fanon into a great fanon. If you're good at writing action without getting repetitive, you're in really good shape. One thing that we've noticed is that some authors are good at writing action but just don't have much in their chapters, or vice versa, some authors put lots of potentially good action in their chapters, but they can't write. So if you're good at that stuff, (and if you don't know whether or not you're good at it, try writing a little,) use it. As we say, just a little bit of action in every chapter can completely and utterly transform your fanon for the better. The 2011 Review of the Year's Action Award goes to one fanon that uses every tip above beautifully...

Dancing Shadows, by BlueDagger

This short, intense story which chronicles the lives of two growing assassins, was reviewed by BlackMonkey, who stated it to be "Brilliant", telling BlueDagger "I really think you've mastered writing action".

Character Development

Characters are the key to fanons. You need them, no matter what. The more interesting they are, the better your fanon is. Simple. The best characters develop over the course of their story. If your characters are exactly the same in personality, skills, and wisdom from the beginning of your story to the end, well, lets just say you ain't winning the award below. All characters have to do two things, struggle and lose. The only true and most believable way that characters can learn is by hardships and experience, but mostly hardships. You can't have your characters winning all the time. When they don't feel bad for someone, they usually don't feel much for them at all. You need realistic characters - and we have chosen one fanon that completely shows this. The 2011 Review of the Year's Character Devolopment Award goes to...

Avatar: The Legend of Rokan, by Firebender896

This new and popular story that tells the tale of the fugitive firebender Rokan, shows her life and personality evolving so delicately, Millennia2 said in his review of the story that "Any reader will be bonded to Rokan as the story goes on." BlackMonkey stated that he "felt more feelings for Rokan than many highly acclaimed fanon characters across the wiki".


It doesn't matter how good you are at writing, how amazing your action is - a story that's not creative isn't going to please us as much as the more unique ones. At least, most of the time it won't. What is being creative then, if it can change the reception of your fanon so much? It's simply doing something that no one has ever done before. It's having all original characters, a twisting plotline, and having that extra bit of pizazz that makes your readers speechless. It's not all in a creative concept, it's in an author's creative way of exploring that concept. And don't even start us on "after-the war" fanons. We would now like to recognize the recipient of the the 2011 Review of the Year's Creativity Award...

The Road that Never Ends, by Krazykid51

Telling the tale of two brothers surviving and learning as Fire Nation citizens during the beginnings of the War, with very unique twists and turns that make the story such and enjoyable read. Bahjy stated in his review of the story, "Now that's what I call creative!"


This is a bit broad, ain't it? That's why the story and plot of a fanon is so important. It's the foundation of everything your fanon has to offer, you can hardly build any creative concepts of a bad story. You need, okay, you need to plan out your story before writing. No, we don't mean making one "the Avatar'll save the world by defeating people in the Earth Kingdom", we mean making one step by step, book by book, chapter by chapter plan that will grab your reader's attention, your main goal. The best way to grab your reader's attention is by leaving them hanging at the end of chapters, by randomly twisting up the story to make them go wild with excitement and being all like, "OhmygodIcan'twaittillthenextchapterhowcouldyoudothat?". That is your main goal. It's not bad to add an eye-opening cliffhanger or a heartbreaking plot twist. The 2011 Review of the Year's Story Award goes to a fanon which excels at this...

Avatar- Aftermath and Burning Earth, by Mageddon725.

One newly completed fanon that's both thrilling, deep, and has a well thought-out plot for the ages. BlackMonkey said "the chapters are short but their message is strong", and that "this isn't your average "after-the-war" story". Bahjy stated in his review that "this plot-twist-filled fanon series is one of the best".


An author's style of writing is their style of writing. It takes a lot to change it. However, if there's a few tips we'd like to give when it comes to writing, one of them is to limit how cliche your fanon is, don't make everything how everything always is. If you're going to have old characters play a major role in your story, don't use their usual actions and jokes in every paragraph. Writing is the aid to all the groups above. It can help boost your characters, action, description and storylines, and if a part of your fanon is written well, whether or not those parts are creative and thought-out, we can assure you it will boost their review grades. Their are no tips that can make someone a better writer, just tips to tell you the better things to write. The only way true way to becoming a better writer is to keep writing, and there's one author out there who we think does a great job continuing writing, even with only a few fans, whose level of writing is so high and creative - it's indescribable. The 2011 Review of the Year's Writing Award goes to...

Emblem of the Outlaw, by MibuWolf

Set in the far future of A:TLA, this modern, action-packed Avatar story is extremely well written by a more unknown author. Millennia said it best, "From the beginning, the chapters are excellent. The description is amazing, the setting is perfect, the characters are great." BlackMonkey described it's writing as "genius".

All authors whose fanons won an award may post their success on the fanon's main page. We will be creating userboxes for winning authors that will arrive to them shortly.

To End the Ceremony Off...

To end our grand review off, the Fanon Review Squad would like to announce to the community the newest member of our team. We had five candidates, and after reading over their test reviews, had to make some tough and painful eliminations to get the best. Everyone, welcome Omashu Rocks to the Fanon Review Squad!
Well, that was fun. Thanks to everyone who helped this user group and made the 2011 Review of the Year possible. Have a great 2012, Avatar Wiki! Fanon Review Squad, signing out.

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