The Legend of Mel is an epic story, not unlike that of The Legend of Aang, however MateyY masterfully manipulates it to make it his own, a well-written, interesting story, that draws the readers in and won't let them leave 'till it's over
Greetings, MateyY! An over-zealous interviewer here who is new to interviewing. But, not new to fanon, and I must say, yours is one of the best I've read. I just have a few questions for you.
What was the catalyst that started this "journey" to write this story?
I have always admired writing — it has always been a way to express myself. However, I had never tried to write a full story to share with people before. What truly pushed me was my will to try something new, as well as the idea that I had come up with.
How much of this story is the same as how you pictured it? Did you have to change a lot or a little to get it to this stage?
Writing a story is a journey — it changes as you go. In the beginning, all I knew was that I wanted to make the story a romantic drama. Away from that, I had some of the details done — I wanted a main character with an authentic name, which is surprisingly an Asian name as well.
Now, your only other fanon is an unreleased One-Shot. What made you decide to do an epic journey, and then a single story?
The very same reason as above — I love drama; and I enjoy stories that, rather than having a happy ending, in a way, crush the love, yet it somewhat endures. However, I am still nowhere near releasing the one-shot.
Well, your writing is good enough. I noticed that you use first person writing. What is that like for you? Did you ever think of writing it in second person?
I wrote it in first person, because it was both something new for me, yet it was very well matching to the story’s character. The first person allowed me to reveal how the characters felt.
What are you most proud of in this fanon?
I am proud in my success of exploring a different way of looking at the Avatar — who he is without his greatest power, the Avatar State.
Did you have any problems writing this?
I had a decent amount of problems with the length of my chapters and the action. However, the first could be viewed as an advantage by some of the readers.
Ah, now. This question I've wanted answered since I read this story. Why Yangchen?
Because she was always such a mystical character — we never learned who she was, how she died, how old she was, what she had done, and so on. In fact, I had thought about writing a fanon about her story. However, I am not planning to do so anytime soon.
The characters you have made up are all interesting, and well developed. Did you think of them all on your own, or are they inspired by people you know?
I didn’t look for much inspiration in others, rather than in experience of how people react to stressful situations. I like to think of them as characters I have shaped based on somewhat personal observations.
She is central to the plot, and masterfully created, so where did you get your inspiration for the Fire Mistress?
Azula — even before The Legend of Korra had aired, I wanted someone both mysterious and dangerous. I have actually thought of many explanations of why she, the Mistress, is who she is, etc., but I am still unsure if I am going to and when I am going to publish them.
Are there any aspects of your characters that you would like to change? Why?
I am going to change the way some of the characters look at the world. After all, my story’s got to get to the point where it fulfills my plans.
Where do you want this story to go? And where do you see it going?
I want my story to end — without spoiling anything — where the reader says, “Despite this and that, it feels complete.”
What kind of person do you think will enjoy it?
Any person who likes love stories, drama, action, and mystery.
Reviews from fans have been unanimously positive, have you ever had a really disappointing review? Did it help the fanon at all?
I actually scored about a 6.5 on Azulazulazula’s review, but after that moment I have been rewriting, my earlier chapters and editing my upcoming chapters much more carefully. All in all, it has been one helpful review!
And, the final question, because I think our time is up. Do you have anything you want to tell your fans out there?
I want to thank them for their patience and whole-hearted support, as I haven’t published a chapter in a while. I also want to thank you for your wonderful interview!
Your welcome! Hope you enjoyed it too. This is Fruipit, signing off.