Hey there,here, reviewing by on behalf of the Fanon Review Squad.
Elements of Life is a collection of one-shots written using characters and places in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Some stories stand alone with no ties to the canon story; others may explore the thoughts of characters in the scenes from the show. One-shots vary in genre from drama to humor to romance; some are dark, others are light. It's hard to illustrate life with one color.
EoL is indeed a collection of one-shots, a beautiful collection that should not be overlooked. From Amon, to Iroh, to Tenzin, each little window into their lives is brilliantly sculpted. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed reading what Ty has to offer thus far, and I can’t wait for more.
Story – 9.0: Though there’s no overarching plot, each little vignette is a fully, or nearly so, developed piece in its own right.
Writing – 10.0: I could not find anything to conceivably lower this score; I was consistently impressed with the poetic approach that Ty took with this.
Creativity – 9.2: These types of multiple one-shot fanons are appearing more and more, but each of them has the opportunity to be unique.
Believability – 9.5: The characters are captured so magnificently, and I can see their thought processes so well.
Character Development – 9.6: Though these are mere one-shots, I cannot discount the amount of sheer feeling and growth that is built in to each one of these stories. Sides of characters that are only hinted at in the show are shown in full here, and that is perhaps what makes EoL so appealing.
Average Score: 9.4
Note: All scores are out of ten
Advice for Ty: Keep writing; I’m sure you’ve got other ideas rolling around in your head. Other than that, be sure to maintain canon personalities. What I mean is this: don’t lose those personalities in the poetry, because that can sometimes happen.
Who should read Elements of Life? Anyone who considers themselves a fan of TAD’sshould voraciously indulge in this one, as well.