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FRS Fanon Test Review - Avatar: Energy Saga

MibuWolf April 20, 2012 User blog:MibuWolf

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This blog is MibuWolf's test review for the Fanon Review Squad.

MibuWolf here, with another test review. This time around, I've eliminated/combined two categories and fixed a bit of inflation problems I had with the scoring number of my previous review. I'll be explaining all my categories and stuff here at the beginning for you, and in the future the explanation will be gone.

First, I summarize the plot of the fanon in one spoiler-free sentence. More detailed summaries are usually posted on the main page, and there's really no reason for me to copy and paste. In addition, I put one sentence of my personal opinion of the fanon. There are three categories: Writing, Content, and Content Quality. Within these three categories, there are two (one category with three) more categories (listed below). Each category has an average score between the three subcategories, and in the end all three averages are averaged together for the ultimate grade. All scores are out of 10, and I round numbers to the nearest tenth at .05

Writing Categories
  • Mistakes/Grammar - The more nitpicky writing stuff. Focuses on recurring mistakes, particularly mistakes that show a clear misunderstanding of some sort of grammatical or spelling concept. Also includes minor point deductions for frequent typos and other accidental mistakes.
  • General Writing - Everything other than the above category. Sentence fluency, varying sentence structures, voice, word choice, and how easily the writing is understood, to name a few of the many subjects covered.
Content Categories
  • Story - This category analyzes the general story of the Fanon. Looks at flow (moving from one event to another unchoppily), and especially how interesting or engaging it is. Even if I'm not a particular fan of the fanon, it can earn a high score in this category; how interesting it is depends on cliffhangers, scandals, etc. and is actually unbiased.
  • Characters/Character Development - How good the characters are, for lack of better phrasing. Looks at the creativity of characters, the development of characters, etc. Mary-Sues can't hide anymore...
  • Genre - This category was hard to name. Depending on the Fanon, I will analyze the listed Genre and how well it is done. For instance, in an action I would analyze the action scenes, drama the drama scenes, etc.
Content Quality Categories
  • Creativity - Looks at whether the story is creative or not. Is it scandalous, or is it the same old same old heroic cycle with a Mary-Sue protagonist?
  • Believability - Is what is happening really believable? I understand that these are Avatar fanons (Avatar, with a twelve year-old ending a war after being frozen in ice for 100 years), but is the plot believable given the "physics", if you will, of Avatar. Also looks at dialogue and how realistic it is for a character to say what they're saying.

Footnotes at the end of the review.

Today, I will be reviewing Avatar: Energy Saga by the Avatar Wiki's own Charles Dickens*, AvatarRokusGhost.

As a beginning note, this review was incredibly difficult for me to complete. Not because it was long--I'm actually a rather quick reader--but because in my opinion, the overall quality of the fanon changed drastically about midway through the second book. The first book and a little bit was hard to make myself keep reading, and by the end of the first book I was quite honestly disappointed with how much hype the series had received, thus prepared to give the series overall scores in the low 8 high 7 range. But then, somehow ARG seemed to fix all of his major mistakes all at once. The series was suddenly remarkable, and for the past two days I was practically unable to stop reading. As hard as it was for me to believe, the series only got better as ARG continued to write. Not only was the writing great, especially by fanfiction standards, but the plot also became much more engaging. I never thought I'd cry while reading an A:TLA fanfiction**. All these scores reflect the more recent 70% or so of Energy Saga--like I said, the first part of the series wasn't nearly as good, and had I average my original score projection with this one, it would have ended up in the mid 8 range, but the majority of the series (the new releases) are so much better that I feel giving low scores because of the beginning wouldn't do the series justice.

Avatar: Energy Saga follows Aang and the Gaang, as well as many other new OCs, as Aang learns and masters Energybending while the world also needs him to fix a rising threat.


Writing Categories

  • Mistakes/Grammar: 9.0 - This is the lowest grade for the fanon. Throughout all of the chapters, I noticed a decent amount of typos and other mistakes that showed misunderstandings. Particularly one homophone mixup which I orignally thought was a typo--faint (passing out) versus feint (a fake attack intended to throw the opponent off.) But this isn't so much an issue with ARG's amazing writing as it is an editing problem.
  • General Writing: 10.0 - That's right. The best written fanon I've seen around the wiki. By standards outside of the Avatar Wiki, it might not be the best writing, but here on the fanon hub, Energy Saga is a high point. For that reason, I gave the writing 10 out of 10. The word choice in particular stood out to me: even in the beginning of the series, the adjectives and verbs ARG used perfectly gave a picture of what was happening.

Writing Score: 9.5... A


Content Categories

  • Story: 9.7 - Superb. Though the idea is not the most creative, Energy Saga gives an obvious idea a creative twist. Like I said, the first book or so was a bit hard to read, but things pick up fast. I'm almost upset that I didn't wait until the series was completed to read it, because I really want to know what happens next.
  • Characters/Character Development: 9.7 - Most of the characters are from the original Avatar series, and I wasn't a fan of their character development, but ARG does a masterful job of incorporating his own OCs into the world of the Gaang. All of the OCs are excellently developed, and fit into the plot of Energy Saga like pieces to complete the puzzle.
  • Genre (Adventure): 9.8 - I believe that the key to a good adventure story is suspense. Like Indiana Jones. After the series began to pick up, I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation most of the time. Many of the twists and turns the plot took were unexpected, and each one fit into the others to expand and help the series to continue on. Not only that, but the series covers a wide variety of locations all across the world, which once again emphasizes the "adventure" feeling of going to great lengths to complete a goal or quest.

Content Score: 9.8... A+


Content Quality Categories

  • Creativity: 9.7 - Having an after-the-war fanon dealing with Energybending is a natural course of action. However, what I like about Energy Saga is that it isn't what you'd expect from a story dealing with Aang learning Energybending. In fact, it's quite the opposite. All the twists and turns ARG makes in the series make you forget that it is, on a VERY surface level, such an uncreative base for an idea. For this reason, I think the creativity deserves a higher grade--it's too easy in an after-the-war fanon to go with what's expected, but ARG avoids stereotype easily.
  • Believability: 9.6 - Not much to say here. My only complaint is that there is a lot of dialogue that doesn't seem to fit the character speaking, and rather is just said by that person because it needs to be said (versus being said and really seeming like something the character would say.)

Content Quality Score: 9.7... A+


Overall Score: 9.7... A+

My advice for ARG: For the most part, I feel like I should be asking you for advice. But I do have one thing to say: editor. I noticed that your only editors are yourself and Ratava. I recommend getting another one or two. Your chapters are so long that after a while, with only you and one editor, you or Ratava might accidentally start skimming and miss a typo. It's a lot harder to notice mistakes in your own writing than it is in other people's. For instance, in my new fanon, I self-edited my first chapter and my character ended up in a crapped room instead of a cramped room. It is always, always, always good to have an extra set of eyes, and you probably need two or three (not because you're a bad writer, but as I said just because your chapters are all so long.) Other than that, just write. Because I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to know what happens next.

What sort of person would enjoy Energy Saga? Everyone. Even if you're like me, and you don't particularly enjoy after-the-war fanons, Energy Saga is a high point for all fanons and a must-read. If you want to be well-versed in the popular fanons of the Avatar wiki, you should read it. If you're looking to pass the time (and not in the mood for heavy English class reading, as was the case for myself,) you should read it. Even if you've never read an Avatar fanfiction in your life, make Energy Saga the one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good fanon to read. And if you're like me, and you found the first book and a half or so to be not very good, keep reading. It will be totally worth it.


*Charles Dickens was paid by the word. It's a joke about how long ARG's chapters are.

**For the record, I cried during "My Little Dashie," but that is not an A:TLA fanfiction.,

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