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Fanon Review: Elements of Life by Typhoonmaster

MibuWolf November 12, 2012 User blog:MibuWolf

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This review was conducted by the Fanon Review Squad and reflects our best judgment of writing and fanon authorship quality. Please don't take offense if the review wasn't positive. We always give advice!

MibuWolf here for a rather late review. So here's my rationalization: yesterday I broke my toe--I didn't have to go to the hospital or anything, I just didn't feel like writing a review with a stinging pain in my foot -coughs nervously while avoiding the fact that yesterday was already five days late-

Elements of Life by Typhoonmaster is a different sort of fanon than anything else I've ever seen, featuring several one-shots which each detail and describe various emotions everyone experiences throughout their lives.

Writing Categories

  • Mistakes/Grammar: 9.8 I wanted to give a ten! -Shakes fist and weeps- But there were some awkward "then"s. It might have only been in "Rumination" but the "then"s were used incorrectly in a few transitions. Other than that, it was amazing--while still keeping his own style of writing, Ty shows a solid understanding of grammar and conscientious editing.
  • General Writing: 9.5 The writing was wonderful, it truly was. It had enough personality to be really emotional, and strike true to all the emotions which people feel. Then why the point deduction, you might ask. It's because, while I love Typhoonmaster's voice in his writing, I feel like he could have changed somethings around. His writing style remained pretty consistent throughout, where I think it might have been more effective to change his writing style in the tiniest ways to more appropriately fit the mood of the chapter.

Writing Score: 9.7... A+

Content Categories

There is no real way for me to gauge the content of this story, as it is a series of one-shots... yeah...

Content Quality Categories

  • Creativity: 9.2 I love that it is a series of one-shots, especially since just as I was working on this review the name finally dawned upon me. I'm a bit slow, haha. Though, I found I couldn't really give this category the score I wanted to--series of one-shots are pretty popular, though I do like the over-arching theme in this one.
  • Believability: 9.4 For everything I loved, there were a handful of "no way" moments. But overall, I really appreciated Ty's attention to detail.

Content Quality Score: 9.3... A-

Overall Score: 9.5... A

My advice for Typhoonmaster: Okay, I'm going to explain what I'm saying about the writing. It's a majorly nitpicky thing. Like, MAJOR nitpicky. I would have liked the writing more if it had reflected the mood of the piece. When I say this, I mean picking words--even normal commonplace words--which kind of have a flow that fits the mood. Upbeat words if something's upbeat, depressing words if something's sad, et cetera. Further, I feel like you can really use sentences to your advantage--sentence lengths are a powerful tool, with longer sentences for more flowing things, shorter ones for more blunt. If that makes any sense. I don't know if it does, I haven't gotten much sleep and it's hard to put my thoughts into words. It's really good, though, and you should write a non-oneshot fanon once you have an idea, too -coughcough-

What sort of person would enjoy Elements of Life? Everyone. Just read it, you won't be disappointed.

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