It seems that today, a once dominating feature of the Avatar Wiki fanon portal has disappeared, or at least has been diminished severely. Our wiki was once the home of countless "post-war" fanons, stories depicting the tales of Aang and his friends after the last episode of the television series. In other words, their authors attempted to answer the question of "What happened next?" Many of our fanon titans were of the "post-war" genre, namely Avatar: Energy Saga, Avatar: Guardian, and Avatar- Aftermath and Burning Earth by AvatarRokusGhost, The Bos, and Mageddon725, respectively. These three legends are well-known and honored by anyone in the fanon community, but, like all things, they eventually came to an end. Others, like AvatarFreak21's Avatar: The World's Fate and Book Four: Energy by Vulmen. were simply abandoned, never to see another chapter. Now look around you. How many "post-war" fanons do you see? Not many.
So what's the cause of the plight of the "post-wars?" Is it that the idea of Team Avatar running around the world to stop some new threat of Ozai loyalists became old and cliche? Perhaps, but before the fallout, plenty of authors found ways to dream up different, creative plots that separated their story from the rest and made it interesting. Another possibility is that it's simply been too long since Avatar: The Last Airbender has ended. This theory may seem plausible at first, but it doesn't hold up. If we've simply become tired of the original Avatar universe, then why do we still edit its canon pages? Why are we still obsessing over the Gaang and complaining that the Krew could never be what they were? As a community, we are nothing if not nostalgic over the original series, yet the fanons regarding our favorite heroes are scarce.
Of course, the rare species of "post-war" fanfiction is not entirely extinct. I, for one, am a huge fan of Wordbender's Air, and The Adventures of Team Avatar by Agent Slash is relatively recent. Still, "post-war" stories are no longer the talk of the town, and it's not like a new brand of fanons have come to take their place. This is a curious phenomenon that I'm still trying to piece together. One moment, we had numerous stories about Aang, Katara, Sokka, and Toph's second journey across the Earth, and then over a period of about one month the whole idea seemed to die. Perhaps after we held AvatarRokusGhost and The Bos in such high regard, no one was brave enough to step up to the plate and try to follow in their footsteps.
I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself when I say that it would be nice to have a good "post-war" fanon around. Who's willing to accept the challenge?
|| Fanon Urban Dictionary|
- noun; Definition varies based on which WLS staff member you ask. To OR: complaining loudly about politics and crying heartbrokenly over Lady Lostris. To Minnichi: playing Candy Crush Saga on her phone and drawing chibi pictures of her fanon characters. To Ty: gathering juicy staff secrets to reveal in the form of 'fictional' stories in every WLS issue. To ARG: playing Candy Crush Saga on Facebook and laughing maniacally whenever he refuses to send Minnichi another life. "Why is it taking a month for the WLS issue to come out?" "The staff is procrastinating again. Soon they'll start blaming each other and getting in violent battles on IRC and TinyChat.
- noun; The phase in which an author wants to dominate the entire fanon portal with his/her writing greatness and surpass even the most legendary writers. The best part is that this always happens before they actually write anything. "Hey, I have this great idea for a story, guys! Wanna see?" "Sure! ...Wow, this sounds like a really neat fanon!" "I know it does... It will be a magnificent fanon indeed...kukuku..." (A week later in the WLS) "Hey guys, subscribe now to the most legendary story ever! It'll be even better than Energy Saga - yeah that's right, I went there! MWAHAHA!" (A month later) "So you know that awesome fanon idea I had? It's going to be -" "OH MY GAWD, just publish a chapter already!!! How can all your pre-fanon ambitions be fulfilled if no one can read a darn thing?" "Oh... Okay, then. But wait, just let me put out one more advertisement -" "GAH!" *Facepalm*
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| Tidbits & Announcements/Fire and Ice is Here|
Hello folks of Avatar Wiki! Yes, its me, BlackMonkey. I know that I've been saying I'm gonna return for about a month now, but now I can truly say that I am officially back on Avatar Wiki for the summer! Woo! And I come bearing gifts. One gift, actually - my second fanon, Fire & Ice, which has officially started up with its first chapter. I've taken all of my ideas that didn't make the cut for Rhythm and improved on Rhythm's downsides. That means no more giant blocks of text or three month waits between chapters. Sounds like a pretty nice deal, eh? Just you wait.
Fire & Ice will consist of twelve chapters which I already have more or less planned out. The story will center around a troubled life of a soldier for the Southern Raiders named Kiharu who has a giant secret and burden - he's really a waterbender. Forced to battle undercover for the Fire Nation to keep his tribe in the South Pole from harm, there is both physical and mental pain that will drag him down to the deepest darks of insanity. To live hating his own people. To kill his own brethren. When does pain become so torturous that even saving people we love doesn't matter? Kiharu will have to live though intense moral conflicts while he fights on the battlefield in Fire & Ice through an action packed story filled with twists and jaw dropping moments galore.
I hope you guys are interested in giving it a look. There's only one chapter out so far, so checking things out isn't a very big commitment. Thanks a bunch.
Again, here's a link to the main page and this is the first chapter.
A couple other fanon tidbits and announcements:
Please, please, please leave a vote or even a nomination for the monthly featured fanon and article election! I don't know if people forget or just don't feel like it, but its kinda depressing when we don't have a featured article or story of the month, month after month. All it takes is a minute to leave a support under one of the nominations. And if you don't like the nominations, make your own. We need participation and let's leave it at that.
Fifth Fanon awards coming up in a month or two, pretty awesome stuff. Both of my stories will qualify for these awards, so I'm pretty excited for that. Hopefully by then Nick will have Korra Season 2 started up so we'll have some more users attracted to the wiki to vote. Summer is usually more active than the rest of the year anyway though, so either way I have faith.
As for my plans aside from Fire & Ice, I don't want to get too busy but I do plan on doing more work for the White Lotus Sentinel. I am planning another comedic mini-fanon of sorts that I might put in upcoming issues, but I'm not exactly sure if I'll go through with the idea right now so I'm not calling any shots. If you do happen to see a crazy column of mine in the next issue though, well, don't say I didn't warn you.
BlackMonkey, signing out.
Fanon Word Search
Minnichi, AvatarRokusGhost, Omashu Rocks, and I sat at our rich, mahogany meeting table. The fact that our office even had a separate meeting room seemed a bit unnecessary, considering we were the only staff. An opened box of munchkins sat in the middle of the table, and all of the chocolate ones were gone: tensions were high.
ARG wiped the white powder off his mustache, "Can we just make a decision already? We've been arguing for hours!"
"Please. I have FRS duties, and Fanon Illustrator Insignia duties, and Fanonbender duties, and BSST duties, and writing my fanon duties, and dealing-with-stalker duties, and last but not least, college student duties," said Minnichi. "Let's just get this done."
"You people would never last in politics. Basically, what happens in government is 99% arguing and 1% getting stuff done," said Omashu Rocks.
"What are we deciding exactly?" I asked. For the past two hours, I had been preoccupied with my swivel chair. There was a button on the bottom and whenever I pressed it the seat went down. It was exhilarating.
"We are deciding what kind of system we should use to cut back on time-wasting," said ARG.
"Personally, I think it's a big waste of time," Omashu Rocks kicked back in his chair.
"But it's necessary." Minnichi flipped the light switch and turned on a projector. "As you can see from this graph, our output is way down. The data correlates directly to the increase in wasted time."
"Our competition is doing worse, though. Have you seen how much time the Ba Sing Se Times has wasted over the past few months?" asked Omashu Rocks.
"That's only because there hasn't been any new material until recently," ARG pointed out. "What are our options?"
"While all of you were wasting time, I came up with the perfect solution!" exclaimed Minnichi. "We need someone to keep us on track, kind of like an overseer."
"Great idea, Minn. But sorry I have to go, guys. I have an awesome party to go to tonight. There's going to be really hot girls there and music and stuff. So I'm going to take many pictures of myself with said hot girls......because I have friends of the female gender who are considered to be attractive by the general teenage consensus," said Omashu Rocks as he began to gather his things.
"Oh, that's a shame. Then you won't get to meet our new advisor," said Minnichi.
Omashu Rocks barely left the room before Minnichi said, "I'll tell Lady Lostris the reason for your absence."
The WLS Editor fiddled with the doorknob nearly broke the door when he tried to push through. He finally realized he had to pull the door to open it. His hair was messy and his breathing was heavier when he returned to the meeting room.
"You said Lady Lostris?"
"Yup. She'll be here really soon. She just texted me that she's on her way."
Omashu Rocks gasped, "How do I look? Is my tie messed up? Do I have donut crumbs on my shirt? Please tell me I don't have pit stains."
ARG whispered and showed me his iPhone underneath the table, "Ty, check out my new high-score in Fruit Ninja."
It was a solid score. I was impressed.
"Sheesh. You look fine, I guess. What's the big deal?" Minn rolled her eyes.
"Lady Lostris is on her way over here. Screw teenage parties! There will be a potentially gorgeous Belgian woman in this room within a half hour. I have to make a good first impression!" said Omashu Rocks.
"She's coming to council us, so stop wasting time. What you're doing is the opposite of this entire system. The fact that you are going to hit on her is the biggest waste of time so far!" Minnichi laughed.
Omashu Rocks slicked back his hair. "We'll see. My pickup lines never fail. That and the ladies love a Southern gentleman."
In my mind, I knew OR had no shot. I just didn't have the heart to tell him.
Lady Lostris entered the meeting room about fifteen minutes later. She wore a corporate suit, and her fiery hair was tied back. She was obviously ready for business.
She clicked open her briefcase, removed four manila folders, and handed one to each staff member.
She opened her mouth to speak, but Omashu Rocks cut her off. "Global Warming is a myth! You're the one making this place so hot!"
"I'm sorry, but does that have anything to do with - "
"You should practice your right to BARE arms."
"And you should practice your right not to speak. Okay? Okay, moving on. If you'll look at page tw-"
"You're a 10(th Amendment)," Omashu Rocks waited for her to laugh, "Ok that one isn't the best one, but I have more! Don't worry!"
"I'm sorry Lostris, but he's under the impression that -" Minnichi started but was interrupted.
Omashu Rocks slapped Lostris's butt.
At that point, Lostris's hair broke the band holding it back and flared up. "Touch me again, and I'll break your teeny tiny fingers. So before you dip further into your shallow pool of wit, let me paint us a picture and save us both the trouble of having to listen to you. Here's the rest of your day: You are going to shut up, listen, and learn. After I leave, you will slink off to your buddies, head to a bar where you'll laugh this off and get wasted. Then, when you go to bed and make nice with yourself, you won't be thinking of me because even your fantasy version of me isn't interested. Now, on page tw-"
"Sorry, that was preemptive strike." The politician smirked. He saw his opportunity beginning to slip away, however, so he tried one last ditch effort. "Are you a trickle-down economics plan?"
Lostris clenched the binder, a small trail of smoke escaping between her fingers. "What?"
"Because you're stimulating growth in my private sector."
The binder incinerated into a pile of ash, "Okay, that's it. Minn, ARG, Ty, I'm sorry, I can't do this. I'm gonna go, and I'm gonna go now," said Lostris with forced calm as she began packing up the remainder of her things.
Lostris never responded to the final pickup line. I personally thought a couple of them were pretty clever, although, judging by the results, I decided not to try them any time soon. Instead, the Admin took out her cell phone and dialed a number.
"Yeah, I'm going to be home earlier than expected."
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