Well, well, well... Welcome to the first ever fanon editorial! I know, how exciting! Now, all thanks to The 888th Avatar, the fanon portal has its own space in The Ba Sing Se Times for fanon reviews, advertisements, fan fiction, fan art, and more, and it just seems fitting that this should happen on the Times' 30th issue! Happy anniversary, Ba Sing Se Times!
I will of course be sending in my articles to The Ba Sing Se Times fanon editorial, but we need yours too! Anything fanon related you'd like to have published in The Ba Sing Se Times can be sent to me, or link a sandbox to my talk page. Remember, anyone and everyone is more that welcome to contribute, after all, the BSST is for the community, by the community.
Anyway, onto the fanon portal. This week I began work on Fanon News and Updates Central, your localized location for all Avatar fan-fiction updates on the wiki. However, due to my exams beginning this Wednesday, I've had to put the work on hold. Millennia2 has kindly offered to help me out with that, so I'd like to throw a thank you out to him.
If you're wondering why your news and updates page(s) were moved, it is for this reason: so we can create Updates Central. Once I have completed work on Updates Central, my bot will send everyone a message with an explanation as to how to use Updates Central to their advantage.
Now, on to more issues concerning the fanon portal, we are having a bit of a categorization crisis... Unfortunately, most (newer) users are unsure as to how they should categorize their fanon articles, and even more experienced users are making mistakes, whether they are plain wrong, or conflict with a particular category's purpose. As of last issue, a survey was taken about how helpful a fanon portal categorization guide would be, and overwhelmingly, 96.3% of you (26 out of 27) said it would be helpful of some degree, with 42% of that group saying it would be extremely helpful, and that they usually leave the categorization to an admin.
Due to this overwhelming response, I have begun work on a categorization guide for the fanon portal, and hopefully it's contents will be under public discussion within a month, but no guarantees.
On a happier note, we have a new fanon user group, the Fanon Review Squad!
"Is your fanon unread, unnoticed, or just in need of some advice? Do you wonder for hours and hours every day, wanting to know if your fanon is actually good? Have you needed a bit of motivation, some reception on how your stories are going?
Ask these questions no longer!
The Fanon Review Squad is a new user group of successful fanon writers who will review your fanon upon request. Just go down to the bottom of the page and drop a link to your story under one of the group member's schedules. On the day that you request, we'll make a little blog post about your fanon, give it some scores, and tell some advice."
Good luck to both BlackMonkey and Millennia2 with the user group, and anyone who would like to join the user group may simply request.
And also tested in the last fortnight, has been the new Fanon Advertising system. Eight users have been advertising their fanon, and have had a fanon advertised on their fanon pages. If you've seen this test around the fanon portal, please answer some quick questions in the poll below.
That's it from me, I'll be continuing my Undiscovered Fanon series next issue, and I'm sorry for not doing that in a while, exams, study, the usual stuff. But continue writing, continue thinking, continue being absolutely mad with pen and paper (or keyboard) and writing away. I myself have let my mind off the leash in my writing of White Lotus, my upcoming fanon, which is still being fully fleshed out. I've also been writing the final two chapters of Avatar: The Legend of Teru, which as of yet still have no release date, but I'm hoping by the end of the year!
So, I'll see you all around, and remember, contribute to the Times, and its new fanon editorial!
The Ba Sing Se Times needs YOU.
Have a great Avatar or Avatar Wiki joke?
An interesting opinion about the wiki?
A fanfic that desperately needs readers?
A review of a fanfic you'd like to publish?
Just write a column,
and send it in to the editor.
This blog was conducted by the Fanon Review Squad.
Hello, this is BlackMonkey, signing in to review Avatar: Energy Saga by AvatarRokusGhost.
This story takes place after the end of the television series. It's about Aang fulfilling his duties as Avatar and rebuilding the world which has been devastated by a hundred years of war. In order to help make the world he lives in now more like the one he grew up in, he starts learning Energybending, one of the capabilities which the Avatar Spirit has; however very few incarnations of the Avatar have ever used it. Without the instruction of his past lives, he's essentially on his own. However, as he discovers what Energybending is capable of, he learns that all of his actions have consequences.
I knew this was a fairly popular story, so I read Book 1, and - wow - it was good. I really felt like the same Team Avatar as the show was in the story. AvatarRokusGhost replicates all the characters emotions and dialect almost perfectly. My grudge on "After the War" fanons is slowly but surely fading because of this. If you haven't read this, you don't know fanon universe. Great job.
- Story - 9.0: The only parts that I didn't really like is when Aang and Sokka meet Trinley and the final fight in Azula's Release. Both happen too fast. Besides that though, everything was amazing.
- Action - 9.1: Again, some things happen too fast, but for the most part I was very excited about what wold happen next.
- Writing - 9.5: Excellently written. ARG captures everything so well, and replicates components from the original series like no other author.
- Creativity - 8.9: Hey, if Avatar: Energy Saga was the only continuation of Team Avatar's adventures, or the only Energybending fanon, this would probably be a 9.9. But the thing is, there are just so many "After the War" fanons, that it's hard to give on an extremely high creativity score. Good anyway.
- Believability - 9.7: Some fanons have poor representations of old characters that really annoy me, but Team Avatar in this really seems like Team Avatar. All of the character's personalities are frighteningly realistic. The representation of Jeong Jeong was a favorite.
Average Score: 9.2
Note: All scores are out of ten
Advice for AvatarRokusGhost: Me giving advice to you? This is tough. It was a really good fanon. Again, the only thing that I really though was, well, bad, was the first meeting with Trinley. It just was all too convenient, too quick. When you add a new character to a group, it's got to be a little difficult. When Team Avatar first meets Toph, she doesn't want to join. When Zuko first meets Team Avatar, they don't want him to join. Besides that, just keep writing.
What kind of users should read Avatar: Energy Saga? Anyone who wants to read a fanon better than theirs.
So, my first contribution to the Ba Sing Se Times and I get to do a review on one of my favorite fanon authors! Is anyone else as excited as me?! No? ...ok. Onto the review then of Mysteries of My Past by The Bos.
Mysteries, Bos' second fanon story, stars Shenji, a young Earth Kingdom soldier striken with amnesia. As he and his best friend, Kuro, go about their duties as soldiers of their dying nation, they discover the presence of a large Fire Nation base being built in the Northeast. After his commanders refuse to take action about the fort, Shenji and Kuro desert the army to take action into their own hands. The continuing story deals with the their quest and Shenji reclaiming piece by piece of his own identity and past.
If you are a Guardian fan, you will LOVE Mysteries. It's chock full of suspense and plenty of cliffhangers and theory starters that will have you begging to know more. If you followed his first story and haven't read this, I implore you to take a look at Mysteries. It's a story I would be willing to follow until the end.
Script: The script, especially for a newer story, is captivating and believable. If this is how it starts, I can't wait to see what it becomes. 9.7/10, my highest grade for script.
Story: I've always loved stories about finding yourself. Bos takes this unique plotline and masterfully weaves it into the Avatar storyline we all love. 9.6/10
Keeps You Reading: For this, it should be "can't stop reading". I'm eagerly awaiting the next chapter. 9.4/10
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Creativity: It's Bos. What else needs to be said? 9.5/10
Action: Masterfully described move by move sequences. 9.5/10
Character Development: With every chapter, we're learning something new about Shenji. I'm waiting to see if a theory I have about him is true... 9.4/10
General Writing: One thing Bos beat himself up for was a medium-quality start to Guardian. He promised to start off Mysteries better than Guardian, and man has he delivered. 9.8/10