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Support for WTF Fanfiction

The short version:

I'm trying to get as many fanfic writers as possible to submit bits of their own fanfic writing to WTF Fanfiction as a show of support for the blog owner. No matter how great a writer you are, you've produced a WTF line somewhere; I can practically guarantee it. This applies to me too (perhaps especially to me, since I write a lot of bizarre crackfics). Yes, I plan to look over my own fanfics and submit a quote that sounds stupid, ridiculous and/or funny. It might take me a while, but I'll do it. Note: it's not against the rules to submit your own stuff.

The long version:

I have been reading and enjoying the tumblr blog WTF Fanfiction for months. I like the format of it: simple, short and to the point. It's easy to get bite-sized doses of funny to cheer up my day, kind of like it used to be when FAIL Blog was consistently good.

Don't get me wrong, long sporkings of bad fiction can be entertaining. Yet, it's still true that the short quotes of WTF Fanfiction are the most reliable format I've ever seen for extracting and presenting the humor from fanfics. It's easy to browse, stuff doesn't get posted unless the funny part is immediately apparent, and, best of all, the material is far more abundant than the material for long sporkings.

The math for this is quite simple. For long sporkings to be good, you've pretty much got to go with bad fanfics only, but plenty of good fanfics have a WTF line in them somewhere, especially if taken out of context. Yes, I know Sturgeon's Law means bad fanfics are never in short supply, but the type of bad fanfics that are eminently sporkable is still a small portion. They have to be more than just boring, poorly plotted, or filled with Mary Sue characters. They have to be particularly rage-inducing, nonsensical, or taking ordinary writing flaws to extreme levels. Either that, or they need to be sporked by a master sporker.

I've enjoyed seeing all the infamous fanfics get featured on WTF Fanfiction, such as the works of ComicsNix, Tara Gillesbie and D'arkYagam'i, all of whom are probably trolls.

Yes, this is one of those rare troll-infested websites where the trolls don't impact the quality, but sometimes even add to it. You see? I told you the format of the website is awesome, and it is. The blog owner doesn't care, even to the extent of posting troll-fiction written specifically for the blog, and this indifference de-fangs the trolls and leaves them largely harmless. On top of this, the blog owner takes down any quote if the fanfic author who wrote it asks for it to be taken down, which takes away the ammunition from fan hordes that would otherwise be trolling.

Recently, the short and sweet fanfic quotes on WTF Fanfiction have been overwhelmed by a different type of post. Apparently, a lot of anons have been harassing the blog owner with claims that it's unfair and too mean for the blog to even exist, because it makes writers feel bad, and there have been so many of these messages that the blog owner felt obligated to post some of them. Since there have been mentions of a particular Homestuck AO3 author, (no, I don't know which one, and if you find out please don't harass them), I suspect that the current flood of anon whiners are probably mostly the fans of one author.

Now, I know it can hurt to get sporked. I've been sporked on Project After and on Cracked (no, I'm not linking directly, because I want to discourage people from running over there to defend me). I've also appeared twice, to my knowledge, on WTF Fanfiction. At first I had mixed feelings about it and blogged about those feelings.

By the second time it happened, I was getting used to it. It's only natural, since I do write a lot of bizarre crackfics, and the fanfic of mine that kept getting featured had a very extreme crack pairing and a lot of WTF moments. Plus, I love reading WTF Fanfiction and I don't want to be a hypocrite. If I'm allowed to enjoy others getting mocked, then I should be mocked as well.

Also, I've found stuff I genuinely love for its good qualities through mock sites. For example, I read this scathing review of a superhero parody comic that supposedly had its jokes all fall flat and was just dumb fanservice. I thought it sounded so badly entertaining that reading the raw source material would be fun. To my surprise, I found a comic with low amounts of fanservice, jokes that worked for me, a plot I liked, and a believable femslash storyline that wasn't just for the fetish.

I'd like to show the blog owner of WTF Fanfiction that I, a mocked writer, still support and enjoy the blog. I'm guessing that the best way to do that is to submit a quote from one of my own fanfics. If you want to join me in this support, find a WTF quote from one of your own fanfics and also submit. The directions are here.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 16th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)

Don't worry, I'll support this! British comedy has a long history and proud tradition of self-deprecation, so you can bet that I'll be on board with this! The moment I find a WTF line, I'll submit it.

Ruin XXX
Feb. 16th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds great; thank you!

Of course, now I've set myself up for the chore of combing through my own writing and trying to decide which line is stupidest and/or most bizarre. I'll do it, though.

If it gets to be too hard to decide, I can always fall back on submitting pretty much any line from Everyone Wants L. I'm not going to submit anything from Getting Around the Block, because that's already been featured there twice and I don't want to bore people with a third time.
Feb. 17th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
I think this is a fantastic idea! I wish I had access to some of my older fic, because wow wtf, but I'll go through what I can find and submit my own. I love that tumblr and I always see trolls being jerks.
Feb. 20th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
My old fics (that nobody sees) are plotless Mary Sue messes, but my new fics also have WTF moments in them. Thanks for the support!
Jul. 16th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
There is finally a use for all the porny wangst I wrote at 14 years old!
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