There’s been some really outstanding work over at FanFiction.net that I wanted to draw some attention to. It is amazing to me how many really dedicated and enthusiastic creative writers there are among Chuck fandom. I know we all are most concerned with the happenings of the actual show and all things we consider canon. As a military history buff who occasionally enjoys alternative history, I often find it fascinating to look at some creative variations on Chuck orthodoxy. The most obvious reason is it’s just plain fun. It also can be an exercise to look at what situations and issues are interesting to other fans and explore what problems may arise with particular situations.
A new writer (first published story this March) has been of particular interest to me. He goes by ninjaVanish (http://www.fanfiction.net/u/2274784/ninjaVanish) and is currently working on his second story. He started with Chuck and Sarah vs. The Bunker. The story is set about a year in the future and opens with Sarah in a hospital bed having just given birth to her and Chuck’s daughter. But she’s restrained, under NSA guard, and Chuck and her newborn daughter are missing. The writer shows quickly he is good at exciting action sequences and suspense. The bulk of the story has to do with Chuck and Sarah’s efforts to re-unite their family, and includes a couple of chapters of back history about their time in hiding off the grid.
Of greater interest to me is the prequel story he is currently working on. Its called Chuck and Sarah vs. Themselves. It is a detailed well thought out retelling of season 3. Starting with the infamous Prague train station scene that Chuck and Sarah carefully staged to convince the authorities they were no longer an item it continues to parallel the episodes of S3 with some amusing twists such as convincing Hannah that Chuck had slept with her!! Shaw is largely a non-issue, so far, but we’re only just past events of Fake Name. I’ll be fascinated at how this unfolds. We know escaping together is the goal they are working towards and as a prequel we also know the ending point leads to Chuck and Sarah married, pregnant, and off the grid (that’s the earliest “flashbacks” of the first story). That end still seems a long ways off.
You all may know I read and enjoy a lot of fan fiction. NinjaVanish stands out as imaginative and a good story teller. Not to mention, he’s telling a story many of us wish we’d seen on the screen. He is very good with action sequences and seems to understand weapons and tactics better than the show writers. I do have to add a few warnings though many of us old farts would call his content a hard “R” for sex, violence, and language. It could never air on broadcast television as written. I’m probably least bothered by the violence, some of the harsh language seems out of character (OK, they can’t really swear much on TV), especially from Chuck, and the fairly explicit sexual content is between a husband and wife. But I do wish he’d tone it down just a bit. The site has its own ratings system and the material is rated “T”, it is short of the pornographic qualification for an “M”; but that makes it a very hard “T”. All this means to me is, while I love ninjaVanish’s work; many may find it too course, so keep that in mind. I will add a link to ninjaVanish’s FanFiction home page, check it out if the warnings don’t concern you!
Last time I posted on this topic I mentioned Billatwork. He has been an occasional visitor to this site and remains a fun and prolific writer. He is now 17 chapters into his “Dark Intersect” story; which is his 19th story overall and 5th of his epic “negotiation” arc that picks up way back after the end of episode 2.11 and the infamous Mauser shooting. His writing truly takes on a mythology of its own and I don’t know anyone else who combines convoluted schemes and character driven stories in such a satisfying way. In his current story, we finally encounter the Intersect 2.0. Unfortunately, it’s a survivor from the recently destroyed Fulcrum who is the first 2.0.
I continue to recommend Billatwork’s writing very highly. The rating, while still a “T”, is a bit softer. If you read anything by Billatwork or ninjaVanish be sure to leave a short review. They seem to get excited to know anyone is paying attention to them. And speak up here if you have other favorite fanfic writers, whatever the future of the show, there will be creative fans adding to the mythology for a long time to come.