Its been a little while since I posted anything here. But I am still reading fan fiction, and really wanted to update on some of what’s going on.
We have often talked about how damaged, or not, S3 was. Among the things currently going on at fanfiction.net are several attempts to “repair” or make peace with the whole poorly received season. So after the jump, I will discuss several of my favorite, current works in progress; with an emphasis on S3 AUs.
“Chuck vs. How Season 3 Should Have Been” by LittleCandyMan is sort of a minimalist rewrite. We’ve had several versions of the discussion here about how just a few removed scenes and minor rewrites could have salvaged the whole season. This piece is an attempt to show just that. Making just a few changes to the most painful of episodes could change the whole feel of the season. So far its just three short chapters long and finished with “Fake Name.” It could be read in about 20 minutes and would be rated PG.
“Chuck vs. the Fight” by KateMcK is a similar effort that’s just a little further along. For each episode, the writer accepts what’s come before, but tries to make repairs from there on out. Obviously, it doesn’t really flow as a single story; but the individual efforts have been interesting. Currently it would take about an hour to read through.
I continue to recommend “Chuck and Sarah vs. Themselves” by NinjaVanish very highly. This is currently my favorite story going, no offense to any of the other excellent works in progress. It is a complete rewrite of S3 from Pink Slip, with the assumption the break up at the start of the season was faked. The story has strayed farther from the season as it has gone along, and is currently not recognizable to the show. Where things stand now; Chuck and Sarah are undercover as married arms dealers, discussing real marriage when not being monitored, trying to convince co-workers they are “just friends” (I’m pretty sure Casey isn’t fooled, but Beckman and Shaw seem to be), and are discussing stealing tapes from the FBI that may have captured them in a compromising position. NinjaVanish is a particularly good action writer, his epic gun and knife fights are always a lot of fun. He also does very well with the character based humor that is such a part of “Chuck.” The story is currently 20 chapters long and could take several hours to read, and I’m really not sure how much farther he intends to take it. I would consider his material R rated for violence, language, and suggested sex; so reader discretion is advised!
Another trend that seems to be picking up steam is the “complete AU.” That is stories that start from the start. There are three real stand-outs in this category (and several honorable mentions, that I really wish I had time to go into). First place has to go Frea O’Scanlin’s epic “What Fates Impose.” She starts before Chuck gets the intersect, and develops her own version of the whole Chuck tale. She is an excellent writer of characters, action, humor, and about anything else you can think of. The story is massively long, I would guess 10 hours if you start from the beginning (and a long way to go yet!); Rated about PG-13.
Next mention would be another NinjaVanish work called “Chuck vs. the Frontier.” This is 19th century Chuck, and yes he has a version of the intersect (think Jules Verne or H.G. Wells sort of stuff). Agent Walker is dangerous in any time even when she seems awkwardly out of place (at one point she says, “the Ring doesn’t know Agent Walker is a woman ….. no Ring agent who met me has survived…”). This story is just very fun stuff. It would take about 4 hours to read the story to date and I would rate it PG-13.
Next I must mention “Walker’s Eleven” by Moonlight Pilot. This starts with the assumption Sarah never escaped from her life of crime. It starts in 2007 with Sarah doing “one last con” before she retires. Of course things go horribly wrong and Chuck ends up being the only person she can turn to. It’s still not clear how Chuck will function as an outlaw; I believe its pointing towards them escaping from the life of crime but all I can do is guess. The story telling is fun and exciting but we’re a long way from seeing how things will play out. Current length is about 3 hours of reading and rating is PG-13.
The pure quality of fan fiction seems to get better all the time. I can promise anyone who finds this interesting, will get many hours of enjoyment from it.