Its been a while since I’ve posted on this topic. There is still new material coming out, clearly not as much as there once was, but some new. And several established AUs are still on-going, so there is still plenty to read on a weekly basis. So once again, let’s look at the only avenue for new Chuck material after the jump.
One thing I want to touch on before I get to any stories is reviews. Today, billandbrick (the team of billatwork and brickroad16) posted the tenth chapter of their wonderful post series story, “The Long Road Home” along with an author’s note explaining why they were both pretty much done with writing. A main issue would seem to be a hurtful nasty review. Now I can’t begin to know if there was history there or what, but it sure drove home to me the responsibility we have when we post a review. I’m not denying there may be great value in a well crafted critique; but fan writers do what they do for pure love of it. I think more than anything they need to know how much we appreciate their efforts. They need cheerleaders more than critics. No doubt, not every story is of equal quality, or is written for every reader; but if you don’t like a story, leave it alone. Leave it for the readers who do like it and the writer who is crafting it. If you have some minor concerns go ahead and bring them up (along with plenty of encouragement!). If you have bigger concerns, especially something that goes right to the heart of the project or the writer’s skills, send them a PM. fanfiction.net facilitates this quite nicely; you can link right to the writer’s page from the story you’re reading and send a private message to them.
On occasion, I’ve encountered a story that I liked quite a lot, until something happened that really ruined it for me. But I don’t get angry and post an ugly review or send a nasty post to the writer! We are never entitled to get the story written our way. If its really too much for you to swallow, just walk away. Let it go. Let them have their hobby. It doesn’t hurt you any to let them write a story you don’t like! And if you break their spirit you may have just deprived hundreds of readers a story they were enjoying enormously, just like whoever broke billandbrick! I know that will sound silly to many readers; but seriously, artists are sensitive about their work. I know, I’m married to one. A lot of heart and soul goes into a project, it can be difficult to criticize their work without criticizing them. It is very different with professional work where they may need feedback to refine their work. Or they may have enough fans and sales to be able to dismiss a single pinhead remark. But amateurs only get appreciation. So don’t be frugal with it!
Okay, rant over. Sorry. On to the good stuff. Let’s start with “Chuck vs the Memories” by ref51907. Does that author name sound familiar? It should! ref, AKA Erik shared his real life story with us last week. Well he has also been working on a post series story for Chuck and Sarah. I promised once I would warn readers if I ever recommended a story where Chuck and Sarah didn’t return home from the beach together. So here it is. The worst of it ends quickly enough and any angst is pretty minimal. The healing and reconciliation is written very nicely as we might expect given the author’s experiences. And bonus, there’s a nasty little adventure shaping up that promises to bring some favorite baddies from the past back together to make life miserable for our heroes. The story hasn’t updated in a couple months, but Erik assures me more is coming and he’s no where near done with it. What is written so far would take a couple hours to read and be rated PG-13 for reasons much like the show.
Next up is sort of, almost a one shot. Which of course means its really a two shot, but not very long (!). Its by docinoz who I’ve recommended here many times before. But this is undoubtedly very personal for the writer. Its “John Casey, Serious As Cardio-Myopathy“. This is a Casey centered story, and presumably really autobiographical in nature. It’s an amusing (really?!) story of our favorite hulking giant having an “event” that lands him in the hospital. This is an entertaining and sometimes frightening story that can be read in less than half an hour and would be rated PG.
We have a couple of S3 AUs that I’ve recommended before, that have both updated recently. Uplink2 is still working on his epic length “Chuck vs Life, Love and Lies“, we just had an exciting update earlier this week as we approach the end of his “Act II”. Readers here all know I’m no fan of S3, Uplink has given us a huge and satisfying re-work of how Chuck became an agent. This story is a great read. It is long, novel length already and no where near done.
I also previously recommended Marc Vun Kanon’s Nine2Five series. This is structured very differently than the one above! It is broken into several “episode length” stories, each of which reads quite quickly. Marc’s style is fast paced and often humorous. He is addressing many of the characters and themes that were found in season three, but handling it all in a very different way. As in, good different! The series starts with “Nine2Five“; which leads to “Nine2Five 2 Casey vs the Janitors“, “Nine2Five 3 Larger Than Life“, “Nine2Five 4 Shiney Happy People“, “Nine2Five 5 Morgan’s Angels“, “Nine2Five 6 Stand Up” and “Nine2Five 7 Sparring Partners“. Phew! Marc’s been busy! Each story can be read in less than an hour and would be rated PG.
Before I go, let me recommend once again Quistie64’s excellent “Chuck vs the Sound of Music II“. This is another very long work, far longer than part one was. But it has been updating regularly and is always a treat to look forward to. Really a wonderful friends and family themed story, with just enough spy story and adventure to keep things exciting.
Thank you so much to all these writers for keeping the Chuck universe alive and fun. Honestly, I’m every bit as invested in some of these stories as I ever was with the show! Everyone be sure to let the fan fiction writers you like best know how much you appreciate their efforts!