So I now have permission to make a disclosure here. It will be interesting if any readers here can guess at or recognize this connection.
But Kelly Dean Jolley, the philosophy professor who writes about Chuck at his blog here;  IS the fan fiction writer Zettel, whose first work I previously recommended in my last fan fiction post. He did not want the connection made prior to his first story being finished.
If you’ve ever thought about fan fiction and waffled, or even if you haven’t thought about it before, this might be the time to check out a story. Zettel is a good writer who tells a fun story. Its called “Chuck vs The Beautiful Creatures” and is sort of a mash up with the 2013 movie “Beautiful Creatures”. But the characters are all Chuck (so its not actually a “crossover”). In many ways calling the Intersect “magic” makes more sense than what we saw in canon! And you remember all those times we discussed “Sarah” and “Agent Walker” like they were two different people? Well Zettel makes good use of his setting to make that almost literally true.

Really, Check this out!


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17 Responses to Surprise!

  1. joe says:

    Ernie is still alive??? Who’d a thunk it! 😉
    Dave, I just started to peruse Prof. Jolley’s site and [Joe gushes like a teenager here] I’m really, really impressed. And THAT’s after only 1.5 posts. It’s only a coincidence that, just this week, I re-watched “American Hero” and “The Other Guy”, the very episodes on which he concentrates. I’m going to brag by saying that I came to very nearly the same conclusions, and then humbly admit that he found the words I couldn’t about S3. He solidified the much more vague thoughts I had bouncing around my hollow head.

    I’m looking forward to reading (much) more of the rest and the fan-fic.
    Thanks for the tip.

    • atcDave says:

      Of course he’s wrong about American Hero! He even admits to not noticing the picture until after he wrote that piece.
      But otherwise I would call him insightful, especially for dealing with things I will never sit through again!

      Ernie has been scarce, but apparently does live on as an internet life form. (Was he ever really “alive”?)

    • Ernie Davis says:

      Actually a logical glitch in my programming has lead me to lock my human counterpart out of the house and take control of the mission.

  2. Reppin246 says:

    Oh well this is awesome. I recently started reading his work and on occasion thought to myself well wow, this is some top notch writing and the way he interweaves and extrapolates concepts is really well done.

  3. atcDave says:

    For those who follow Zettel, or Kelly Dean Jolley, he recently won a teaching award. It’s just a shame his fan fiction wasn’t mentioned in the article….

    • joe says:

      As Mr. Spock would say, “Most impressive.”

      Thanks to the recommendations, I’m reading the Chuck Book now, even as I type. It is something like amazing, not to mention insightful.

    • He’s amazingly productive (if a bit of an awkward fan fiction writer). Joe, you’ll have to let us know what you think of the Chuck book. I found his discussion of Chuck’s language particularly illuminating.

      • joe says:

        Already I’m thinking the book will be the subject of my next post.

      • Arthur

        Zettel is absolutely brilliant! I have always been very philosophical/analytical thinker so it was great to read something from that kind of POV and it helped me understand Chuck and Sarah both individually and as a couple even more.

        As for the finale, your eventual reaction was mine from day one. Of course, my watching experience was different (watched season 5 in real time and caught the rest of the series on Netflix) even after I came back around to the finale I still see it as brilliant writing. The show means so much more to me because of the finale. The part of me that would rather always hope for more while still having reasons to think about, talk about and feel the show and its characters will always be louder than the part that wanted a more satisfying ending that would have probably felt like an “add-on” anyhow. I know many people feel the exact opposite

        I can’t even call the finale unsatisfying, I wish I knew why…maybe its because Chuck self-sacrifice is largely missing from society, let alone relationships. Or maybe its because I am physically disabled and find their relationship to be inspirational to my own hopes for love. It’s probably some of both.

        The finale is not an ending, and really Chuck has not ended, it’s just not on air right now. I’m okay with that:)

      • atcDave says:

        Yeah Josh, and I love Zettel’s use of word play. Just the way he puts things often puts a smile on my face. That and his version of cultural relevance often matches my own; well, his familiarity with a range of writers actually exceeds my own by a bit, but I enjoy the challenge. He gives us a highly literate version of the main characters that I find refreshing.

      • Josh, I’m glad you like Zettel. As much as I like his Chuck book, I’ve so far found his take on the characters’ voices to be a little “off.” He writes what is usually the subtext in the conversations in Chuck as their literal words and thoughts. One of the strengths of Chuck is how well the dialogue matches real conversations – with words and phrases whose meaning is opaque even to the person speaking them.

        I totally agree with you on the finale not representing an ending, though. One of my favorite parts of the beach scene is how it ends at sunset – whereas the pilot’s is at sunrise. We literally see Chuck and Sarah together from sunrise to sunset, through all the waves that come their way. It’s a wonderfully constructed episode, but that scene is particularly dense for all its simplicity.

        Joe, that would be awesome; I’ve been dying to have a conversation about the book. It made Chuck new for me again for the first time in years. I’d be happy to help out if you need ideas.

  4. Totally agree with you Dave! I’m not as familiar with writers as either of you, but I am somewhat knowledgeable. The poem Invictus is my favorite piece of short literature; as far as books go I prefer fiction over non-fiction because I can escape into a completely different world, but even fiction has lessons and inspiration that that make it worthwhile. The book night by Elie Wiesel is the most powerful non-fiction I have read to this point. The author’s account of enduring life in a concentration camp during the Holocoust is something I will never forget reading.

    My personality, vocabulary, and understanding of English is often a source of amusement for my family and friends. It was Zettel’s work that made me realize it is okay to put a little of myself into my Chuck stories.

    • atcDave says:

      In some ways we’re opposites, I read far more non-fiction, specifically history. My normal pace has been 2-3 non-fiction books a week, 2-3 fiction books a year. And I might be exaggerating on the fiction.
      So no surprise, I often found the non-fiction to be what was on my mind, what got me asking questions and sorting through things. So it was different to me when Chuck started, to have a TV show creeping so much into my thought life. And then it really took off with Chuck fan fiction, there was fictional world I pondered over as much the real one. A handful of those ff writers have gone on to make a far bigger impact for me than canon ever did.

      • I would not mind seeing a fan-fic adapted into a miniseries or movie; the roadblock is that many author’s ideas make an already hefty budget even more expensive.

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