Today is the first Monday of the month, which could only mean... Fanfiction of the Month, of course!
Man, you guys really dished out some fantastic fics this month, Mother or other-wise. Please keep them coming!
Every month, we go through the forum's Writing Board and on the first Monday, we will choose the story we think is most deserving of the award. Winners will receive this beauty.
To qualify, simply post any fanfictions relating to the Mother-series on the Writing Board. It can be poems, stories, whatever! All I ask is that you be sure to include a title! Even submissions to the Monthly Prompt Post will be looked at! Don't forget to proofread!
This month's winner is ridiclaus with his "moon" prompt for Monthly Prompt Post.
This piece is about Lucas and Claus' relationship, as children and until the very end. There is a lot I could say about this piece, but StarstorMew really described my feelings in his review.
This story kind of caught me off-guard. It was very fresh, very unique among most MOTHER 3 works I have read.
The first thing I would like to address is the way you wrote this. The use of short, simple sentences in places made it even more powerful. The way you alternate between the final battle and Lucas’s childhood gave the story a phantasmagoric aura.
How you handled Lucas and Claus’s relationship also really stood out to me. Your interpretation, I felt, was very realistic and appealing. Claus’s pranks not only point out his innocence and immaturity as a child, but also bring up how cruelty depends on perception. Their personalities felt very natural — their actions really reminded me of real people, not just fictional characters. It shows how, even in an idealistic setting like Tazmily, human nature persists in the people.
And then there is how well you managed to incorporate the Moon motif into the story. Lucas’s thought of, “There’s no such thing as the moon disappearing –it has a dark side, but you can see it from the right angle,” really fits the Masked Man — underneath, it is still Claus, no matter what he is wearing or what he is doing. And the very fact that Lucas knows that the Moon is never truly absent shows a change in his beliefs since when Claus used to try that joke on him. A very subtle way of character development, but one that I really loved.
Of course, your attention for the smaller details cannot be ignored, either. The detail about cat’s cradle really enriched the story. The connection between PK Love and a childhood game like cat’s cradle is something I have never seen before, either, and it serves to give PK Love personal significance, beyond just being the ability to pull the Needles.
In terms of small details, this was what personally resonated with me the most:
And cat’s cradle, a game so beautiful and elaborate and alone. Every game of cat’s cradle is played alone.
He stared at the arrangement of intertwined string in his hands.
After all these years, this is the only pattern Lucas could invent.
And it’s still sort of stolen from Claus, at least the beginning.
This part, although brief, is very effective in making Lucas feel so natural.
In conclusion, I would just like to say that I was really impressed by this story, and I would love to read some others works from you.
The story was written extremely well and is quite honestly one of my favorite fanfics I have ever read on this site! I highly recommend you give it a read!
Congratulations, ridiclaus! I really enjoyed your piece and hope you'll continue to post on the writing board! Enjoy your new badge!
Again guys, keep at it! All the submissions were wonderful and I really have a great time reading them! Also, be sure to check out the Halloween Funfest!
The event could always use more writing submissions and there are prizes for winners! Better yet, just participating gets you a snazzy badge! If you post entries from the Fest to the Writing board, they will
qualify for Fanfiction of the Month!
If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to comment or simply drop me a line.