The other badfic sites
We're not the only ones out there, which I'm sure you know, especially if
you've been lavishing them with vitriol and sending them death threats. Here's a small sampling
of the other badfic sites out there. It's far from complete, and we have more to
add. If you know of one, e-mail us
the URL and we'll put it here.
"Unlike some other Bad Fanfic sites, we have no intention of hiding in anonymity
behind a free webpage service. We don't like to name names, but... ah, what the
hell, yes we do! The Godawful Star Trek Fanfiction Page and Bad Buffy are two
examples of sites whose webmasters don't have the guts to put their own names
on the sites."
Well, of course they have the guts to put their names on their site. There's not really
anything ground breaking here. It's a rather "as mild as we wanna be" site where,
if you like, you can intentionally read bad fiction.
They write their own bad stories and post them so we can learn from them. That's so nice.
The Wicked X Witches
The Wicked X Witches do X-Files fiction. There's a bunch of them, all using fake
names. They have links to resources and beta readers, but the site kind of looks
half done. Most of the reviews are funny, as in cracking jokes about the lines
within the story as opposed to making a comment on the writing. At least that's
what I got from it. Maybe I'm missing something. I think X-Files needs a badfic
site, so I hope it works out.
The Bad Fanfiction Terror Squad
This site focuses on the Buffy fandom and is just a whole new kind of...something.
It's hilarious, and whoever wrote it (they're anonymous without so much as a
pseudonym) was modelling it after, or replacing, the Bad Buffy site, a site I never
had the chance to visit. When this site was posted, at least two Buffy fanfic
writers swore off ever writing fanfic again. Oh, the drama of it all! They make good points, although they do have this way of
ripping on personalities that makes me cringe. The guestbook rants range between
someone saying that the site made her regret gun control laws to complaining
about the green and yellow color scheme. Interesting. It does look like a bit of
a fly-by-night operation, though, since they haven't updated in ages.
Godawful Star Trek Fan Fiction
They sound like us, basically. (Now they're probably reading this and saying "Heyyyyy....")
I like these ladies, if they're ladies, and I like their site. Here are some of my favorite
"I've seen some pointless shit in my time, but this takes the cake. Imagine Abbot and Costello's "Who's on
First?" routine in script form. Now cross out Abbot and Costello and write in Kirk and Spock instead. Why?
"Yet more misogynistic porn masquerading as erotica. There's no plot to dissect, which saves me time and effort,
and yet I can't find it within me to be grateful. Probably because I had to read textual vomit like this;
Kirk walked over and inserted his manlyness into the quivering wettness of the communications
officer. He pumped and pumped untill Uhura began to moan unknowingly. She began to say
Kirk's name over and over again "James, Ohhhhhh James, harder deeper keep it comming love
The Slash Hall of Shame
Great site, but I don't think it's updated anymore. JoAnne used a "teaching example
of the month" and talked about why it was just bad, bad, bad. She made great points
too, like excessive use of Buddhist references or something like that. JoAnne,
where are you? We miss you. Come back. Don't make me beg.
These girls use their real identities and review 'N Sync slash and het fic, including
the bad "author as girlfriend" fic.
I presume it's done with the permission of the authors. They're teenagers, and
you can tell ("West Siiiiiiiiide! ::sings:: California, knows how to party... Cal-i-for-nia knows how to
par-tayyy... I love my home state" - grrr, stop that) but when they get down to the actual reviews,
they've got some good things to say, including in their fanfic
pet peeves section. (One of Chickpea's peeves: "Writers who claim that they don't need to change their writing when other people give constructive criticism. When
they ask for feedback from their readers, these writers are saying, "come on, critique my writing so that I can become
better!" To turn right around and take constructive criticism as a personal affront is just stupidity on the part of the
writers.") They've especially got good things to say when you take
into account that by and large, they're writing for other teenagers. They've put
up with some flack in
the past (check out the "FictionLyn" critiques) but they didn't back down, which
took a lot of gonads. And they're a lot easier on the het Mary Sues than I would
have been. They break up their reviews into sections like "MEGO (My
Eyes Gloss Over) Factor" and "In A Nutshell." I find them endearing and at least
a little cool, like I would have been at that age had I been online and writing
'N Sync fiction.
"I now write fanfiction in only Arial font, size 10. I once used Times New Roman, size 12, and
disasters ensued. I have no problem reading fanfiction in Times New Roman; I just can't write in that font."
"This is our guestbook. His name is
My favorite line, and probably the one everybody misses:
"Have fun, y'all, and don't take this too seriously." Amen.
Fandom Whore Hates You All
This site is in diary format, which makes sense seeing as it's at Diaryland. Fandom Whore seems to
hang out mainly in the Buffy fandom, and what few rants are there right now are Buffy related.
(What is it about the Buffy fandom that makes its members so frustrated, anyway?) As I write
this, there are only four entries, but I'd like to see more. There's one about awards that had me
nodding and cackling - "But isn't it about time we had an awards where the people responsible weren't
allowed to be in the awards? That we got rid of this fucking pathetic little incestuous kiss-ass
circle and actually had people who deserved to win? There's too little there right now
to really form an opinion, but I wish her luck.
Feel Our Pain
Yet another badfic site from the Buffy fandom. This one comes complete with a counter-rant to our
"Underage" guest rant. The other rants are the usual fare, such as why
"1/?" sucks, annoying feedback, how writers should not include complete lyrics in
their songfics, "prostrate vs. prostate," etc. I liked the verb/subject agreement thing. Anything by Ripe W.
Plum is pretty good. Not overly exciting yet, but it doesn't suck.
The X-Files Fanfic Hall of Shame
I don't really get what this site is trying to do. It says "All badfic has been displayed
with the permission of the badfic authors," so it seems to me that they intentionally
wrote badfic. Why the hell would anyone do that?
Melvin's Mauve Mansion of Manlove
More intentional badfic. It seems that this would be hard to pull off and do well,
and I don't trust 90% of the slash authors I know to be able to do it, so I haven't
read any of the stories here. You can't make me. Stop it. You're not the boss of me.