I'm not all analytical of motivations like Musey, I'm no expert on the writing process, or Sarina, um, I mean Carina like MXPW. I don't have incredible video editing and graphics talents like Crystal and Frea. I don't have Liam's dark twisted sense of humor (okay, I have that a little, but not on Liam's level). And most of all, I don't have tons of out-takes from fics I've written lying around waiting to be published here on the blog.
What I do have is a sadly thorough knowledge of all things Chuck fanfiction, past and present (still working on future). So to satisfy my need to contribute, I talked with Frea, and decided the best thing I could do was to discuss fics I've read (I've read literally everything on FFnet, and most Chuck fic posted elsewhere) that many of you may have missed. Some of these, I'm sure you will have read. Some of them, you may have not, and hopefully I'll help you uncover some gems.
This week marks the first in what will be a weekly series in which I discuss some of those stories. I'll do one a week, and hopefully this will be a feature you'll enjoy.
This week, I'll be discussing Chuck vs A Man Named Stone by Gaseous.
Chuck vs A Man Named Stone was first published on August 27, 2008. In line with many post season 1, pre-season 2 Chuck stories, Chuck and Sarah start out in a bad place. Well, that is to say both parties have strong feelings for one another, but feel there's no way for them to be together.
There are parts of this story that, now, seem almost prophetic. Intersect issues physically draining Chuck, and things of that nature.
Also, in another almost cliche of pre-season 2 fics, Bryce is portrayed as an overbearing jackass, and (SPOILER WARNING) eventually a bad guy.
That having been said, this story had a lot of things very unique to it. We get to see a very dark side to Sarah and Casey's job that surprisingly works quite well. Admittedly, I'm not always a fan of darker stories. Chuck is a show that is supposed to be light, and fun, and funny, and often times, the darkness seems forced and unnecessary.
But A Man Named Stone is a dark!Chuck tale that works on several levels for me.
The biggest downside to this story? It's incomplete. It's one of many fantastic Chuck fics that has been (apparently) abandoned. And while there is hope that some of the abandoned stories of the world will one day be updated, this one hasn't been touched since December of 2008, so I think it's safe to say that we'll never see how this one ends.
Despite that fact, this is certainly a story that I would recommend reading. As a writer myself, I often times look at abandoned fics as an opportunity to write my own ending. Read it, enjoy it, then decide how I would finish things. It's an excellent exercise, if nothing else.
So you've been forewarned that you won't get the whole story with this fic, but I still recommend checking it out. It's well worth your time. You can find Chuck vs A Man Named Stone at http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4503315/1/Chuck_vs_A_Man_Named_Stone. Happy reading!
Next week: I'll take a look at one of my favorite action sequences in Chuck fic history,
written by Sharpasmarble.
written by Sharpasmarble.