lilietsblog said: i swear to god i will
read this. i don’t know the fandom but judging by stuff from it i see
on my dash from you i want to read this. >:3
Whoa, really? I am surprised! But yeah, go nuts. If you get lost, hit me up and I’ll say something explanatory. To be fair, Naruto is really not a complicated series. In brief, it is as follows:
1) worldbuilding: ninja know nothing at all about stealth or subterfuge, chakra = bullshit elemental magic, and the laws of nature get laughed off stage so just don’t worry about them too much.
2) characters: the two mainest main characters are pretty damn boring. Aggressive dumb blond loud prankster with a heart of gold and a scary monster stuck inside his belly: Naruto. Aggressive dumb brunette quiet massacre survivor with a lot of post-traumatic problems who never, ever got any therapy: Sasuke. Unfortunately their emotional connection pretty much carries the series, which is why everybody is just like ??? when they both
supposedly turn out to be straight. That ending came outta nowhere.
2b) the other main characters are archetypes built on guilt, shame, awkwardly contrived motivations and Kishimoto’s utter inability to write people with ovaries as actual human beings BUT DON’T WORRY there are queer/women writers in fandom, it’s fine, it’s gonna be okay
3) plot: ??? characters are angry a lot. mostly they are trying to murder everybody in the name of peace and/or stability and it doesn’t?? usually?? work very well and everybody is consistently really surprised by this.
3b) - except Orochimaru who is totally uninterested in peace or stability, and actually just says what he really wants most of the time except tragically that leads to him saying things like “I WANT YOUR BODY,” to children and he always forgets to append, “No, but, like, nonsexually. So I can inhabit it. Like a parasite.” Fandom is very confused about this point.
my poor unloved precious baby murder princess goth legolas child it’s okay i still love u
4) fandom: don’t talk to strange Naruto fans on tumblr, 94% of them are actually absolute lunatics. But like, in the really old-fashioned way of meaning “lunatic” where you’re talking about somebody with MAD STRENGTH who becomes aggressive for no reason. They will castigate you like you’re some kind of soul-devouring monsterfiend bubbling up from the abyssal depths of hell if you make any kind of comment about any kind of character. This is so much worse for you than taking lollies from strangers.
I think that’s it? I think I’ve pretty much covered it. I know it sounds like I’m joking but the above is basically the ultimate Naruto Fandom Primer. Now fly free and read every fanfic on my recs list, okay?