I made a sloppy quick doodle strip illustrating how Stella was “born”.
morning Benson receives a large mail package (with regards from Mordo
and Rigs, who else), filled with… baby items?! After some digging he
gets to this mysterious capsule, its content described as “Genuine stardust”. He opens it, and as soon as his hands touch it, well… Baby happens 8Y
Afterwards he probably gently put the baby down and ran outside to scream xD
The 28 Types of Reviews You Might Get When You Write Fanfic
1. The Analyser
The hallmark of a good and loyal reviewer: they actually discuss your story. Specifically, the plot part. These reviews like to recap and theorise and question to their hearts’ content, and are very fulfilling for the author to read.
2. The Death Threats
The hallmark of a bad reviewer. These come in two flavours: the ones who threaten you if you don’t update quicker (see: The Impatient) and the ones who threaten you if you don’t stop writing altogether (see: That Anon Who Hates Your Guts, The Flamer, The Unpleaseable).
3. The ‘I May or May Not Have Read Any of Your Story but I Decided Don’t Like it and Felt the Need to Tell You So Aggressively’
These are reviewers every author starts out in fear of but learns to roll their eyes at (see: The Flamer). Something about your summary displeases them, maybe, or maybe something in the beginning of the first chapter, or maybe something they heard second hand from a friend. If you’re a popular author, sometimes you get these from people who are just sick of you getting the spotlight or think you’re overrated.
4. The Impatient
AKA The “I Only Care How Quickly You Can Give Me Content.” The Impatient are easy to spot. Their reviews invariably mention the words “update,” “next chapter,” “more,” “soon,” or “quickly.” For The Impatient, these are often the only words in the review. Sometimes they throw in a “loved it” or “good job” to sound polite, but no matter what, The Impatient always sounds rude.
5. The Language You Don’t Understand
So, you wrote a fanfic in your native language and posted it on the internet. It’s not impossible, but in fact likely, that someone with a different native language will read your story. That’s fine. The difficulty comes when they try to review: Do they attempt to write in the same language as the story and risk being The Incomprehensible? Or do they write a review in their own native tongue, so that you may put it through google translate, and usually have it come out being The Incomprehensible? About half the time they choose the latter. Either way, you’re never going to know what they really thought of your story.
6. The One Who Doesn’t Realise the Story is Already Complete
You’ve just posted either a one-shot or the final instalment to one of your chapter stories. You get a review from The Impatient: “good job update soon pls.” Maybe you left it open ended. Maybe you forgot to stick on a ‘complete’ tag. Maybe they didn’t read your author’s note that very clearly said “this is the end, this is all, there won’t be any more.” Whatever reason, they’re convinced you’ll keep writing, and the worse of this bunch may resort to other measures when you don’t (see: The Death Threats, The Pushy One).
7. The Idea Guy
Frequently overlapping with The Unpleaseable, The Idea Guy wants to tell you exactly what they think you should do with your story. If it’s a one-shot, they’re often trying to convince you to write a sequel by handing you a plot that may or may not be any good. If it’s a chapter story, they’re thinking you’ll write on request. Their ideas might even make proceeding a bit difficult if they happen to be similar to what you already had planned, because many people will debate with themselves whether it’s better to let them believe you wrote their idea (and be more likely to give ideas in the future) or to change your plans for your story just to avoid them thinking they can keep suggesting things.
8. That Anon Who Hates Your Guts
They hate you, but they refuse to show themselves. Maybe you said something offensive. Maybe you said something they think is offensive. Maybe they misconstrued one of your stories. Maybe they find you abrasive. Or maybe, you’re just a popular author. They have made you their target and will pursue you, often handing out The Death Threats and being The Flamer. The proper procedure is, if you really did say something offensive, listen to them and learn why what you did is wrong; if not, ignore them completely. That can be hard if they are hounding you, but you have to try.
9. The Unpleaseable
AKA The “Wants Your Story to be Anything but What it Is.” It’s a mystery why they read your story when they seem so against everything you do with it, but their reviews come with every update, stubbornly displeased. Sometimes they have a point (see: The Concrit) and the author is maybe a bit too stubborn themselves to see it, and they’re really trying to help. Other times they’re just being jerks.
10. The Incomprehensible
This problem sometimes stems from The Language You Don’t Understand, but other times it’s from the reviewer using too many abbreviations, too many typos, not enough punctuation, or all of the above. When you look at these reviews, you can’t tell a word of what they’re intending to say.
11. The Vague
These short reviews might mention a plot point, or point out an error, or sometimes, their entire review is a single emoticon. Whatever they say, they say it in a way that’s neutral, or can be construed in several ways. This becomes a problem when you get mostly Vagues, until you can’t tell how well your story was received at all.
12. “Their Hand Slipped”
Their review starts out as a random mash of letters, or a single letter repeated to infinity. After the letters, they acknowledge this with a “my hand slipped” or a “sorry i was bored”, yet they had made no move to remove the letters at the beginning before they sent their review. This forces you to scroll past, for example, several pages worth of the letter W just to see a couple sentences telling you what they thought of your story.
13. The Insert-Review-Here
Reviews from people whose hands probably actually slipped. This comes in the form of reviews that are blank, only have a few characters written, or say “Type your review here…”
14. The Irrelevant
This reviewer type seems to really want to review, but can’t think of anything worth putting in their review, so they talk about something completely out of left field. Other times, The Irrelevant is irrelevant because your story reminded them of something they just had to share.
15. The One Who Only Seems to Care About the References
All these reviews do is point out how you referenced another fandom in your fanfic. They often wouldn’t have reviewed if you hadn’t given a shout out to some other show they love, but since you did, their opinion of you went up.
16. ‘X. just X.’
X in this case is often a generic expression of an emotion, such as “wow” or “ew”. The former can be encouraging for the author, but disappointing when the review is “X. just X,” and just “X. just X.”
17. The Masochist
Here’s one that writers of genres such as tragedy and horror will have more experience with. The Masochist stalks your stories of these genres, always reviewing to tell you how much they cried, or screamed. They make you think, maybe they’d be better off if they stopped reading my stories, but they really are enjoying it, no matter how much it sounds like they aren’t.
18. The Sadist
Another one writers of the above mentioned genres will have more experience with. These are people who will review your horror stories with “so cute,” and your tragedies with “that cheered me up.” These people either really, really want to seem tough, or are actual sadists who might have some degree of sociopathy or psychopathy.
19. The One Who Wants Your Advice
They not only want your advice, they think they’re entitled to it. If they wanted to ask politely without fuss, they would put it in a private message. These people instead make their request public, so that if you won’t/can’t advise them, they have “proof” to show people you’re a jerk who won’t give them what they want.
20. The One Who Wants Your Story
This kind of review is the cover for an unrepentant plagiarist. They request permission to repost your story to another site, and get huffy if you turn them down. Why they would want to repost it if not to take credit is a mystery; they obviously can read it perfectly fine on its original site, or else there would be no review. The only response to this is to crack down on it hard and immediately. They might repost it anyway, and maybe become That Anon Who Hates Your Guts, but if they do you’ll have more people on your side. No one likes a plagiarist.
21. The One Who Probably Only Half-Read It
This review says things that blatantly overlook large parts of the narrative. They’ll ask about a character’s motivation after it was explained, or contradict a plot point with their theory, or accuse you of believing in something you portrayed as a Bad Thing.
22. The One Who Wants to Tell You Exactly Why They Love Your Story
These are the kind of reviews you want the most; they’ll make you feel fuzzy inside. These reviews always give the author a high opinion of the reviewer, and is a likely sign the two would get along if they ever met.
23. The Pushy One
The Impatient taken to the extreme. The Pushy One doesn’t just review to say “update pls,” they review to say “seriously can you update already it’s been X amount of time.” A sure sign of A Pushy One is when they send private messages to say the same thing. Occasionally overlaps with The Death Threats, if you’re unlucky.
24. The Grammar Nazi
These reviewers have one purpose and one purpose only: to point out your typos and grammar snafus. Useful, but insubstantial and a bit condescending.
25. The Concrit
Half Grammar Nazi, half Analyser, and very, very helpful. The Concrit exists to help you learn from your mistakes and be a better writer, in both your spelling/grammar and story structure. These are natural born beta readers who take it upon themselves to help without being asked. Unfortunately, the more stubborn and defensive writers can mistake them for something more mean spirited (see: The Flamer).
26. The Flamer
The Flamer is sort of like the Concrit, except with no intention to be helpful. Flamers just want to heave a great “you suck” at you, whether founded or unfounded. They are to be ignored, or laughed at, depending on your preference.
27. The Borderline Flamer Concrit
These people are trying their hardest to give you Concrit, but they’re not so good at the suggesting-improvements part. They point out the flaws and suggest fixing them, but without any ideas to help you how. Easily mistaken for The Flamer, The Borderline Flamer Concrit can be distinguished by their good intentions.
28. The Artist
The Artist’s reviews will ask: “Can I make fanart of your story?” You will rarely if ever meet a fan writer who will turn down such a request. No matter the quality, the author will usually rejoice just to have the art exist. The Artist is a rare phenomenon in many fandoms, so their occurrences are coveted like an endangered species.
Hello! What are your thoughts on DipperxPacifica or Dipcifica? I heard Gravity Falls has come to its end and probably might not continue... but I'd like to know your thoughts on this ship.. ^_^
The last episode of Gravity Falls quickly approaches… but it shall not end so long as our hearts remember it and we celebrate it! Gravity Falls has been an incredible, touching, impacting story for me, and I for one will always happily chat about the show and participate in fandom activities. I only recently got involved in the fandom, after all, so I’m not going to just run off! The fact the story won’t continue doesn’t mean the fandom doesn’t have to continue. :)
As far as Dipcifica is concerned, I will preclude my commentary as I do with commentary on all my shipping commentary posts: being asexual and borderline aromantic means that I personally don’t tend to ship things, and that my largest interests gravitate toward other forms of relationships.
Not all aro/ace people respond this way to ships, but it’s always been this case for me. I’m sorry if you heard this comment from me before, but I always think it’s helpful for people to understand my perspective going into this.
I will say that I actually have some surprising interest and inclination toward Dipcifica. It’s not a ship I believe is canonical, nor do I think it’s an intuitive ship that could ever canonically form. Dipper and Pacifica are largely hostile individuals with few shared interests and no notable interest in each other. That said, while it’s not a ship that sails itself, it’s still a ship with some surprising appeal. I wouldn’t have thought that Dipcifica could work whatsoever before watching “Northwest Mansion Mystery,” but after I saw that episode, I saw myself actually enjoying the vague concept of the pairing. It’s sort of cute to see the way Dipper positively interacts with Pacifica in that episode.
Because I feel that the only interpretable “Dipcifica” moments are in “Northwest Mansion Mystery,” I’m going to talk about that episode particularly.
I love the fact the episode starts with emphasizing how little Dipper and Pacifica regard one another. Dipper outright tells Pacifica, “You’re the worst,” to her face, while Pacifica makes it wholly clear she’s only talking to him because she’s “desperate.” Even when Dipper starts helping Pacifica oust the ghost, they continue to make rude remarks to one another. Dipper insults Pacifica’s shady family history, Pacifica insults Dipper’s book, Dipper insults the ghost that they have, Pacifica insults his nerdery, Dipper insults her hair. There is nothing reverent about how the two of them are interacting with one another; they’re together simply because they have a common purpose, and because Dipper is a decent enough guy to help anyone in times of danger. He knows that the Northwest family, while rude, aren’t bad people, so he’s fine getting rid of a ghost for them. But that’s the extent of his neighborliness.
The more Dipper and Pacifica interact with the ghost, the more they see inside one another. Seeing inside one another changes everything.
Because they see inside one another, they start to feel positive toward each other, an attraction that may not be canonically romantic, but still is real attraction. Dipper doesn’t just see a brat, but a conflicted girl who is riddled with conflicting desires, guilt, and even some self-disgust. Pacifica, meanwhile, sees Dipper as someone who isn’t just a petty, gross commoner: she sees him for his positive attributes, his heroicism, and his willingness to help her family and save her from danger.
She’s in fact so excited about the fact they manage to trap the ghost that, spur of the moment, she hugs him. Of course, because she’s so used to treating him poorly, she immediately feels awkward and offers to pay him to keep silent about her reaction. You can see the exact moment she realizes what she did, frowns, and then awkwardly moves away. Dipper, on his own end, is wide-eyed, almost traumatized.
Still, the interactions between them for the rest of the episode take a turn. Dipper starts to encourage Pacifica to be a better person, and he always does so with kindness rather than rudeness. Rather than telling her, “You’re the worst,” he tells her, “You don’t have to be like the rest of your family.”
I think the two cutest moments for them are when Dipper runs into a garden column and when they make a mess on the carpet at the end of the episode.
The first scene I mentioned begins when Pacifica asks Dipper, “Wait, leaving already?” She’s suggesting she wants Dipper to stay at the party. She only gave three tickets to the party, which where given to Mabel, Candy, and Greta; however, here it’s clear that Pacifica is suggesting Dipper stay. It’s really awesome to think about… Pacifica wants Dipper’s company.
Dipper declines, but he’s rather friendly and suave about it. “I’ve got a category ten ghost to dispose of,” he says with a little bit of bravado. It’s a bit flaunted, almost flirtatious between the two of them, and I love it. In fact, he’s so given in to his positive interaction with Pacifica that he crashes straight into a column after he’s barely finished talking. If Dipper hadn’t been so distracted with Pacifica, he wouldn’t have been a klutz. He laughs, turns it around into something smooth, points, says, “Category ten,” and gets them both to laugh.
It’s really quite a special moment. In fact, after Dipper leaves and is by himself, he’s still smiling. He’s walking down alone, grinning, and saying, “Call me crazy, but maybe she’s not that bad after all.” Dipper is feeling some positive attraction to Pacifica after this good interaction.
The final scene between them is great because it’s so empowering. The whole episode, Dipper has encouraged Pacifica to stand up and do what’s right, even if it means disobeying her parents. Pacifica, however, stopped Dipper from entering a room to oust the ghost just because she was afraid of her parents’ reaction. Even by the end of the episode, Pacifica is glum about how her family will probably lock everyone out again next year. But Dipper realizes how to encourage her. He points to the floor. They see they’re standing in mud.
Now, at the end of this adventure, Pacifica feels so empowered, having defied her parents once, that she in a rush has no problem staining the carpet she and Dipper are standing on. They do it together, laughing, sharing an inside understanding between them. Seeing Dipper and Pacifica laughing together is great; knowing they’re enjoying themselves for deeper psychological reasons like helping Pacifica believe in herself and feel empowered… that’s a whole new level of “awesome” and endearing. They’re not just having fun here. Dipper has just encouraged Pacifica, changing her sulk to laughter… and Pacifica is feeling empowered over the fact that she can be herself, and not have to live in a scandalous familial legacy.
Consequently, I love these interactions. I think these moments between the two of them are endearing, uplifting, and cherishable. Although Pacifica usually is a jerk and Dipper isn’t much better toward her, this rare episode highlights something really cool between them. Maybe you could actually call me something of a minor Dipcifica shipper. I’m not going to endorse a relationship where people are jerks to each other in the relationship, but I am happy to see something revolutionize like it did in this episode. By the time they can positively interact, the rudeness is gone.
I don’t believe that they are attracted to each other in any romantic way canonically. In “Northwest Mansion Mystery,” what happens is that their positive interactions with each other, high-stakes adventure, and sympathetic relations to one another bring them momentarily closer. When we get inside someone and go through memorable experiences like that, we feel closer to them. Dipper and Pacifica find the opportunity to feel a positive attraction to one another because of what happens. It doesn’t mean they’re going to pursue anything long-term with each other, or even something short-term. It doesn’t mean they feel any sense of romance. They don’t. It just means that, for that moment, they can feel something important: a bit of an attraction to that person because they can see something good and attractive in them.
In addition to the fact I don’t believe Dipcifica is ever canonical, even in the slightest, I also don’t believe that this sort of a relationship would work between them. While the ship can be cute to consider for some individuals, it doesn’t mean the ship would function. Dipper and Pacifica have almost nothing in common. Interests are wholly divergent. Personal experiences are little aligned. Personality traits do not match up. Dipper and Pacifica would never be able to be together, even if under a hypothetical they did get attracted to each other. Dipcifica could not actually function as a relationship.
So how do I feel about Dipcifica? Like I do with all ships that aren’t incestual or abusive, I’m wholly fine with its existence. I won’t be grouchy at people who ship it. I won’t be grouchy at people who don’t ship it. In all honesty, from a canonical standpoint, it’s a lot better to argue that this is a wild ship that probably would never happen. Dipper and Pacifica really don’t get along that well by and large, and even when they do, they don’t have enough in common to sustain some hypothetical romance. However, from the perspective of enjoying a ship, there are moments in “Northwest Mansion Mystery” that are fun and can bring about some positive shipping feels. And I admit that sometimes I get those feels.