Translating is hard work. Even with pretty simple translations there can be unexpected difficulties if one of the languages has some funny special rules that apply to everyday life like honorifics and proper address, or words with multiple meanings so instead of asking what time it is you’ll end up asking for a potato. A professional translator can deal with this, of course. But for someone who just knows two pretty different languages, translating even something simple suddenly takes time and ends up getting pretty confusing for everyone involved.
And that leads us to ALIENS!
I think we’ve all read one scifi story or another where an alien is explaining some kind of concept that their species has - it might be related to their Special Sense or something else, but they always conveniently manage to put it in words that the character (and the reader) understand. This makes sense from a storytelling viewpoint, because we’re telling the story to human readers/listeners/viewers who need to understand what’s going on and why.
But it might be fun if the character is teamed up with an alien who gets so confused and/or worked up about some trivial translation that it gets turned into this big whole mysterious deal.
Human: “So, what’s this word mean, ‘thnguwe’?”
Alien: “Thnguwe has… special meaning for our people. It refers to a person’s ability to… form a meaningful connection with another of our kind, and our… entire society is built according to the… concept of thnguwe.”
Human: “How profound! Your civilization has much to teach us!”
Alien #2: “It means ‘talking’. Thnguwe means talking.”
Alien #1: “Oh, talking! I forgot what that word was in human language!”
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On a personal note. I’ve
met wonderful people throughout fandoms and by leaving comments. I’ve made
great friends, some even on comment sections, as we shared our enthusiasm for
the same story.
People who like the same ships often hold similar character
traits and life experiences; they’re people who would get you. The bonds in fandoms only strengthen when people meet other
people as humans - and there are fantastic humans waiting to meet you.
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For Data Collected
For this, I’ve used AO3, currently the most popular fanfiction
I’ve taken the first ranked story in each ship, completed, rated
by kudos - since bookmarks on AO3 can be set to private so the counters don’t
reflect the real numbers - to reflect the stories that had the most positive
feedback in their category.
For the comments, I’ve (falsely and intentionally) assumed the
numbers represented are singular comments from singular, different users
(tipping the scales in favor of the commenters). For Destiel, Johnlock and
Spirk I had to pick the second story by kudos, since for the first the
deviation error (assuming the author haven’t replied and there aren’t
discussion threads included in the comments) was far too high for the ratio to
be accurate, and my initial assumption couldn’t be applied. My apologies to the
I love the PJO au! What are Pidge's and Hunk's backstories?
Me too! I’m surprised i got a lot of asks for it after that one tbh! XD I know you’re not asking for Lance, but I’m adding him anyway just because. There’s a Shiro backstory ask so he’ll be next soon. (Keith’s Backstory)
The Backstories: Pidge, Hunk and Lance Edition (PJO AU)
Pidge is the daughter of the famous Sam Holt, an engineer and the current Administrator of NASA. She has a brother named Matt who went missing for 10 years. Ever since her brother went missing, she became a lil obsessed finding him, thinking aliens got him and all that, she however had fascination with Greek mythology for some reason.
She was on their rooftop when she spotted her first monster: one of the Furies and boy did she scream so loud when it clutched its claws to her shoulders, taking her off the ground. She tried her best not to panic because GODS DAMMIT WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON. Using all her strength, she swung her body forward until she was practically riding the monster. “Is this what Hiccup felt like when he rode Toothless because I swear to god this is goddamn awful and exhilarating at the same time.” It startled the monster and it shrieked, “What are you saying?! And what are you doing there?” “Oh! You could talk! Welp. Bye, bye. Sorry in advance.” Then Pidge stabbed the monster’s eyes with the pen from her tablet that she was holding and twisted its neck until she heard it crack. The monster shrieked louder in pain and suddenly it started to disintegrate. She was way up high in the sky, above their rooftop, then she started to fall. “Oh gods. This is how I die after I just killed one of the Furies. A heroic act at that and no one was even there to see it. Story of my life.” She accepted her fate and closed her eyes, doing a salute towards the moon.
Next thing she knew, she was in the arms of her Dad, who caught her just in time because apparently he heard some noise from the rooftop and went to check. “I got you. And you just killed that monster.” Her Dad gasped. She had never hugged her Dad so tight in her life. “You have so much explaining to do, old man.” That was how she got to Camp Half Blood, she had the chillest arrival because her Dad simply drove her there because their car was protected with material that warded off monsters. Hunk was her first friend along with Lance and they formed a bond. She found out that her brother was in the Roman Camp: safe and sound.
Hunk is the son of a gourmet chef. His mom owned a famous restaurant and he always made sure to help her. He got all the skills from her and he was trained to be the next head chef until The Incident happened. Hunk was a nerd so the second he saw the thing, he knew it was the Khalkotauroi. He didn’t know how it appeared in the restaurant, he was just trying to prepare a dish when suddenly there were screams and he went out and saw the chaos the automaton caused. It breathed fire EVERYWHERE. Panic came over him when he saw his Mom being cornered by the bull and suddenly his feet started to move and he was in front of the bull, grabbing its horns, his body covering his mom.
“Get out of here, Ma!” Hunk screamed. Before his Mom could protest, the bull was preparing for another blow. The next thing Hunk heard was his Mom screaming out for him. He thought he was dead but he opened his eyes and he was still in one piece. He had no idea how that was even possible but he stared into the bull’s eyes and suddenly his hands were on fire. “Oh gods. No. It’s too early,” Hunk’s mom gasped. “I have no idea what’s happening so you better fill me up later, Ma. Fight fire with fire and—” Before he could finish his sentence, the bull stepped back and charged his mother and burned her.
Hunk screamed so loud and his whole body was covered with flames. “You did not just do that. Now, I’m really angry.” Hunk grabbed the nearest knives and charged, throwing knives into the bull’s mouth as it recharged for another blow. The bull burst into millions of pieces, leaving Hunk in tears holding his Mom’s dead body. Hephaestus came for him and informed him he needed to go to camp.
Lance is the son of a nurse. His family was big (mom remarried to his stepdad and now he had many siblings) and he wanted to make everyone proud of him. So he got into the swim team because if there was another thing he loved more than his family, it was swimming. He was in school and the swimming club was his second family, so during practice that was when he realized that he was probably more special than he thought he was.
The ceiling of the school’s indoor swimming pool got destroyed into pieces when a manticore decided to greet them. “Holy shit, what is that!?” Lance screamed. “MANTICORE!!” some geek screamed and the club members screamed as they got out of the pool. Lance was sorta hyponotized because there was no way a manticore could really exist—his thoughts got disrupted when the monster grabbed his leg by its mouth. “IT’S REAL OH GODS ITS REAL!!!” His friends started screaming at him and boy he screamed with them too because WHAT THE HELL THERE IS JUST NO WAY THIS WAS HAPPENING TO HIM. He wanted a chill swim NOT THIS!
“LANCE! SWIM AWAY!!!” “I CANT REALLY SWIM WITH MY LEG IN ITS MOUTH, MARTHA!!!!” “DO SOMETHING!” “SURE LEMME JUST TALK NICELY TO—” “LANCE!!” “I’M FUCKING TRYING OK!!!”
And that was when suddenly all the water in the pool went upwards and it appeared to be facing each of Lance’s balled up fist, waiting for his command. “Holy shit.” Lance was so shocked. The manticore roared and out of panic, Lance threw his hands up and then towards the manticore. The water obeyed and attacked the monster, temporarily drowning it. As soon as the monster can breathe, Lance shrieked because it looked so pissed, so he did the next best thing he could think of from all his gaming with Hunk: he froze the water into icicles and started stabbing the beast again and again until it disintegrated. His Mom told him later that day that his Dad was Poseidon and the next thing was, he was at camp with Hunk. When Lance arrived with Hunk, everyone bowed down to him when Poseidon claimed him and boy did he like to brag about being a Big Three kid.
<b>Hercules:</b> Yeah, I'm a demigod, child of the Big Three,<p/><b>Percy:</b> Oh, yeah? Me too.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> Well, when I was just a baby I strangled two snakes with my bare hands.<p/><b>Percy:</b> Ah, I know what you mean. My mom freaked when I did that.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> I fought the Nemean Lion.<p/><b>Percy:</b> No way! Same. I was, what, fourteen?<p/><b>Hercules:</b> I've fought a hydra.<p/><b>Percy:</b> Dude, same. Although I wouldn't have been able to kill it without Clarisse, but still.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> I hunted down Artemis' sacred deer,<p/><b>Percy:</b> Oh, my friend did that. Chasing deer isn't really my thing though.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> Oh, well... ahh... I fought this massive bear once.<p/><b>Percy:</b> I think I fought its girlfriend! It was a couple of days before I fought Kronos.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> *sweats nervously* This one time, I had to clean this stable that hadn't been cleaned for thousands of years,<p/><b>Percy:</b> Riiiiight. I heard a nymph helped you with that? I used my own powers. *raises eyebrow*<p/><b>Hercules:</b> I --<p/><b>Percy:</b> Dude, I could go all day.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> *flustered* I fought AMAZONS --<p/><b>Percy:</b> Been there.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> The minotaur --<p/><b>Percy:</b> Done that. With my bare hands. I was twelve.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> I... uh... I've... been to the Underworld and back!!<p/><b>Percy:</b> Man, I am sooo sick of that place. Been there like four times.<p/><b>Hercules:</b> Uhhhh... I... *heavy breathing*<p/><b>Percy:</b> Well, we done here?<p/><b>Hercules:</b> *triumphant grin* I WAS OFFERED IMMORTALITY.<p/><b>Percy:</b> Yeah, I turned mine down because I liked this girl...<p/><b>Hercules:</b> *jumps into the river Styx*<p/></p>
Aye so this is my first shot at a x reader fic and im super
nervous lololol. The mods are thinking about also doing x reader asks when we
open the ask box as well? But of course then we would probably be up in our
heads with asks so we’re still debating that heh.
Anyways, Here’s a Hoshi x reader fic because my fam Levia was feeling the need
for one to exist, and all the other popular v3 boys get too much spotlight I
find….Anyways please tell me how you like this qwq.
Dt levia <3
Hoshi finds out that he isn’t the only one who feels
depressed and anxious.