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If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by Panthergirl on Aug 28th, 2005, 10:05pm

...please don't do what these people did.

First, I enjoy a good crossover fic every now and again. Especially if the two fandoms can be combined with a good reason. Just now I was searching ff.net for a good Harry Potter/Star Trek crossover (please don't ask.) and found some dissapointing results. These two had me cringing in the first two chapters alone. I'm going to use them as examples in this post. The first one is here:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/924088/1/

Lesson number 1: Please don't use your own fancharacters in a crossover.
I found this to be a turnoff because I don't know who this Lynn person is, and I don't want to go searching though a series of fiction trying to find out.

Lesson number 2: It's not much fun if any character, fan or canon, knows about one or both fandoms.
Now sure, the characters are going to be confused about how this person they've never met knows all about them, and if you're a good writer you may be able to pull it off, but in this case it didn't work. I stopped reading the moment I realized that Lynn was a Trekkie.

The next story is here:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1073907/1/

Lesson number 3: Reactions are important too.
The section where Hermione uses a spell to wake up Sirius and Ginny was good. But rather than the crew being simply 'surprised', I'm pretty sure that there would have been a less calm reaction to that.

Lesson number 4: They don't talk like that.
Yes, this is kind of nitpicky, but it just began to grind my nerves. Repeatedly, the HP characters say 'I am', 'we are', and the like instead of 'I'm' and 'We're'. Not a lot of people talk like that, especially when they don't know where or when they are.

Lesson number 5: They're still MUGGLES!
I know at one point the issue of 'They're really wizards!" will come into play, but it's not going to happen that easily. The crew of the Enterprise are non-magic people, muggles, and the wizarding community is trying to keep itself hidden from muggles. Therefore, it would probably take a while longer for the HP people to reveal their secret, and rather than giving a demonstration they would probably be suddenly found doing magic, or using magic in an emergency. (Or so I think.)

Lesson number 6: Ron's transfiguration isn't that good.
Just thought I'd mention that, since he did some magic that Hermione would be most likely to do. wink

And that's about it. Those two fanfics can definitly be used as a good example of things to not do in a crossover.
Re: If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by Fenrina Caldro on Aug 29th, 2005, 04:37am

Some interesting points... not that I'll ever write crossovers. Yes different fandoms shouldn't know each other at first, since they were from different areas or even universes.
Re: If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by Hiei on Aug 29th, 2005, 06:02am

I've put my own Sues...I mean characters *stabs her OCs* into crossovers. However, I make a point of introducing them in that particular crossover. Besides, I'm a really bad writer. ^^;
Re: If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by Panthergirl on Sep 2nd, 2005, 7:00pm

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Posted by: Elaine Cornbow Posted on: Aug 29th, 2005, 03:37am
Some interesting points... not that I'll ever write crossovers. Yes different fandoms shouldn't know each other at first, since they were from different areas or even universes.


Exactly. I feel that it just sucks all the intrigue and mystery out of the story when that one character know the other fandom. That and I'm sure a lot of people interpret it as a telltale sign of a Sue and stop reading.

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Posted by: Hiei Posted on: Aug 29th, 2005, 05:02am
I've put my own Sues...I mean characters *stabs her OCs* into crossovers. However, I make a point of introducing them in that particular crossover. Besides, I'm a really bad writer. ^^;


Oh come on. If you at least introduce them to the fandom, then you're not that bad of a writer.

So, you write fanfic too? Do you have an account of ff.net? I'd like to read some.
Re: If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by Hiei on Sep 3rd, 2005, 08:18am

Trust me, I'm not that brilliant of a writer. XD; I admit that there are others who are worse, but there are many writers out there whose works are much more enjoyable.

Well, I don't really post much, but I'm Fuzz Ninja on FF.net.

Re: If you're going to write a crossover...
Post by MeetSonic on Jun 24th, 2010, 10:06am

Not that you'll need to, it's good to add your favorite pairings into your crossover. E.G. Tails/Wave is my favorite pairing, so I'll put it in my crossover with G-Force.