A summary to forget...

ThreadWeaver

Beware of Dog. Cat not trustworthy either.
Maybe it was their way of identifying lazy pirates that copypasta work? "I always capitalize my I's when they start a word as a way to identify people who've stolen my work." kinda thing, I guess.
I was actually thinking of a scheme like that if I ever posted. I saw one writer that used a "1" instead of a lower case el "l" in certain places as a way to, I assume, identify stolen work. I wish I could remember who it was as an example.
 

AoMythology

Apparently a report-er
What if Voldemort drew the Sword out of the stone? What if that meant Harry had to race against time to retrieve the Deathstick, the Resurrection Stone and the ultimate Cloak of Invisibility? What if he had had one of those items all along?

No, this doesn't exist AFAIK - I just now invented this 'summary' to showcase the idiocy of multiple what-ifs in summaries.
 

Oni_Rinku

Knower of Stuff
What if Voldemort drew the Sword out of the stone? What if that meant Harry had to race against time to retrieve the Deathstick, the Resurrection Stone and the ultimate Cloak of Invisibility? What if he had had one of those items all along?

No, this doesn't exist AFAIK - I just now invented this 'summary' to showcase the idiocy of multiple what-ifs in summaries.
To be honest, that's the best written multi-what if summary that I've ever seen. The second what-if is put in place due to the first and the last isn't that bad, just extra. Honestly I wouldn't call that a bad summary, though it deos overuse the term "what if" just a bit.

One that I would consider a bad summary, plus a bad story, would be disjointed and have no ties to the earliest point of alteration to the timeline that a what-if would normally effect.

My Example:
What if Harry was the destined wielder of the Robe of Ultra-Magic? What if Voldemort had a Nundu as a pet? What if Ron was Merlin's reincarnation?

To me the above is an abomination of a summary that has no logical ties to what the first what-if would be.

Though I would say that this is my problems with most What-If's that I find out there. We have one pretty cool idea that on it's own could change the majority of the story in a new and interesting way but the author wants to add unnecessary plot twists just to add 'drama' or so I gather from reading.

Though these are my thoughts and they might not align with yours, which is cool. Please let me know what you think!
 

AoMythology

Apparently a report-er
Maybe I should put 'I am literally incapable of writing a bad summary' at the end of each of my summaries. :oops:

Edit: yes, I agree it's because they're disjointed and unrelated to one another usually that multiple what-ifs show a terrible story. I tried to make a terrible summary, but I was physically unable to manage to write such a summary for some reason. :p Or, at least, I need to toil much longer to mutate a summary into something terrible than I did to invent it in the first place.
 
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Oni_Rinku

Knower of Stuff
Maybe I should put 'I am literally incapable of writing a bad summary' at the end of each of my summaries. :oops:
Let it be known throughout the Kingdom of TFF that AoMythology is unable to write a bad summary! Hail AoMythology!
 

AoMythology

Apparently a report-er
Let it be known throughout the Kingdom of TFF that AoMythology is unable to write a bad summary! Hail AoMythology!
:rolleyes:

It's great for parody summaries. Instead of "I'm perfectly good at writing summaries", I could write this to mock those who write "I suck at summaries". :p
 

Oni_Rinku

Knower of Stuff
:rolleyes:

It's great for parody summaries. Instead of "I'm perfectly good at writing summaries", I could write this to mock those who write "I suck at summaries". :p
That could work or you could write "I suck at writing bad summaries." While not to different, I think it would be a fun alternative. You could alternate between the two. :cool:
 

Oni_Rinku

Knower of Stuff
And so here is a new one.

Final Fantasy VII: The Aftermath by CLOUDxTIFAforever reviews
Hey you! Yeah, you! Come here. Do you like Final Fantasy VII? Are you a huge Cloud/Tifa fan? Do you love action? Sweet romance and...sex? Yes? Good, then you're gonna love this story! Post AC. Cloud/Tifa. COMPLETE! REVIEWS DEEPLY APPRECIATED!
Crossover - Final Fantasy VII & Kingdom Hearts - Rated: M - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 34 - Words: 71,961 - Reviews: 125 - Favs: 54 - Follows: 15 - Updated: Nov 26, 2008 - Published: Oct 24, 2008 - Cloud S., Sora - Complete

So much fail in this summary, if it could be called that. It addresses the reader directly, which to be fair isn't bad outright. It tells you the pairing and gives you a time frame of the story. However it doesn't tell why it's a crossover or have any 'real' hooks to draw people in IMHO.
 
"There she stood, alone, in the cold Scottish winter. Snow softly cascading amongst her. Not a single sound, coming from her desolate point."

No. I want a summary. Not a Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest submission. And not even a valid one at that, since it's three sentences instead of one.
 
I will accept that as a valid summary for a fic, only if that fic is one chapter and less than 5K words.
 
Then that is not acceptable. It's fine for a short introspective story, where the writer just waxes poetic for a bit, but for an actual story, you're gonna need more than that.
 

Oni_Rinku

Knower of Stuff
Halloween Hopps by fanfic commissioner reviews
Janus decides He wants to be chaotic and decides to use the most chaotic mortal in Buffy the Vampire Slayer which happens to be Xander Harris AKA Alexander Harris so he goes to a random Universe by picking randomly takes one of Judy Hopps spare ZPD Now our beloved White Knight is stuck as a female Anthropomorphic rabbit Watch as he tries to survive
Crossover - Buffy: The Vampire Slayer & Zootopia - Rated: T - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 76,950 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 35 - Follows: 52 - Updated: Jul 21 - Published: May 25 - Xander H., Tara M.

This is just...no.
 
"An original story. An original universe. A familiar Gundam-inspired tale. My vision of a brand new Gundam anime featuring a female protagonist and antagonist, because I'm tired of waiting. Knowledge of Gundam is not required and anyone can read this. Fully summary inside."

12 chapters, over 100K words (possibly a bit less, minus the author's notes), still ongoing. And every time I look at this summary, all curiosity and any inclination to click further just drains away. Is it petty to refuse to read a story--or even just skim the first chapter--solely because of this summary? :confused:
 
Of course not. That Author sounds like their heads so far up their own arse you can see their face in their mouth.
 
"OFF HIATUS. NOW RESUMING."

Here's my all-caps reaction: WTF? o_O Put this in your FFN profile. Put this at the end of the summary (I don't think that's ideal, but it's not a deal-breaker). Just don't make your entire summary these 4 words!
 

PCHeintz72

The Sentient Fanfic Search Engine mk II
I suppose this crossover really could be good, I actually like individually, the two series but a cross of them worries me... Maybe it is just me.
The Colonial Familiar by Commissar Gaunt reviews
Ensign Saito "Gandalfr" Hiraga was a pilot attached to Battlestar Columbia. After surviving Operation Raptor Talon, Saito was taking combat footage to Picon aboard a Raptor when Louise summons him mid jump. Far from the 12 Colonies, he must navigate this new world of the 13th Tribe and find a way to reconnect the 13 Tribes of Man. Edit: format issue fixed 8/2/20
Crossover - Battlestar Galactica: 2003 & Familiar of Zero - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,892 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 8 - Updated: Aug 7 - Published: Aug 2
 
I suppose this crossover really could be good, I actually like individually, the two series but a cross of them worries me... Maybe it is just me.
Sounds like something for the summary to remember thread instead. :p

The premise sounds intriguing, but I didn't watch BSG2003 beyond the initial miniseries and have forgotten most of the details of the early parts of ZoT, so I can't stay I'd be interested in reading it.
 
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