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[Jan. 27th, 2006|12:53 am]
Naruto Fan Rants

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There are other pairings you can write, you know, besides SasuNaru Naruto would be on top anyways :D, NejiTen, SasuSaku, NaruHina, and ShikaIno. Really. And you don't have to stick them all in the same fic either. Seriously. Why is it that almost every time I see something with one of these pairings in it, it also has at least one of the other above pairings? Also, it is not neccesary to pair everyone off, it really isn't, and if you can't find someone to pair Gaara up with, then leave him alone, and quit pairing him up with your OC.

Sakura is not the only girl in the series. Also, she's not a slut, and I find it just a tad odd that every time I wander over to ff.net I see a billion fics with at least three different Sakura pairings in them. If I saw a few, I wouldn't mind it so much, to each their own and I would kill to see a few slut!Gaara fics... but really. And these always have the same pairings too. SasuSaku, NejiSaku, GaaSaku, KakaSaku, ItaSaku, and sometimes NaruSaku. What about all the other guys, huh? What about Lee, and Shikamaru, and Chouji, and Shino? Where is the Sakura love for them?

And another thing: SasuSaku is not canon. Yes, Sakura has a crush on Sasuke, and they're on the same team, and Sasuke cares for her and her wellbeing. This is not neccesarily because he loves her romantically. I have a friend who once insisted they were canon because when Sasuke ran off and Sakura wanted to go with him he said she couldn't because he didn't want her to get hurt. Or something like that. I haven't read all of that part, so I don't know the details, but that's what she said. And it bugged me. It bugged me lots. I mean, it could become canon, but so could a lot of things. Naruto likes Sakura, but there's not much NaruSaku compared to all the SasuSaku, and Ino has a crush on Sasuke too, but we don't see much SasuIno, do we now?

Write something different, please? I beg of you.


(Just ehm, general 'you' used here. This is a result of me always finding the same thing all the time. There are so many characters in the series, so much oppurtunity, so much fun with crack pairings and pairings that aren't crack but you don't see anyways. Use them! Use them I say! Variety is the spice of life!)
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[User Picture]From: hakane_
2006-01-27 04:53 am (UTC)
Amen to that, sistah! People need to start thinking outside of the box and think of some more original, creative pairings...Though I am a bit of a ShikaIno fan, in all honesty.

I particularly agree with the bit about Gaara, and the large amounts of SasuSaku/SasuNaru. He's a species unto himself, and would probably kill any angsty, majikal little jinchuuriki-Sues that are thrown his way. SasuSaku and SasuNaru annoy me, considering that Sasuke is possibly gay and Naruto is VERY straight...These fanbrats male me weep with their logic, or lack thereof.
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[User Picture]From: eternal_llama
2006-01-27 05:59 am (UTC)
Some folks don't like crack pairings because they are only interested in what's right infront of them. That's probably why they stick to the canon pairings you've described above. As a proud supporter of KakaHina, I am not one of those people. I'm planning a fic. Hopefully, I can start writing it sometime soon.

But yes, absolutely. People do need to open their minds to different possibilities. Just because two characters have never met or showed any interest in each other, doesn't mean their personalities won't mesh. It's usually more challenging to make a crack pairing viable because people tend to be more skeptical...or intolerant.
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[User Picture]From: splintered_soul
2006-01-27 08:23 am (UTC)
I don't really care about the pairings, maybe because I still like Sasuke/Sakura, Sakura/Naruto, and Shikamaru/Ino. Seriously, people can pair whoever they want to pair with.

I like crack pairings. I like reading things out of the box. But I also find it easier and fun to write Sasusaku because I find them interesting to write about. Luckily, I don't go into Naruto fanfiction anymore so I'm not really jaded. But I don't think people should start writing other pairing fanfictions because other people are tired of that pairing. Give me a good plot along with good writing and I'm happy. Some couples make me go "OMGWTFBBQ" but it's really not my say to say that the fanfiction stinks because it has that coupling.

But I sort of see where your SakuraxABAZILLIONCHARACTERZ!!11. I've never seen a good or original fanfiction when there was more than dimensions than a love traingle. Especially since all the good but "unattractive" characters don't seem to exist. It tends to be OOC, boring, and routed in bad plot of 13 year old fangirls.

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[User Picture]From: blooming_cosmo
2006-01-27 01:44 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you on the point that "not everyone needs to be paired up". And personally, I try to stay away from the fics that have more than 2 pairings in them. They get too cliche way to fast. That and the other can focus on developing that one coupling rather than going out of their way to try and justify 5 other pairings.

Really there is nothing that can be done about it. People are going to keep writing the fics that people tend to loathe. The only thing I try to do is, leave a review that might help the author with future planning. I think if people actually took the time to help others learn from their mistakes instead of complain and just outright saying that their writing sucks...there just might be more decent fanfics out there. It's something that I've been trying to do, and if the writer isn't too offended they usually do they're best to utilize your advice. *shrug*
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-02-15 01:51 am (UTC)
rianax

Sakura is the easiest to Sue-ize.

And Sakura was at least seriously in love at the time of Sasuke's leaving, which is why that scene was so painful. Her first romance was doomed before it bloomed. That doesn't go away easy if only for the teammate issue, but for Sakura to be pining years afterwards is crippling to her character.
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[User Picture]From: infi_inficio
2006-08-16 12:46 pm (UTC)
I live off crack pairings. XD

And two of my favourite pairings are KankSaku and ShikaSaku. Imagine that (gah... so hard to find fics of those).

I have to agree with the GaaraOC thing though. T.T Poor Gaara...

I still like NaruSaku and SasuSaku, though, if only they're better-written. The ideas are getting more and more cliche by the minute
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From: scarlet_pencil
2007-02-08 05:06 am (UTC)
Ah! A community that shares my views! Hooray! XD

I personally don't like most of the established pairings. They tend to focus on couples that are complete and utter opposites... The dreaded SasuNaru and TemariShika. Now, I don't mind that part of it. The fact that these people seem unsuitable for each other just means that the author has to be very clever in getting them together believably.

Which most people fall to do. Miserably. They use the same, boring, just an excuse to get the character to do something he'd never be caught dead doing, plot. The sad part being? The plot was terrible whenever some long ago forsaken fangirl (Boy?) first used it.

As I said though, I have nothing against 'opposites' couples. My favorite pairing is ShikaNaru, and it's a challenge to get those two anywhere near believable.
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