, 72 months, post #1 |
So my mention of my body hopper story on writing.com (cheap plug!)
and the ensuing debate over why people like/don't like that concept
got me thinking... over the years Fictionmania has had quite a few
story universes. So that said, what are everyone's favorites?|
MAU is probably my favorite and I always wish more stories were
done with it since there's not much outside of the long various
long series. They were always kind of light, fun stories which is
more along the lines of what I enjoy.
The Body Hopper stories, of course. It was always fairly
interesting seeing (in the longer ones, anyway) the person
invariably get corrupted by their new power.
SRU and The Great Shift... well those were always more dependent
upon the writer. Especially SRU which is a lot more vague. The
Great Shift was a really great, really interesting concept. I have
GS interactive on writing.com as well and Seuzz added a few
chapters, portraying the shift in more of a post-apocalyptic
horror/thriller way which was definitely an interesting spin that
I've never really seen played up in those stories before.
One last universe that I always enjoyed but is sadly kind of
"short" is the Taxicab universe. They were usually a little on the
short side but the stories are among my favorites as more than most
other stories the characters were usually fairly interesting. Plus
I always thought it was a neat concept. A shame it's pretty much
dead now, although I suppose I could always try doing a story. I
still have the sequel to Orb of Cynisca that I want to eventually
, 72 months, post #2 |
I like anything that transfers minds without transforming the body
or affecting personality (Great Shift, Reversal Rings, etc.). I
hate when a host body begins changing the mind (retaining host
memories, becoming more feminine, etc.). I like when people stay
exactly who they were before while in a new body. And I also hate
transformations because the swapee isn't truly inhabiting the body
of the other person. I guess the voyeurism of inhabiting a
previously-inhabited body is the main appeal for me.|
From: The Gambler
, 72 months, post #3 |
Rugal, go ahead with the Magic Taxi story or stories, it's an open
universe. I stop writing it because lack of responds or feed back,
plus running out of ideas.|
, 72 months, post #4 |
mau and medallion of zulu are by far my favorites. i also enjoyed
magic depot since the characters in those stories could buy
From: Mr. Ram
, 72 months, post #5 |
I like Jennifer Adams' Altered Fates universe the best. But I enjoy
Elrod's MAU and Morpheus' reversal rings and his Burke's Biomorphic
Virus stories also.|
, 72 months, post #6 |
I agree with keeping the personality. I never understood the appeal
of the change if they just act like the body they are in. That
being said, I like Zulu despite most of them having a very similar
forumla. Great Shift is my favorite but is greatly underwritten and
many are not so good.|
, 72 months, post #7 |
One that i like, and there are only little few stories of it, its
the "ye old body shop".|
I think its interesting the possibility of "buying" a new life, or
simply trading with someone willing to trade with you.
, 72 months, post #8 |
I like AF|
The SRU universe can be good but the way the wizard is treated is
all over the ball park.
I also like Morpheus wish tokens,
Hey, why no mention of my Madam Olga stories? well I guess maybe no
body but me has written them! LOL!
, 72 months, post #9 |
Personally, I've loved Solari's Night Skies Hotel, though I prefer
the earlier ones with less of the political intrigue.|
While it's not a universe, per se; it could be -- Jen Moore's Eight
Syringes and a Vial. Love it.
From: guest (Pat)
, 72 months, post #10 |
Altered fates seems to have the most consistantly good stories. MAU
is often good, too. SRU third because it can be hit or miss and
many of the stories involve the person forgetting who they once
were. That pretty much kills a story for me.|
From: guest (Jennifer Adams)
, 72 months, post #11 |
I don't know which I like best. Obviously I like Altered Fates
since I created the guidelines to my liking. I agree with many of
the comments here, if the prognostic doesn't remember changing
gender then just write a story about someone who's gender/sex
wasn't changed. What I really like in a gender change story and I
try hard to capture this. It's not the physical changes it's the
mental and emotional changes brought on by the physical change.|
With that said, one of my favorite universes is Ovid. Professor W
really does a good job of slow mental/ emotional change and
acceptance of the inevitable. You are now a girl deal with it.
Of course I like many others and have showed it by writing in them
like SRU and The Great Shift.
From: guest (qwerty)
, 72 months, post #12 |
My favorites are Altered Fates, Medallion of Zulo and Magic Taxi -
pretty much anything with swaps and/or takeovers. I also really
like the Model Maker universe on the bodypossession Yahoo! group
(Although it's not from FM).|
And yeah, I also hate it when the characters' personalities change
to fit the bodies they're in.
, 72 months, post #13 |
qwerty, I'm pretty sure that Altered Fates and Medallion of Zulo
are one and the same.|
, 72 months, post #14 |
I also really like the Model Maker universe on the bodypossession
Yahoo! group (Although it's not from FM).
What group is this?
, 72 months, post #15 |
I hate the Body Hopper stories/caps/whatever. Don't know why.|
Madam Olga? 10/10 :-)
Any Professor Universe goes straight to "Faves"
Bikini Beach.....can be very good but I've always thought that a
LifeTime Pass which has trapped many a fortunate/unfortunate is
Someone buys a pass at a kiosk and thats it? The Sorceress (Old
woman whatever) can't override a ticket?
MAU is OK-ish.
SRU depends on the author. The Bathrobed One's Universe varies
wildly. Is he a Good or Bad Guy?
Medallion of Zulo is consistently entertaining.
, 72 months, post #16 |
Yeah, the characterization of the Wizard being all over the place
is the biggest detriment to SRU. He's usually at his best when (and
this is how I wrote him in my story) he's a mix between a wise old
sage and a benevolent, mischievous trickster. People come to his
story (and it appears to them) because he's able to offer them
something they want. They're depressed or in a malaise or unhappy
with their lives and he's able to give them something which will,
in the end, help them. He won't tell the person how and he's
intentionally vague because it's meant to spark a small personal
journey for the person who, with a little bit of a push via his
items, are able to get themselves into a happier position.|
And I've been wondering, is there anywhere on FM (or anywhere else
on the internet) that has a list of rules for each of the
From: The Gambler
, 72 months, post #17 |
Here you go:|
Link to StorySite Universe rules
, 72 months, post #18 |
Altered fates For sure, those storys are the most fun, 2nd in the
list is probably Ye Olde Body shoppe, but havent seen many of those
around for yonks :P|
From: guest (qwerty)
, 72 months, post #19 |
@kreplach Oh yeah, I forgot. Well, I guess that means I like it
twice as much, haha.|
, 72 months, post #20 |
WOW! Thanks Chalkerfan! I am delighted you like my Madam Olga
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