PLOT: -1/5 (There are some things Ghod did not intend to happen. This crossover is one of them.)
CHARACTERIZATION: 2/5 (Is this the Ranma I know? Is this the Azel I know? ...No and no.)
WRITING: 2/5 (Spellcheck is your friend, no reason to be afraid of it.)
DEGREE OF WEEPING INDUCED BY THE REALIZATION THAT NOTHING IS SACRED ANYMORE: 10/5
Today is a special day for SttH, as we are doing our very first stupid crossover fic review. I'm actually sort of surprised there hasn't been one on here already, as there's literally tens of thousands of horrid crossover fics floating around on the web. Maybe it's just the inherent fear of seeing two good series bastardized into one ugly mess which Should Not Be that makes us shy away from them on instinct.
Well, I might be exaggerating a little. Crossovers are not intrinsically bad. Some can be very good. However, there are things that are good to keep in mind:
- Just because you like two different series doesn't mean that they are two great tastes that taste great together. The series you're crossing over should at least have a few elements in common. This helps make the fic both feasable and more enjoyable. Example: Even before the games came out, people were doing Capcom and SNK fighting game crossovers. These generally turned out a lot better than, say, a King of Fighters/Final Fantasy crossover would.
- a humorous/parody crossover is a LOT easier to write than a serious one. Even then, it's sometimes hard to keep the humor from going to "genuinely funny" to "stupid/dippy". But if you are trying to do a serious crossover... Well, remember that it's an unbelievable stretch to make ANYONE consider something like a Sailor Moon/X-Files crossover seriously.
- Keep characters in character. In a crossover fic, some characters will be exposed to new situations they haven't seen/experienced before. Think long and hard about how they would react to such things happening before writing it. Don't break established canon for the sake of the crossover (ie. characters falling madly in love with those from another series, ignoring established relationships).
This fic follows NONE of these suggestions, and then some. Massive pain shall soon ensue.
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