I am a sucker for fics that take place between enemies, because hey, I like seeing two characters who hate each other being forced into temporary alliances. And that is exactly what happens in Inky Physics. The Xiaolin Dragon of Earth, Clay Bailey, and the evil boy genius, Jack Spicer, find themselves in a situation where they have to work together. Yes, this is a Xiaolin Showdown fanfiction.
Clay and Jack, due to undisclosed circumstances, end up underground. Original, isn’t it? Can the two get along and get out of this mess, or will this end in stitches? One Shot, no pairings, excessive hickness.
Inside the Wallpaper is probably my favorite fanfiction for Rise of the Guardians. Written by Queen of the Red Skittle—a very talented author—Inside the Wallpaper follows Jack, who’s coming to terms with the recent murder of Jamie Bennett. Due to the trauma of losing his first true believer and friend, and even feeling guilty about it, Jack becomes very cold and vengeful, forgets who he truly is—the Guardian of fun—and loses his powers. It’s not until he comes to terms with the emptiness inside him and finally lets his guard down and grieves for his friend that Jack regains his abilities.
So Manny, sometimes referred to as Man in Moon or even just MiM, is the God figure in the Rise of the Guardians universe. Just to be clear, I have only read the first half of North’s book in the Guardians of Childhood series, so while some of what I say will come from that, most of this is based on the movie, since that is what I know.
Manny became the very first Guardian many years ago, around the time the Earth got a moon. It is Manny who chooses who to make into spirits for children to believe in and it is Manny who chooses which of those spirits will become Guardians. He watches over the children of the world through both the Guardians and his moonbeams, which act to him as angels might to God.
In yesterday’s post, I discussed Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, specifically noting that the fact that she is a rag doll and that being treated like a rag doll drove her to attempt to become something more.
For Jack Skellington, the appointed Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, the opposite feeling made him yearn for more.
Alright, let’s get this out of the way first. I love Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s an absolutely brilliant movie, musical, and what else you want to call it. I personally love movies that can be labeled whatever you want to label them, and this is one of them. Children’s movie? Yep. Adult? Sure. Christmas? Absolutely. Halloween? That too. You can’t go wrong.
And the one character I love more than anything is not Jack, although his character is well thought out too. I love Sally.
Okay, guys. I want to give everyone an idea on what I’m going to be doing for the next month. I love Christmas and don’t get nearly enough time to talk about it, what with the season being only about a month long. There are so many things that I can talk about in terms of critique, but I must be smart with my choices, so here we go.
So the other day, I forced Saika to take me both to the movies and to pay for my ticket. Naturally, we went to see Rise of the Gaurdians, which was a pleasant break from the sword fight the two of us failed to properly have beforehand—more accurately, we swung wooden sticks at each other and it was very awkward—and I have to say that this movie did not reach my expectations. It’s plenty enjoyable—I’ve seen it a few times already—and it’s a good story. But it is nowhere near as epic as everyone made it out to be.