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My mom and dad recently moved, and they just brought me a bunch of my junk from their house. In the bottom of one of the boxes they brought I found… yes, indeed… the MacGyver fanfic I wrote as a young teenager (I must have been in ninth grade or so). It is… I'll just say, wow. It's a look into my teenage psyche that is a little horrifying, as these things are, and is also hilariously a record of what I was reading around that time.

It's a series: two ~40-page works, and a short story (10 pages).

The first fic contains the following things:

-a Mary Sue who is the smartest and bestest at everything and everyone is half in love with her
-on the other hand, she does not get the guy
-on the third hand, her sister does (in a not-even-slightly-disguised May-December relationship! What were you thinking, teen!me? Actually, I think I had just read Damia, is what happened)
-then the Mary Sue dies tragically but also super heroically

The sequel fic I barely remembered at all, so it was… umm… very interesting to read. In this fic and the short story is a time-traveling gigantic worldwide shadow plot/conspiracy, because those are the best conspiracies (I am rather pleased to find that this love, at least, has remained constant). …teen!me actually had a good point that Murdoc makes more sense as a time-traveling conspirator than as an assassin.

Other things I did not remember about this sequel fic:

-a multigenerational and also crossover MacGyver family tree (in pencil) that manages to work in Sherlock Holmes as an ancestor of MacGyver and Spock as a descendant

-an explanation to how MacGyver (and other characters like Spock) manage never to get shot, etc.: they have genetically-transmitted luck

-a whole lot of vaguely unhappy marriages due to the genetically-transmitted luck trying to propagate itself (yes, I'd also read Dune around this time)

-characters who are named after all my favorite names in Patricia Kennealy's hilariously OTT crackfic "Keltic" books, which I was reaaally into at the time (I love them! But they are Arthurian crackfic!)

-MacGyver dies tragically (teen!me was really into angst)

-MacGyver's daughter, Aeron, is the heroine; she is named after and is very much like one of the heroines in the Kennealy books, down to having an angsty revenge plot after MacGyver's death

-Aeron and her friends have psychic powers, because of course they do (I had clearly also just read the Anne McCaffrey Pegasus books, and also the Judith Tarr historical fantasies)

-Aeron INVENTS STARFLIGHT, because she is that sort of character (Zefram Cochrane is her pseudonym) (this was of course before First Contact)

-Then Aeron might have turned into a dolphin?? (it was, of course, one of those ~edgy ambiguous~ endings where her body's never found but there's this seemingly sentient dolphin that hangs out with her family etc etc.)

-a lot of quotations/dialogue/scenes lifted wholesale from whatever I was reading at the time, in best Cassandra Claire style; in addition to the previous works, I spotted Ender's Game and various John M. Ford works, as well as a couple which I couldn't place but know came from somewhere else...

In conclusion, I really want to pat teen!me on the head.

Date: 2016-07-21 02:02 pm (UTC)
isis: (squid etching)
From: [personal profile] isis
Aw, that is hilarious! Go teen!you!

Date: 2016-07-21 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ase
Awwwww, teen!you really wanted to check all the New Fic Writer boxes!

Oh, Anne McCaffrey! I haven't read anything she's written since... before I got an LJ? Wow, it's been a while.

-a whole lot of vaguely unhappy marriages due to the genetically-transmitted luck trying to propagate itself (yes, I'd also read Dune around this time)

Any chance you read Ringworld before writing this? There's genetic luck in that universe as well.

Date: 2016-07-23 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ase
I read a bunch of McCaffrey's dragon novels, and the first of the Crystal Singer novels when I was old enough to know better (such angst! Such a magical special protagonist!) But never read the Pegasus novels. I'm not exactly rushing to fix this oversight.

Ringworld's version of genetic luck is kind of nifty! For reasons, there's a right-to-have-a-kid lottery, and one of the characters in the novel is descended from multiple generations of lottery winners. She is lucky to be alive, and therefore (the story logic goes) she has a gene for good luck. What comes into play is that what's lucky for the protagonist may not align with the plans for the rest of the group. In the novel, a chain of events that looks unlucky or even disastrous to the primary protagonist turn out to be lucky for this one character, because the seemingly random chain of events allows her to get what she wants.

Date: 2016-07-21 06:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
Awwww. : )

Young!Luz did lots of worldbuilding including constructing languages and fantasy countries where the people with the straight black hair and the violet eyes live by the sea and have water magic, while the people with the curly blond hair live in the mountains and have wind magic. Or, you know, something like that. But I never actually wrote anything with plot in it.

Date: 2016-07-21 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] morbane
I love how you're able to trace all the media that teen you assimilated, like a particularly rapacious literary Borg. Your teen self was clearly having a great time.

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