Whorli (my sexier half) loves to read. Our house is full of just her “favorites”. But in addition to her love of commercial sci-fi and fantasy, she devours fan-made derivatives as well. Now, I’ve been mocking her fondness of fan fiction for years now, but I don’t think I ever truly understood how completely insane that niche world is. Over the past few days, we’ve been doing a Chuck marathon, getting ready for Season 3 and Chuck 2.0. This has been excellent, and we’ve about 1/3 through season 2 in 3 days. Unfortunately, I saw some of her FireFox tabs between episodes, and it led to a bit of a mini-rant.
What did I see? A wall of text, complete with General Beckman giving orders to Ms. Summers to go with Major Casey on the upcoming mission. Whorli was reading Buffy and Chuck crossover fan-fic. Now, just the fact that there IS Buffy/Chuck crossover fan-fic blows my mind. The fact that there are apparently 20+ stories of Buffy/Chuck crossover fan-fic is insane. Who is writing all of these? Why don’t these people have jobs? I was aware of the Buffy/Torchwood, Buffy/Stargate, Buffy/Supernatural, Buffy/some-other-show-that-I-don’t-watch stories… but when it involves a show that I like?!? This is unacceptable.
This led to my introduction to Twisting the Hellmouth, which is apparently a site dedicated solely to Buffy Crossover Fanfic (and has 13,000+ stories). My horrid increased 10-fold, but so did my curiosity. Is there ANY show that isn’t crossed with Buffy? And, thankfully, there are. There are no Happy Days or Seinfeld stories. Yet. A tangent: When searching for Happy Days stories, Whorli typed in “Happy Daze”. Who thinks Happy Days is spelled D-A-Z-E?!? I think she needs her citizenship revoked or something.
Altogether, I am saddened that there are so many people who spend their time writing Buffy crossover fanfic. But I’m also comforted to know that there are plenty of people way nerdier than I am.