ilikemyscars is another fanfic writer I simply cannot recommend highly enough. She is doing complete wonders with Isolde’s Alphabet - a character that many people do not like all that much, but I do, and through ilikemyscars’ stories I have come to like her even more. She writes a very convincing young Isolde growing up and adjusting to life in Ferelden, and I am looking forward to read more of it, to get to know this beautifully fleshed out Isolde even better.
She has written other stories as well, with a focus on Anders and Fenris and their interactions, and how a potential relationship between them could either start, or how their deepest darkest hatreds could act out against each other instead. So she is versatile, which I love - there is serious character development, drama, fluff and angst.
And she has come up with the most terrific AU of all times, as well - a Circus AU! So even the ideas she comes up with on a whim to answer meme questions are glorious. I hope you will read her stories, and come to love them as much as I do!
It was really quite alarming to see the switch in your abilities between Fenders fics. I did not expect it at all, that someone could be capable of taking two people and looking at them in two separate, completely believable scenarios, that give such conflicting emotions. Two completely different ways of perceiving a relationship. Throw away the headcanon, and explore the possibilities. One of which was heart-wrenching and beautifully poetic by the way D: The other gave me hope.
Your Isolde alphabet is beautiful. From the first chapter, the way you managed to capture her character so perfectly in so little time! I could visualise her completely in my minds eye, all her little mannerisms, and the childish and precocious, yet educated and proud way that she speaks. You have captured the way a child identifies and associates with people and things. Then the little Orlesian nouns sprinkled everywhere, I am hearing Orlesian in my mind as I read.
Even if you don’t like Isolde, this alphabet paints a complex portrait (so far) of a little known character and it is well worth reading.
It is very thoughtful character exploration, one that we hope you will continue to expand upon.
I would have to point to your dialogue as one of my favourite aspects of your writing. It is superbly suited to the particular character, and it flows very naturally. You also very easily incorporate the aspects of the story that the character sees and understands, and then you also address those that they do not because of their own bias, or ignorance, or innocence. That in itself is an artform.
Please finish your alphabet and continue to explore and challenge yourself in the future!
Thank you Ilikemyscars!
I really cannot say this enough; she is a completely wonderful writer, and her ability to tackle so many so very different subjects is a joy to see in action. I have recommended Isolde’s Alphabet previously in a separate post or two, but it bears saying again; even if you do not like Isolde, it is still so, so very worth reading for the way it is written, how believable it is and all the extra layers of depth it gives to the character. All of her stories are well worth the read, but this one has something extra about it.
Another thing that has me impressed is that she is not a native English speaker. As someone who is also not a native speaker and struggles a fair bit with writing in English, I am additionally amazed by the way she handles dialogue and her ability to make it sound natural.
So, yes. Some more love from Combo, I guess!
Karl and Basch? What a delightful thought. I imagine long, meaningful discussions and the occasionally interruption by either Anders or Vaan (or both), because they were bored.
Yes, exactly! Karl and Basch having quiet, mature conversations over tea, and Anders and Vaan annoying them every now and then, and being told to behave when the adults are discussing important things.
They would probably need someone to babysit those two troublemakers for them (and the troublemakers would most likely get along splendidly).