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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from lunalurker
Review:
I'm really enjoying this series so far, and the unexpected appearance of the famous Bat Boy made me giggle. I admit it.
Well done and thanks for writing! :)
Comments from author:
It was hard to place this story here--I really didn't use anything from the musical, which I haven't seen. There's no category on TtH for bogus newspapers, of course. I'd like to see someone cross BtVS/Angel with The Onion next. Unexpected? The title didn't give it away? The Bat Boy articles often talk about his being imprisoned in a secret FBI Laboratory near Lexington, Kentucky.

I'm trying deliberately to fit the characters into real-world situations and real people. In the rest of the series, I'm establishing that Buffy and Giles have met with Prime Minister Blair and President Bush. One non-crossover story on my home site, "Keepers in Rome," that is in the background of this series, has Buffy and Dawn meet Pope John Paul II; Buffy is the Keeper of the Key, and the Pope is the Keeper of the Keys. I do have plans for Xander to meet some of the politically powerful too, and to flesh out S-Com, the US Government's Supernatural Committee. S-Com won't be very effective, though; they don't take over the story.

I use real people in the background because I don't care to add another crossover I don't really know just so I can add a fictional President. Also, some series have too strong a background for coexistence. Bat Boy is real, isn't he?

Eric
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [8 Oct 10] • Rating [8 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)dogbertcarroll
Review:
I like this series.
Review By [(Current Donor)dogbertcarroll] • Date [20 Sep 07] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Mcspender
Review:
Cool fic!
Bat boy seems like a good character, is he a mutant.?
And "And, Roger, go back to your room. Xander and I have Board of Directors' business to discuss." That's how they call it now ;) .?

See ya!
Comments from author:
Bat Boy is the most famous of the made-up 'news' stories in the Weekly World News. Wikipedia has a page on him, but TtH format rules won't let me type the link. As that piece points out, scientists originally thought he was a mutant, but now they think of him as a member of a race of creatures that has interacted with humanity for the last 400 years.

Of course, this is the Weekly World News [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weekly_World_News], and so should not be taken seriously. And, since WWN is publishing its last issue on August 27, Bat Boy will soon be dead. Try to pick up the final issue at your local supermarket.

The reason I used Lexington, Kentucky comes from an article in the Washington Post, originally at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/06/AR2007080601293_pf.html. The relevant passage was:

[Washington Post]
Lind witnessed the birth of Bat Boy, who became the tabloid's most beloved character and the subject of an off-Broadway musical. It happened in 1992, when Dick Kulpa, WWN's graphics genius, was playing around with Photoshop, trying to turn a picture of a baby into a picture of an alien baby. He gave the kid pointy Spocklike ears, big wide eyes and fangs. Ivone looked at it and said, "Bat Boy!" and Eddie Clontz turned to his brother Derek and said, "Do it!"

Derek concocted the story of a creature, half bat and half boy, captured in a cave in West Virginia. "BAT CHILD FOUND IN CAVE!" was the headline on the first story. But there were more, many more as the little tyke escaped and was recaptured again and again, constantly fleeing from the FBI and a brutal bounty hunter named Jim "Deadeye" Slubbard, who vowed to stuff him and hang him over his fireplace.

"Eddie fell in love with Bat Boy," Lind says. "He was one of the most in-depth characters we dealt with. He could be mean, he could be spiteful, but he could also be kind. And every once in while, he would be captured by the FBI and held in an undisclosed location near Lexington, Kentucky."

One day -- Lind swears this is true -- Eddie Clontz got a call from an irate FBI agent complaining that the bureau's switchboard was swamped with calls demanding that they free Bat Boy.

"Eddie said, 'I'll never do it again,' " Lind says, "then he hung up the phone and went on to the next Bat Boy story."

In the spirit of Eddie Clontz, we won't risk ruining that story by fact-checking it with the FBI.
[/Washington Post]

Xander and Buffy are going to discuss Board of Director's business. Really, they will. However, some of the gratuitous references earlier in the story will make an appearance. Why do you think I described Buffy's room as having a Jacuzzi? [Anton] Chekov's law states that if there is a rifle on the wall in Act I, it must be fired by Act III. I may be a little slower than that, but I believe in it. Oh, and the photo Xander took will also show up in the next story.

Finally, one of the themes of this series is of our heroes slowly becoming more and more professional about things, becoming more professional in their relationships with the outside world, and actually winning. The US Government knows of its existence, and has decided to get out of their way. "S-Com," the Supernatural Committee, is a cross-department organization that deals with the legal consequences of supernaturals and demons. They have no interesting stories about them; they don't act against the demons directly. Presumably, they were the ones that persuaded the State of Ohio to register WCI as a non-profit organization in one week, and were the ones to persuade California not to pursue Faith. They have the same sort of problems as does my version of Jack McCoy in my story "Chaos and Disorder".

Some of the non-crossover stories I had had on my site fit into this series; unfortunately, my service provider stopped hosting. Look at Community[S3], Permission[S5], and Keepers in Rome[S8]. Buffy's sword was a gift in "Keepers". I may eventually reprint them here.
Review By [Mcspender] • Date [25 Aug 07] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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