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Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Fayari
Review:
This is probably one of the most horrifying fics I've ever read. The Truman Show was also pretty disturbing for me.

This is now my number one favorite fic.
Comments from author:
Thank you very much for the review and rec! I actually started out to write a somewhat-humorous though dramatic piece, but after the first few readers' comments I changed the story type to 'horror' because what happens to him is pretty darn awful.
Review By [Fayari] • Date [31 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from NuitTombee
Review:
That was really sad. ;_;

Much more so than The Truman Show.

I liked how well written it was.

-James
Review By [NuitTombee] • Date [26 Aug 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Destrark
Review:
Nasty, very nasty... Good story admittedly but harsh with the stuff about 'accidents' and anya's death then willow selling him out. I dont think it really works. Truman show is a full-on comedy/tragedy. Doent work with horror like this cause ends up like something The Joker would do... Or Saw... good story but bit too close to the bone to make it funny.
Comments from author:
Sorry you didn't like it. I have changed the category to "horror" as you suggested.
Review By [Destrark] • Date [19 Jun 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)vidicon
Review:
This is harsh...but very well conceived and written. I salute you!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review. I hope I portrayed the other Scoobies in a plausible fashion without straying into character-bashing. Poor Xander :(
Review By [(Current Donor)vidicon] • Date [12 Jun 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Review:
Very creepy. I'm sorry he wasn't able to pull himself out on his own when given the chance following the big reveal. Too much hitting him at once :(
Comments from author:
I credit Liz Marcs for the overall tone of the story. I was rereading a lot of her works at the time and she paints her Xander dark, or at least tragic. It definitely influenced my decision to hand out a non-sunny fate for our protagonist.
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [29 Apr 11] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from bucksavage
Review:
Damn, that was pretty good! You followed the Truman Show plot style really well and the way you used the typical in-jokes to pick at the bashers and the like was funny.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed the story. I tried to incorporate as much real-life color as I could. I haven't seen the movie in awhile...going to have to rent it again.
Review By [bucksavage] • Date [29 Jan 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from MBB
Review:
An amazing story. The plot itself wasn't that surprising considering the crossover. But the way you poked fun at the writers, the Xanderholics, the SMG-bashers and our messed up world in general, was both brilliant and hilarious.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the feedback and rec! When writing this I finally understood what other writers meant when they said a story wrote itself. As soon as I had the basic assumption in place, things just fell into place. And I admit to letting real life color the fic just a little...but I hoped it would add depth.
Review By [MBB] • Date [16 Jan 10] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from rfresa
Review:
That was amazing! I really hope Xander does end up with Willow in the end, even if she has to continue playing out the fantasy life with him. Poor guy. Of course there are holes, there will always be holes, but it was a great story.

Okay, after reading the other reviews and your responses, I get that Willow loves Xander, but is immoral in continuing to exploit him for a second show (presumably a Buffy-less one). I thought she was just spending time with him for his own sake in a mental hospital. Of course, the product placement should have tipped me off. Anyway, very well done.
Comments from author:
This was one of those fics where everyone sits back at the end and says WTH?!? It seems to generate a lot of sympathy for Xander and nasty thoughts towards the 'actors'. I'm actually kind of proud that this piece generates so much controversy, because I think it means I reached people. As for the bit at the end with Willow--I almost didn't include it. That seems to be the point that made the story really unpleasant, because if Xander's best friend can sell him out, it's a really cold universe.
Review By [rfresa] • Date [12 Jul 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from lorwen
Review:
That was awesome!
Never laughed so hard...
:)
Comments from author:
You're one of the few people that wasn't angry, depressed, or horrified about the way Xander was treated. I'm glad you enjoyed the story, nonetheless. More Xandercentric stories coming later this month!
Review By [lorwen] • Date [5 Jun 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)RngrThorne
Review:
That is actually somewhat disturbing.
Comments from author:
I think most people that have read the story would agree with you (I do). As I responded to other reviewers, this story didn't go where I originally intended. I was aiming for lighthearted fun. EPIC FAIL. However, I am pleased with the result, even though it's one of the darkest pieces I've done.
Review By [(Current Donor)RngrThorne] • Date [10 May 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Review:
Ingenious and well written. Excellent.

I've voted for this story in the CoA Awards.
Comments from author:
Thank you so much for the vote of confidence!
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [15 Jan 09] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from anouk
Review:
... wow, I mean, creepy and disturbing, but damn, nicely written. Poor Xander. Maybe it's better that he sees the show as reality given all that's happened on the show, at least that way all the deaths and accidents have some sense and meaning.
Comments from author:
So you think it's better for him to live the lie? I think I'd rather know the truth (for certain values of truth) and somehow try to deal with it all. This was definitely not the humorous story I thought it might be when I set out to write it.
Review By [anouk] • Date [5 Jan 09] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Elleria
Review:
Wow
Comments from author:
Thanks! Just so you know, this site has the Crossing Over Awards at the end of the year. Keep your favorite stories in mind so you can nominate them or vote for them =)
Review By [Elleria] • Date [21 Nov 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from (Recent Donor)christytrekkie
Review:
thats so very weird and so very disturbing.Damn thats good stuff.
Review By [(Recent Donor)christytrekkie] • Date [11 Oct 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from Severusslave
Review:
Woah...
Comments from author:
Thanks for the rec--glad it made a favorable impression!
Review By [Severusslave] • Date [9 Jul 08] • Not Rated
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