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Even though I'm taking a summer-long hiatus from actual MSTing (thanks, dialup internet), it's so much fun for me to check my email and keep finding new requests for membership to this little community here. So I want to say hi to all the new members that we've gotten so far!

MSTing tends to be such an insular pasttime, and so it's hard to find groups where fellow MSTers can get together and talk and chill and stuff. So, tell us a little bit about yourselves! I mean, you probably know about our stuff, seeing as how we've written about it all over this site, but as you know, our MST group consists of myself, Webster, and Roget. We tend to look at video game fandoms for our badfic concentration, mainly Final Fantasy, and to stay away from pr0nfic-- not out of prudishness, as you can see, but because pr0nfic MSTs are funnier if you make jokes on the clean side, and we're not very good at that.

So, newbies, tell us some things about yourselves... what gives you the drive to go out there and break some bad writers' hearts? What fandoms do you mock the most heartily? Who is the worst writer that YOU've found on FF.net? Let's all have an artistic discussion here!


(Edited, ironically, for bad grammar. I got my wisdom teeth out today and the painkillers are making me a little stupider than normal.

Wait, stupider isn't a word... is it? blargh.)
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
Hello there! I'm Sara. I like MSTing really bad M*A*S*H fics. And there are some really bad ones out there. Kelly (hawkeyecat) and I are going to start MSTing the sequel to that first fic we MSTed. Yes. Sequel. There are three of them. I don't... understand. *sighs*

The sad thing? This writer isn't even on FF.net. Well, she might be. I don't know for sure. There are some really bad writers on that site, aren't there? I have an idea! We should set up a grammar stand and pass out commas and capital letters. We could collect stray exclamation points! We could hand out thesauruses and dictionaries! We'd be heroes! ^^
Date:July 23rd, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
I have great admiration for the people that MST big multi-parters. I mean, we have a couple on this site, but one is just a moderately-sized fic that we split up into bite-sized portions, and the other one is a three-chapter fic wherein each of the chapters is nice and short. It just blows my mind to see people completing MSTs of the great epic badfics, like all 190 pages of "My Inner Life" and such. And it blows my mind even more that people read and review badfics and ask for extra chapters. I mean, omg, seriously. HOW?
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
And it blows my mind even more that people read and review badfics and ask for extra chapters. I mean, omg, seriously. HOW?

That is one secret of the universe that we shall never, ever figure out. Believe me, I've tried. *shakes head*
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
Either I'm very tired or Sara seems very happy. (Considering I used the same word twice in one sentence, I'll go with either tired or both.)

Anyway, I'm Kelly, and I take a twisted pleasure in pointing out spelling and grammar errors in MSTs--as in, when the person doing the MST makes such errors. I do enjoy MSTing M*A*S*H fics as well, and there are a few I'm planning on doing. On badfic_quotes, I've treated bad Law & Order, House, and CSI fics to the same thing. I also leave some not-so-kind reviews on bad fic I find on LJ. (If I did that on ff.n, my head would explode.)

My opinion, as a beta-reader (and I'm far kinder when I beta than when I MST), is that bad writers should at least use a spell-check program, many of which have grammar checking abilities. Ideally, the writer should use a beta, as well. There's no reason for fic to be so very bad, and mocking it is one of the only things I can do about it (besides leave scathing reviews, that is).
Date:July 23rd, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
I used to beta-read, too, a looong time ago. Actually, the writer I beta'd was a fairly decent one... a Wheel of Time slashfic writer, strangely enough. But then I found that it's so much more fun to offer non-constructive criticism in the form of hilarious mockery than to actually help people. :)
Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
As another member of the Dictionary Squad MSTers, I'd like to welcome you all to the livejournal.

I'm currently working on typing up the transcript of the long-overdue "Merriam and Webster Do Star Wars", our collection of musings about the third and final installment in the prequel trilogy for y'all. Sad thing is, we went to see it in early June.
Date:July 23rd, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
Geeze. You college kids get away for summer, and nothing gets done.

As for me, I don't get anything done anytime, as I'm working full-time, and slacking part-time.

So, yes.

And whee, MS Paint DSquad Icons! I've made a delightfully inappropriate one for Merriam, who won't take it because it's too naughty for her parents' computer. I might just claim it for myself...

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Date:July 23rd, 2005 02:58 am (UTC)
Hello all. I'm Margaret and I was MSTing long before MST3K even existed. My sisters and I used to watch bad SciFi on Saturday afternoons and drive my Mother crazy yelling at the television. So when MST3K came around, it was a natural for us to watch it--and paly along.

Now I continue the tradition by shredding the horrific entries on-line. I've found that I do better off the cuff, rather than reading the fic and then shredding it. 99% of my MSTie comments are my initial reactions to the story, or lack there of.

As with my fellow escapees from the badfic_quotes community, bad grammar, punctuation and spelling are pet peeves. Along with the usual annoyance over the total lack of the poor, ignored comma in the majority of these fics.

Date:July 23rd, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
I've found that I do better off the cuff, rather than reading the fic and then shredding it. 99% of my MSTie comments are my initial reactions to the story, or lack there of.

Ditto here... well, what we do, is one of us (usually me) goes and skims over the fic to see if it's good material.. in terms of length, particularly great badfic lines, suitably bad grammar, etc. Then we all get together in an AIM chatroom, and one of us (once again, I usually get stuck with this) cuts and pastes lines from the fic, and then we all mock it in realtime. The problem with this, of course, is that sometimes two of us will make the same joke at once, or sometimes we'll say lines that would be funnier in a different order. Hence, we usually have to do some degree of post-production work to switch lines around, remove repetitive or confusing jokes, etc.
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Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
That's what Kelly and I do, except in the "post-production" work, (haha, I like that term) we translate the comments and jokes into the various character's voices. We find it more fun to have it as if the characters are reading the bad!fic because it's safe to assume they'd be horrified. xD
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Date:August 16th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Hey there.

I got into MSTing a few years back. For the most part, I do Zelda badfic, but if I find one bad enough, I'm open to do anything I'm familiar with.

Except Lord of the Rings. I'm disillusioned.

I tend to MST alone, and it takes a loooong time for me to make anything public. Anxiety, you see.
Blah. I'm boring.
Date:August 16th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to do a Zeldafic MST, myself. It seems that there's an unusual amount of really atrociously bad fic there.
Date:August 16th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC)
whoops, that was me. Forgot to log in.
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