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Discussion The Power of Brevity: The Fanfic Quotes Thread

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by Chyntuck, May 14, 2023.

  1. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    “Words strike the air and the mind, they act on the senses and on the soul.”
    – Jan Potocki, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa

    We’ve all had such moments while reading a fanfic: we encountered a passage that packed so much in so few words that we wanted to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear. It made us laugh, or it made us cry, or we found it exciting, or we thought that it encapsulated a character or a situation perfectly. Well, here’s a thread to post all these amazing quotes and give them their moment in the sun.

    The House Rules
    1. One quote per post – if you have more than one quote in mind, just wait until someone else posts one and post again.
    2. Keep the quotes short – you should limit yourself to a few lines, a paragraph at most (as a ballpark, 150 words)
    3. Don’t forget to reference the author and the story you’re quoting from! Maybe people reading here will want to go over there and have a look.
    4. You can also add a little blurb to explain why the quote resonated with you.
    5. Please keep the selection diverse and refrain from quoting the same authors/stories over and over again.
    6. Don't quote your own fics (d’oh!) – this isn’t a thread for self-promotion.
    7. All fanfic and board rules apply as usual, but you awesome people know that already.

    Ancestors of this thread:
    Fanfic Quotes (2002-2009)
    “You can say that again” (2004-2009)
  2. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    (reserved, just in case it turns out to be necessary)
  3. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    And I'll go first! (Can you tell that I had this one ready?)

    “Zak Ghent looked over the scene in front of him. In total, there were nine sets of students. Nine was a good number, a square. Nine could be a very friendly number.”
    – from Greater Than the Sum of his Parts by @divapilot

    It’s a well-known fact that I never read anything by divapilot I didn’t like, but this particular story is one of my favourites. The quote above is from one of the earlier paragraphs of the story, where we see Ghent in school and not fitting in; but the moment I read the line “nine could be very friendly number” I realised that this was going to be so much more than a fic about a loveable dork. The always amazing divapilot really really gets inside Ghent’s mind to show us how he ‘translates’ everything to numbers in order to handle the world and his place in it; and while you’d expect such a subject to be a bit dull and arid, she manages to make the mathematics so alive that, as a reader, I found myself waiting for the next moment the numbers would make an appearance. So basically, while I quoted above the bit that got me hooked, I could also quote entire passages of the story, and I can’t recommend it enough.
  4. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Chosen One star 10

    Mar 26, 2001
    “I think Lord Vader got what he wanted for Life Day, although it's hard to tell, since it seemed like it only made him angrier. Maybe Sith Lords are happy about being angry-I don't know.”

    Anyway, that's how a Sith brought Life Day that year, or at least one did for my mother and I. Because-apart from the occasional person who wants the name of a Rebel Jedi Death Star destroyer-what most of us want for Life Day is family.”

    The Sith Who Brought Life Day by @poor yorick. (I think that’s their current handle.).

    I read this every year because it’s the story of an imperial analyst who loses a bet and has to give Darth Vader a Life Day present. Knowing that Vader is obsessed with the pilot who destroyed the Death Star, he tracks down proof that it’s a kid named Luke Skywalker.

    It’s so weirdly funny and I cry at the ending every time.
  5. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha

    WarmNyota_SweetAyesha Chosen One star 8

    Aug 31, 2004
    by @Gabri_Jade

    Mara led the way down the hall to the refresher, where she washed her face, then let her mother comb and re-braid her hair. She felt vaguely ridiculous—she’d handled all her own grooming since she was five—and yet profoundly content all at the same time.

    “There you go,” her mother said, fastening the end of the braid. Mara angled herself between the mirrors so she could look at the back of her own head.

    “It’s fancier than I usually do,” she said, eyeing the new style. A braid ran down each side of her head, with each section of hair left slightly loose to accentuate the wave of the braid. At the nape of her neck the braids joined each other twice: the upper joined braid had been twisted and pinned into a loose coil at the top of the lower joined braid, which ran down her back like normal. It resembled nothing so much as a flower on a long stem.

    “Your sister went through a rather long ‘fancy braid’ stage,” her mother said with a smile. “Shocking, I know.”

    Mara laughed and patted her hair. She’d certainly arranged her hair in any number of styles for formal occasions, but this somehow felt more special than any of them. “It’s beautiful.”

    “You’re beautiful,” her mother said, and wrapped her arms tightly around Mara again. “My baby girl. I’ve missed you so much.”[/i]

    I love the family Mara finds, reconnects with. They are so totally lovable and nuanced. =D= They're snarky and tender at the same time. ;)
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  6. Starith

    Starith Jedi Master star 3

    Apr 5, 2020
    From Skycrawler by @vader_incarnate

    Just funny and well-written.
  7. vader_incarnate

    vader_incarnate Force Ghost star 4

    Jul 29, 2002
    From Enter the Foreign by @ViariSkywalker

    There's so many quotable bits to this epic story, but I like this one that so concisely characterizes that particular flavor of Anakin Skywalker we all know and love from the movies and Vi's version of Ben Skywalker who now lives in my head as THE default interpretation of the character. And it's so Star Wars in its inherent humor and hopefulness but also pain; there's that hint of tragedy that doesn't get delved into too deeply (here. elsewhere ...) but that of course lingers even in moments of victory. [face_love]
  8. gizkaspice

    gizkaspice Force Ghost star 4

    Nov 27, 2013
    "Nervously, FN 2187 peered into the bathroom. A cat shower curtain hung to one side of the bathtub; the bathmat depicted a curled-up tan cat. The sink displayed a cat-shaped soap dish and toothbrush holder. The knob on the medicine cabinet was a silver cat head.

    FN 2187 bolted through the living area (a wall sign that read “Cats Welcome, Others Tolerated” hung over a cat light switch plate) and into the kitchen. The theme continued: cat-shaped cookie jar, refrigerator with cat magnets, salt and pepper shakers (white cat for salt, black for pepper, of course), even measuring spoons with cats’ ears and faces. He began doing breathing exercises to keep his composure. "

    From "The Pawful Truth" by @Seldes_Katne

    I write a lot of weird cat stuff with weird cat stuff accessories, but not quite so well as this quote from Seldes Katne's story. In this quote she has truly captured the essence of cat and the steer terror of Finn being surrounded by cat things. And while reading this quote, do play "the Twilight Zone" theme in the background because I sincerely believe it's a perfect fit to describe this scene.
  9. UltramassiveUbersue

    UltramassiveUbersue Jedi Knight star 3

    Nov 7, 2022
    From "The Steel In Our Hearts Will Be Monuments" by @ViariSkywalker:
    HK-47 the murder droid reminds me of my relationship with my smartphone whenever I get ambitious about getting fit and download a bunch of apps to remind me of all the stuff I'm not doing. He's also the perfect companion for a pair of Sith twins who have a surprisingly wholesome bond as they leave a trail of corpses on their many adventures.
  10. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    This one isn't precisely a fanfic quote, but the introductory post to the thread The Dear DAIRY Challenge: Being the Udderly Cheesy Adventures of Luke by @Findswoman, @Briannakin, @Raissa Baiard and @Ewok Poet. However, in this very particular case I'd argue that the author's note, being as zany as the fics it introduces, is part and parcel of the stories, so I'll let it speak for itself:

    Once in a while, a plot bunny comes along that just gets the butter of you—one that you just have to milk for all it’s worth. And indeed, that is exactly what happened near-simultaneously to four of us one Thursday in late October, when the inimitable Gamiel posted the following in the Plot Bunny Donation and Index Thread:
    As the wild, wacky story ideas started churning in our minds, we four—Briannakin, Ewok Poet, Findswoman, and Raissa Baiard—decided we would whip up this little anthology of stories centered around Luke’s encounters with nonblue milk at various points in his life and career, in both Legends and NuCanon continuities. And the results, if we do say so ourselves, are whey cool.

    So sit back, relax, and lait yourself be transported to a far-off galaxy of udder fun! :D

    Wishing you all the dairy best,

    In case some of you didn't get the subliminal message, this should be one of your go-to threads for the day you need a good laugh.
  11. Exeter

    Exeter Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Feb 2, 2005
    “It's extralegal, Zokk," Braken said with a tone that implied this concept was simpler than breathing. "That means it's even more legal than usual.”
    – from Braken Starblaster, Space Attorney by @The_Face

    Sixteen years later and I still quote this all the time IRL.
  12. Thumper09

    Thumper09 Force Ghost star 4

    Dec 9, 2001
    I was thinking about Braken Starblaster the other day. I really miss Face's stories.
  13. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    Here's one from NSWFF for me, from The Captain and the Commodore by @Mira_Jade.

    "And yet, very few step quite purposefully into love – they fall, and quite unexpectedly."

    I'm currently re-reading Sense and Sensibility for the first time since high school and for the very first time in English, and now that I'm not a mopey teenager anymore I appreciate Mrs Jennings more than I can say. I could quote virtually every single line of dialogue that Mira attributes to her, but the one above is simply perfection.
  14. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 29, 2004
    Okay, so I have a list that I want to start contributing to this thread, but this absolute ringer of a line is currently zinging in my head, and now it gets to zing in yours too. You're welcome. :p

    “If I really was my father’s daughter, then you would have spent the last ten years bowing to me.” - from All These Broken Pieces, by @ViariSkywalker

    [face_mischief] [face_batting] [face_whistling]
  15. amidalachick

    amidalachick Force Ghost star 5

    Aug 3, 2003
    -from Color Me Pink by @Mira_Jade

    This is a beautiful quote in Mira's beautiful story about identity and self-acceptance and friendship (and some amazing world-building as well!). But it's also a quote that resonated with me on a personal level the first time I read it, and it's stayed with me IRL ever since.
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  16. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 29, 2004
    I could quote every single sentence from @Gabri_Jade's The Walls We Hide Behind, but I am going to limit myself to this particular gem:

    "You cling to each other with desperation now, a double planet revolving around a barycenter of shared pain, orbits decaying, collision inevitable."

    [face_mischief] [face_devil] [face_love] [face_whistling]
  17. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 29, 2004
    Okay, I know that the rule is technically to wait until someone else posts a quote, but this thread has been quiet for a few months now, so I am going to be intrepid and share yet another. (That said, show some love to your favorite authors, folks! Content is a cycle, and feedback keeps that circle from breaking. [face_love] And I don't just say that because I have yet more quotes ready and waiting to share. [face_batting] [face_mischief] [face_whistling])

    This is from @amidalachick's Seven Months, in her [Stranger Things] House on a Quiet Street, Home for the Brave Angstober ficlet collection.

    "Steve pushes the window shade all the way up.

    The glare's so strong he has to lower it again. But he keeps it open a crack, enough to peer down past the wing at the patchwork of farmland thirty thousand feet below. He's not sure what he's looking at. Kansas, maybe, or Oklahoma. Nancy would know, but geography's never been his strong point.

    All he's sure of is his destination."

    I love how amidalachick captured such a tangible sensory experience that's so unique to flying (anytime she writes scenes on a airplane, I am always viscerally sucked in as it is), as well as that unquantifiable feeling of being everywhere and yet nowhere all at once when you're 30,000 feet in the air. But this isn't just a pretty bit of scenery-building; it's a metaphor she carries all the way through Steve's introspection of where he's been, and where he wants to go - and even that feeling of being stuck in one place, with nowhere to go, while everyone else seemingly moves around you - before settling on the certainty of his destination. And that thought carries this story through. [face_love]

    Ten stars outta ten. =D=
  18. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    And another NSWFF quote from me, this one from Age of Reason by @pronker.

    "You two placed a tracker upon my ship! Explain that! You planned to force me to surrender when we were caught off guard, to turn the Amber Room over to the Allies, the enemies of all of us!"

    Von Strucker's monocle glinted under the harsh light that was more suited to studying battle plans than conducting interviews. "Upon my honor as a noble of an uradelig family, I did not place a tracker upon your submarine."

    The Parmanova woman pursed her lips. "Just a small one, what could it hurt?"

    And just like that, you know everything you need to know about Marya Parmanova :D

    I'd never heard of Hogan's Heroes until pronker chose to write a triathlon set in this 'verse for the FF Olympics (combining it, in typical pronker fashion, with a few other fandoms). I'm grateful that she did, because it's the sort of quaint WW2 TV series that I love, and most importantly because I was thus introduced to Marya, who is a hilariously ambiguous character. Pronker's characterisation in her stories is simply top-notch. If you like espionage comedies, I highly recommend this extremely entertaining read!
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2023
  19. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 29, 2004
    For my next quote, I know that I'm pushing the word count limit, but absolutely everything about @Findswoman's The Book of Gand is just so epic and lovely, especially:

    The next moment the shimmering liquid was rushing and surging around him. Its effervescence enveloped his body, tickling as it crept between the chitinous plates of his exoskeleton. These waters seemed infused with the very Mists, surrounding him, enfolding him, and making him Theirs. It was no dream, no vision: he would emerge from them a Findsman, at once servant, guardian, and confidant to the Sacred Visionary Mists forever. Above him the many pairs of faceted eyes peered down at him through the liquid, merging into a gray, foggy blur. Ng’xvi-Ta’al-Lhúd began to feel himself sinking, the sparkling Waters pouring into his mouth, nostrils and earholes. Was he to drown in the Mists’ own embrace just as They had finished making him Their own? Please, gentle Mists, he prayed, do not swallow this Gand up in darkness!

    Just then the light of two golden eyes pierced the murk. Their incandescent glow—like incense lamps—seemed to warm and calm the Waters, whose gentle surging now sounded almost like a deep, gentle voice. . . .

    Uncanny One . . . Guardian’s son . . . my chosen . . . mine . . .

    Just . . . A+ world-building: check! Good ol' Star Wars flavored mysticism (misticism :p): check! Gorgeous sensory details: check! Top notch thematic imagery: check! And all of that coming together to aid in a truly stellar moment of character development and a tantalizing bit of foreshadowing for the plot to come? Check and check! [face_love] [face_mischief]

    If you haven't read The Book of Gand yet, what are you waiting for? Shoo!
  20. Mira_Jade

    Mira_Jade The (FavoriteTM) Fanfic Mod With the Cape star 5 Staff Member Manager

    Jun 29, 2004
    With the Review Race ongoing, I thought that I'd bump this thread with another gem:

    "There was poetry in his words. Akira softened to him like honey melting into hot tea."

    - From Love in a Caldera City Teashop in Odds and Ends, by @devilinthedetails

    I just absolutely love the phrasing of this line! It tells an entire story in two short sentences, and, as such, has to be mentioned in a thread showcasing the power of brevity. [face_love]
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  21. devilinthedetails

    devilinthedetails Fiendish Fanfic & SWTV Manager, Interim Tech Admin star 6 Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 19, 2019
    I would like to highlight and celebrate this line:

    "I saw her once in the double sunset, riding over the dune on her bantha heifer with white-tipped fur. The jewels of her mask glinted in the twilight, and her skirts and wrappings fluttered behind her in the desert wind, as gracefully as water."

    -From the short story Graceful as Water by @Findswoman

    I love the imagery of the double sunset that so artfully describes the iconic twin sunset of Tatooine. Also, the jewels glinting on the Tusken Raider young woman's mask not only are a bit of shiny imagery themselves but also depict the Tusken Raiders as a complex people capable of wearing and appreciating beautiful objects like jewels. And the graceful as water imagery is just perfection for how gorgeous and graceful it is and for how it fits a narrator from the desert where water would be a scarce and valued resource. I am continually in awe of how much worldbuilding and cultural development @Findswoman can achieve in so few words, and this thread seems like a magnificent opportunity to honor that[face_love]
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  22. Chyntuck

    Chyntuck Force Ghost star 5

    Jul 11, 2014
    "The term ‘recent changes’ is a reference to the fall of the Galactic Empire, an awesome and epoch-making event during which Lord Fett was otherwise engaged."

    From A Daimyo's Diary: The Book of Boba Fett by @Happy Sando, in which Boba Fett has his bloodthirsty smelter droid 8D8 record his diary, and the droid has a few interesting comments to make.
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