This was an amazing episode!
The atmosphere was genuinely spooky, and Penn and Teller were great guest stars. I'm glad we got some female minor characters finally, as I think all of them up to this point have been male. The villains were super cool looking too! Penn seemed a tad off at the beginning when he said "Ghosts aren't real." but I can't put my finger on how.
I was genuinely shocked that Teller was the villain! I liked the explanation behind why he dressed up. That has to be a first in the Scooby-Doo team ups that the guest star was ever a villain!
The gang's personalities were pretty decent in this episode, especially Daphne's quirks from Be Cool Scooby-Doo sort of coming back. The gang's costumes were awesome too! Honestly, almost everything about this episode was awesome! The one part I can say that I absolutely hated in this episode was the fart joke in the elevator. It wasn't even close to funny, and I was very disappointed they chose to use a bodily function joke here.
Otherwise, I really appreciated everything about this episode. I'd say the Sherlock Holmes episode slightly edged it out, but not by much. Here's hoping that we get more episodes like this coming up soon!
Check out these special sneak previews of tomorrow's Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode, "When Urkel Bots Go Bad!" The first one is available here, and here's a link to the second one.
With Return to Zombie Island coming in a few weeks, I thought now would be a perfect time to write this little article. For those of you who haven't been following it, the fanfiction I've been writing, Coast to Coast with Daphne Blake has recently been completed after 26 chapters and five years of writing!
The fanfiction is set after the events of Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island and shows what happens when Daphne continues her show, Coast to Coast without rejoining the rest of the gang. It's fully Daphne-centric and from her point-of-view.
I know some shows do little bonus featurettes or whatever after they're finished, so I wanted to do a short article with some lessons learned for all you aspiring fanfiction writers out there, as well as share a few extra scenes I wrote but ended up cutting in the final product.
Though I learned a lot of lessons, the following are five of the most prominent lessons I took away from writing my very first (or at least, first I'd like to remember haha) fanfic:
1. Don't be afraid to run with an idea
At the beginning especially, I was worried about experimenting with ideas because I didn't want to mess up and have to rewrite everything. However, as I went along, I found that just running with an idea often made the best scenes. Writing a scene in multiple different ways can be a really good writer's exercise, and it's totally okay to cut stuff in the final version! Once you realize something doesn't work, you'll be all the more knowledgable in your future writing!
2. Introduce new characters slowly
Those of us who read fanfics know that some of them can be just awful, usually because the writer has whipped a random new character in our faces. In this fanfic, I had a recurring new character that I created named Isabel, who sometimes would follow Daphne on her adventures for her show. While I really loved writing for her character, I didn't want to presume everyone else loved her as much as I did. Because of this, I introduced her slowly, in other words, having her show up in one chapter, then be absent for the next one or two chapters before having her appear again. This gives the readers a chance to really get to know the character, and come to enjoy when they show up. The worst thing you can do is force a character in someone's faces, all the time. Keep in mind, new characters should play a supporting, recurring role, not completely take over the fanfic.
3. Reread! Reread! Reread!
You may think you're the most amazing, typo-free writer of all time. While I wouldn't refer to myself that highly, I went into writing this fanfic thinking I was a pretty careful typer and that I didn't make very many typos. However, I was surprised to see that there were usually typos several in each chapter when I went back and reread them before posting them live on the Internet. My advice would be to go through your fanfic one time, reading everything you wrote carefully, before posting it. That way, you'll catch most typos (occasionally a few might slip through) and won't have to go back months or years later when someone points out a typo in your work, because I've done that and that's just the worst.
4. Don't rush a good story!
When I first started writing fanfics, I was very much into just writing out the scenes I wanted until they were done, but that's not always a good thing, even if you feel like you're on a roll. After a while of writing, your brain is going to get tired, and you're going to get sloppy. I spent a few nights that I felt I was in a "writing mood" up until 1 am trying to pump out the last bit of a chapter, so I could post it. That's not always the best solution, in the end. Even if it means waiting until morning to finish the best part of the end of your fanfic, often times that's going to give you a better product than sleepily rushing through your masterpiece!
5. Don't date your story!
One of my pet peeves is when songs or stories have a date in them, like when it's literally said that it's 2019 or whatever year. I feel like this makes it less relevant in a few years, so I try to avoid putting anything in there that might date the story at all costs. This would include technology related things, for example I just say "phone" and don't include texting/social media/whatever and let readers think what they want. The joke that those who read my author's notes will know is that you never know who will be reading your story in 2075 from their holographic phone!
Those were the most crucial lessons I learned while writing my fanfics, and I'm sure I'll continue to learn lots more as I continue writing my current fanfic, Fangs for the Memories, and future fanfics!
For fun, I also wanted to share some scenes I wrote that I ended up not including in the final product of the chapters. When writing my fanfics, I like to be incredibly serious, and these scenes had to be cut because they were just too cold and uncaringly serious.
Now, anybody who reads my fanfics will know that the above statement was a complete lie. I love being silly in my writing, and actually the three deleted scenes were cut because they were so goofy and random that they didn't really fit with the finished product.
Even if you didn't read the fanfic, or if you just want a good laugh, these scenes will make sense and hopefully you'll enjoy them! The following are those three scenes:
The first of these scenes is an alternate ending to my 22nd chapter, where Fred opens a fraudulent email from a man claiming to be a prince from another country, and the TV station Daphne works for is turned over to this person. Scenes that were not cut/provided for context is in grey text. And that's all, now let the silliness abound:
Chapter 22: "Shadows in The Night" - Alternate Ending
Fred walked back into the TV station, tired after the long trip. To his surprise, his coworker Nick greeted him at the door.
“Hey Nick! How’s it going?” Fred asked.
“Pretty good, Fred. Did you hear the exciting news?” Nick inquired.
“No, what is it?” Fred looked wide-eyed.
“We’re under new leadership. Some guy got our company’s bank account hacked and bankrupted us, and now we’re owned by Rahman Industries. Your new boss’s name is Prince Rahman.” Nick informed.
“Prince Rahman?!? Do I get to meet him?” Fred questioned.
“I’m afraid not, Fred. You see, Prince Rahman’s first act as owner was to create a company hierarchy based on serfdom. So get down to the coal chute, peasant!” Nick ordered.
“Ah man.” Fred hung his head in shame.
Fred suddenly regained consciousness in his own bed, safe at home.
“Oh, so it was all a dream.”
The blonde laid his head back down in grogginess.
The next morning, Fred walked into work, just as he had in his dream last night. In an oddly deja-vu sense, Nick once again appeared at the door.
“Hey, Fred. How was your trip?” Nick asked.
“It was great, but I’m glad I’m back.” Fred admitted.
“Cool. I’ve got some exciting news. While you work today, you’ll get to hear a performance by special musical guest, Michael Jackson.” Nick announced.
“Wow! Special musical guest Michael Jackson?” Fred asked in disbelief.
“Hi Fred. It’s time to solve that myster-a-hee-hee!” Michael said in a sing-song voice.
“Man, this is just too cool to be real!” Fred commented.
Suddenly, Fred awoke in his familiar bed once again.
“Ah man, that must have been a dream too.”
In a sleepy state, Fred stepped out of bed and walked to the bathroom. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw a terrifying sight in the mirror: a gigantic, human-sized praying mantis in his place!
“Wait a minute...the doctors cured my Bugman Disease years ago! Maybe THIS is a dream!”
Fred woke up in his bed once again.
“So it was just a dream!” he realized.
“That’s okay, Fred. It’s all just a dream…” a creepy red-faced man with gigantic claws for fingernails rasped.
“You’re right Freddy Kruger!” Fred smiled with relief, as he heard a knock on the window.
Fred opened the window to see what it was. What he saw was another man, though this one very familiar.
“Wow, special musical guest Michael Jackson?” Fred cried in disbelief.
“Hey Fred! I need a place to sl-hee-heep!” Michael informed.
“Sure! Climb on in!” Fred replied jovially, as he moved over to let Michael and Freddy Kruger lay on both sides of him.
As Fred, Michael and Freddy all enjoyed each other’s warmth, Fred smiled and simply said “Man, finally, something that’s not a dream. This is way too believable to be anything BUT reality!”
Chapter 25 "A Creep in the Cemetery" Extra - Rightman: Enter The Wrongman
That not enough silliness for you? Check out this extra scene from chapter 25. In chapters 24 and 25, a pompous, narcissistic recurring character named Dred (essentially a clone of Fred, who was inspired to solve mysteries by the gang) arrogantly continues to point out that he's always right about everything. It gets so bad, in fact, that Dred begins calling himself The "Rightman," which is a made-up superhero which parodies Batman. In this extra which takes place in a separate continuity from the rest of the fanfic (it's just for fun), Rightman takes on his worst enemy yet: The Wrongman. Personally, I love things that are so bad that they're funny. If that's something up your alley, then this scene is definitely for you.
It was a dark and spooky night in Correctopolis. Just the kind of night that breeded mischief. Mischief and crime.
The scene switched to the back of a man’s superhero cape, with a large “R” imprinted on the back.
“Man, it’s a good night to be right!” Rightman announced.
“Oh no. It’s your archnemesis, the Wrongman!” a shrill male’s voice said.
“Holy Bill of Rights, Trueboy! You’re right!” Rightman realized. “Get it? Bill of RIGHTs? Because I’m the RIGHTman? Get it? Get it?”
“Yes!” Trueboy snapped.
“Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah!” Wrongman guffawed. “I shall spread slightly incorrect statements throughout the world to create mild confusion among the local populace!”
“How do you sleep at night, you bastard?” Rightman asked coldly.
“You’ll never know. Because you’ll never catch me!” Wrongman taunted, as he ran in the opposite direction.
Rightman and Trueboy quickly followed the fleeing villain down the street, though they quickly lost him as he darted down another street.
“Which way did he go, Rightman?” Trueboy inquired.
“What a ridiculous question, Trueboy. These bastards don’t even know the meaning of right.” Rightman scolded, as he began running to the left.
Rightman and Trueboy turned the corner to find Wrongman, running towards a dead end.
“How characteristic of Wrongman to make the wrong decision.” Rightman scoffed.
“You’re right, Rightman! He’s always making poor choices.” Trueboy affirmed.
“I’m not too drunk, you are!” Wrongman slurred, as he took a gigantic swig from a beer bottle with a label reading “Bud Heavy.”
“Never fear, Trueboy. I’ll stop him with my trusty WRITing utensil!” Rightman explained, as he tossed a pen at the dastardly Wrongman.
All of a sudden, the pen made a clicking noise, which released a large net from its tip, trapping Wrongman.
“Aha! You’re trapped now, Wrongman!” Rightman boasted.
A police car immediately pulled up diagonal across the alley, its red and blue lights flashing vibrantly.
“Nice job on capturing Wrongman, boys!” a police officer addressed Rightman and Trueboy. “He’ll have a long time in prison to think about what he’s done wrong.”
“Thanks local police officer Joe!” Rightman replied, as the police officer handcuffed Wrongman and put him into the back seat.
“Wow! You saved Correctopolis again, Rightman!” Trueboy chirped. “How does it feel?”
“It feels right.” Rightman stated bluntly, before singing his obligatory tune.
“Na na na na na na na na Rightman! Rightman! RIGHTMAN!
Chapter 26 "A New Beginning": Don Knotts Kink
And that's what the file name of this last scene is on my computer, lol. This one's a bit raunchy and PG-13, so I apologize if I offend anyone by this. This is a deleted scene from the final chapter of Coast to Coast, in which Don Knotts makes a surprise appearance. The joke is that Don Knotts is probably the least sexualized person you could ever think of, thus Dred's reaction is quite amusing. It got a bit raunchy however, so I took it out. However, here it is for your reading pleasure. Don Knotts' line in the gray text, "And remember, don't do anything I wouldn't do. And there's a lot I wouldn't do!" is probably one of my favorite lines ever to write.
Any minute, Daphne expected to hear a familiar voice greeting her.
“Hey Daphne!” a nasally voice greeted.
This most certainly wasn’t who she expected.
“Don Knotts?” she raised a confused eyebrow.
“You guys said you’d come back and see me in Juneberry, and you never did!” Don accused.
“I’m sorry, Don. It’s been busy for me lately.” Daphne elaborated.
“Okay, but y’all come back down soon and we’ll have bananas and chocolate custard down at the jailhouse, okay?” Don pressured.
“Sure...um...thanks, Don.” Daphne agreed.
“Alright, and remember, don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. And there’s a lot I wouldn’t do.” Don’s expression turned serious.
“Oh man, was that Don Knotts?” Dred asked, as Don walked away.
“Yeah.” Daphne said, eyeing up the gang, who were now approaching her and Dred, Thelma and Saggy.
“Man, that’s hot.” Dred nearly began drooling. “I’m obsessed with that man. I think about him whenever I go to bed.”
“Umm...that’s odd…” Daphne stuttered, unsure how to deal with the dysfunctional drivel coming out of Dred’s mouth. “You think about him before you fall asleep?”
“No.” Thelma sighed, looking disgusted even having to explain it. “He thinks about Don Knotts whenever he’s having sex.”
Daphne shuttered a bit. She was looking for something to take her mind off the potential argument with the gang, but that most certainly wasn’t it.
Finally, she saw who she was expecting to.
“Hey, Daph.” Velma waved. “Look, about earlier…"
Well, that's all for this featurette! I really hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did writing this amazing fanfic! Thanks so much to everyone who read either this article, my fanfic, or both! :)
In the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the group of main characters is called the Scooby Gang. The group begins being officially called this in season 2 ("What's My Line?"), though in season 1, episode 11 ("Out of Mind, Out of Sight"), one of the characters Willow wears a Scooby-Doo t-shirt, Buffy wears a blue scarf nearly identical to Daphne's, and Xander says "Can you say gulp?," a line sometimes said by Shaggy. Buffy also says "jeepers" occasionally.
Some very sad news today from the Cartoon Network website. CN has now mass-erased all the Scooby-Doo games on their website, with the exception of Scooby Trap, which was thankfully not removed like the rest of the games. Three icons for Spooky Snack Search, Ask Swami Shaggy and Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Castle are still present on the website, but the links no longer lead to anything except for a "this game doesn't exist" page. Oddly, Creepy Castle had nearly 17 million more plays than Scooby Trap, yet that one was still erased.
Quite sad that there's only one Scooby game left now. It seems silly for Cartoon Network to remove all their Scooby games, as it's not like they were causing any harm in just being there. Here's a link to what remains of the Cartoon Network Scooby-Doo website.
Update: Now even the Scooby Trap link has been deleted, leaving no games remaining on the Cartoon Network website. Anyone still interested in playing Scooby Trap or Creepy Castle can go to the Boomerang UK Website (link for each respective game).
Here's a sneak preview of tomorrow's Guess Who episode featuring Penn and Teller. "The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson" will be posted on Boomerang tomorrow, and will air on Cartoon Network on Monday, August 19.
This was a really cute episode.
This was probably one of the episodes I've enjoyed the most so far. I felt like the pacing was pretty good, the interactions between Scooby and Wonder Woman were super cute, and the villain was pretty cool. All the locations were genuinely spooky and gave a very creepy vibe to the episode.
Wonder Woman seemed like a good guest star! I know some were worried about the feminist message being too overpowering, but I thought they did a really nice job with it. They had their moments of female power, which were definitely warranted given it was Wonder Woman, but it also didn't undermine the rest of the episode which was good. They also gave viewers a good message about gender equality, rather than just saying "screw the men." I did think Scooby's line "Boys' locker room, girls' locker room!" was kind of odd, just because it didn't really fit with anything unless they were attempting to introduce the issue of gender neutral bathrooms? Either way it was a strange thing to mention.
All the characters were pretty on-point this time, my only criticism being Scooby's long monologue at the end. While the content of the speech itself was certainly inspiring as it was intended to be, it doesn't really fit with Scooby's character to speak in gigantic paragraphs worth of dialogue, in my opinion. Otherwise, Scooby was great in this episode, and I particularly enjoyed his and Shaggy's "truths" when they were captured by the magic lasso. One small other criticism I had was that the initial training session with the girls seemed like it was way too short.
Overall, this was an enjoyable episode with a very fun, positive feminist message in it.
In Australia, Bigfoot is commonly referred to as the Yahoo or the Yowie. This is where the name for the giant vampire, "Yowie Yahoo," in Scooby-Doo and the Legend of the Vampire came from.
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