Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Grizzly Tale About Summer Camp

Just eight years ago, "Camp Fear" made its debut on MTV. This episode produced one of the best lines ever spoken in the series. (Jesse: "You know, if a shark doesn't keep swimming, it just stands still.") Other than that, though, many fans are not terribly fond of it... except as fodder for AU tales. Richard Lobinske did "Daylight: Visiting Camp Grizzly," NightGoblyn did "The Misery Chicks," and there was that Outers thing. Kristen Bealer wrote the perfect prequel, too.

How else could "Camp Fear" have been different? How could it have been better? No one to my knowledge has yet written an AU of "Camp Fear" simply to remove some of the disliked aspects of the original episode and add their own suggestions (not without adding SF elements, that is).

That's something worth writing about in Comments, below. Don't write the story, just say how you think it could have been better or different. Maybe someone will pick up on it for a great fanfic later.

Newest page on DariaWiki: Danny. Newest artwork on PPMB: Daria as the Green Lantern, by Ranger Thorne.
  • Daria and Jane Go to the Moon, by Echopapa (Part 4): "C'mon, Jane, I'm dyin' here!" Daria huffed. "Can't we take a break?"
  • Not-Quite-Forever Girl, by Alpacca Jo, a.k.a. thatLONERchick (COMPLETE!): Just as she turned to walk away, a voice called her back to the present.
  • Omega Omega, by Smileyfax (Part 2): "Jane, I found something unusual in the attic..."

  • Acts of Cupidity, by Disco316 (COMPLETE!): Quinn’s eyes bugged out a bit. “You were able to snag Mack? Daria, I’m... I’m proud of you!”
  • Legion of Lawndale Heroes GT 1:1—West Texas Walkabout, by Roentgen (Part 1): It all started when my best friend Jane got into an argument with Tom before we left. Oddly enough, it was an argument about Jane’s red jacket.
  • A New Set of Rules, by Dennis (Part 7): “Whatever, Daria,” Kevin said, taking a step back. Daria couldn't tell if he was making way for her or getting away from her, but nonetheless, she crossed the threshold. “Your room again?” He nodded and led her upstairs. They were soon hard at work.
  • Rings and Things That Cannot Go Together, by Ranger Thorne (Part 2): “Let me be certain I’m hearing this correctly,” the senior Ringbearer, an older man with the name Alfred Pennyworth said from one side of the table to Daria on the other. “You say that this,” he gestured to the lantern sitting on the table, “came to your Earth from a distance reality that we haven’t yet discovered?” [See also the ongoing discussion over background issues. Interesting.]
  • Two Halves, by Dark Kuno (continued): Each of the girls and especially Trent couldn't help but notice the unmistakable flash of bare tanned backside as Brittany's skirt was caught for a moment by the wind as she ran to Kevin's Jeep.
  • Jane, Where's My Car? by thatLONERchick (Part 1): "Wow," Daria uttered quietly. "That's a lot of pudding."


the nightgoblyn said...

Upon being rejected by her idol, Amelia should have become a rage-driven stalker and killed everyone close to Daria one by one. The orgy of blood and vengeance would have culminated in Daria's murder, obviously.

Aside: my current word verification is "rushisms" and I feel icky typing it. >_>

UU said...

A bunch of grizzlies joining the fun? :)

P.S. At first I tried to post without logging in -- and my verification word was 'rovese'... 8-?

E. A. Smith said...

I rather liked "Camp Fear". I don't know what other people have against it; maybe they feel the end (where Amelia actually forgives Daria -- oh, god, no!) to not be cynical enough. But I like that it shows Amelia, in the end, to be a better person than Daria, able to see her flaws and yet still accept her, rather than holding a grudge. I think Daria seeing that was a definite spur towards her relaxing her own unforgiving standards, and maturing as a person.

the nightgoblyn said...


Rove + goatse!?



the bug guy said...

What I liked about "Camp Fear" was that Amelia was the first teen to not only realize that Daria was right (Amelia was being a clingy follower), but also openly described Daria in realistic terms.

But then, you could also argue that Amelia was still being imitative because she stood up and proclaimed in front of everyone that she was going to be like Daria.