Born Of Darkness

Born Of Darkness was one of the first fan fictions I read all the through from Obsidian Thirteen. He posted it sometime during early 2004, returning to it one last time in late 2004 and finishing it up as a rewrite in very early 2005. Needless to say, it's still my favorite of his works.

Sometime in 2009, Obsidian Thirteen deleted his fan fiction profile, including all the stories that were up on it for reading. I was heartbroken - O13 had somewhere around 42+ stories, all well-received and popular. As time went on, I wondered if we could, using what we know now, rewrite each one to their fullest potential.

I tried at first with a couple different fan fictions, though failed; my life was a bit too unstable. Eventually 2014 came and finally, I had the stability, focus and happiness to do what I had always wanted to do: rewrite, expand and edit Born Of Darkness. Going through it was simple enough and I realized within the first paragraph that I didn't want to do a full rewrite as more of an expansion (to keep to the original spirit of the piece).

The version most people read was around 18,000 words. After what I had done, it had peaked around 38,000 words (more than twice its original length). The process involved separating every sentence from the paragraphs, tweaking them, adding some new sentences to expand on stuff and fixing errors. I also added a lot of extra scenes, including some adult material (sex scenes, drugs, graphic violence and more). Starfire was now bisexual, Raven was as well, Seth actually got laid and Natas's powers were elaborated on a bit more.

I added song lyrics to beginning of each chapter and threw in loads of references to movies, music and other books. Finally, when it was done, I added a chapter titled "Trivia", which contains a lot of interesting facts about its final incarnation. This was probably one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I've ever had.