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mahastory ([personal profile] mahastory) wrote2010-07-31 07:16 am
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Introduction and FAQ

Hello! You have reached the homepage of "Mahabharata Story," a science fiction Mahabharata fanfic by [personal profile] nenena. If you'd like to read, you can start browsing below.

(Mahabharata Story Table of Contents) // The meaty meat.

(A ~ Z Glossary) // Handy when you're dealing with a cast of hundreds.

(Bibliography and Resources) // To give credit where it's due.

A Brief FAQ for the Curious and Confused.

Who are your beta-readers, and how much do they rock?

My beta-readers are [ profile] goldenflames and [ profile] steelehearts, and they rock so hard that even Parasurama doesn't hate them. And that's really saying something. Because Parasurama hates everyone.

I found this journal because I'm trying to research the Mahabharata. Er, am I in the wrong place?

Yes. Yes, you are. You do realize that in the original Mahabharata, there were no spaceships or lasers, right? Oh wait...

I found this journal because I'm looking for a place to discuss the real Mahabharata. I think I'm in the wrong place, too.

Yeah, you are. But you can head over to [ profile] reading_maha for some more fun Mahabharata-centric discussion.

I've never heard of the Mahabharata before, and I wouldn't know Krishna from Keanu Reeves. Can I still read your fic? Will it make sense to an Indopantheon virgin?

Yes, you can still read my fic. I've tried my damndest to make it as accessible to a general audience as humanly possible.

I started reading your fic, and now I want to know more about the real Mahabharata. If I Wikipedia the Mahabharata, will I spoil myself silly for your fic?

Yes. And here's why: The original Mahabharata begins with a character, Sanjaya, giving a speech that literally gives away every single surprise in the story - Darth Vader is Luke's father, Rosebud was a sled, Snape kills Dumbledore, etc. But in my fic, I take the opposite tack, and try to maintain some narrative suspense. Therefore, there are a couple of Big Reveals that I'm saving for later, namely, who are Karna's parents, who is Krishna, WTF is Vyasa's connection to Bhisma's family, etc. If you try to research any aspect of the original Mahabharata, I can guarantee you that these secrets will be blown out of the water with the very first link that you click.

But then again, if you don't care about spoilers, go for it! And I suspect that most of the people reading this already know the story of the Mahabharata and won't be surprised by any of the Big Reveals, either. But I thought I'd give an honest warning for any Mahabharata Virgins who might also happen to be spoiler-shy, in the interest of fairness. // Behind the cut.

(Anonymous) 2009-11-28 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
Your characters come alive, plus they make me laugh! - a first for any version of the Mahabharata. Please find time, energy and inspiration to keep going. Many thanks.

[identity profile] 2009-11-30 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
No, thank you for the lovely words of encouragement. Comments like this are what keep me going. Thank you again!!

[identity profile] 2010-04-29 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
hello, I just found your fic today and read bits and pieces of it. I love it! I love mahabharata but the version I read always so serious. I was looking for a lighter humorous take of it because it has so much potential with the hundreds of different characters with distinct personality.

I hope you'll continue writing :) You should publish your story :D
I'm in the middle of reading Palace of Illusion, I quite like it because there are some humour in it but not enough. It's neither very serious nor humorous.

Your version is so much better. You really have good sense of humour :D

[identity profile] 2010-05-01 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the lovely compliment! I'm glad you like my fic. :) I don't think my writing is anywhere near as good as The Palace of Illusion, though. 0.o;;

As for publishing, well, I've discussed that before on this livejournal. My official stance on the matter is Hell No, Never Ever. I'm flattered that you think that my fic is good enough for publication, but I am never going to attempt to publish it, period, end of story. Still, I appreciate the compliment! ^__^