Dibra BONUS FEATURE! – Reviews Edition

To make it up to you guys for not posting in so long, I thought I’d do a little “bonus feature” thing for our current MST.

As you may have noticed, when MSTing this fic I go and look up any reviews the author has replied to in her notes so that I know what she’s talking about. This has led to me finding quite a lot of, ah, interesting comments.

For instance, this review of chapter 1, left by romefan123:


But lest we get the wrong idea, they followed that up with:

Despite my negative review, I want to clarify that I dont hate the author of this story, and I actually liked her other stories, is just that I didnt like this story in particular.

Glad you took a break from your heat-of-a-thousand-suns hatred to clarify that, romefan123.

Many of the reviews are of the “lol random” sort popular among Zim fans in their tweens/early teens; these reviewers say stuff like “I iz so in love wif ur storehh!~~ nhyeh! TACOS!!!”  These reviews tend to be just barely readable, but there are a few reviews I can’t even make sense of, like this one from jack-the-annoying-freak:

gir why are the waffels shaped like boobs

And another gem from the same user:

since dib is a girl is daz duz

I don’t even know what that means.

On the opposite end of the scale, we have Continuity Enfor’s reviews, which, while considerably more verbose, are also probably the work of a thirteen-year-old. For instance:

Unlike a lot of fan fiction, you are actually literate. I can understand and follow your story without hassle.
That said, I’d like to point out some flaws.
1. Though this may have been penned before the story arc was leaked, it is worth noting that Dib was artificially conceived. As Doctor Membrane’s destined heir, Dib was created with the best traits the Doctor had. Hypothetically, Dib will grow as tall as Doctor Membrane himself and possess that same deep voice. We have already seen that Dib’s cowlick will lengthen like his father’s did in “Itʻs a Wonderful Life of Doom”.
2. While Dib is certainly down on his luck, I find it gravely out of character for Dib to cut himself. Dib may have it rough at “Skool”, but home isn’t bad on him. Though Doctor Membrane has his faults (particularly his reference to his son as “insane” and the whole “real science” debacle), I gather from their interactions that Dib’s father genuinely cares for Dib and Gaz, even if he’s away at work. Though Doctor Membrane strongly disagrees with Dib’s interests, he encourages him to pursue them (he sees it as a phase) and lets him use all of his equipment (like in the Cmas episode where he took his fathet’s anti-Santa SAM batteries).
I said that to say this. Dib is too driven, ambitious, passionate, good-hearted, and gregarious to be consumed by his depression. Bullying against him is verbal and he faces no issues back in his house. He defeats Zim enough to give him hope, and it has been shown that Faz values his life enough to rescue him so that they could all go to the pizza parlour.

The big words are there to disguise the fact that this reviewer clearly has no idea what they’re talking about.

Actually, if you’ll permit me to refute a few of their points briefly? I’ve talked already about how I don’t see Dib as the type to self-harm, but to say that his home environment isn’t tough on him is definitely untrue. He’s neglected by his dad to the point where they only eat a meal together once a year, and he basically lives in fear of his little sister. Neglect is a form of abuse. Prof. Membrane’s allowing Dib to use his science equipment can hardly be seen as a benevolent gesture when it’s obvious that most (if not all) of this stuff is unfit for unsupervised use by an eleven-year-old. This isn’t the gesture of a kind and loving parent, but of one who doesn’t care.

On top of that, Dib being “good-hearted” is debatable, and he isn’t gregarious in the fucking slightest.

Lastly, you can’t treat Gaz saving his life as an act of kindness when in context she was only doing it so she’d get to eat pizza. Making sure your sibling doesn’t die is the bare minimum of caring for them anyway.

This same reviewer left another comment, which, again, I feel the need to respond to.

You have a clever idea going, but I object to some rather frustrating plot devices.
1. The Membranes never curse. Gaz doesn’t because she doesn’t need to pretend to be tough or intimidating, because she is. Dib doesn’t curse because he is too good-natured and well-taught by his father.
2. NO. NO NO NO. It is foolish to remove Dib’s glasses to make him look “prettier”. One of his classic appeals is his glasses and how they add an air of innocence and intelligence in a world of braindead “stink worm monkeys”, as Zim eloquently calls it.

1. You are a fair Gaz writer and you clearly put some effort into this. You have an understanding of her personality and capture her no-nonsense bluntness well.
2. I like your proposition that “Dibra” and Gaz are rather flat-chested. That makes sense, given that Doctor Membrane is an utilitarian, function-over-form man.
3. I don’t know why, but I did enjoy Dib’s comment that he would date his counterpart of the fairer sex. Itʻs a sort of haughty pride that runs in the family. All of the Membranes are convinced that they, and each other, are the absolute best at what they do. They are full of themselves, but in that confident way that doesn’t bother others.

Re: cursing, the reason Dib and his family never swore is because Invader Zim was a kid’s show, you dingbat. I still have no idea where you’re getting this perception of Dib as some sweet little goody two-shoes who has a great relationship with Daddy.

The glasses comment actually made me burst out laughing. This is gold.

Dib(ra) wasn’t described as being flat-chested. The author said B cup, which is small-to-average, but I vividly remember a line about Dib’s shirt being way too small/tight across the chest after the whole sex-swap thing. Also, Membrane may have artificially created Dib, but he had no direct involvement in female!Dib’s creation, and we still don’t know either way about Gaz.

…and now I’m laughing again at the third commendation because seriously who talks like this. Who even says “the fairer sex” anymore except maybe fedora-wearing dudebros who watch My Little Pony?

One last comment from this guy before we move on:

I like your description of “Dibra’s” clothes, though I would consider a daughter of a scientist to be modest enough not to bare midriff and pierce her earlobes with those more humble gold or white studs that young ladies wear.
Again, the cursing ruins a good plot.
Again, you nailed Gaz’s mannerisms.
Again, you have captured the classic Membrane vanity.

What in the hell does being the child of a scientist have to do with the clothes you wear? Seriously, what’s up with this reviewer?

Moving on.

Despite all the “random!!! XD” humor in the comments section, several commenters had valid criticisms to make. Reviewer Fish, for example, pointed out that Dib would likely feel uncomfortable dressing in very femme, tight-fitting clothes, and another reviewer commented that it was a little depressing that Dib would give up on his dream of defending Earth just because he got sex-swapped.

On the other hand, though, there are multiple reviewers saying stuff like “I usually hate ZaDR but when one of them is a girl it’s cute!”, so the comments section for this fic is still better off left alone.

17 Responses to “Dibra BONUS FEATURE! – Reviews Edition”

  1. “I like your proposition that “Dibra” and Gaz are rather flat-chested. That makes sense, given that Doctor Membrane is an utilitarian, function-over-form man.”

    What…? Just… what? How do “Dibra” and Gaz’s breast sizes relate in any way to Professor Membrane being a “utilitarian, function-over-form man”. That’s almost stranger than the story itself!

  2. asbusinessmagnet Says:

    In Lithuanian, the phrases “gražioji lytis” (the pretty/beautiful sex) and “stiprioji lytis” (the strong sex) are commonplace. Of course, the reviews aren’t written in Lithuanian but you get my point.

  3. Hey Skepkitty I was wondering what do you think of this idea for the FanFiction that I’m writhing it’s basically a gender switch of the Phantom of the opera but only Erik (The phantom) Christine and Rauol gender are switch but because they are born this way instead of the reason of the fic. Anyway but my main concern is that of my characters while each has there good and bad traits (Erika especially) I’m worried that maybe people that will think that the reason Christian chooses Rose is that Erika is disfigured which is not the case while Erika is not so pretty ( has yellow skins that extremely thin, no nose not like Voldemort but a black hole where should have been, thin as a skeleton and many more things) she also has extremely violent temper and has obsessed and passioned about Christian while Rose is more soft and quite with her love and Christian love both of them just in two different way. So what do you think?

    • Uh, it’s hard to say? I mean, as long as you show that Erika has obvious character flaws that would make her a bad match for Christian, I don’t see that there’s a problem.

      • Thank you for responding because of you I laugh and I found about Invader Zim. From what I see of the show I’m kinda shocked how people get theses characters personalities wrong maybe it’s just because that I’m a Phangirl and there’s many different versions and everyone has there favorite one of the story but I find it weird that one canon and get right

  4. “since dib is a girl is daz duz”

    I think that they were asking if Gaz was genderbent too because Dib was. Whiiiich shows that they probably weren’t paying attention.

    Yeah, since I started posting fanfics to ff.net, I’ve found reviews… interesting. There don’t seem to be too many people who give constructive criticism… And some seem irksome. I really need to go to Ao3…

  5. Look! I’ve got an account! It’s-a-me, Nimh!. Anyway, I left her a review, pointing out all the things wrong with her story and got now two hateful, angry, childish, bitchy PMs from her.

    • D’aaaw, she sent me a message telling me to “go fuck myself with a 60 foot pole” and blocked me. Cute how she tells people who don’t use their sign-in (or don’t have one) pussies, when she simply attacks people who do and don’t asspat her. I swear, I hate this new generation of kids.

      • Aw, man, that’s rude. Also sounds painful. Did she specify how wide the pole is supposed to be? I guess if it’s a pretty slender pole then that’s not too bad.

        Though I figure she’s probably sick of feedback on Dibra. If I recall correctly, I’m not the first to MST it.

      • Yeah, but she’s supposed to be an adult now. She needs to act like it. I was perfectly polite. It’s kids these days; they won’t grow up and get entirely too butthurt over the most trivial things.

      • I’m not defending her rudeness, just trying to give some context for why she flew off the handle in response to your feedback on her fic.

        Not sure I’m cool with you putting down an entire generation, though, especially when this is the kinda shit that gets said about every single generation of young people.

      • I know, I just see it so much. The entitlement, all that. It annoys me. Probably where I was homeless as a child. A lot (not all) of younger people these days act like the world should be given to them on a silver platter when no one is ever entitled to such a thing. Sure, the same thing can be said of any generation, but I think that it is probably most prominent in this generation (of which I am part, I am sad to say) because of the parenting books of the day and the parents of that generation tending to spoil their children as a result of the way they were raised by their parents. I really want to see a good work ethic return, but I digress.

      • Not to be rude but that was harsh and you can’t judge a whole generation. I from this generation I know some won’d like my stories but will I attack someone for being a critic no because 1. That would be mean, 2. I would be a giant hypocrite if I did that (many people tell me I would make a good critic and I do love it) my point is that you should’t judge a whole generation

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