Melancholic Nostalgia

The ‘Book’ Series (Love Hina)

My unfinished magnus opum, the first ever fanfiction I wrote, started way back in the summer of 2001. It was being written up until summer of 2006, in three separate ‘Books’. I had originally planned a ‘Motoko kills Keitaro by accident’ story, where she would commit seppuku, but as I wrote it, I changed it to a romance. I then was planning on making 9 books in total, but eventually, the Lova Hina fandom died away.

By 2006, newer anime were growing in popularity, and Love Hina simply couldn’t compare. I also moved away to new (The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi) and even much older (Ranma 1/2) anime/manga, as the characters seemed much more interesting.

As this was my first work, I was still learning how to get things across, and as such my writing was fairly amateurish to begin with, before evolving into now. The problem is that I can’t look at this work any more without wanting to get delete it entirely, such were the mistakes I made. Yet I keep it, to remind myself how much I’ve progressed from those days.

I also didn’t like the way I was taking the plot, and what I had created with certain characters (Suu for instance). I had tried to get it closer to what the original characters were like, but by now it was too late.

The irony was that people liked the changes I made, a cooler Keitaro, mild Naru bashing, a growing love between Keitaro and Motoko. However, deep down I knew that I couldn’t continue this story without going against my principles of keeping true to the characters, and to myself.

The changes I made at the beginning of the story were far too jarring, and should be done gradually, as I’ve learned, hence why this will forever remain incomplete, much to the chagrin of everyone who was reading it.

Book 1: All it took was a little kindness

Summary: Alternate Universe; What if from the beginning Keitaro began to feel more emotions towards someone else than to Naru. What would have happened? Does she feel the same? What about the others in Hinatasou?

Rated: T

Drama/Angst

Chapters: 10 

Words: 37,080 

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Book 2: Love faces many an obstacle

Chapters: 10

Words: 45,077

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Book 3: A lack of faith brings insecurities

Chapters: 5

Words: 37,250

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