Title: Tabloid Author: babylonsheep Rating: T Genre: Comedy/Drama Status: Complete Fandom: Worm Summary: PRT photographer by day and cape paparazzi by night, Tabloid explores the effects of parahumans on society with the help of his quirky sense of humor. Each chapter contains original artwork. World-building, slice of life, comedy/drama. Link: Archive of Our Own I like how this story tries to expand upon Worm's worldbuilding, it's one of the few non-Taylor Worm fics that I've actually enjoyed. It is an OC for those not into that, but a well-written one, and I enjoyed his cynical and self-interested attitude, it felt real to me in a way that many cape characters' motivations do not. It is well-written, and quite polished in general, the added art doesn't really do it for me, many of the cape uniforms just look too bulky and clumsy, both compared to how I always pictured the characters, but also it isn't something I could imagine an image conscious PRT would create. Despite that it still adds a nice bit of colour. The slice-of-life elements probably isn't for everyone, and sometimes the narrator goes into outright essay territory which I enjoyed, but some might find boring. One thing I find missing in most Worm fics is the role of newspapers, News-databases, blogs etc. In the Worm-verse it should be teeming with Cape News, I would expect larger papers to have a Cape section or recurring articles. Perhaps even a newspaper or two specializing in such, as well as journalists doing the same. In general just better sources than going to a forum. I've always gotten the sense that the web isn't quite as ubiquitous in Earth Bet as RL, to me at least it would be a natural consequence of less economic stability, so newspapers should perhaps have a bigger role. Instead a newly triggered Taylor almost invariably goes to Parahumans Online to get info, which leads to those awful and self-indulgent PHO Interludes. A sad consequence of having a majority of fanfic authors be from a forum like Spacebattles, I guess the tendency might have sprung from Wildbow also doing the same a bit. What is missing, is a bit more investigative journalism/Paparazzi going after that scoop. It is that kind of worldbuilding this story helps flesh out, as well as showing more of what is behind the PR work the PRT and Protectorate do. One example of this is the mention of a Cape version of the Anarchist's Cookbook, which just made me smile.