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WIP Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus by The Carnivorous Muffin

Discussion in 'Humor' started by Stan, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. Ferdiad

    Ferdiad Unspeakable

    Oct 23, 2011
    Limerick, Ireland
    Latest chapter was vaguely depressing but looks like Lily will stop moping around now.
  2. throwaawy

    throwaawy Third Year

    Apr 26, 2014
  3. Coffee Break

    Coffee Break First Year

    Jan 27, 2014
    The author outright admits in the ch1 closing note that's she's never seen or read Naruto and all her knowledge of the show comes from fanfiction.

    Generally I would stop reading such a story on principle, yet... why does it have to be so much fun to read? :rolleyes:
  4. Drake

    Drake Seventh Year

    Oct 16, 2007
    That dip into the Naruto-verse was fun. Looking forward to when Lily gets killed and then just gets better.
  5. isaacssv552

    isaacssv552 Squib

    Dec 31, 2015
    High Score:
    I'd give this fic 4/5. Great concept and very engaging at the start. Past about chapter 30 it starts to drag a bit, which is a common issue with longer fanfics (especially humor).
  6. Dark Minion

    Dark Minion Bright Henchman Moderator DLP Supporter

    Sep 22, 2006
    Finally an update, with chapter 37:

    I really enjoyed her approach at Quidditch, though the author bends the rules a bit. I also liked Lily's musing about the Hermione-Problem. In a way, this half-year old sidefic expands the chapter and Lily's thoughts: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11499939/1/Merrily-We-Roll-Along

    Oh - and we learn how far the author is following canon:

    The Chamber of Secret is opened.
  7. hp1764

    hp1764 Squib

    Nov 5, 2015
    High Score:
    Always a good laugh, but with enough plot to make it highly interesting.
  8. Stan

    Stan Order Member

    Aug 19, 2014
  9. Abhorsen

    Abhorsen Squib

    Jan 6, 2016
    High Score:
    As my first vote on the site, I must give this a 5/5. Why? Because it meets my requirements for the 4/5, namely that "I genuinely enjoy reading this", and that the story has a tone to it, one that clearly identifies the story. The absurdity and surrealism of the story is what holds it all together, and I love the story for that.
  10. Ched

    Ched Da Trek Moderator DLP Supporter

    Jan 6, 2009
    So... just glanced back through my own previous comments in this thread. They go something like this:
    • No idea WTF is going on with this but it's fantastic, 4/5
    • This has the potential to get old but hasn't yet.
    • I haven't quite started to lose interest but for those that have it looks like it will pick up soon.
    ...and then I actually did start to lose interest, only I didn't wander back in here to say it. But it's not the author's writing style that started to lose me so much as this particular story. I started to enjoy updates of Minato Namikaze and the Destroyer of Worlds more (which is a crossover between this story and Naruto). Then I started to enjoy some of the one-shots and off-shoots of this story.

    And now? Now there's a POKEMON crossover that the author says will be a full-length story on its own. I have high hopes it will turn out to be of similar quality and interest to the Naruto crossover above. But I find myself checking the author's ffnet profile more often than I check for updates to this original story in hopes that something new will have popped up. There's only two stories in that fandom I've really enjoyed so far, here's hoping this one can be a third.

    I think my issues with Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus center around how Lily has no real allies except Lenin, and once he was out of her head... well, I expected that to be a point that generated MORE interest in the story but for some reason the opposite happened. Lily's Hogwart's friends aren't really friends in that she doesn't rely on them or really trust them or need them for much of anything. She was stuck with Lenin and those interactions were fun, but now she's no longer stuck with him. Dumbledore is strange in this story, as he can't really challenge Lily and only tries to control her, so he's not really a threat or an ally.

    But more than that... IIRC (and I could be wrong), the goal is still to get rid of Voldemort. Only it's Lenin that cares more about dealing with that entire situation than Lily does. Lily just sees the world as a stage she's forced into playing her part on. So if Lily doesn't really care it's hard for me to care.

    As much crazy fun as this story is I guess that's where I've been at with it lately. It's more fun seeing this ridiculous character (Lily) shoved into other worlds than it is to read about her in her own.
  11. Socialist

    Socialist Professor

    Feb 13, 2006
    The root of mt. Olympus
    Have any earlier plot points actually been resolved? Like the void creature that slowly becomes human or Harry's presence at the station?

    I gave up on this like 100k words in, out of frustration. The author is undeniably talented, producing a wholly magical prose that is a rare find indeed. However he has the nasty habit of constantly introducing interesting plot threads that he then proceeds to ignore in favor of introducing even more interesting plot threads, and so on, and so forth. It makes you want to pull your hair out.
  12. Xion

    Xion Robot Overlord Admin

    Apr 3, 2006
    Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus has been updated with a new chapter.

    Story Stats
    Chapters: 57
    Words: 346,039
    Updated: 2018-09-13 01:27:13 UTC
    Published: 2013-12-09 03:47:58 UTC
    Previously updated: about 2 months ago

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