Hello, and welcome to another installment of Weekly Reading! Today I’m going to feature another off-pe2k fanfiction, this time from Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden’s forums! This fanfiction is known as Memoirs of a Clone, and it is written by the one known as Dai.
Let me first and foremost warn you that this story is rated mature for a reason. As any fans of the first Pokemon movie remember, people died in that movie – and not just a since-resurrected Ash. Not to mention all the dark themes that come from cloning – from the theological to biological to ethical, controversy reigns in this area.
But this story isn’t just a propagator of controversy. Striking Back is more than just a retelling of Movie One. Like all good retellings, it casts the world it details in a new light, adding detail, amending what already existed, compounding on it and making it better – like Mewtwo himself, in regards to Mew. Striking Back features beautiful prose, vivid detail that could very believably come from a clone who struggles to find a purpose in the life he’s been given. It’s not a light or easy read by any means, but it’s very worthwhile. It makes you think more than anything: what is consciousness? Purpose? What does it mean to have an identity? And what really defines power? If you’re looking for something with a little more meaning, I think your search is over.
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