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Tales of the Hunt (Tarzan Fanfiction) by ashren Tales of the Hunt (Tarzan Fanfiction) by ashren

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A coming-of-age story about Tarzan and Jane's daughter, Tora, set in the deep Gabonese jungle around 1925.

Teen+ rating.

23,500 words (50 pages).

Also available here at (without illustations) [link]

I planned out this story and started writing it about three years ago, but only hammered out the first couple of scenes before being halted by writers' block exacerbated by being a full-time university student. Earlier this Autumn my partner persuaded me to join a weekly creative writing class, and it has done wonders - both getting me over my block and by giving me some new skills, both in writing technique and in critiqueing others' work.

Today in the post I received a book that I'd ordered a few days ago. It is called 'Jane: The woman who loved Tarzan', by Robin Maxwell, and published only earlier this year. The reviews online are brilliant, and flicking through a little bit I can tell that I am going to love it too.

On the back cover it says "'Jane' is the first version of the Tarzan story written by a woman and authorised by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate." From reading the author's note in the last few pages, I can see that this Robin woman is as massive a Tarzan and Jane fangirl as I am. She's basically written an amazingly good, amazingly long piece of fanfiction, and has even got the ERB estate to back it. It even has a note from Jane Goodall on the back. Amazing!!

I think I need to meet this woman.

EDIT: I finished reading that Jane book yesterday. It WAS amazing! The author's version of Jane's character is SO COOL!

I never usually push for comments, but I spent a lot of time on this and I would really really love to hear what you thought of it - whether you enjoyed it or whether you thought it could have been improved. Cue demanding stamps:

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Janeckb Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
I read the whole thing this weekend, and I absolutely loved it! I've been trying to come up with something clever to say here, but I'm horrible with words. You, however, are definitely not. I seriously couldn't put it down. Very glad I printed it out, makes it easier to re-read, which will probably be happening very soon.
ashren Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh wow I am so honoured that you would take the time to read it (I know it takes a good while to get through it!) and that you would even RE-read it!!! Most importantly though I'm glad you enoyed it :D

I've had a couple of bits of feedback on it from other readers and there are some minor changes I plan to make. Particularly the whole slapping thing. I've been in two minds about that ever since I wrote it. If you have an opinion on that then do let me know!!

Thank you thank you THANK YOU again for reading it and enjoying it!! You and the rest of the *gang* are who I write for really :squee: :blushes: well, and myself of course! ;)
Janeckb Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
You're very welcome, it was a great read!

I completely understand your problem with the slapping scene. It caught me off guard when I first read it, it just seems so out of character. But then again, nobody's perfect and I could see it happening.
ashren Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got an idea of how to rewrite that particular scene so that I'll feel it sits a little better with me. I just can't reconcile the idea of Tarzan doing that, even when really angry.

But anyway, it's so great that you enjoyed it :D :D :D
SylvesterHansen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
wow that took a while.
this is really well written and I really enjoyed the protagonist.
I love the fact that you coupled the text with drawing, which really brought it alive for me. another thing that I thought was smart was that you teased the climax at the beginning of the story. This really worked well to frame the entire thing for me. All in all I would say that you did some great work here, keep it up and you will get published in no time
ashren Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for reading - I know it's quite a long old slog! I'm really glad that you thought that my 'teaser' at the beginning worked - I did it like that to give a hint of the direction the story would take, as it's a good few pages in before anything 'exciting' starts happening - however, I was worried that the bit at the beginning would be confusing as it wouldn't be clear that it was out of chronological order. But if you think it worked then I'm happy!

Thank you, thank you, thank you :)
chisu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
This was great! I couldn't stop reading until it was finished. I give you an A++ 101% . I saw no mistakes either as I read. You described this very well but left room for us to use our own imagination with you. This is the first story I've read like this after the Tarzan. I felt the anxiety too during that last fight, great job with keeping people on their toes!
ashren Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so, so honoured that you took the time to read it and that you enjoyed it! Thank you very much :) getting feedback like this is what makes it all worthwhile.
chisu-chan Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
No problem, my life is reading fanfictions! haha. I love reading in general, specially when the writing is done properly and well done.
ashren Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well in that case I am even more honoured :blushes:
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