Today, I thought that since I have not posted in such a long time that I might share some fic ideas(and possibly theories if I have time) that you might be interested in. These are all ideas I have no plans to use, so if anyone is inspired, please feel free to use them. Also, I am interested in hearing plot ideas from other people, but be warned. Anything posted here is free game for anyone who stumbles upon my lonesome LJ, so in other words, don't post anything you might use in the future.
Idea #1: Naruto flees immediately after hearing Iruka make the disparaging remark about Kyuubi and is unable to hear Iruka finish explaining himself. It is a subtle change, but one that could certainly have profound impacts such as Naruto giving up on ever being accepted or possibly quitting his attempts to become a ninja. I don't however believe that Naruto would become Gaara Pt. 2. While it is possible for Naruto to have ended up like Gaara, he wouldn't transform in the course of day and neither did Gaara. It wasn't until Gaara had been the target of his father and had dealt with the insanity bestowed upon him by Shukkaku, so essentially, Gaara was put through the ringer a fair bit more than Naruto at this point.
Idea #2: This idea is a sort of a ripoff of It's a Wonderful Life. Naruto asks, "What if I had never been born?" Now this is a doozy of a plot and basically the reason I never bothered with it. For starters, Konoha would be SOL without a vessel for Kyuubi, but of course someone else could have easily filled this role. Then the problem of the personality of the new vessel and how strong their will is in comparison to Naruto. Of course we all know that Kakashi, Sasuke, Sakura, Tsunade, Lee, Neji, and Chouji would all likely be dead or left to a life of never having been a shinobi ever again. And all that is just for starters, not to mention that someone would have to write it in such a way that Naruto can see what an impact his life has made/would make, while avoiding the dread "Naruto's POV"
I have several more ideas to post, but I'll save those for next time. If people are interested in those then I will post more, but if not, then I haven't wasted more time than necessary typing :)
Moving on, I think that even though these are plots per se, they are some pretty nifty thoughts that could be worked into fics.
An Average Naruto- While I am one to adhere to the Naruto=Prodigy rule of thumb, most authors simply can't write it and destroy the fic in the process. Having Naruto fight off Orochimaru in the chuunin exams is stupid and doesn't make sense. If Naruto had been that strong, why is it that he doesn't graduate until he's like 13? Conversely, I loate fics with "idiot Naruto" where he is even less capable than in canon. Naruto had been a fairly talented student in canon with trouble in the areas of Chakra control, a short attention span and a strong desire to prove himself through childish whims he wasn't a total moron, simply uneducated and was raised without a proper role model. Iruka didn't accept Naruto until like 1 day before he became a genin and according to Naruto, Iruka is the first person to accept him. I think that a fic where Naruto manages to be an average student would be a refreshing change from, I R stupid or I am stronger than Orochimaru, but don't feel like being Hokage right now fics.
Someone besides Gai being the deafault Taijutsu Mastah!- ANY Jounin could help a genin become proficient in Taijutsu and the only reason to ever have a genin go to Gai is if they are in a similar condition to Lee or for Gai to oversee their training temporarily because Jounin-sensei is off on some S-class mission or something. Aside from that, I highly doubt that in an entire village of Shinobi, that there isn;t at least 1 other shinobi who specializes in Taijutsu and could even rival Gai. I mean, one would think that ANBU must be pretty good at it because I doubt giant fire dragons are ideal for stealth work.
Hinata actually using Jyuuken!- It's amazing how often someone thinks that she'll just be perfect as a medic-nin, because I am sure that none of the Hyuuga's are gonna be like "Hey, why isn't our future leader using Jyuuken?!?!" The other complaint is this, while Naruto is someone who could possibly be classified as a neglected genius, Hinata isn't. A little bit of confidence might help, but she's completely outclassed by nearly everyone. She's been trained by the strongest Jyuuken user since she could walk and she still sucks at it, Naruto being all "Hey Hinata-chan! You really should be more confident" isn't going to suddenly improve her abilities ten fold.
Not everyone being a jounin or Anbu by like the age of 18- Not gonna Happen. There are probably only 5 shinobi who could possibly make Jounin or ANBU in their teens. Sakura, Hinata, Ino, Chouji, Lee and Kiba aren't likely to make jounin before their mid twenties. And out of them, only Kiba seems remotely suited for ANBU which handles assassination missions. It's okay that they're not all super geniuses, not everyone in Konoha is. Kurenai didn't make jounin until she was nearly 30, but no one seems to think any less of her.
A well written scene for when Naruto explains about Kyuubi to someone- I have yet to see even one decently written scene regarding this, even Kishimoto fucked it up. Though I always thought it might be amusing to see Lee and Gai's reaction.
Lee: Naruto-kun, your fire of youth is able to burn back the fires of Kyuubi! Yosh, I too will become a vessel for a tailed demon so that I might rival your youthfullness! If I cannot become a demon vessel than I shall carve your face into the side of the mount using only my Konoha Senpuu technique!
Gai: And if he is unable to carve your face accurately, then I will become a missing-nin and join Akatsuki in order to relieve you of your burden!
See ya later suckers.