One of my favorite fanfic writers is Vathara
. Going by her ff.net page, she's completed 88 stories in a heck of a lot of fandoms, some of which include SG-1, Bleach, Ruroni Kenshin, Airwolf, Buffy, Gargoyles, The Real Ghostbusters, X-Men: Evolution, Gundam Wing, The Sentinel, and a lot of others I don't remember right now, and the majority of her fic are crossovers. That gets pretty interesting at times. XD The main reason she's a favorite is because I can understand and enjoy her fic without knowing the fandom(s) involved. It might make things easier if I did know the fandom(s), but I honestly don't think it's required. (Of course, this might be part of the reason why I don't understand the wank going on, but one thing at a time. ;))( Now for the current situation. )
The thing is, I do think it's wanky, if only because the fic is a WIP--whatever problem(s) the detractors have might be resolved in future chapters, after all. Not to mention the fact that they've been very vocal in their disappointment on the last few updates not improving the situation (while losing sight of the fact that the last few lengthy chapters take up less than a week story-wise). The problem is that in order to understand the wank, one needs to read the fic. And I dunno about asking people to read that huge, ongoing monster in order to understand the wank.
FYI, I find the fact that there's a tvtropes page
for "Embers" to be very very hilarious. XD