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Featured Fan Fiction: Balamb Garden’s Yuletide Vacation (Final Fantasy 8)

I think this is the only true comedy in my list. Sunshine in Winter is close, but that is more of a tragic romance. This is more like a Shakespearean comedy of errors. Plus it’s Christmas-themed to boot.

It puts our favorite FF8 characters through all the great holiday stories. Squall becomes Mr. Scrooge. Zell is in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Seifer plays “Phantom of the Opera” (okay, maybe they’re not all Christmas-themed). Quistis deals with her relationship with a boring man and the mystery of Seifer. And Christmas carols proliferate throughout. It’s a feel-good story — a rare gem in a medium filled with angst and drama.

These may seem cliche, but in fact, the story deals with them in a clever way. There’s a lot of story threads in this piece, and they’re all wonderful. I especially love the Maison Ikkoku tribute/theft. The writers actually tried to take it seriously, without taking it too seriously. This story inspired me to write “A Caleb Carol”.

The best thing is the humor. I think it’s a great read around Christmas, and fills the heart with love. I wish I knew who the “selfappointed stabmeisters” were — they seem to be a collective, but there are no tracebacks to any of them. I bet there were some good writers in there.

Balamb Garden’s Yuletide Vacation

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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