Page 1 - Introduction
Hello, and welcome to the fourth issue of the 9/11 Fanzine 2015. In this issue, I’ll be talking about the significance of October 11, 2001 and what this means for the story. I'll also be conducting a character interview with Dicky Michaelson in the featured article section of the magazine. So all you have to do now is just sit back, relax, and enjoy this premiere issue of this magazine!
Page 2 - Short Story: "Times Have Changed"
Times have changed since I saw September 11 come and pass.
I wonder what would have happened if the attacks were carried out. Many people would have died and a nation would have fallen apart. Muslims would have been hated for no reason.
Thank God the attacks never happened!
Page 3 - Essays
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Watch "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" by Dicky Michaelson
In the story "What Happened After 9/11", I myself have a strong criticism with the Harry Potter books. I know I've said that the books were dull and not very interesting, but I was lucky enough to preview the movie.
Let me tell you something, I wasn't impressed with it.
Not only was the movie unrealistic, but I felt that many of the older actors, especially Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman, had their talents spat on. The child actors appeared to not be happy to even be in this movie. The special effects were mediocre at best and over-the-top at worst.
That’s not why I'm writing this essay.
In fact, here are the top 10 reasons why you shouldn't watch "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" in theaters:
10. Harry Potter is for kids. Seriously. No adults are allowed to watch this movie.
9. Magic is boring and useless.
8. The books aren't well-written, and they're dull and lifeless.
7. Everyone else isn't watching Harry Potter.
6. There are better movies out there for you to watch.
5. My cousin Logan is producing the movie "Frostfall", and you should watch it.
4. The movie feels dull and lacks passion.
3. The acting is stiff.
2. None of the characters are realistic.
1. Harry Potter isn't even the hero of the story.
(I already know that Christians won't watch Harry Potter for several reasons, so let's not get sucked into that debate.)
I believe I've made my point.
Page 4 - Advice from Lucy Miller
I'm a writer who's crippled by a terrible problem. I've written a story about a boy who attends a boarding school in a magical land, only to realize that the story is a possible rip-off of the Harry Potter books! Now I don't want to write the story anymore. What should I do?
A writer who had the idea of a magical boarding school before Harry Potter stole it
Dear Blocked Writer,
Don't worry too much about copying Harry Potter; the magical boarding school genre has been around for many years and no one has complained about two books being the same.
However, if you're *THAT* concerned about copying from Harry Potter, you could always rewrite your own story in a different genre and replace the magical boarding school with a different kind of academy. Remember that boarding school and magical lands have always been around for many years, so there's no need to fear that you've copied a certain idea.
Featured Article - Richard Jeremiah (Dicky) Harlequin Trichenberg
Now we have an exclusive interview with Richard Jeremiah Harlequin Trichenberg, who was one of the cousins who prevented the 9/11 attacks from happening. Richard was born on August 25, 1971 to Michael Harlequin and Debra Hopper; the couple later divorced in 1975. Richard grew up with his father in New York. Despite graduating in the Top 10 from Upper Lake High School, he was denied the right to go to college because he had Down syndrome. However, he received a lucky break when his cousin Logan hired him to work at his family's filming studio, Moviemagic Films.
Me: We're happy to have you here.
Dicky Michaelson: Thank you.
Me: I heard that you're kind of a big deal around here.
DM: Of course, I helped write the screenplay for Temmy & Venus, which won several Emmys and a Golden Globe for the girl who played Temmy.
Me: Good for you. Anyway, how do you feel about being known as one of the cousins who stopped 9/11 from happening?
DM: I'm not too big on being famous, actually. In fact, we didn't intend to become heroes. All we did was just stop those attackers from blowing up the Twin Towers.
Me: What motivated you personally to help stop the attacks?
DM: Well, I'm from New York, as I was born and raised there. I couldn't just sit there and allow someone to destroy my hometown just because they hated America. That's not how I operate.
Me: I see. Why did you decide to move to California?
DM: After I was outed as one of the cousins who stopped the 9/11 attacks, I realized that it was time for me to leave New York. I can't tell you how many people were angry with me because I prevented an act of terror from happening. I wondered if people were grateful to me for putting an end to terror before it could take hold.
Me: Such a shame too. I wonder why people with handicaps don't get any respect for themselves if people in this country are going to be cruel to them. Do you have any closing words?
DM: Yeah. To the people who said that I never should have intervened, that I should have let nature take its course, I'm ashamed of you. I'm ashamed that you are American citizens, and you certainly have no right to say that I should have let the 9/11 attacks happen. I bet that you have something against me because I have Down syndrome. In that case, I bid you good day and I hope Krampus destroys you when Christmas comes.
Me: Thank you very much for that fine speech.
DM: You're welcome.
Page 6 - News article - One-Month Anniversary of Thwarted Attacks
The Montalvin Herald
October 11, 2001
Today, the city of New York marked the one-month anniversary of the thwarted September 11, 2001 attacks by hosting a free concert at Central Park. The concert, which featured 10 local bands and a local arts show, also collected monetary donations for the NYPD and FDNY.
Says Mayor Rudy Giuliani, "We here in the city of New York offer our eternal gratitude to the NYPD and the FBI for stopping the attacks. I can only shudder whenever I think about what would have happened if they didn't stop the attacks in time."
Several other people echoed his sentiments, with a local woman saying, "I don't know exactly what happened the day that terrorism was stopped in its tracks, but I am grateful to whomever to the NYPD and FBI about the attacks and to make the biggest terror arrest that the world has ever seen. If I can find the people who helped the FBI take down those terrorists, I would gladly shake their hand and tell him thank you for your service to our country."
Unfortunately, we are unable to find Logan Dara, Andrea Elan, Richard Michaelson, and Sean Rowes, the four cousins who helped save New York from the terror attacks.
Page 7 - Pop culture
Movies of the week (Theatrical releases)
1. Behind Enemy Lines
2. Max Keeble's Big Move
3. Queen of the Damned
7. Iron Monkey
8. Mulholland Drive
Songs of the week
1. Fallin' - Alicia Keys
2. I'm Real - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule
3. Where The Party At - Jagged Edge With Nelly
4. Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
5. Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) - Blu Cantrell
6. It's Been Awhile - Staind
7. U Remind Me - Usher
8. Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
9. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) - Jay-Z
10. Differences - Ginuwine
Books of the week
1. ISLE OF DOGS, by Patricia Cornwell
2. A BEND IN THE ROAD, by Nicholas Sparks
3. THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen
4. BLACK HOUSE, by Stephen King and Peter Straub
5. NARCISSUS IN CHAINS, by Laurell K. Hamilton
6. THE BEST-LOVED POEMS OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS, selected by Caroline Kennedy
7. SEPARATION OF POWER, by Vince Flynn
8. THE MITFORD SNOWMEN, by Jan Karon
9. DUNE: House Corrino, by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
10. THE SMOKE JUMPER, by Nicholas Evans
Page 8 - Short Story - "Proud to Be a Muggle"
I don't understand why kids my age want to read the Harry Potter books and pretend to be wizards, as if being a wizard was the coolest thing since Beanie Babies. I mean, what's wrong with not being a wizard? I believe that magic is useless and boring; it encourages laziness and shortcut taking.
Plus, my mom would spank me if she found out that I was taking shortcuts in doing chores and homework. She believed that slow and steady was the best way to do your work.
Anyway, when my friends ask me if I wanted to read the Harry Potter books, I told them no. I thought those books were the dumbest books that were ever written and I couldn't believe that kids would actually want to read that crap. Besides, what's so bad about reading comic books?
In keeping with that, why would I want to be a wizard when I could be a Muggle? There's nothing wrong with not being able to do magic; in fact, Muggle rules! Muggles are great! We should all be proud to be Muggles!
I am a Muggle and I'm proud. That's all I have to say.
Page 9 - What's in the next issue
Unfortunately, we're now at the end of this issue. But don't worry, because we have some exciting new things happening in the next issue:
1. Reviews of the Frostfall movie
2. The story behind Logan's character, Father Diego Cortez
3. A child reviews Frostfall for a children's magazine
Next week's issue is on its way. If you like it, then please subscribe.