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Wild decided that instead of a movie, she would create a pilot for a "spinoff" starring Amy, with the twist being that the pilot was written by someone ("[[Alan Smithee]]") with no understanding of the show, <i>Daria</i>. Using themes of then-current shows like <i>Suddenly Susan</i> and <i>Providence</i>, Wild came up with a storyline in which Amy was a glamorous FBI agent forced to take refuge in her home town to escape the mob. While Amy's abilities were inflated to ludicrous proportions, in keeping with her "Saint Amy" image, her personality was flighty and emotional. Wild created several new characters for the pilot and a "making of" special, "[[In Search of Amy]]," that delved into the behind-the-scenes tensions. Most notably, Wild enlisted several fanfic artists to do "screen captures" for the pilot. To preserve the mystery, she only e-mailed select scenes to the various artists who had volunteered. The result was an eclectic mix of [http://www.the-wildone.com/aaspinoff/scindex.html images] from artists as far-ranging as John Berry to [[SBBED.D]]. Finally, Mike Quinn agreed to read the pilot and do a "Delayed Reaction Review" as though he had watched the episode live.
 
Wild decided that instead of a movie, she would create a pilot for a "spinoff" starring Amy, with the twist being that the pilot was written by someone ("[[Alan Smithee]]") with no understanding of the show, <i>Daria</i>. Using themes of then-current shows like <i>Suddenly Susan</i> and <i>Providence</i>, Wild came up with a storyline in which Amy was a glamorous FBI agent forced to take refuge in her home town to escape the mob. While Amy's abilities were inflated to ludicrous proportions, in keeping with her "Saint Amy" image, her personality was flighty and emotional. Wild created several new characters for the pilot and a "making of" special, "[[In Search of Amy]]," that delved into the behind-the-scenes tensions. Most notably, Wild enlisted several fanfic artists to do "screen captures" for the pilot. To preserve the mystery, she only e-mailed select scenes to the various artists who had volunteered. The result was an eclectic mix of [http://www.the-wildone.com/aaspinoff/scindex.html images] from artists as far-ranging as John Berry to [[SBBED.D]]. Finally, Mike Quinn agreed to read the pilot and do a "Delayed Reaction Review" as though he had watched the episode live.
  
Wild put all the parts together into one big fanfic called "Abruptly Amy (The Spinoff That Never Was)," which she premiered in spring of 2000. While some fans appreciated the joke, the primary response of people not involved with the project was shock. Many could not believe that Wild, who was known for her good characterization, would deliberately "dumb down" her writing in such a way.  [[Michelle Klein-Hass]] was particularly critical, and to this date has not read any of the <i>Abruptly Amy</i> fanfics.  Aaron Adelman, on the other hand, saw "Abruptly Amy (The Spinoff That Never Was)" as a "Jane" fanfic to his "Daria" fanfic. While his <i>Daria the Movie</i>, like Daria, conformed to certain stupid rules and mocked them, "Abruptly Amy" was free-flowing, going off in all sorts of crazy directions.
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Wild put all the parts together into one big fanfic called "Abruptly Amy (The Spinoff That Never Was)," which she premiered in spring of 2000. While some fans appreciated the joke, the primary response of people not involved with the project was shock. Many could not believe that Wild, who was known for her good characterization, would deliberately "dumb down" her writing in such a way.  [[Michelle Klein-Hass]] was particularly critical, and to this date has not read any of the Abruptly Amy fanfics.  Aaron Adelman, on the other hand, saw "Abruptly Amy (The Spinoff That Never Was)" as a "Jane" fanfic to his "Daria" fanfic. While his <i>Daria the Movie</i>, like Daria, conformed to certain stupid rules and mocked them, "Abruptly Amy" was free-flowing, going off in all sorts of crazy directions.
  
 
It was Wild's intention that she would eventually follow up with a "Where Are They Now?" special, not realizing that something more ambitious lay in store.
 
It was Wild's intention that she would eventually follow up with a "Where Are They Now?" special, not realizing that something more ambitious lay in store.

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