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In spring of 2000, Wild had just completed "[[Primarily Color]]" and was feeling burnt out writing the [[Driven Wild Universe]].  Although she wanted to finish her continuum, another story was burning in her mind. She had long been amused and exasperated by the "Saint Amy Barksdale" image perpetuated by fanfiction (most notably in C.E. Forman's "[[Quinntet]]" and "[[Alienation Legacy]]"), in which Amy was the only person who understood Daria. In her fanfiction, Wild sought to portray a more human, fallible Amy, but considered going a step further, completely subverting the image. Inspiration came in the form of [[Aaron Solomon (ben Saul Joseph) Adelman|Aaron]] and Barry Adelman's [[Daria the Movie]] fanfic, which was preceded by such an authentic "rumors" website, many fans thought it was real. The fanfic consisted of a film script for a live-action movie, emulating the poor movie scripts of then-current teen flicks. (Several movie "images," for example, came from the Jennifer Love-Hewitt movie <i>Can't Hardly Wait</i>.)
 
In spring of 2000, Wild had just completed "[[Primarily Color]]" and was feeling burnt out writing the [[Driven Wild Universe]].  Although she wanted to finish her continuum, another story was burning in her mind. She had long been amused and exasperated by the "Saint Amy Barksdale" image perpetuated by fanfiction (most notably in C.E. Forman's "[[Quinntet]]" and "[[Alienation Legacy]]"), in which Amy was the only person who understood Daria. In her fanfiction, Wild sought to portray a more human, fallible Amy, but considered going a step further, completely subverting the image. Inspiration came in the form of [[Aaron Solomon (ben Saul Joseph) Adelman|Aaron]] and Barry Adelman's [[Daria the Movie]] fanfic, which was preceded by such an authentic "rumors" website, many fans thought it was real. The fanfic consisted of a film script for a live-action movie, emulating the poor movie scripts of then-current teen flicks. (Several movie "images," for example, came from the Jennifer Love-Hewitt movie <i>Can't Hardly Wait</i>.)
  
[[Image:vhs1.gif|right|Abruptly Amy video box set]]
 
 
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.
  

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