I’ve spent the last week going over some of the best fan works for Star vs. The Forces of Evil. More so I wanted to do this for my enjoyment. I’ve saved the best for last, though. This AU’s good enough to be it’s own show, hitting all the right notes to tell an original story that retains all the hallmarks of Star. This is the story of a boy who was raised by monsters, Light of the Sun and Stars.
Written by: ThDorkMagnet
First Published: July 13, 2017
Type of Fan Work: AU
All his life, Marco Diaz has only ever known the monsters who raised him. Despite being one of the their hated Mewman enemies, the monsters consider the boy one of their own, save for their leader, Toffee. Then one day, Marco’s longing to see the outside world leads him to escape the cruel lizard and set out on his own into Mewni where he meets a certain blonde princess. This young girl takes it upon herself to be Marco’s guide to a world that’s filled with wonders he never knew existed. Together, the two become the closest of friends as they change each other’s lives, and their world, forever.
I’m going to come out and say it: I absolutely love this fan fic! It’s incredibly well-written, the characters are faithful to their show counterparts, and the premise is so much fun. I couldn’t stop reading it until I got to the latest chapter.
First, let me give you an overview of how Star and Marco are portrayed in this story. I know it contradicts what I said about them being faithful to the show, but their core personalities remain the same.
Instead of being a human, here Marco’s a human-mewman hybrid. His parents died when he was a baby, so Buff Frog raised him as part of Toffee’s army. While he considers the monsters his family and loves them very much, his true desire is to one day go out and see everything the world has to offer. When the story begins, events force him to leave behind the only home he’s ever known and enter a world he knows nothing about.
This version of Marco has a childlike curiosity about the world, being constantly left in awe at all the new and amazing sights he sees. At the same time, he’s very shy and a little insecure. This is more due to having never another Mewman, though, rather than an inherent personality trait. Once he gets past that, though, he has no trouble making friends, winning people over with his kind-hearted nature and infectious, childlike enthusiasm.
He does share plenty of canon Marco’s traits. He’s kind and friendly to everyone he meets, he still likes red hoodies, and shares his counterparts talent for cooking and dancing. Yet he still carries the scars of his past, and sooner or later, he will have to confront them.
When we first meet her in the story, Star’s closer to the way she was in the second half of Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Events in her life, though, have forced her to mature faster than she did in the show. With her parents away on business, she’s left to run Mewni on her own on top of mastering her wand. That’s a lot of pressure!
Despite all this, Star remains the same kind-hearted and outgoing girl fans know and love. She doesn’t hesitate to help others, even taking dozens of orphans into her home when they nowhere else to go. Unlike in the latter half of the show, here most of Mewni loves Star and sees her as a guiding light in dark times.
While she appears happy and upbeat on the surface, she’s gone through some traumatic events of her own in the past. These events not only led her to almost abandon the happy-go-lucky demeanor she once had, but even feel ashamed of it at times. Her loved ones notice the problems she’s dealing with, but don’t know how to help her. That is, until Marco comes into her life.
A Meaningful Title
One of the more abstract things I love about this story is the title. There’s a good reason why the story’s called “Light of the Sun and Stars.” It’s referring to the relationship that Star and Marco develop and how much they come to mean to each other.
Having never seen another mewman before, much less magic, Marco’s completely captivated when he first meets Star practicing her spells. He thinks she’s the most amazing, beautiful person he’s ever seen and can’t help wanting to be around her. He just lights up whenever he sees her. She becomes the guiding star in his life, showing him all the amazing things the universe has to offer.
Conversely, Star finds herself drawn to Marco, as her initial curiousity and compassion compel her to take him in. She takes a vested interest in his well-being, and without realizing it, grows to deeply care about him. Little by little, Marco’s warmth and kindness help to heal from her past trauma. Everyone, literally everyone, notices that how being around him makes her happy, happier than she’s been in a long time. Marco becomes her sun, radiating warmth and happiness on her.
As an aside, the “sun” aspect refers to Marco’s cheekmarks, which are suns in this story.
The way Star and Marco’s relationship develops may seem cliche to some, but I love it. The way they quickly become friends and the most important people in each other’s lives is really sweet. I couldn’t help but feel it tugging at my heartstrings a bit. Everyone needs at least one friendship like the one Star and Marco have.
Yes, they do fall for each other. The cute thing about it, though, is that Marco doesn’t even realize its love. All he knows that being around Star makes him happier than he’s ever been. It makes you want to go “aww.”
A Re-Imagined Mewni and Cast
ThDorkMagnet changes up Mewni and the cast as well, with Earth taking a backseat. Unlike in the show, Earth and Mewni already have an established relationship. While they were once rivals due to Mewni trying to invade Earth, the two dimensions are now close allies. People travel regularly between the two dimensions, and some humans even emigrate to Mewni.
With the focus on Mewni, the castmembers from Earth are re-imagined as living on Mewni, such as Jackie and Janna. Jackie’s human, but has lived on Mewni most of her life, while Janna’s a monster-mewman hybrid. The two are Star’s oldest friends and live with her in the castle, and are among the first to recognize how much Marco means to her.
I won’t spoil anything else, but plenty of the other characters from the show make appearances, so you have that to forward to.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Star vs. without the monsters. Sadly, from season two onwards, the show only focused on a handful of monsters as main characters. Buff Frog makes an appearance as an important secondary character, and his paternal side’s on full display with his relationship with Marco. As Marco’s adopted dad, Buff Frog gets the most importance out of the monsters in Toffee’s army.
Fortunately, the story also makes efforts to make the other monsters more than simple mooks. They have more three-dimensional personalities and motivations. Case in point, despite being a mewman, they genuinely care about Marco and his well-being. In turn, Marco knows that they’re not the heartless enemies mewmans think they are. Except for Toffee.
Using Toffee Right
Which brings me to the last thing that I love about this story. Unlike in the show, Light of the Sun and Stars uses Toffee to the fullest extent of his evil nature. While a scary enemy in the show, here he’s downright terrifying. He’s led the monsters on a brutal guerilla war against Mewni for years, slaughtering villages and killing thousands of people. He’s pretty much the boogeyman of Mewni.
Already a deadly warrior and strategist, Toffee’s also a master manipulator that I compare to Disney’s version of Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Both are psychopathic villains forced to take in an unwanted ward. Both try to keep them prisoner by emotionally manipulating them into feeling guilty for wanting to leave. The big difference is that, unlike Frollo, Toffee’s willing to resort to physically beating Marco to force him into line.
This is how you use a villain like Toffee. He’s ruthless, terrifying, and one of the deadliest beings in Mewni. The only reason he even lets Marco live is because of how fond the monsters are of him. So when he escapes, Toffee will stop at nothing to get him back. What happens next, I urge you to read for yourself.
A Fan Fiction On Par With the Show
Light of the Sun and Stars is one of the best fan fictions that I have ever read, hitting all the right notes. It keeps the show’s mythology intact and remains faithful to its source material. At the same time, it’s not afraid to come up with new and original stories, each of which ends up being very entertaining. ThDorkMagnet updates every two-three weeks, and she says that she plans on continuing it even though the show’s over. That shows that she’s committed to seeing this story through to the end.
As far as I’m concerned, ThDorkMagnet’s a true fan of Star vs., and it shows in the care and attention to detail She puts into her writing. If you haven’t read Light of the Sun and Stars yet, then I urge you to do so. Its one fan work that you won’t be able to stop once you start.
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