WHAT IS A VIRTUAL SERIES?
A virtual series is patterend after a TV show that has already been established (currently on air, or concluded). A virtual series appears only online, in written form (prose or script). "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series (FRVS) is an online series based on the characters from the FOX Network television show "The X-Files."
WHAT MAKES FRVS DIFFERENT FROM "THE X-FILES?"
FRVS is categorized as AU (Alternate Universe). There are similarities in FRVS to "The X-Files" series, but personalities in FRVS are either completely different, or an extravagant exaggeration of the characters you know from "The X-Files."
FRVS has its own alien mythology, but has an even stronger focus on the friendships and romances in the characters' lives.
Sometimes episodes of "The X-Files" are referenced in FRVS as an homage, or a nod, to the series FRVS is based on. FRVS is not a "spin off." It does not take off from any point within the canon of "The X-Files" series. FRVS stands on its own within its own fictional world.
FRVS does not explore the conventional relationship(s) of "The X-Files" series. Romances in FRVS are considered "uncon" (unconventional) in the eyes (and hearts) of the MSR population in the online fandom.
WHY IS YOUR VIRTUAL SERIES CALLED "FOX & RAT?"
In the summer of 1998 we began watching "The X-Files" reruns on the FX Network. We quickly became "addicted" to the series, and wanted to write our own stories. Now, we were raised on the films of Mel Brooks, so we knew that we wanted to write comedy stories for our two favorite X-Files characters: Fox Mulder and Alex Krycek. And that's just what we did! Our first stories have been lost online, as we only sent them to a specialized mailing list all those years ago (in emails we referred to fondly as "XF Yammerings").
The "Fox" in "Fox & Rat" comes from Mulder's first name. The "Rat" in "Fox & Rat" comes from the online nickname given to Alex Krycek, Ratboy. As our series evolved to include more main characters, the "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series name had already been well-established so there was, in our eyes, no need to change the name of our series. Though it is officially "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series, we always refer to it as FRVS (pronounced: "furvs" or simply by the lettres: "F.R.V.S.").
Fun fact! The first handful of stories we wrote for "The X-Files" were actually known as "The Adventures of Fox & Alex," once we decided to turn our stories into a virtual series, we changed it to "Fox & Rat" Virtual Series. We thought it was "cuter" with two animal names in the title.
WILL A BIG FAN OF THE MULDER/SCULLY RELATIONSHIP (MSR) BE ABLE TO ENJOY FRVS? AND WHAT ABOUT FANS OF DOGGETT/REYES (DRR)?
While we don't answer for everyone in the entire online X-Files fandom, we can say this... we have received feedback in the past from fans of the MSR who have said that though FRVS does not include the MSR that they still enjoyed reading the series. We are told that it helps that FRVS is categorized as AU, therefore not making our stories/fanfic in "canon" with "The X-Files" series (as if any fanfic is considered canon! LOL). The same can be said with regard to fans of the potential (??) Doggett/Reyes relationship on "The X-Files" (though technically nothing Doggett/Reyes actually happened that made that relationship canonical on the television series).
If you have an open mind, and understand that FRVS is AU, we think that you will be able to enjoy the uncon 'ships of FRVS. But if established MSR and DRR is the only way you can enjoy fanfic, you might want to skip out on the FRVS experience.
WHY DON'T YOU WRITE MORE CONVENTIONAL PAIRINGS LIKE MULDER/SCULLY AND DOGGETT/REYES? YOU WOULD GET MORE PEOPLE TO READ IF YOU WROTE WHAT THE MAJORITY OF X-FILES FANS WANT.
Oh là là là là là là! Our approach to writing FRVS is not to bait an audience. We write to find our audience. We have no interest in either Mulder/Scully or Doggett/Reyes so it is not a part of our series. That being said, we do throw little MSRy and DRRy nuggets for our MSR and DRR readers, but that's all they are, nuggets.
IS FRVS A MULDER/KRYCEK SLASH SERIES?
Hmm... Yes. Hmm... No. Actually... that's one of the big unanswered questions of FRVS. We like to leave that up to the interpretation of our readers.
CAN I JOIN THE FRVS STAFF?
At present we are not "hiring" new staff. Should that change, it will be announced on the index page of this website.
HOW DO YOU APPROACH CREATING A SEASON OF FRVS?
This process can actually take months, or even over a year to complete. At the moment (25 May 2017) we are in the middle of writing our eleventh season, and the episode layout/plotting began in February 2016. However, episode story ideas for our eleventh season have been in the works since 2011. Granted, this is after we've been "off air" for almost eight years. Back when we were pumping out new seasons every fall, the process was much quicker. After a season ended, we took a break from writing/thinking about FRVS for a couple weeks, then came right back into it with breaking episodes, and laying out the episodes in a logical manner in our upcoming season.
After our fourth season we always approached a new season knowing how we wanted the first episode to begin, and where we wanted to leave our readers at the end of the season finale episode. We worked out all the alien mythology, character, and relationship story arcs to develop within each season as well.
You can read more about the entire process of producing our virtual series on the How FRVS Works page.
WHERE DO YOUR STORY IDEAS COME FROM?
We hate to admit this, but in the early seasons of FRVS some of those really ridiculous moments are exaggerations of true stories. Serious exaggerations, mind you. Some of our episode ideas were sparked from improvising dialog during writers' meetings, or simply by coming up with an episode title and creating a story from it. We really enjoy mocking other events in real life, or in a movie, or even in a television show.
WHY DID YOU WRITE MOST OF YOUR EPISODES IN SCRIPT FORMAT?
When you run a series with over 200 episodes, with only two full-time writers, it is faster and easier to get episodes out on time when they are written in script format. Please excuse our typos (though we are in the process of going through all our episodes to fix typos and other such issues).
WHY ARE MULDER AND KRYCEK'S NAMES SOMETIMES SPELLED LIKE "MOULDER" AND "KRYCHEK?"
That's Nate for you. He was picking on Cassie and Kristi for their love of "The X-Files" characters Mulder and Krycek by misspelling their names.
HOW LONG WILL FRVS RUN?
After our tenth season, we never had any real intention of coming back with a full-fledged new season of FRVS. Our intention was to leave our series open for new stories, whenever we felt like writing one, with our "Fox & Alex and..." section (basically stories in canon with FRVS that fit snuggly into any of our ten original seasons).
Currently we are writing our eleventh full season, and will be turning our attention to our third movie soon. It is possible that FRVS will live to see a twelvth season, but we're not making any guarantees at the moment.
Having said that, we know for sure that the story we are working on right now (season 11, movie 3) will be our absolute end. We will, of course, leave open the possibility for more "Fox & Alex and..." episodes, but I wouldn't expect another full-fledged season of FRVS. Of course, we've said that before, and now we are about one-hundred days away from our eleventh season premiere, so...
CAN I CONTRIBUTE ANY OF MY FRVS FANFIC (FANART, WALLPAPERS, ICONS) TO YOUR SITE?
Yes! Absolutely, yes! We love receiving fan contributions to our site! If you have anything (fanfic, fanart, wallpapers, icons, etc.) please send it our way: firstname.lastname@example.org Make sure to let us know how you would like to be credited.
WHERE CAN I READ YOUR NON-FRVS X-FILES FANFIC?
We have included some of our favorite "The X-Files" fanfic on the Extras page here on the FRVS website.
HOW CAN I SET UP AN INTERVIEW WITH YOU FOR MY WEBSITE?
Please use the form on our Contact page to let us know you'd like to set up an interview. Alternately, you can shoot us an email at: email@example.com We're more than happy to discuss FRVS with you!
I HAVE AN EPISODE IDEA FOR FRVS, WILL YOU CONSIDER IT?
Yes, we will consider any kind of episode idea you'd like to share with us. Feel free to send us your ideas and plot-bunnies (use our Contact page to send us your idea)! If your idea gets used you will get a credit in our episode headers. In the past episodes have been written because of a fan's suggestion (ie: Super Buddies).
MY QUESTION HASN'T BEEN ANSWERED. NOW WHAT?
Please use the contact form on our Contact page to send your question our way! We will answer it to the best of our ability!