Date: May 01, 2022 08:46 pm Title: Chapter 2
Wonderful to see this one back! We'll just start out with that one. Feels like thus far we're keeping fairly well in step with the movie. Not a bad thing mind you. However what does strike me as different here is the way Pam and Jim are already playing off each other. That they've known each other their whole lives adds a ton to this version of them. Even though through this chapter they're both with other people, you can already feel the chemistry between them starting to grow.
Loved the scene where Jim picks up the tempo. It's a fun scene in the movie and here it's even better. Had they played it at Roy's written speed it wouldn't have made any sort of waves. Yet here's Jim adding his own flair and not only do they win, but they get another gig. Nice to see a more confident version of Jim show up here rather than just roll over with what Roy has to say.
Also I've had "That Thing You Do" stuck in my head since this updated. This is not a bad thing. Hope to see more soon.
Well, thank you so much!
Something that always struck me odd from the movie was that there was no explanation as to how Guy knew the members of the band (and Faye). Now granted, Erie may have been a small town where everyone knew each other, but the way that the both of them played off of each other with no explanation? It made me curious…
I love that scene too! Sometimes you just gotta play what you feel!
And I feel you, I’ve had the songs from the movie stuck in my head all weekend.
Thank you for your kind words!
Date: May 01, 2022 07:34 pm Title: Chapter 2
Ooooof. The parallels between the Halpert's business versus Tele-Mart and the Dunder Mifflin v. The Fifth Goliaths battle are a harsh read. Poor Gerald. He's fighting the forces of history.
"“Fractured, Roy. It means broken." Ah, Ryan. It's nice to see you using your powers of douchebaggery for good.
Jim conning them into buying Halpert's products! Maybe he's got a salesman's instincts in him after all.
Yay for Karen's happy ending making the cut! (Although I'm concerned this Dr. Goor isn't really a doctor...)
The Roy-als? Oh, Royce. You suck. Although that's a good pun. Maybe if it were Roy and the Royals? Poor guys. I have a feeling "The Dunders" is going to stick.
I thought the song worked really well for this. Poor Roy. Roll up or get rolled over, pal.
Date: May 01, 2022 02:36 pm Title: Chapter 2
So excited to see this back - I've been waiting for it.
So I really dug (I'm using the lingo of the decade) the way you combined Gerald with Michael in how he sees the customer service as the thing that will save the store from the big box competition. Really well done.
I'm also giddy with the way you portray Karen, a little like she was on show with her jealousy and a little like the girlfriend of the movie with her disinterest in what Jim's most exited about, his music.
The Pam/Jim relationship is also delightful and so them.
Love the name and how they got it - again a little bit movie and a little bit the show.
I'm very impressed that you wrote the lyrics - that's whole other level.
Hoping to see a quick update now that they (and you) are rocking.
Great job on this chapter.
So, I had no intentions to combine Gerald and Michael at first to be honest! It just organically happened that way, and I'm so glad it did!
Thank you, I wanted Karen to have a little more personality than Tina did in the movie. Tina was vain, but with no explanation. Karen needed some explanation.
Well, thank you! I was originally going to keep TTYD as the band's song, but TD is *extremely* good at persuasion (it also pushed me as a writer!). I'm happy you liked the original song!
Thank you so much!!
Date: May 01, 2022 11:33 am Title: Chapter 2
Hooray for an update to this!
Something I never knew I needed was Roy/ Andy interacting. I love the future potential of this relationship.
“as his guitar finished weeping” I am taking 100% as a shoutout to my love of George Harrison whether you intended it or not.
Pam remembering Jim banging sticks when they were kids is SO ADORABLE. I love the way you set up their history.
I was kind of hoping the dentist would be David Wallace 😆
Your song lyrics are fantastic! Love that you made this your own (and obviously love the Dunders!)
Keep it going! Loving it!
A Roy and Andy interaction was needed in the show, honestly! I agree, I love the potential of their friendship!
Go ahead and take that as a shout-out! My dad is a HUGE Beatles fan, so I grew up listening to a lot of their music. Plus, with the Wonders essentially being a knock-off Beatles (the movie alludes to it, not me!), I had to make a quick little reference!
Just because Pam started dating Roy, doesn't mean she would up and forget about her friendship with Jim (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)!
Trust me, David Wallace will have an appearance!
Well, thank *you* for the idea of an original song!
Date: April 30, 2022 11:58 pm Title: Chapter 2
“Give it up for….” He pauses, squinting at the card to read it. “The… Dunders!”
Roy, rolling his eyes, gets on the microphone and corrects the man. “That’s the Wonders,” LOVED THIS but in my head they are the Doe-needers 🤣🤣
Looking forward to the next chapter!!
THE DOE-NEEDERS I'M DEAD!
Thank you so much!
Date: April 30, 2022 09:43 pm Title: Chapter 2
The Dunders (!!!)
It is so fun to picture all my favorite characters in the setting of one of my all time favorite movies (definitely a comfort movie for me too!) I can wait for you to continue this!!
Why thank you!
I’m so excited to continue this story!! I love writing this, and I love developing this little world we’ve got going here!
Yes, the Dunders! We’re left to assume that either whoever signed them up for the talent show’s handwriting wasn’t legible, OR the announcer just couldn’t read… but will that stick? Who knows!
Date: April 30, 2022 09:16 pm Title: Chapter 2
I love the connection between Pam and Jim! I cant wait to see how their relationship plays out! Im also super excited for the band, they got a paying gig! Cant wait for the next chapter!
Author's Response: Thank you!! I'm so excited to finally have finished this one! I'm glad you liked it, Aly! <3
Date: April 30, 2022 09:15 pm Title: Chapter 2
It’s back!! You’re back!! YAY!!
You know how much I love the dynamic you’ve set up with our favorite characters as musicians, especially with Andy, lol. His lines cracked me up. And ugh, Pam and Jim as childhood friends is just so perfect and sweet. 😭😭
I can’t wait for the Dunders to get rolling (and rocking) now that they’ve had a good performance!
Ugh, love you to death!
Writing Andy in this fic is my favorite thing in the entire world! His one-liners crack ME up too!
They *did* have a good performance! I'm so excited to get back into this one, I've missed my Scranton boys so much!
Date: September 07, 2021 05:43 pm Title: Chapter 1
Em!! Sorry for the super late review, Im horrible. But this is SO good. First off, it’s the perfect fic for WW’s bday, it is so very reminiscent of TTYD. I hate that Pam is with Roy but also this all works out so perfectly so intertwine canon/TTYD and we all know (hopefully👀) (please) that they wont stay together. I cannot wait for the next chapter!!
That's alright! Life happens, ya know?
You know this movie already, so I won't mention much about what you're hoping for (even though this is MTT and they always end up together in fluffy fics such as this).
But, I promise an update will be coming soon! Thanks for your review! <3
Date: August 03, 2021 03:42 am Title: Chapter 1
First of all, wow!
I haven't watched this film, but I'm intrigued about this AU already! Plus, I like 'Freaks and Geek,' and Jim's relationship with his father reminds me a lot one of my favorite characters from that show has with his... So I root for Jim even more!
And there are so many little cute details here and there (like Tunes - so adorable!), and the big ones (I have a suspicion that Karen's up to something with her new dentist... or, maybe, I'm just overly suspicious).
Anyway, I like it, and I'd like to read more and more of your story! Thank you so much for writing and sharing it with us!
Holy shit I'm late on this review.
Thank you so much! It's a great film that I highly recommend, but not fully necessary to watch for this AU!
I never watched 'Freaks and Geeks,' but I will absolutely take your word for it!
The details make this story, honestly! And I like your suspicion, it's intriguing! Can't say for certain what will happen, but I like the way you think!
I promise an update's coming soon! Thanks again!
Date: July 30, 2021 09:11 am Title: Chapter 1
Oooooh fun! Period piece! I feel like there's something very 60ish about Jim and Pam.
Jim translates well here - a good but bored salesman who isn't pursuing his dreams, a neglectful and not especially happy boyfriend. And there are some interesting dynamics here... a friendlier Andy, a more direct rivalry between Dwight and Jim, and a Roy who actually has something to recommend him. Not something you see every day.
Looking forward to seeing where you go with this!
Just thinking about a 60's Jam warms my heart! They have a 60's vibe sometimes, in my opinion, so I feel like it fits!
Thank you so much! I'm excited to bring this Jam to light!
Date: July 30, 2021 08:03 am Title: Chapter 1
Okay, I rarely read AUs, but I love this movie so much... it's the AU I didn't know I needed.
Andy as Lenny is INSPIRED. I was waiting for him to call Jim "Big Tunes," haha...
Love Darryl as the jazz musician. Excited to see how you handle this!
Thank you so much! Yeah, Andy wasn't always Lenny. In fact, Kevin was going to be Lenny until I needed a nickname for Jim. I wish I had chosen Andy this entire time, but he's Lenny anyways.
Thank you so much!
Date: July 28, 2021 04:25 am Title: Chapter 1
I love ‘That Thing You Do’, and I love, love the idea of doing a Jam version of it! This was so great, and so much fun to read - I’m really enjoying the set up with Jim and Karen, and the idea of Andy, Dwight, Ryan and Roy in a band is just amazing. And hilarious. (As is the way you’ve written Dwight and Jim’s relationship, and Dwight’s jab about Jim being the resident beatnik, lol). And then the hints of Jim and Pam’s friendship, and them growing up as neighbours, are so great. I can’t wait to read more!!
Aah! Thank you so much! I absolutely LOVE this movie (as does WW), and a Jam version just stuck out at me for a while!
Dwight definitely would jab at Jim in this universe too, makes complete sense he’s think Jim’s a “beatnik” with his hairstyle and all!
Thank you for your review!
Date: July 27, 2021 06:41 pm Title: Chapter 1
Ok so I already love this premise. "That Thing You Do," is a great movie. Putting our favorites from The Office in as The Wonders should be a ton of fun.
I'm already liking where you're going with this. Darrel as the jazz pianist Jim plays along with, great move there. Jim and Karen's relationship already rocky? Should be interesting to see where that goes.
The backstory that Jim and Pam used to be best friends in childhood is a great image. Meeting the band there at the diner was really interesting. That's the line-up. Roy, Andy, Ryan, and Dwight? Ok, that should be really interesting. Already getting vibe that Roy doesn't really pay much attention to Pam. That Roy is only really focused on himself and the music. Pam is just there as kind of an afterthought. However it's Pam's idea to ask Jim into the band? Ok, that's kinda fun too.
Really looking forward to seeing how this all pans out. Great job starting out.
It is a *very* interesting line-up isn't it? It took a while to secure this line-up, even 20-30 minutes before posting, I was fixing who would be apart of the band! Trust me, they will serve the purpose for each character!
Darryl was the best fit, in my opinion, for Del Paxton. I couldn't see anybody else playing him!
My whole goal is to honor this amazing movie, yet make it fit for these amazing characters we all know and love in a new way. Thank you for your review! I'm as excited as you are to see what happens next!
Date: July 27, 2021 05:20 pm Title: Chapter 1
This was just delightful - a lovely mÃ©lange of a a feel good movie that is a favorite mixed up with all the jammy goodness of the our lovebirds. You did a great job staying true to the spirit of both and I can see a mix of Faye and Pam, and Jim and Guy. (oh and Andy as Lenny is also just perfect fit)
I enjoyed how you incorporated the older brothers into the story and the backstory of Pam and Jim's childhood friendship.
This is going to be a fun one. Looking forward to more.
So, funny story. Lenny was originally going to be portrayed by Kevin, leading up to almost a half an hour before posting this story. I changed it for the "Tunes" nickname, and now I'm so happy I went in that direction! Kevin will find his place here somewhere, only time will tell!
Thank you for your review! I've been dreaming of Jim as Guy and Pam as Faye for MONTHS now! So excited to finally put it to paper (or sorts)!
Date: July 27, 2021 11:31 am Title: Chapter 1
Yeay! I love that movie. Great start to this story. I can’t wait to read more. And now I also want to rewatch “That Thing You Do”.
Author's Response: Thank you! YES, please go rewatch it! Such a fantastic movie, that I *hope* to give it justice with this fic! Thank you so much!
Date: July 27, 2021 09:07 am Title: Chapter 1
YAS EM! I am *here* for this story! This first chapter was so great. I have to admit that my favorite detail was Roy wanting to name the band "The Royals" hahaha. You are Spartacus!
Author's Response: Oh Roy would *absolutely* want to name his band the Royals after himself. I mean, Jimmy in the movie *does* put "Jimmy and the Heardsmen" out there as an idea... Thank you!! I guess I'm Spartacus now?
Date: July 27, 2021 06:35 am Title: Chapter 1
Em, where to start with this in all the best ways! So much detail, so well set up. I can't begin to tell you just how much I enjoyed reading this. Really looking forward to this journey!
Author's Response: Why thank you! I'm so excited to finally be able to share this WIP with everyone!
Date: July 26, 2021 10:36 pm Title: Chapter 1
Ahhhhh yay!! You KNOW how much I love this movie and I loved this! All the perfect lines and characters. Can't wait to read more!! :) Thanks for the birthday wishes!
Author's Response: You are VERY welcome! Oh I know how much you love TTYD, I'm just hoping I do it justice! Happy birthday, WW!