Firstly, let's set quality of writing aside, including any presuppositions you may or may not have as to the 'usual' quality of journeyfics, for example. Now that that's disposed with, let me ask you a question:
Do you find fics with 'far-out' concepts easier/more fun to read?
By 'far-out', I mean those kinds of fics where the author is clearly going out of his or her way to do everything different and unexpected, up to and including plot elements that sound as if they couldn't have been dreamt up by anybody short of Lewis Carroll. On crack.
I'm asking because it was puzzling me today at school. Of course, my initial reaction is 'Yeah, duh? The more original, the better!', but I've been thinking it over. Is there such a thing as too original? At what point does originality become silliness, silliness become randomness, randomness become craziness for craziness' sake?
There's an ever-present danger of the fic flying too far off into territory that should be trespassed on cautiously, if at all. There's always a risk that an 'original' concept can devolve into 'throwing in random plot elements for the sake of being more 'original' than the last chapter'. Bob finds a jersey that allows him to control any Pokemon he meets? That's nothing! In chapter six, he is drafted into the Secret Service thanks to his newfound powers! But wait! In chapter eight, he accidentally stows away on a rocket bound for the moon with a talking Electrike for company! In chapter thirteen, he meets moon aliens who happen to have been monitoring him for . . . Yeah, and so on.
(Note: Not talking crackfic here. That's deliberate. I mean those fics that try to play it straight. Where's the breaking point for you?)