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To anyone reading my profile purely for the purpose of somehow invalidating a review i have written: Fuck off.
To anyone else: I apologize for the above, but something to that effect has become necessary due to the actions of others. Please feel free to read on and/or browse my favourite story list.
I begin to suspect people of coming up with interesting idea's I've not read fics about before and then shoving Yaoi/slash in there Just to Annoy me.
I know that's not actually true, but the number of times I've encountered it of late does make it feel like it a bit :P
I'm not actually a fan of pure Yuri/femslash fics either, to be fair, though Harem fics don't bug me at all when they're well written, and the ones that even try to be believable in this regard tend to end up with some of that in them.
Ponders* Mind you, it's rare that I find pure romance fics enjoyable to read either, though it does happen and I certainly read my fair share of (genre)/Romance fics.
Oh yes: I'm from New Zealand. My spell checking program in Firefox is American. this results in inconsistent spelling, and sometimes errors when it looks like it's just Firefox just being useless and American, so I leave it, but it isn't. Or Firefox is spitting out enough 'wrong spellings' that are just 'commonwealth spellings' that I start tuning out the red squigglies.
This also means that i spell fiord with an 'i' not a 'j'. If you're desperate, think of it as a different word for the same thing. (fiord is NZ english, fjord is imported from one Scandinavian language or another. This is only really an issue because NZ actually has fiords.)
It also means that most of my punctuation looks more American than British, and if this were handwritten I'd use linked italics rather than cursive. (even my poor handwriting with linked italics is usually more legible than my grandmother's perfect cursive script.)
I wrote some fics years ago, which i have since taken down. They weren't very good. I've since learned quite a bit about many things when it comes to writing, but I still can't do plot or antagonists to save my life, so further writings from me are basically non-existent. I have, however, taken up conlanging as a hobby, which all but forces one to be aware of and study grammar and how it works, and have always had a fairly good grasp off how best to structure sentences to clearly get my point across without having clunky grammatical constructions force the reader to stop reading what I'm telling them to figure out what i actually said. It is from this that most of the criticism in my reviews stems.
That said, i learned to spell mostly as a side effect of learning to type (prior to that, my spelling was terrible, as opposed to merely not as great as it might be. Spell checkers help too, obviously). I learned to touch type, and type quickly (I'm told very quickly, to the point where many people I know are quite impressed, though I can't read and type at the same time so my data entry speed is rubbish.) mostly in chat rooms in the late 90s and early 2000s. The text would disappear off the screen very quickly if many people were in the room at once, so you had to type fast for your comment to still make sense in context by the time people read it. This has, unfortunately, lead to some bad habits when typing: I basically never hit the shift key unless it's for punctuation (which i mostly have to stop and consider anyway because it comes up so rarely) which means I often forget to capitalize things. Such rooms also had no capacity for bold fonts, italics, or anything else like that, leading to my other bad typing habit: Capitalizing for emphasis. Personally, i don't really see people's objection to that one. It used to be quite common. Of course, so did capitalizing every single noun.
None of these applied in my own stories, mind you, as i wrote them in a word processor, which between the spell check and auto correct, actually further fed my bad habits by removing any need for me to correct them myself. Which leads to me typing in text fields like this and all those old bad habits carrying over. (I've had to stop and go back pretty much every time I've typed 'I' and roughly every third sentence for the capitalization thing, for example). The first line of my profile is a Direct result of this, as i had people attacking my reviews which pointed out grammar and flow issues in writing that was bad enough that it was dragging down the otherwise good story, or so bad that i honestly couldn't read it, and claiming that my entire review was invalid and i clearly knew nothing because, gasp, i forgot the capitalization in my profile.
On a different note:
Series i read a LOT of fanfiction for, despite never having actually watched/seen/read them:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Stargate (kind of. my brothers were fans so I've seen bits of it)
Evangalion (though i Do have the first two of the new movie releases. need to actually finish watching the second one at some point)
probably others i'm forgetting.
i got into every single one of those due to well written crossovers with series i was already reading fanfics for. Started with Oh, My Goddess! and went from there. (i do read fanfics from other fandoms, for things i am actually a fan of, but this and that are different things.)
characters i am particularly fond of:
Sakaki (Azumanga Daioh)
Luna (Harry Potter)
Megumi (Oh, My Goddess!)
Silvaria Bles (Valkyria chronicles. i'm never sure if i'm spelling her name right)
to be fair, i like the vast majority of characters in Azumanga Daioh and Oh, My Goddess! and there are other series i like about as much, or slightly more, as a whole, but don't have individual characters that stand out so much, to me. (Last Exile, Planettes, Samurai Champloo, Skip Beat!, Black Lagoon, Yotsuba&!, Hikaru no Go... there are others too, and that's just what i remember off the top of my head from my anime/manga collection.)
charcters i pretty much hate:
most iterations of Ron (Harry Potter). everything i've read tells me he's only different enough from Draco to not be interchangeable due to their stations in life. in fact, get them away from their family's influence and Draco strikes me as more likely to be salvageable as a decent human being.
most iterations of Sasuke. (Naruto). at minimum, the guy's a dick. at worst, he's an uncaring evil dick. exceptions occur when a change in circumstances early on in the fic salvage him, but otherwise? yeah. dude's a dick.
the prince who's name escapes me again from Valkyria Chronicles... ... ... i can't actually think of a fictional character in a canonical work (where i didn't despise the entire work for one reason or another) whom i hate more. Why would be a major plot spoiler for anyone who's not played the game. Admittedly the game's been out a while and didn't sell very well, but i don't think i've ever heard anyone have anything bad to say about it. (made one of those 'top ten games no one played' lists a while back) the game is really good. the sequels suffer from the limitations of the PSP though. (the original is a PS3 game)
pairings i care about at all:
Ron/Hermione: just... no. abusive relationships are not cool. (also, JKR's ENTIRE take on 'love' through out that series is Horrific. I've actually got to the point where, if it weren't for the fan fiction, i'd agree with the fanatics who want the books removed from schools and such. it has Nothing to do with the magic in them and Everything to do with the horrible example and misleading portrayal of what a healthy relationship is. I'll say this again: Abuse is Not cool.)
Luna/Anyone who actually cares for her. though ideally Harry. unless i ever write a self-insert in that fandom, in which case i would steal her. but that's a little creepy. hehe. seriously though, Luna deserves love and friends.
Harry/Hermione: most likely for Harry if one ignores cannon.
Harry/Luna: most likely to actually Last and be Happy for Harry. (Harry/Hermione's not bad in this regard either, Harry/Luna just seems a more comfortable fit.)
Harry/Hermione/Luna. i have Never figured out just what it is about this that makes it work, but once you get past a few minor (with major implications) initial barriers it's all kinds of unbelievably stable and helpful to all of them. or at least, it's easy to write that way.
story types that i sometimes read but that bug me anyway:
not where a character gets powerful and goes and gets revenge on everyone who screwed them over. those can be fun. but the ones where EVERYONE turns on them for no damn reason, all their friends turn out to be faking/are re-written to have never liked them, or betray them for unbelieveable and contrived reasons that might just barely be in character for one aspect of their personality under extreme circumstances if you squinted enough and looked at them sideways on a foggy day, if you're lucky. Naruto and Harry seem to be common victims for this one.
seriously, you're going to have Hinata turn on Naruto like that? or Luna on Harry? come on. (i'd say Hermione too, but i've seen fics where she's been quite believably mislead or potioned up or something. even then she tends to have doubts and regrets about it. Luna, on the other hand, would have difficulty believing the events in most of those types of fic took place as it seems even if she were an eye-witness, at least without double checking and confirming things. with sources that didn't have a vested interest in the official line being true, including Harry himself.)