|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hmmm, 10000 characters sure is a lot of room... I've got a crazy random thing that I've done with my cousin that's that size...
Anyway, rhetoric is not very experienced in the art of officially beta-ing stories, although she critiques lots of stories already posted and never leaves a review, so she's not really sure yet as to how she'd do actually telling someone what she thinks of their story, but she'll do her best.
I'm a re-reading kind of person. I go through my own stories after almost every paragraph I've written, so you shouldn't worry about me missing major things. I'm also a bit bluntly honest about things, even if not so much in reviews I leave, so I'll let you know if something doesn't seem to fit or be working, or whatever.
And, just a heads up, I have this thing about not using the same word more than once, either in describing things or talking about the things themselves, as I'm a firm believer in the usage of direct object pronouns and varied vocabulary.
I think that's about it, without going through the things below in here.
And all that in just over 1000 characters.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm pretty good with plot helping and stuff, although I'd like to have a general idea about what's going to be happening so that I have something to work with. If I know what the characters are originally like in the series/book/movie, whatever, I can keep them in character even in situations that never have and never will come up in the actual series/book/movie sequel. If you're using an original character, which I tend to like since most of my big stories so far have original characters, I'm good at helping with realistic personalities, situations, relationships and the like.
I guess I'm good with the varying of sentence structure and stuff like that, and grammar too. My ninth grade English teacher told us to love our semi-colons, and I do; that'll be the biggest grammar changes that you'll see, me putting in semi-colons instead of periods for small sentences that can be joined together.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
That would definitely be the spelling. My spelling when not on a computer is horrible, since I've memorized the finger patterns of certain words, and I mostly depend on the Microsoft spellcheck to get me through the stories. And, as stated above, I like semi-colons, but sometimes a little too much.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
If I've written a story in that category, it's almost a sure thing that I'll beta something written in that fandom. I'm an action/adventure kind of person (I like writing the fight scenes), so those are most likely a yes if I know the characters and what the hell is supposed to be going on. I like tragedy too, because I'm a sadist, and I love it when people die, so tragedy is probably a yes too. Drama is good, but only if there's some action going on too, because in my opinion, dramas can only be pulled off if there's something besides "omg, he's breaking up with me, no way!", like people dying! Multilayered stories I like.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
That should deffinitely be "cup'a tea"...
I cannot say that I'm really into the big, fluffy, romance stories, or fandoms in which there is already lots of fluff and lovey dovey scenes. I may be a girl, but I don't read shojo manga or romance novels for a reason. Unless one person from the couple dies, then it's okay. I read the stuff occasionally, if it's in a really good story that I'm reading for reasons other than the sex, but I will not beta stories full of lovemaking scenes. I won't do it. Sorry. I'm also not really into Yaoi fanfics, unless it's just implying yaoi, like little brotherly stuff, but not full blown. Not even make out scenes. Again, sorry.