skittles88 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-12-06, id: 1148663
Author has written 3 stories | Anime X-overs, Naruto, and Legend of Zelda.
β : skittles88 is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Describe who I am as a beta-reader...
Redundant. Hmmm.

Well, I love reading other people's stories! It's jolly good fun, and it keeps me interested.
Not to mention it renews my faith in creative people!

I love making comments. I'll comment on a passing thought about anything I read. It might be one word, it might be a paragraph. I might throw in a joke that I thought was funny concerning a quote or two.

If I don't like something, I'll tell you. I'll do my best to offer suggestions. I'm not really one to have a shortage of ideas, so if you're stuck on a part, maybe I can help you with that, too?

As for expectations...
I really really REALLY don't like it when people don't use punctuation, grammar and spelling. I get enough of that from some of my friends, and it's just so hard to read things like that.
If you could, just try to make it look nice. Add capitals when you need to.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm good at picking out spelling, grammar, sentence errors, word repetition ; all that jazz.
Humour is a big part of what I write, and I can usually make a joke or witty statement in any situation.
Symbols add an extra layer of depth to your stories. I love adding in recurring themes, special symbols, in-between-the-lines things. It sparks the reader's interest when you add those things; it makes them feel like they're part of a secret understanding between them and the characters.
Personalities and descriptions are also a strong point for me.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Battle scenes. That is all. I tend to be too slow paced.

Picking out plot holes is not something I'm famous for, either. I tend to forget about somethings that I meant to incorporate earlier.

My eyes always tend to jump all around the page, so I usually have to re-read things multiple times to actually get it all. Sorry if I miss something blatantly obvious!

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I love good, original stories! Ones with insight, good, developed ideas and a focused plot!

Interesting characters are a must! Give them all a colourful background; you're the only one who can really know these characters the best!
Humour is awesome! I love comedies!
Adventure and action are good, too! I especially enjoy medieval fantasies about magic!

Description is great, as long as you don't take paragraph after paragraph describing something. As my good friend tells me constantly "Don't show; tell!" Which basically means that you should mix the description in with the narrative as much as possible!

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Please don't make all your characters the same, perfect, un-flawed God of Superiority. People need to be imperfect in order to be real; you can't have problems or conflict if there are no differences!

I'm not a huge fan of strictly romantic stories. Sorry; I'm a guy. I need action. And fighting XD

Being all dark and depressed is good sometimes, but a whole story dedicated to the darkness in the world is not something I enjoy reading.

I'm also not big on the guns, heavy weaponry, mass destruction killing thing. Gore, war and explosions galore doesn't really fly XD

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Anime Card Captor Sakura
Anime Castle in the Sky
Book Charlie Bone
Anime Death Note
Game Final Fantasy IX
Game Final Fantasy X-2
Game Fire Emblem
Anime Fruits Basket
Game Golden Sun
Book Harry Potter
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Anime Immortal Rain
Book Inheritance Cycle
Game Legend of Zelda
Game Metroid
Anime Naruto
Anime Ouran High School Host Club
Book Pendragon
Game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Game Pokémon
Anime Spirited Away
Game Super Smash Brothers
Game Tales of Symphonia
Anime Tsubasa Chronicle
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for