|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Me, as a beta reader: Strict. Direct. Fair.
1. I'm militantly strict when it comes to technical details like grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Readers deserve to read at least "correct" English (if not stellar English) and there's no point in adding to the rubble on this site, especially if it is something you can prevent. An extensive idea of the basics of grammar and punctuation (or at least, an attempt at correct application of both) and judicious use of spellcheck on Word should be mandatory for every writer that wants to be taken seriously and I'll see to it that it gets done.
2. Characterization tends to vacillate wildly between "excellent", "good", "um, would s/he really do/say/think that?" and "impossibly bad" in every existing fandom. I pride myself in my ability to identify on which end of the spectrum a particular character falls. If I think it's the wrong end, I'll let you know and I'll let you know how to /fix/ it in the briskest way possible, providing sufficient and sufficiently succinct reasons for why I think the usually altruistic-to-the-point-of-foolishness Character A would not really verbally chew out and/or bitchslap Character Z and then kick his/her dog for good measure. I'm plenty aware that different character interpretations exist. However, that does not mean I'll happily stamp an "excellent" seal on certain character trait being exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness so that what is left behind is not even "Character A" anymore, but a sad, pathetic caricature of internalized resentment and/or an equally sad, unrealized monument of wish-fulfillment.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
My greatest strength, I have to say, is my spelling and tendency to use colourful words. My expanse of English vocabulary is vast, and if you write descriptive stories, then I can suggest a lot of synonyms. I excel in both British and American English. I describe materialistic entities and emotions very well. Characterization is something I am good at. I have a sharp eye for technical details. For example, if a sentence structure seems awkward to me or if I find that subject and verb is misplaced, I'll be sure to correct it. I can easily see if something does not make sense or if some parts of the story need more detailed explanation.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I am not very good at picking up in which direction a certain story is heading because in my mind, I imagine endless scenarios which are plausible. I am not very good with poetry. I am not good with OOC, cracktastic humour oneshots. I might be a tad bit too harsh with criticism and I am REALLY picky about the documents I receive. Also, I really can't help you any with dialogue - you'll have to take care of that yourself, since I believe that it's the dialogue that directs the story, and I want you to direct the story by yourslef. I'm just the scanner that shows you the faults and tell you to correct them. Oh, most importantly, I slip up from time to time with present tense. I can write in third person POV pretty well, but present tense isn't exactly my cup of tea!
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I enjoy fiction with both happy and tragic endings. If you have a fetish for dark fics, then I'll gladly beta it. I like lemons that are tasteful and portray emotion instead of mindless obsession and hardcore, raunchy positions. In romance stories, I prefer portraying how the chracters get together and showing every tiny transition instead of them already together without backstory. I like to beta drabble collections and oneshots of any kind. In tragedy/drama, I like it if there is a gradual build-up of emotions. I adore stories which contain innocent fluff and I like AU stories which have many allusions to the series. If you have planned a long, novel-format story and need a reliable beta, then I'm the person for the job. I also adore yaoi and yuri pairings (yaoi more tha yuri actually) like Naruto and Sasuke, Sakura nd Ino, Yuri and Wolfram. But I also like straight pairings like Sakura and Sasuke,Hinata and Naruto, Kakashi and Anko. Bottom line: I prefer to read stories where the transition of the various phases of the relationship is portrayed well, and I will not judge a story based on the pairing alone. If your stories are listed in my Favorites, I would be thrilled to beta for you.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I DETEST stories with Mary Sues/Larry Lous in them. But I will make suggestions regarding how toning down their too-perfect qualities will make them more realistic. I hate self-inserts and cliche plots. Unless it is in my Favorites, I usually do not prefer yaoi/yuri mainly because I haven't read any stories in which the writer manages to make it seem convincing. No offense to anyone. It's not that I don't like yaoi/yuri. In fact, I find it adorable and have nothing against it. But majority of the yaoi/yuri writers tend to jumble everything up in these kind of stories; for eg, they don't show any transition, nor how society will accept such couples, how the other characters will react to the protagonists getting together, etc. I am PICKY with crossovers. If I feel that your crossover is not viable, then I'll instantly reject it. It takes a lot of planning to do a crossover - especially when you try to establish a romantic relationship between two characters from different animes. If I think that you have not put in the required effort, then I'll not read your story. I do not accept cliche Valentine fics and cheesy one-shots. I'll only accept Valentine fics and romance one-shots if I feel that the theme is fresh i.e. not cliche.