labyrinthinemelange 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 02-18-08, id: 1504016
Author has written 6 stories | Thor, and Mass Effect.
β : labyrinthinemelange is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I don't sugarcoat things. When there's something about a piece of writing that I don't like, I will chew it apart and figure out what a better idea would be. I can be nitpicky, and I've had people say that I'm a bit mean with my editing. I'm not Simon Cowell or anything, but I do judge writing very harshly when I go into it with the expectation of beta-reading it. That said, if I tear apart your writing, take it as a compliment. I don't waste my time on stories that I don't see going anywhere; if I'm bothering to critique it at all, it means that I see a lot of potential or at least interest in /br /br /br /

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My expectations are that you know what you're getting into when you take me on as a beta. Be prepared for criticism. And please, for heaven's sake, use spell check and know your homophones. Also, be warned, my sense of humor is a little strange-I'm kind of an eccentric person, and that is reflected in the things I find funny. br /br /

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Aaaaand finally, you should probably know that some things in my life (personal things) will strongly influence my writing; I have some unusual life experiences that have worked their way into my world-view. I know a lot about sibling rivalry, I know a lot about rivalry in general. I know what it is to feel inferior to someone else and to rebel against that. I know what it is like to be mentally ill. I know what it is like to be in love with someone and know that they will never return the affections. I know what it is like to be okay with that fact. I know what it is like to lose a loved one. I know what it is like to be responsible for the loss of a loved br /br /

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Basically, if it's angsty, I probably have experienced it at some level or another, either first or second hand.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Giving lots of criticism. Reworking sentences to add flow. One-liners/zings. Empathizing with dark/Machiavellian/"evil" characters-give me a villain, and I'll give you a fallen hero that everyone can, if not root for, at least sympathize with and understand.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
No lemons. Also, I have a slight tendency to self-insert with characters that I write, but for some reason people don't call me on it (perhaps I'm just over-reacting to normal author behavior, giving characters some of your own traits, I don't know).
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I love anti-heroes, and I love a dastardly villain, so if your story has a strong focus on that sort of character, I'll probably like it at least a little bit. I like romance a fair bit, but usually in combination with other things-romance alone is a little too fluffy for my tastes most of the time. I like action. I like drama. I love thrillers, internal struggles with darkness and personal failings. I like br /br /

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And I'm open to suggestions and trying new genres. I might not like all of them, but if I don't mention it here or below, give me a buzz and I'll try your story out anyway.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Slash. PWP or stories with nothing but lemons. Stories involving gratuitious non-con, incest, rape, or pedophilia (as in, it's there for the sake of being there, not because it propels a character's actions or propels other storylines forward). Crackfics. Anything with the summary "[character] is [something unrelated to story canon]" and fics that completely obliterate canon (although if there is deviation from the universe, as long as ASPECTS are still there, I'm fine with it).
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Movie Inception
Game Star Wars
Movie Thor
Tv X-Files
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Tragedy
Crime
Hurt/Comfort