Claidi 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 03-07-02, id: 181069
Author has written 7 stories | Ella Enchanted, and Fairy Tales.
β : Claidi is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
It's probably the first time I'd be Beta-reading through the internet but I've done so in many works both in school and among friends. My criteria in reading through works:

Truth - How believable are your characters?
- Are they consistent in their behavior, attitudes, decisions, manner of speaking?
- Can a reader have an idea of who your characters are?
- Is the world in your story believable? Is there a culture? An idea of history? A believable society with which the characters move in?
- Do the happenings in the story actually happen to begin with? (Basically, I look into the events leading to the event. I believe that nothing happens all of a sudden. There should be an indication, a process, which leads the plot. Life is hardly spontaneous. The decisions we make in the past and present will reflect the future).
- For historicals, contemporary: are the facts presented...facts? (As I writer, I entail a whole lot of research on works that demand research. For example, a heroine mentions using paper, but the story is set in the Medieval...did paper exist then? I am completely in love with accuracy in text, and I take time in finding out the facts.)
- Do the characters retain their characters? This is especially true for fanfiction. The voice of the original characters must still be found in the fanfiction. For example, Harry Potter is a kind of serious character in the original, he hardly cracks jokes, is very moody (especially in the later books), and is intent on achieving his goals (eg kill Voldemort). In the fanfiction, he shouldn't suddenly be a happy humorous person cracking jokes on every paragraph. There should be retention of the original work, and if there is a change, there should be a reason behind it. (eg Harry Potter got a big dose of happy pills)

Service - No matter how creative a writer is, one must still serve as a writer. A writer does not write for himself or herself. He or she writes for the readers. And the minimum service for writers is SPELLING AND GRAMMAR.
- I always look into unity in the "subtext" of the writing. Is there a particular tone used? And if so, does it fit in the story?
- Vague and ambiguous work...sometimes. I always make sure that the reader will not be confused to the point that it makes the brain bleed. There should be reasons behind such ambiguity - and these ambiguities should be resolved in the ending.

Creativity - How unique is the story? Or is it just another one of them fanfictions? As a writer, I always strive to break away from usual plot lines, and I try to make a world that is as unique and as real as possible.
- Is the story completely yours? Even if it is an adaptation, a fanfiction, it should still be yours, and not an appropriation of the original work.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
- I take time in reading through the story, as evident in the criteria I use. - I usually do extra research for the story, just find out more about it.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I take time. Literally. Because of my obsessive compulsiveness to character, setting, and plot, it usually takes a long time for me to read through a story.

And I have a bias for characters, plot, and setting - at the expense of grammar. Basic grammar will always be corrected, but I miss the trickier ones because I always want to finish the chapter.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer fairy tales (since I am well-read in them haha), historicals, romance.

I think it would be better for the author to inform me first of the original work. I want to make sure I've read the original work before reading the fanfiction. I wouldn't be able to make sense of the fanfiction if that's the case. If I have read the original book, then rest assured I'll be the best betareader I can be.

If stories are standalone stories, all the more better. :)

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Fanfiction on GAMES, ANIME, and TELEVISION...and only because I don't play games that much, I hardly watch anime, and I never get to watch television! :)
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Avalon High
Book Catherine Coulter
Book Ella Enchanted
Book Emma
Book Fairy Tales
Misc Greek Mythology
Book Harry Potter
Book His Dark Materials
Book Robert Langdon series
Book Song of the Lioness
Book Wuthering Heights
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for