Rico Perrien 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 05-16-10, id: 2366111
Author has written 37 stories | Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings.
β : Rico Perrien is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have been reading science fiction and fantasy most of my life. I am 61 years old, male, /br /

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Primarily focussed on Harry Potter, but willing to accept Babylon 5, Warlock in Spite of Himself (Christopher Stasheff), Lord of the Rings (and other Tolkien) and most others. No anime, Star Wars or Star Trek (the first, I have no ideas about and do not know the conventions other than girls with excessively wide eyes and mouths, and the last two, I am tired for stories with deus ex machina solutions).br /br /

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For HP stories, I tend to be a Harmonian (Sorry JKR, but I think you're way off base on this one, and your diatribes about this point-of-view sound more like you're pouting because you don't like other people playing in your sandbox who may have a different view - it is fan fiction, after all), but am perfectly happy to accept well written alternate ships (emphasis on WELL written). However, no Super-Harry or Demi-God Harry also loses my interest quickly (unless well written)br /br /

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Poor spelling and grammar lose my interest very quickly. Similarly any stories where bullying is seen as fun, or funny (some may see this as a weakness).br /br /

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English-speaking Canadian (in canuck-speak, an anglophone), but can accept US spelling as well. Primarily North American references, as not that familiar with British popular culture (but willing to accept Doctor Who, etc). I get ticked-off (North American version of the term) with stories that feel everything must be Americanised (or Americanized, for example, same as the spell-checker on this site) because apparently Americans are too dumb to accept that Britain is a separate country with their own customs and terminology.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I proof-read for a living, and get very pedantic and picky about poor spelling or usage (for example, using it's when you mean belonging to it - sorry, I realise that the battle is lost on this one, but I had this drummed into me 50 years ago and can't let it go. Similarly for 'presently' when you mean 'currently' or 'at present')
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
See above about spelling. Some see this as a weakness, and I am willing to accept a bit, but too much and I get my back up and may send back comments like "this is crap. Learn to spell")br /br /

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Otherwise see above about pet peeves.

Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
My main reference is that a story be well thought out, and well written. After that, for the most part, all bets are off. br /br /

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Satire, or parody (Bored of the Rings, Barry Trotter, etc) are very acceptable if well done. Another example is the "Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman" series, based on Pride and Prejudice from a different point of /br /

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Humour is good, if it does not distract from the story for the sake of the joke. (for a good example, see the cantina scene from Muggle Summer Wizard's Fall, by canoncansodoff)

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Stories that do not follow their own rules of logic or basic plot, I feel, cheat the reader who is investing their free time to share the writer's vision. Stories that contradict known physical facts are not 'science-fiction', but can be acceptable as fantasy (e.g., Larry Niven's 'Known Space' versus Narnia). Similarly with fantasy (Harry P riding a super-sonic broom, for example). If you are going to ignore your own rules, that's your problem, and it will not become mine.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Tv Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
Movie Anastasia
Tv Babylon 5
Tv Blackadder
Book Cadfael
Tv Dead Like Me
Tv Foyle's War
Tv Grimm
Book Harry Potter
Tv Horatio Hornblower
Book Lord of the Rings
Movie Men In Black
Tv Murdoch Mysteries
Book Peter Wimsey
Book Robert Heinlein
Movie Shadow of the Vampire
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Parody
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Crime