|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have never been a beta-reader, but I have revised many papers. I usually bold any changes I make and add comments for the original author to look over. I will help anyone who wants it, however I dislike: (1) Authors who write random characters. I used to like randomness, I did, but most of the authors who make their characters totally random and whatever tend towards a short. choppy. (or staccato). writing style, that is very unpleasant for me to read. Ex: Kari dresses then shrugs before looking for a bottle. She chugs the contents fast and then shrugs. She belches and looks around for more liquor. Suddenly, she feels like bothering her boyfriend. (2) Gratuitous Japanese. Now anime fanfiction writers have this problem. Just because the characters were first published in Japan , it doesn't mean that they have to speak Engrish anytime they are not written in the Japanese language. It's rude and it's jarring. My first language is Polish, but that doesn't mean I speak like: Dzien dobry, I'm Karina. Jak sie doing? Pa-bye, kurwa (It just wouldn't be Polish enough if I didn't put that there). No, if I'm in around my English speaking friends, I speak regular English. If I'm around Polish people, I speak Polish. If you are writing a story in English, you don't need many Japanese phrases. Yes, you can add one or two (like I added kawaii and Azu-chan), but you do not need a force a Japanese word into every sentence. They do not improve your work, they just just add more work for the non-Japanese speaking reader. (3) Character Consistency and honorifics. Honorifics are the one of the things I don't mind in a story, if used properly. Note the right way is like so: Name(hyphen) lowercase letter honorific. Wrong: Sakura Chan. Right: Sakura-chan. Also for character consistency. I realize that sometimes one needs to bend a character to make a fanfiction work, however that does not give anyone the right to make a completely new character out of the existing one. For this example, I'll use Sasuke (one of the hardest characters to get right). (A) For stories where honorifics are used, please note that Sasuke, according to Narutopedia, doesn't use honorifics in the original Japanese, that means he shouldn't use honorifics in your story. (B) Yes, Sasuke likes tomatoes, but so what? His love of tomatoes isn't as nearly as great as Naruto's love of ramen. In fact, there is no evidence in the manga of him liking tomatoes. It's only stated in the fanbook that his favorite food is "omusubi with okaka and tomatoes". Note: his favorite food isn't tomatoes. (C) Sasuke is not emo, he is troubled because he saw the bloody bodies of all his clan-members at a very young age and was then forced to fend on his own until he met Naruto and Co. (D) He is socially-awkward or retarded, again see the above statement. And for those of you who still claim he is socially-retarded, he's not. Like, Azula, Sasuke is a people person, and uses his skills to defeat tougher opponents. To say that he's socially-retarded would mean that he would be like Sai. For more proof, check out Naruto, Volume 4, page 168. (E) He is silent. No he's not. READ the manga or his quotes section in Narutopedia. He talks a lot when wants to, usually in monologues (kinda like Hamlet). (4) Reviews. I know, people like it when they get positive feedback, but it is morally repulsive to hold your story hostage for some review. By saying "The more reviews I get, the sooner I'll update" sends the message (to me at least) that you're only writing for attention, and that you are not in charge of your stories pace, your reviewers are. I'm fine with "Please review my story", but blackmailing your readers into readers into reviewers just takes the fun out of reviewing.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer stories that are rated M or T and are multi-chapter. Pairings I approve of are: Sasuke x Sakura (Naruto),Sasuke x Tayuya (Naruto),Sesshomaru x Kagura (Inuyasha), Kanda x Lenalee (D. Gray Man), Fai x Sakura (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles), Anna x Hao/Yoh (Shamin King), Draco x Hermione (Harry Potter), Vitani x Kiara (TLK2), Larxene x Axel/Marluxia/Zexion (Either Larxel, Larluxia, or Larxion is fine with me) (Kingdom Hearts), Kairi x Sora/Riku/Axel (Kingdom Hearts), Namine x Riku/Marluxia (Kingdom Hearts), Xion x Riku/Zexion (Kingdom Hearts)