There is only one kind of story that I absolutely will not beta or even read: stories in which fans of the movie/book/TV show get put into the story. (i.e. So me and my friend were watching Star Wars and suddenly this portal opened up and in we stepped!) Please, I beg of you, do not even ask me to read these stories.
Stuff I would like to avoid, but will take a look at before making a definitive decision:
- Slash - if the story is NOT based solely on the romance, it is simply a sub-plot, and there aren't many graphic erotic scenes I'm more likely to read the story.(The exception to this is canon-gay characters, such as Agron/Nasir in Spartacus, Quinn/Blay in Black Dagger Brotherhood, etc.)
- Crossovers - though I don't really like any crossovers, I'm likely to read them as long as the fandoms being crossed makes sense; so a Twilight/Saw story, for example, will be turned down flat. (The exception to this is Frozen/Rise of the Guardians crossovers. Like everyone, I totally ship Jack Frost and Elsa.)
- Fluff stories - I love romance stories and have no problems reading them, meaning that the romance is a central part of the story, and the pairing is believable (to me). Fluff stories have no real meaning except for people to spout meaningless, disgustingly romantic crap. I don't mind a little bit of fluff once in a while - as long as it in character for whomever is speaking/doing it; so Draco Malfoy writing and reading weepy poetry to Hermione Granger is unbelievable, extremely OOC fluff - but if you're putting your readers into a sugar coma I'm highly unlikely to beta the story.
- I don't like to read nor want to beta stories that involve real life people, such as bands, musicians, wrestlers, actors, etc. Please don't request my help with stories that don't involve fictional characters, I probably won't even read the entire message and I certainly won't read the story.
- I'm not overly comfortable with abuse/rape stories; depending on the storyline and how graphic you plan to make it I may consider it, but for the most part I'll probably turn it down.
- I won't beta a fandom I am unfamiliar with as I will be of little to no help. If you cannot find the fandom you're wanting to write for in my preferences, you are welcome to send me a message and ask, specifically anything in the misc. categories. If I know the fandom, I will most likely help, but if I don't, I refuse to bumble around trying to help with something that I have no clue about.
Last but not least, here is a list of pairings that I'm not fond of and consequently don't want to beta stories about:
- Harry Potter: Hermione/Snape, Hermione/Malfoy, Ginny/Malfoy, Harry/McGonnogal, Voldemort/Anyone, Twincest (AKA Fred/George).
- Bates Motel: Norma/Norman, Norma/Dylan, Dylan/Bradley - incest is simply disgusting and I won't touch it, and I think Bradley is a little bitch and have no desire to read anything about her.
- Star Trek: Spock/Uhura - having grown up watching the original series, not to mention just paying the slightest attention to the characters in the new movies, this pairing makes absolutely no sense to me and I don't enjoy reading stories regarding this pairing.
- Walking Dead: Daryl/Carol, Daryl/Beth - I know there are a lot of people who are rooting for these pairings, but I'm not one of them and really would prefer not to beta any stories with either of these pairings.
- Doctor Who: Ten/Martha, Ten/Donna, Eleven/Amy, Eleven/Clara - Because, duh, Ten belongs with Rose, and Eleven belongs with River, and I refuse to read otherwise. (Yes, I'm very childish about these pairings).
- Supernatural: Absolutely NO incest of any kind. Destial (Dean/Cas), Sabriel (Sam/Gabriel), or Samifer (Sam/Lucifer) - As I said, I'm not big on slash pairings, but feel free to send me a PM describing the story and I'll decide from there.
-Arrow: Oliver/Laurel - While I personally ship Olicity I will be happy to beta a story with Sara or an OFC, but not Laurel. I personally think she's one of the most obnoxious characters on TV and a horrible pairing with Ollie.