|Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I'm a book nerd, preferring fantasy and sci-fi but also enjoying classics and the occasional real-world fiction novel.
I'm a perfectionist and when reading published novels often find errors in grammar, sentence structure, and continuity. I yearn to fix these mistakes - a desire I can fulfill through betareading.
I am thorough but will not make suggestions that will detract from the writer's personal style. That said, if told in third person I think all writing should be adequately formal, and don't appreciate colloquialisms in narration.
I'll usually require two days to complete a beta-read, depending on length, but since student life can vary in the availability of free-time, it may be less or more. Two would be standard, however.
|My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm an extremely proficient editor. I've a strong grounding in most literary devices and an instinctual skill for grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I've a large and varied vocabulary [from unusual words to fantasy and sci-fi concepts to science and psychological terms to words in latin] and feel that if the right word isn't used to describe something, it oughtn't be spoken of at all.
I've a background in English, French, and Linguistics and consider myself highly capable in analyzing prose, poetry, and sentence structure on whichever level you would prefer.
|My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I occasionally get so caught up in a story that I forget to edit deeply enough and have to re-read it for less-than-obvious errors.
My editing is worse if I haven't read the material it's referencing, or don't know it very well. At that point, I can edit for grammar and sentence structure, but not a lot else.
I have a lot of trouble with time. Something in my brain has the awful habit of glossing over references to time in prose. Your story may say: "In the third week of November, the sky started raining gumdrops", but my brain only recognizes, "the sky started raining gumdrops". It's a little funny, actually. No, I'm exaggerating slightly, but it is a bit of handicap.
|Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I prefer stories with a clear plot, and dislike the majority of parodies. Not big on angst, anything else goes.
My most favouritest[sic] kind of stories ever include those with mistaken identity. I can't really explain it. It's like preferring cream in one's tea. I just do. So, mistaken identity, hidden identities, tricksy identities, you get the gist, I'm the beta for you.
I also like smart characters. Batman solves problems with his brain, so does Elizabeth Bennett, and Ender Wiggin. Actually, Ender's got some problems with that, but generally...
Super sneaky foreshadowing. I love reading a story where the clincher for victory is something that was mentioned in the first couple of chapters and seemed entirely unremarkable.
Happy endings. Yeah, yeah, I'm a romantic at heart. I don't want my protagonists dying unless they're old, infirm, and are possibly named Hagar.
|Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Not big on angst, anything else goes. And from above: dislike parodies.