anjumstar 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 10-12-11, id: 3335068
Author has written 24 stories | Pokémon, Gossip Girl, Glee, Heathers, Bare, August Rush, Kimi no Na wa./君の名は., and Once on This Island.
β : anjumstar is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hello, everyone! I love editing stories and giving authors my honest feedback. Bear in mind that I am a fairly busy person. I do make beta reading a priority, bur my responses may not be prompt, especially now that ffnet no longer sends emails out when you receive a PM. Usually, my turnaround is pretty quick, typically within a week, but it depends on the size of the piece and the challenges presented. At this point, I have beta read for dozens of people and dozens of stories so I'm confident in my skills and that I'll be able to offer you some kind of feedback. I prefer to work through either MS Word or Google Docs.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I read books about grammar for fun. I own them. I don't consider myself a master yet, but I'm always studying it. I'm always willing to clean up a story that just needs grammar edits and not content revision; that's easy. As for the rest, I'm very conscious of characterization if I know the fandom well. There is nothing I hate more than an OOC character. Except for spiders. But even outside of my chosen fandoms, I can tell if you're presenting a character a certain way and then do something OOC with them. I'm very attuned to dialogue and whether it sounds natural or not-though this will be with an American ear. I know a little about British dialect, but if you're looking to make something sound English (or Irish/Scottish/Australian/etc) I won't be especially helpful. Same thing for contemporary language versus period pieces. I thrive with contemporary American English. I used to list plot suggestions under weaknesses, but at this point I almost always am able to find myself with suggestions as to how a plot is or is not working. This can be in regards to pacing, world building, if something is coming off as dull or intriguing, etc. I will have opinions. I also am almost always willing to go the extra mile and give you resources if I notice that you're having a specific problem over and over again. I'll write out something myself and take examples from your writing, my writing, or other texts, or I'll link you to articles or videos that explain a concept well. I don't want just to fix things for you. I want you to understand my methodology and certain theories and technicalities of writing. I'm serious about this and I'll probably be too much if you're not serious too.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I'd say that I have three weaknesses. The first is that I might give too much feedback, and it might prove overwhelming to you as an author. This doesn't mean that you're not equipped to handle critique, but rather that there's only so much feedback an artist can be able to apply. At some point it just freezes you. Making sure not to hit this limit takes good communication between you and me and that's not always easy. Beyond that, I can be a little harsh; I don't give a lot of compliments for the sake of it and the amount of critiques I give might make you feel like I'm being really negative. We can try to work through that, but this is just an up-front warning. I'm trying to be better about giving compliments, though. The second is that, by this point, I've been writing for quite a while and some of my feedback is going to be catered to how I write and what I prefer to read. I always try to be conscious not to stamp out or censor my authors' writing styles, but whether a story is good or not is subjective. I bring my subjectivity into a project and so some feedback I give is going to align with my personal tastes, which won't be the same or necessarily even similar to yours. The third is that I'm not great at predicting plot or guessing what's going to come next. Not with beta projects, not with movies or books. Plot twists catch me. I don't usually think much ahead while reading, so if you're looking to see how a plot twist might land I'm not your gal. I can't predict endings for crap.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
I definitely prefer to work within my favorite fandoms and favorite pairings, but that hardly ever happens. Really, the best thing is for me to know the fandom at all, otherwise it's hard for me to be helpful with things like characterization and canon-compliance. I've worked hard to list just about all the fandoms I can think of that I'm familiar with under my beta preference list. So please refer to that as well as the stories I've written and favorited if you want to see my favorite fandoms. But, really, I'll read anything. You needn't worry yourself over whether I'll like your story or not. That's not the point of this.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
At this point, I've beta read most everything under the sun, so, basically, try me. The one thing is that if there's bigotry of any sort coming through in your story in a problematic way, I will call it out. I'm not talking about stories including problematic characters, but rather a story that puts forth a backwards mindset without mitigation or correction. I will not take part in the publishing of a story that advances beliefs that I'm against. If it's an accident, I'm willing to work with you to make your work more inclusive, but if you fight me on a problematic piece without the desire to improve, I'll stop working with you.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Play 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Movie 27 Dresses
Play 42nd Street
Play 9 to 5
Movie A Cinderella Story
Play A Man of No Importance
Movie A Walk to Remember
Movie Agent Cody Banks
Movie Aladdin
Play American Idiot
Book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Movie Atonement
Movie August Rush
Movie August: Osage County
Movie Avatar
Cartoon Avatar: Last Airbender
Play Avenue Q
Play Bare
Book Bartimaeus Trilogy
Play Bat Out of Hell
Play Be More Chill
Tv Big Bang Theory
Play Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Play Book of Mormon
Movie Brave, 2012
Movie Breakfast Club
Anime Card Captor Sakura
Book Carry On
Play Cats
Movie Cheaper by the Dozen
Comic Check, Please!
Play Cinderella
Book Color Purple
Play Company
Movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Book Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy
Play Curtains
Book Darkest Powers
Book Dear Dumb Diary
Play Dear Evan Hansen
Anime Death Note
Book Devil Wears Prada
Book Divergent Trilogy
Play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
Play Drood
Movie Easy A
Book Eleanor and Park
Play Evita
Book Fangirl
Book Fault in Our Stars
Play Fiddler on the Roof
Tv Friends
Movie Friends with Benefits
Movie Frozen
Tv Full House
Tv Fuller House
Play Ghost
Movie Ghost
Tv Gilmore Girls
Tv Glee
Book Gossip Girl
Play Grease
Play Hairspray
Play Hamilton
Book Harry Potter
Movie Heathers
Book Help, Kathryn Stockett
Movie High School Musical
Movie Hoodwinked!
Tv How I Met Your Mother
Movie Hunchback of Notre Dame
Book Hunger Games
Play In the Heights
Play Into the Woods
Anime Kiki's Delivery Service
Anime Kimi no Na wa./君の名は.
Play King and I
Game Kirby
Play Last Five Years
Play Legally Blonde
Play Les Misérables
Movie Lion King
Play Little Shop of Horrors
Book Little Women
Tv Liv and Maddie
Tv Lizzie McGuire
Play Love Never Dies
Play Magic Flute
Movie Mamma Mia!
Play Man of La Mancha
Movie Mean Girls
Book Mediator
Book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Play Monty Python's Spamalot
Book More Than This, Patrick Ness
Movie Mulan
Play My Fair Lady
Game My Forged Wedding
Play Newsies
Movie Newsies
Play Next to Normal
Play Oklahoma!
Tv Once Upon a Time
Book Paper Towns
Play Parade
Book Perks of Being a Wallflower
Play Pippin
Movie Pitch Perfect
Game Pokémon
Book Pride and Prejudice
Movie Princess and the Frog
Book Princess Diaries
Play Producers
Tv Psych
Tv Reba
Movie Reefer Madness
Movie Revenge of the Bridesmaids
Cartoon Scooby Doo
Book Shades of Magic series
Play Shakespeare
Movie She's the Man
Book Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
Movie Singin' in the Rain
Game Sonic the Hedgehog
Play Spring Awakening
Play Starlight Express
Book Strange the Dreamer series
Play Sunday in the Park with George
Game Super Smash Brothers
Movie Tangled
Book Thirteen Reasons Why
Play Thoroughly Modern Millie
Movie Titanic
Play Titanic
Book To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Play Twelfth Night
Play Twelve Angry Men
Play Waitress
Play West Side Story
Play Wicked
Movie Wizard of Oz
Play You Can't Take It With You
Tv Young & Hungry
Play Young Frankenstein
Anime Yuri!!! on Ice
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for