Dorotheian 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 04-27-12, id: 3964198
Author has written 8 stories | Skip Beat!, Thursday Next Novels, Haruhi Suzumiya series, xxxHOLiC, and Durarara!!/デュラララ!!.
β : Dorotheian is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I read works with a critical eye, and I am not inclined to give praise that is not heartfelt or genuine. I need to know how you feel about the piece you gave me, what your concerns about it are, and what aspect of it you want me to focus on. I need time to read/view the original material. I also need to know whether you want your characters to be themselves as according to the patterns of the original work or according to your own interpretation. If there are too many grammar or spelling mistakes, I will either give up or correct only the grammar/spelling and not get to the meatier work of commenting on the content of the work itself. Because my strengths lie mostly in "character," my helpfulness will increase over time, so it's best to enlist me from the beginning. Be patient. I'll still work with you, though, if you want to backtrack, and I will definitely have more to say then.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Character analysis: why characters do what they do, whether they are acting "in-character" or not, whether their thoughts/actions make sense within the scene and given the long-term view. I can adjust to changes in character interpretation since everyone views characters differently. Character arcs (how they change, in what direction they are heading). "Promises" to the reader: what the reader expects, and whether you delivered. Plot continuity (within the story, or between story and original). Connotation and too much repetition of words. Japanese culture. A native would obviously be better, but I have done a lot of research, I've been learning the language, and I've been to Japan, so I can tell when you've gone very seriously wrong or left out something important. I can also tell you what would be important to research, where to look, or things that you may consider adding to your scenes for extra reality.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I have little ability to address issues pertaining to "setting," "action," or description in general. It's just not what I'm interested in, not that I won't have something to say about it; there may be a problem which I cannot quite articulate.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Anime or manga. Romance. I do like drama (not melodrama) and I enjoy an unconventional style (2nd person, poetic use of language, drabbles, etc., you name it.)
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
No shonen-ai, yaoi, shojo-ai, yuri, or boy's love. These are against my beliefs and will certainly conflict with how I approach the piece, although I recognize that there are many beautiful works out there that deal with these topics. No mysteries, please. I am thoroughly sick of the genre and can no longer evaluate them. No real life people.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » T
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Book Artemis Fowl
Cartoon Avatar: Last Airbender
Anime Baccano!
Anime Bakemonogatari/化物語
Book Charlie Bone
Book Chronicles of Chrestomanci
Book Dark Lord of Derkholm
Anime Durarara!!/デュラララ!!
Book Ender's Game series
Book Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Anime Fruits Basket
Book Guardians of Ga'Hoole
Anime Haruhi Suzumiya series
Anime Honey and Clover
Book Immortals, Tamora Pierce
Anime Land of the Blindfolded
Cartoon Legend of Korra
Cartoon Magic School Bus
Anime Maou: Juvenile Remix/魔王
Anime Nodame Cantabile
Anime Ouran High School Host Club
Anime Parasyte/寄生獣
Book Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Book Protector of the Small Quartet
Cartoon Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
Anime Skip Beat!
Anime Spice and Wolf
Book Squire's Tales, Gerald Morris
Movie Star Trek: 2009
Tv StarTrek: The Original Series
Anime Steins;Gate/シュタインズ ゲート
Book Thief Lord
Book Thursday Next Novels
Anime Tsubasa Chronicle
Anime Vampire Knight
Anime X/1999
Anime xxxHOLiC
Book Young Wizards
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for