BLANDCorporatio 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 06-25-12, id: 4083693
Author has written 2 stories | Prometheus, 2012.
β : BLANDCorporatio is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Greetings. In the interest of honesty I'd like to say that I'm just starting as a beta reader on this website here. That said, I know good fiction when I see it, and part of what good means for me is a coherent plot animated by interesting characters. That is the surface level of what I'm looking at when reading a text. The deeper level comes from trying to figure out themes and "what it's about"; what an author's intentions were when making certain decisions. I expect that what a reader, including me, will take from a text will be different from what the author intended. Stories are alive that way, they go a bit beyond what we as writers put in them. However I'd expect you the writer to have some measure of control over what you're trying to say. Therefore, one of the things I expect from a writer that wants me as a beta reader is an openness for thematic dialog. I'll tell you what I understood, you tell me what you meant, and together we can work out a way to have your message get across better- or maybe change it if you think another one is better. And of course I expect respect and civility. I do not expect you to change something just because I tell you to. Just be civil, be patient, and if you dismiss me think about why.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
Characters: I believe I have a good eye for noticing instances of under-developing and straight breaking of character. Spelling and grammar: I -will- spot just about any mistakes and can easily offer suggestions for correction. Plot points and continuity: comes with an engineering background, I'm fairly logical and a stickler for mechanical details, in this case the mechanics of plot.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
I will be soft on you. I'll tell you if something's not right if I see it so, but if you feel that you need an occasional kick (and we all need one at times), it's not going to come from me.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
SF, magic realism, horror.
Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I prefer not to touch mushy Romance stories.
Beta Preferences
Language: English & Romanian
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie 12 Monkeys
Movie 13th Warrior
Movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
Movie Aliens/Predator
Movie District 9
Movie Fifth Element
Movie Prometheus, 2012
Movie Underworld
Movie Zoolander
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for