Somnambulista 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 12-30-03, id: 511680
Author has written 13 stories | Transformers/Beast Wars, Fast and the Furious, Veronica Mars, Haven, Unborn, 2009, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy I-VI, Soul Eater, G-Force, Criminal Minds, Magic: The Gathering, and Halo.
β : Somnambulista is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
I have been writing for over 15 years, and I do have a college education centered around English (although the credits aren't actually useful in the real world, ha!). I believe I can offer objective advice and suggestions; I do have a good eye for editing out regular errors, and I am happy to check over work before it's been published. I will offer all angles of opinions on work when asked, so please do prepare for both the good and the bad. I am encouraging, but I do not prefer to argue over small things, so I expect that my services will be wanted for the entire job and not just part of it. If you just need someone to check for basic errors ans grammar, I'm capable of doing this as well, but please ensure that is all you request of me.
My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
I'm obsessive compulsive, so I tend to read a script several times over for the sake of it. This aids me the ability to pick out things such as typos, punctuation and grammar errors, and words that could be transposed for synonyms to avoid repetition. I do believe I can pick up on characteristic flaws within the members of a story, as well as help offer views to better interpret some. I tend to be rather descriptive with my writing, so I will generally ask for and expect it within the work I read, even a short.
My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
Physical combat/battle scenarios always give me hell. I can visualize them, but all I can ever come up with is mundane step-by-step choreography of the situation, and it never comes off as eloquent on paper as it seems in my head. I'm sure I'll add more as it comes, but fight sequences are always my worst trait.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
Obviously fandoms in which I am well-versed. I find it hard to give someone a critique of a portrayal should they ask of a character I have never heard of before. Of course, with OCs it's different, but you know what I mean. I don't mind the romance genre as long as it's not a pairing I absolutely abhor, but I really like humour/adventure/horror. I can tolerate some angst/hurt but if it's too dramatic I tend to get irritated because of the obvious bad decisions characters make to get themselves in even more dire straights. (Yes, as soon as Cloud was out of my party in FFVII I went wild because I was free of his crying.) Here's a short list of pairings I'm always down to read:br /

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FFVII - Yuffie and Vincent. Seriously. This is as comical as it GETS.br /

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Soul Eater - Maka x Soul; BlackStar x Tsubaki; Maka x DTK; DTK x Lizbr /

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I also always like What If scenarios, as long as they're good. I read one in particular about What If Sephiroth killed someone else instead of Aerith. He ended up wiping out all but three people in the party and STILL killed Aerith. It's probably one of the best shorts I've ever read, because nobody ever likes to portray him as the monster he was. Or maybe they do, but it serves as funny notion that his psychotic prowess even got through when the writer was trying to change the outcome themselves.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
Yaoi/slash anything. Sorry, it just doesn't do it for me. I'm also not into the gender-bending or desperately fangirl self-inserted characters. I never thought I'd actually see one but now I have and it really just never ends well. I can take a little bit of Mary-Sue and Gary-Stu from fandom characters because many of them were portrayed that way in-game/series, but with OCs I have some reasonable expectations that they will be well-developed. As for pairings within the genres I can't stand, here's a short list:br /

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FFIV - Kain x ANYONE (He didn't get the girl. He's never going to get the girl. Stop giving him the damn girl.)br /

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FFVII - Sephiroth x Aerith/Tifa (Not even if he never went crazy would he be interested in Aerith or that stupid cow Tifa.)br /

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Soul Eater - Shinigami x ANYONE (Can't wrap my head around it.)

Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie 28 Days Later
Movie 28 Weeks Later
Book Blue Bloods
Movie Constantine
Game Final Fantasy I-VI
Game Final Fantasy VII
Anime G-Force
Tv Haven
Tv Heroes
Tv Legend of the Seeker
Game Legend of Zelda
Movie Legion
Tv MISSING
Game Mortal Kombat
Anime Sailor Moon
Tv Sanctuary
Anime Soul Eater
Game Street Fighter
Tv Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Movie Unborn, 2009
Anime Vampire Hunter D
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for
General
Romance
Humor
Drama
Adventure
Mystery
Horror
Parody
Angst
Supernatural
Suspense
Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Tragedy
Crime
Family
Hurt/Comfort
Friendship