ill at ease 's Beta Reader Profile
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since: 03-15-05, id: 776169
Author has written 14 stories | Naruto, Modern Faerie Tales, Escaflowne, Supernatural, Glee, and Doctor Who.
β : ill at ease is a registered beta reader and is currently accepting beta reading requests.
Beta Description
Beta Bio: general description as a beta reader
Hey, I'm ill at ease and I'd love to read your stories.

I love to help with characterization and plot points, making sure everything is both accurate and believable. My main goal when I beta is to make sure the characters are in character. Nothing is more disapointing than when you seek out fanfiction to hear more about the characters you know and love, and then find out the characters in the story are not the same at all.

My second goal is to look at the story from an outsider's perspective. Often things make sense when we're writting them, but make very little sense to people who don't have all those crafty story ideas running around in their heads. I'm here to offer a fresh look at your story. I also provide an amateur spelling/grammer check. I'm no english major, but I will find tiny mistakes that you skimmed over and all of the distracting grammer mistakes.

If you chose me as your beta, be prepared for criticism. I do not believe in "going easy" on authors because it hinders both the story and the growth of the author. I will be brutally honest and, though the story is yours and you don't have to change anything you don't want to, I expect you to at least consider my advice.

I will also be sure to point out the bits that are particularly delightful to read, as that can be just as helpful as suggestions for improvement.

My Strengths: beta, writing, or reading strengths
My strength is in characterization. I tend to think way too much about characters when I'm watching a show or reading a story and to seek out more information on why the characters would be the way they are. Instead of looking for what I think the characters would do next, I focus on what they have already done. While this might not be the most helpful for coming up with fanfic ideas, it is an essential skill for a beta reader, which I take very seriously.

I'm also good at fact checking.

My Weaknesses: beta, writing, or reading weaknesses
My weakness is grammer. I can spot typos and most spellings and grammar errors, but I'm a math major. Grammar is not my strong suit.
Preferred: types of stories I prefer over others
There is no particular genre that I prefer but I do prefer cannon pairings. I will consider reading non-cannon pairings, but be warned that I will be much more critical of them.

As for the source of the story (movie, tv show, book, etc.), I have indicated the stories below that I know the most about. Someone who doesn't know the story very well is, most likely, not going to be as helpful as someone who does. For that reason, I have only indicated the stories that I know a lot about.

Supernatural is my number one story preference, since "obsessed" does not do justice to how much research I've done on the characters, cast, writers, legends, and even weapons and vehicles used.

Next comes Tithe, Hana Kimi, Escaflowne, Dark Angel, Harry Potter, and Firefly, closely followed by Everworld, 10th Kingdom, Stargate SG1, Howl's Moving Castle, Looking Glass Trilogy, and Doctor Who (from the 9th Doctor to now).

There are a few more stories listed below that I will beta for, but I am not as familiar with these as the ones mentioned above. I have read/watched these stories/shows, but there are some that I have not finished (Naruto, Digimon), some I have not looked at in a long time (Princess Mononoke, Star Trek Voyager, Wishbone, Young Hercules, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Titus), and some that I have seen and thoroughly enjoyed, but have not had the opportunity to do any additional research on (Meru Puri, 10 Things I hate about you, Boy Meets World, Demon Diary, Fruits Basket, Gravitation)

Now that you know where my expertise lies for your particular story of choice, I'll let you decide whether you want me to beta your story. I will consider all stories sent to me, whether they are on this list or not. If I have several requests and limited time, however, I may turn down a story for something on this list.

Would Rather Not: I do not beta for these stories
I also refuse to read Win-cest. I don't like it and refused to read it for a very long time. Finally, I gave in and read a Win-cest story and it ruined the show for me for about a month. I love Supernatural way too much to let that happen again. If I have to chose between your story and the actual show, I chose the actual show. So no, I will not beta Win-cest stories. There are no exceptions to this rule.
Beta Preferences
Language: English
Content Rating: Fiction K » M
Categories: categories in black are ones this beta has authored for
Movie 10 Things I Hate About You
Tv 10th Kingdom
Tv Boy Meets World
Tv Dark Angel
Anime Demon Diary
Anime Digimon
Tv Doctor Who
Anime Escaflowne
Book Everworld
Tv Firefly
Anime Fruits Basket
Anime Gravitation
Anime Hana-Kimi
Book Harry Potter
Anime Howl's Moving Castle
Book Looking Glass Wars Trilogy
Anime MeruPuri
Book Modern Faerie Tales
Anime Naruto
Anime Princess Mononoke
Tv Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Tv Stargate: SG-1
Tv StarTrek: Voyager
Tv Supernatural
Tv Titus
Tv Valentine
Tv Wishbone
Tv Young Hercules
Genres: genres in black are ones this beta has authored for