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Here is the section where each of our members gives a brief description of why they joined. This is mainly just for me to keep organized who is in our movement. One post from each member, this isn't a chat section lol.

Well I might as well say why I started this group. I used to grow so annoyed when a fic was breaking the rules and the other refused to take it down, but I didn't have enough back up in order to have it removed. Not only that, but I found that me, Gaaras1Girl, and TheRealGoodyTwoShoes were the only critics I had seen in a long time. I wanted to band together ciritcs from different fandoms so we could work together in order to help those who want it and remove the garbage that has locked up the archives.

If you have not gone through the process to become a member with me, then you are not a member so don't post here until or if you become a member.

*Hiatus can only be up to four months. Longer than that, membership will be revoked and the author can come back once they have more time.

8/19/2010 . Edited 7/16/2012 #1
Whimsical Symphony

Hello, my fellow authors. I'm Whimsical Symphony, but I know that name is awfully long, so you may call me Whimsical or Symphony, either is fine. I was invited by Jewel to join just recently, and I can safely say I'm glad to be here. I'm from Canada, and I am seventeen years old. Whether I am male or female is kind of irrelevant, though, I can tell you it probably isn't your first guess (this is assuming that you speculate what most people do about my writing style).

People consider me slightly eccentric, nonetheless patient and helpful. When treated with respect, I will treat you with respect in turn. When I receive a scathing review reply, however, I don't sit back and take it. Although this account is relatively young, I have been writing fanfiction for a long time under a different penname. After realizing that my stories weren't as great as they could be, I took a break and started to lurk on the site, while working on my own original stories to up my writing skill for four years. Now, I started again with a new penname, and though there's always room for improvement, I can say I'm much better than before. I'm going into Political Science Co-op or Criminology next year for undergrad, and I'm aiming for Law in graduate school.

My reviews tend to be rather long (between 600-700 words on average). I try to be as polite as possible and find at least one good aspect of it to comment on before moving on to what needs work. I will work directly using quotes from the story, copy paste them into the review, explain what was wrong about it, and attempt to give suggestions on how to fix the error. When commenting on what I like, it's the same sort of format where I'll copy paste a section of the story and explain why I liked it and what was effective about word choice, syntax, sentence structure etc. I find it limits the amount of angry authors when I clearly give them evidence. It works for me so far, and really, I consider myself a gentler concritter, that is, until someone provokes me with an angry review reply. If calm, I will respond calmly.

Fandoms I dabble with are most of the Final Fantasy's (VII in particular, as it is my favourite), Kingdom Hearts, Devil May Cry, Tales of Symphonia for games, and too many things to name in the anime/manga fandom. I also do Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Inheritance Cycle in particular for books, although there are more. More about this is on my beta profile.

W. Symphony

3/22/2012 . Edited by CU Administration, 7/20/2012 #2
Vintage and Pink

I am nineteen (will be twenty the 23rd of this month) years young. I am a lover of game soundtracks and classic rock, can be a bit lazy at times, but enjoys in-depth conversations about the natures, IVs and Evs of Pokemon. I overindulge in shopping for anything that has to do with zombies, art, anime, and manga, and I spend most of my time (including school nights) either writing fanfiction, playing video games or drawing. The reason why I joined Critics United was because of all the rule breaking going on around the Yugioh GX section, which happens to be one of my favorite fandoms. I would describe my writing style as honest and helpful. If I find something I like or do not like, I will tell the writer straight out without sugar coating anything, and of course provide them with as much help as possible, no matter the fandom.

Speaking of which, my fandoms are...Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Pokémon (all generations as well as the Mystery Dungeon series), Bakugan, Yugioh (mainly GX and the original), Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, Durarara, Dragon Ball (as well as Dragon Ball Z and GT), Sonic the hedgehog, the Silent Hill series, The Vampire Diaries, the Walking Dead, House of Night series, the Dragon Quest series, Winx Club, Ben 10, Hey Arnold and Metal Fight Beyblade.

I'll read almost any story, but I'm not too fond of extreme gore and language.

I look forward to working with you all to help make this site once again enjoyable for the ones who wish to share their fan-related work. By the way, call me Rain.

7/19/2012 . Edited 2/8/2013 #3
MrGoodyTwoShoes

For those who don't know of me I am MrGoodyTwoShoes, one of the founding members of CU and returning at the request of Son of Palpatine to help him get Critics United back to where it should be.

My reviews are impersonal by design and usually are always about the rule violation the author has committed along with a suggestion on how to fix it. I also generally bring in lots of stories to be reviewed so your work load just went up a notch. ;)

10/13/2012 . Edited 8/2/2017 #4
Cha's Aegis

Yo! Heard you missed me, I'm back! ;P

Can't claim to have been a founding CU member, but I'm pretty damn close. I was coaxed out of retirement by Palpy to come on back and lend a hand. I had no choice, he was begging, crying and carrying on and so I finally just caved because he wouldn't let up!

So here I am, back in the saddle.

What to share this time....I'm, well....old enough to be the oldest member of CU and being among the true vets on this site. Fanbrats like to try throwing that against me, but who's the bigger loser? The one who loves writing and reading fanfiction as a hobby they indulge in while having a life, or the ones who are doing it as a passing fad until they get bored or graduate into the real world?

I'm fairly nice and pleasant to talk to, even if we don't agree on certain things, but will become a sarcastic, evil incarnate to unreasonable, hypocritical idiots talking out the side of their mouths or site rules are clear, they are easy to find, so there are no excuses.

If you want help continuing to write the type of stories you like, I will happily do what I can to help you. Otherwise, I will report your @ss to the site admins until your violation is gone. Respect those who own this site and give us a place to post our stories for free and respect their rules. You don't own this site, you don't have any rights here and you can't ignore the rules just because you don't like them. If you can't hang with that, get the f*ck off my fanfiction.

10/13/2012 . Edited by MrGoodyTwoShoes, 10/22/2017 #5
Question42

I'm Question42, another transplant from FR. I try to keep my reviews as impersonal as possible, but I can get a bit harsh when I've dealt with too many idiots in a row. I like to give writers the benefit of a doubt just in case they really didn't understand the rules. However, I snap the second someone tells me they understood the rules but broke them anyway.

I spend a lot of time in the Misc. Books category, so I deal primarily with One Directioners and original fiction. But I am an avid reader and I love good old-fashioned family tv shows, so I can tackle stories in many, many fandoms.

I am ready to get to work with Critics United.

On Hiatus

10/26/2012 . Edited by MrGoodyTwoShoes, 11/11/2015 #6
DarkSiren49

Hello, I am DarkSiren49. I was originally asked to join CU by Jewel back in 2012, but due to a move and lack of computer, I could not join at the time. Thanks to MrGoodyTwoShoes, and my life being kind to me so far, I am now a proud member of CU.

I joined the site back when I was thirteen with the old, embarrassing, stories to prove it. As I grew up, and my taste in what I read, and wrote, became picky for quality, my love for the site became almost non-existent thanks to all the Mary-Sues, Q&As, and other immature writing here. So I left the site, temporarily, and began wondering through the works at fictionpress. But the call of this site could not be ignored forever, and I began the slow process of becoming, once more, acquainted with it. Started with lurking about, dropping a review here and there, to becoming annoyed with how many rule violations there were cluttering the site and hiding the gems of it.

My reviews vary from kind, to apathetic, to even strict if the case calls for it. I try to keep my warnings short and to the point, but if I find something of interest, my reviews become longer than I originally intended. I love to help people out in any way that I can, even if the person is stubborn.

Though I know many fandoms, I no longer have much passion for posting fanfiction here, or anywhere for that matter. No. My passions have been more directed to helping the admins clean up this site. Even pulling some all-nighters to reporter older, abandon, rule violations. I usually linger around the Percy Jackson and the Olympian, Artemis Fowl, Harry Potter, Soul Eater, Blue Exorcist, and Rise of the Guardians.

7/11/2013 #7
WargishBoromirFan

Hey again! Huh, you lurk long enough and eventually you get pulled in. Warg, here, of Lord of the Rings, Wolf's Rain, Harry Potter, Fullmetal Alchemist, Red Vs. Blue, Discworld, Animorphs, and Avatar: tLA/LoK fandoms, most of the time, with a number of others on my occasional reading list, finally jumping in to join after a couple years of watching this forum from Jewel, Cha, and now Goody's invitations. I don't usually review unless there's something specific I have to say about a story, whether that's a metaphor that made me squee or block paragraphs that killed my eyes, but most violators will offer very specific things to comment on, usually with the specific improvements that can be made.

12/3/2013 #8
Teufel1987

Hello,

I have chosen Teufel1987 as my moniker/pen-name, you may call me "Teufel" (pronounced "toy-fell" if you are interested), "Mr Teufel" if you want to be formal

...and "Lord Teufel" if you are interested in feeding my ego *grins*

I have been reading fan fiction since 2006 and finally got around to getting myself an account in '08 (I know, right, it took me long enough!)

As my profile picture indicates, I am a bit of a stickler for good grammar, punctuation and spelling (in stories) and not afraid to be blunt about it ... and occasionally dry and sarcastic, but I try to be as nice as possible. Though I am a bit fond of what I like to call "casual language"

...others call it "profanity".

But be assured, that I will try and keep the swearing to a minimum.

I generally read Harry Potter Fan Fiction, though I have read some Narnia, Animorphs, and Lord of the Rings. After years of beta-reading, I finally came around to writing my own stuff, which I think has given me a greater appreciation for other writers.

How I ended up joining CU: well, I stumbled across Critics United after a slight misunderstanding regarding an anonymous reviewer pretending to be from CU, and after some socialising, thought it would be a good idea to join!

7/21/2014 #9
ZadArchie

Greetings fellow writers/reviewers/readers!

I'm ZadArchie, but Zad is just fine. I love mythology and depth psychology, and any stories that pertain to that sort of symbolism can easily win me over. I mostly read in the Teen Titans, Magic: the Gathering, and Five Nights at Freddy's fandoms. I love writing and discussing ideas with anyone, so always feel free to drop a line if you want someone to discuss OC's, unpopular pairings, and symbolism with.

Anyway, moving on to my reading and reviewing habits. When I review your work, I am not only interested in helping you improve, but I want you to learn how to make yourself a better writer on your own. If you have a multi-chapter fic, I try to make a point to review every 5 chapters. When it comes to matters of violations of Terms of Service, I am, by no means the end all be all authority on that. However, I know a violation when I see one, and I will give you a friendly reminder about it. The key term is friendly. I'm usually a nice guy about it. As a writer, and through events in real life, I've been there. We all make mistakes. No one is perfect. However, I try to fix my mistakes, and I do expect that same effort from others. Believe it or not, ToS issues are usually a quick fix that do not involve changing the integrity of your whole story. Don't worry, I will also make suggestions on how you can accomplish those quick fixes, if you ask nicely. I will speak to you like a critically thinking adult. That's a good thing. It means I respect you as a fellow author and human being.

10/3/2016 . Edited 2/16/2017 #10
Metal Navy

I'm Metal Navy, and I'm big in following the rules of the site, and I'll point out any violations you may have. It's your job to fix it. When I review a story, I usually like to say the good things and what I like. I'll try to tell you any tips I can provide and any mistakes/flaws you can improve. If I don't like a story, I'll say it flat out, but that doesn't mean that there isn't an audience for the story.

Whenever I do get to read a story that isn't in violation, it's usually a Kingdom Hearts fic or RWBY fic most of the time. But I know a lot more fandoms than those including Final Fantasy VII and so many more. I'm glad to be here.

On Hiatus

1/3/2017 . Edited 3/5 #11
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