I'm Nicci! I'm in my late 20's and a bit of a nut when it comes to Harry Potter Fanfiction.
I like to write as much as read. Unfortunately my writing always comes out on paper and never here where I want it.
I prefer Yoai of the Harry/Draco, Harry/Severus, and Harry/Lucius Variety, but if it's well written I'll read pretty much anything! Even somethings that might normally make me sick.
Every now and then I'll read a Jack/Will or Aragon/Legolas Fic, but I usually stick to HP.
I'm about to enter College for the second time after a small stint in the US Navy. I'm hoping a degree in English will lead me to a life of publishing/editing. I have a sister-in-law who is currently writing her own romance novels and hope to help her publish someday. I'm very picky about the style of writing I read. Certain styles turn me off worse than a bad porn. I'm also a bit upset when I see authors attempt to write in English when they don't know the language. I would suggest they write it in their own language first and then have it translated by someone fluent in both languages. It is preferable to the butchery I see every now and then.
I apologize if I sound bitchy. However, I believe if you're going to write a good story, you need to have at least a basic (preferably good to great) understanding of grammar in the language you're writing.
Thank you for your time, and I hope soon my lurking days will be done. That will be the day all can criticize me instead of the reverse.
Just a little add on:
I feel the need to express a bit of a pet peeve I keep running across recently.
My pet peeve: FemHarry
My main three reasons:
1. Men and women think differently. FemHarry would react differently to the same situations.
2. People treat men and women differently. It's a fact. If you changed his gender, everyone's reactions to "her" would be very different.
3. Changing such a core characteristic is too much like creating an original character or even turn Harry into a Mary Sue.
Your story could be just as good with a male Harry (better if you're a yaoi fan), but when everything from his name on up is different, then it's not Harry anymore.