I'm a 40-something single mom of 3.
My fanfiction addiction started in 2009. After a few months of reading fanfic, my son asked when I was going to finally stop. Yeah, um, not happening any time soon little guy.
My kids barely tolerate my obsession, but now that I have a laptop, at least I'm not tied to the computer desk.
I am in complete awe of fanfiction authors. I appreciate their talent and their kindness in sharing their stories. The crap that they put up with from bitchy readers makes me feel terrible for them and makes me embarrassed to be a member of this fandom. Every hater should be forced to write a story of their own and see how it feels to be flamed. Don't hate when there is a tiny 'x' in the corner of every story screen!
FanFiction Pet Peeves:
Popping the 'p'.
Either Edward or Bella thinking they are not good enough for the other and making a unilateral decision to leave before they ruin the others life. (I hate revisiting the 'New Moon' issue - although I do torture myself by reading the rare New Moon fic.)
Alice dragging Bella away for shopping, girl time, make-overs, spa visits, etc.
Alice jumping up and down.
My favorite Alice of all time - The Princess and the E by CLWN. She's suffering from a trauma, which is sad, but she is blessedly a girl of few words and I've never loved her more.
Cheating of any sort - ugh! Being cheated on and permanently scarred by it is my real life, not my escape!
I am a lurker, which often makes me feel like a terrible person. I reviewed constantly when I first started reading but I read an article on the Lazy but Discerning Fictster website that outlined how to leave an appreciated review and I've rarely left one since. I'm not amusing and I rarely have anything insightful to say about a story, so I feel stupid by leaving a 'thanks for the update' review. Reading that article is my biggest regret because it left me feeling insecure and self-conscious.