Author has written 5 stories for Twilight, How to Train Your Dragon, and Danny Phantom.
Hello, to any and all who are currently reading this!
I am a dreamer with a loving family, no social life, and a great love of story-writing/reading. My favorite fanfiction archives to browse are (currently) the Danny Phantom, Bleach, and a few crossovers of the same; I have several favorites in other fandoms as well. I am still very much an amateur writer, and any and all helpful advice would be welcome.
Here's a list of attributes that I prefer in stories (NOTE: Please understand that these are my opinions, and I neither expect everyone to agree, nor want everyone to hammer on me for having them):
-If romance, everything consensual, and based emotionally rather than physically. I also prefer pairings that are relatively logical within the fandom involved... two arch-enemies getting together? In most cases, this would rather contradict the villain/hero dynamic, and thus ruin the whole story the fanfiction is based on. Plus... a kid hero and a forty-year old villain?
I don't mind bromance at all, though. In fact, I find it rather sweet when done right, and often preferable to romance.
-Decent grammar/spelling/capitalization/punctuation. It's difficult to take a story seriously if written poorly; it gives off the vibe that someone didn't care enough about the story to write it properly, whether that impression is true or not. I understand that some people don't understand English as well as others, some are younger, and some may have learning disorders that make it hard to write; but in my opinion that doesn't really excuse anyone... If it's worth doing, in the language used and the fandom involved, then it's worth doing right. SUMMARIES ARE INCLUDED: I won't even look at a story that has a summary with these problems, and stories that mention something about 'sorry the summary's so bad' in their summaries aren't looked favorably upon either. If it's so bad, improve it! Otherwise, I will formulate my own opinion, thank you very much.
-Canon pairings are generally preferred, unless of course there are no defined canon pairings, in which case more or less anything goes.
-No main-character OC's. I generally can't stand them. Side-characters (some unnamed person trips, thereby triggering a reaction in real characters that furthers the plot, or something...) are fine, but main character OC's just seem like self-insertions... whether that's what they're intended to be or not! A few exceptions are made to ORIGINAL other characters: i.e. not those who have the same circumstances/abilities/etc as the main character. A character that actually MEANS something.
I've seen a few exceptions to this rule... but they aren't common, and the OCs in question are NEVER the cliche, same-personality-as-so-many-other-ones annoyances that spring up in so many fanfics. There's only so many 'tough and sarcastic but romantic and crazy' brats I can take. None of these exceptions are siblings, best friends, long-lost-relatives, or generally even close to the same age, as the main character.
-Keeping in character. This is fanfiction, I know; but that means you are taking someone's story and following all the little 'what ifs' that may crop up in your mind... not taking the names and abilities of the characters and using them to write an entirely new story with different personalities and everything. That's called lack of imagination; find your own names, your own world! That being said, everyone's perception of a character's personality is different, and different circumstances change a person, so it's really up to interpretation.
Like with any rules, there are always exceptions; but this is what I generally prefer.
(these are on the actual labels)
On a bag of Fritos:
On Nytol sleep aid:
On a string of Christmas lights:
On a food processor:
On Sainsbury's peanuts:
On artificial bacon:
On an American Airlines packet of nuts:
On a Swedish chainsaw:
On a child's Superman costume:
Sign at a railroad station:
And... I'm not really sure what else to put here, so peace out till I think of something :P