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 17-year-old girl with a loving family, no social life, and a great love of story-writing/reading, drawing, and daydreaming. My favorite fanfiction archives to browse are (currently) the Danny Phantom, Bleach, and a few crossovers of the same; sometimes I still come across favorites of other fandoms though. 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, M/F. I don't have anything against those with other preferences; but it is somewhat uncomfortable for me to read, and I don't prefer doing so. Especially when people pick pairings that, in my opinion, are completely insane... two arch-enemies getting together??? Uh... that undermines the whole 'arch-enemy' thing in my opinion, and thus ruins 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.
-Decent grammar/spelling/capitalization/punctuation. I can't take a story seriously if it is written badly; 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, 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, 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 strongly preferred. Stories with no defined pairs can be switched around just fine though.
-No main-character OC's. I 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 (read: one in a million), 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 to 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. This is pretty flexible though... everyone's perception of a character's personality is different.
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
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