Author has written 8 stories for Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Castle, Life Unexpected, Glee, Veronica Mars, Bones, and Angel.
I'm new to the world of fan fiction, but I'm really enjoying it. I hadn't planned to write any, but the awesome folks here inspired me.
I'm a professional writer (nonfiction and poetry), editor, and writing teacher, so one of my fanfic.net pet peeves is when an author begs for feedback, I give some suggestions that could make him/her a better author, or make his/her story more professional, and the author's response is along the lines of: "I won't make any changes. Glad you liked the parts you liked!" So you don't actually want feedback, just blind praise? Got it. Sigh.
I hate it when an author writes a great story, then instantly kills the buzz with an insecure author's note. Ex: AN- The End. It sucked, right? It didn't turn out the way I wanted, but whatever. I just needed to get it out there. This is my first fic for this ship, so be nice. I was going to write a positive comment, but your passive-aggressive plea for reassurance has tainted my enjoyment of your writing!
Another fanfic pet peeve is when writers get subconsciously misogynistic. In Bones fanfic, for example, Agent Perotta is often portrayed as a crazy slut, bent on keeping Bones and Booth apart. On the actual show, she was a smart, considerate woman who shared a spark with Booth, but backed off when she determined his connection to Bones. Why do they randomly make a woman the enemy? When Cam first came along, they did the same thing to her. GRRR!
Okay, enough pet peeves. Here's what I love about fanfic: 1- Viewers are actively engaged in the worlds of their favorite shows. 2- Sometimes the "real" writers create too much tension and drag out the will-they-or-won't-they for too long! We need a release, darn it! 3- I love experiencing new writing and new writers. Everyone has an equal voice here, not just the people who've managed to navigate the hellish maze of submissions, agents and contracts that exist in publishing. 4-It's great to have such a large and appreciative audience!