Ok, I'm Emily. Although I don't write fanfic, I've come to read a lot of it over the last year or so. I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, been here pretty much my whole life (well, I was born and spent my first year in Hawaii, and spent May through October 2009 working and living in Washington state in Mount Rainier National Park). I turned 24 this past year. I currently have a crap part-time job that pays a few bills but leaves little else left over. I've got four sisters and no brothers, a fact which always caused people to feel really sympathetic of my dad (although - random tidbit - that's not as bad as my maternal grandma - there were eight girls in her family and no boys.) Besides my sisters, I have a very large extended family - both my parents came from families of nine children, and my grandparents also came from large families, so I spend a lot of time in the company of relatives. And my 'best bud' is my seven-year-old cousin, Sophie.
I first found Twilight in December of 2008, although I'd heard of it before then (you really couldn't get away from it at the time - you still can't). I remember that I actually first heard of it the summer of 2007 - I was looking around online for good books to read and I came across a rec of it and New Moon. This was before the fuss of the series really took off, so I read the descriptions of both books, decided they weren't really my cup of tea, and moved on. Fast forward a year and a half and all four books are out, the first movie just hit theaters, and people are going crazy about it all. I may have, um, watched Twilight on my laptop not-so-legally (shh, don't tell anyone). However, I did enjoy it enough to steal my sister's copy of the book and read it. I have to admit, it took me a while to get into the first book. It just seemed to drag on for a while. After about half-way through, though, I was hooked. I finished it and immediately picked up New Moon, even though I was in the middle of finals. I finished Eclipse in about a day, and it only took me two days to get through Breaking Dawn. I know many in this fandom think that Breaking Dawn just was not right, but I've got to admit that I like it, although I can totally see why people go wtf? when they read it. Oh, and Eclipse is totally my favorite book (and movie, so far.)
I didn't find fanfic for a while, though. I had heard of it (barely) and then somewhere (I cannot for the life of me remember where I saw it recced) I came across Wide Awake. And it was totally the first step down the dark fanfic path. I read it all (it was complete except for the epi) in two days, even though I had a full-time job at the time, and I loved it. A few months later (I was out in the middle of nowhere for a while last year, so it was kinda hard to read online), I got in deep and found a few others, and then a few more, and more, and so on, and I haven't stopped since. I also recently got a BlackBerry, which just makes it all so much easier - I can take fanfic with me! Sufficed to say, I've recently read more fanfic than actual literature, and although there are some perks (it's a lot cheaper than buying books all the time), I think I need to tone it down just a little. I don't know, though, I guess we'll see.
I've always enjoyed reading, it's been probably my favorite pastime since I've been able to do so. My very favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Some of my others include Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati, the Harry Potter books, the Twilight books (although I'm still not sure why...), the Hunger Games Series (even though it's pretty much a free-for-all towards the end and so many characters die and it's so overwhelmingly depressing) and many, many others.
I also love music. I've almost always got a song in my head and my life sometimes seems to have it's own soundtrack. I do have a fairly, shall we say, eclectic taste in music, so if asked, I can almost never come up with a favorite genre or song (although I'm not a huge fan of country or jazz.) And for some reason, I really enjoy soundtracks and scores - they make up probably more than half of my current music collection.
I watch a lot of television (although not nearly as much as I used to), and some of my favorite shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Angel (do we see a pattern here?), Roswell, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, the first two seasons of Robin Hood (the third and final season was way out there - I like to pretend it ended right before Marian got fatally stabbed and she and Robin returned to England and lived happily ever after), Doctor Who (the rebooted NuWho, I've never seen any of the episodes from before 2005), Stargate: SG1 and Stargate: Atlantis, (I know, I'm kind of a nerd - and I will admit that I've probably seen more Star Trek than most mid-twenties women), and many others. I also love The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, it's the only late night talk show I watch now that Conan isn't on anymore (I don't have cable, so I can't watch his new show.)
There are a few musicals that I enjoy, but my favorite is probably Into the Woods. I love reading stories or watching movies that deconstruct or put their own spin on fairy tales (what can I say - I grew up watching and loving Disney movies). My parents recorded the PBS broadcast of the Broadway version on our old VCR (remember those?), and my sisters and I watched it so many times when we were younger. I also recently bought the digital version on iTunes - probably the best ten bucks I've spent there. I also love The Sound of Music, Singin' in the Rain, and a few others that I haven't watched in a while.
Movies: I've also seen a lot of movies over the years. As mentioned above, I was raised on Disney, so I'm a total little girl at heart sometimes. I love The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Pocahontas, and special mention go to Robin Hood and Sleeping Beauty. Also (again, as mentioned above) I'm sometimes a total geek. I love the original Star Wars trilogy - when it came out on dvd as a box set about ten years ago, I begged my parents for it for Christmas. And of course, I love the Twilight movies. I think there'll always be a special place for the original in my heart, but I think they've gotten better each time and Eclipse is currently my favorite. The Harry Potter movies are also favorites of mine.
Like I said before, I read a lot, so I've got a few pet peeves that just really irk me when I notice them in anything I'm reading, whether it's fanfic or actual literature.
Fic Pet Peeves:
-Commas: I am an admitted comma Nazi, as I recently told my younger sister when I was reading over a paper she wrote for school. I almost always notice when commas are misused, whether they're simply missing or are added where they don't need to be.
-Bad grammar: This one is pretty self-explanatory (although I'm not as picky about this one - I'm sure there are few mistakes here that would annoy others). Nothing will make me flounce a fic faster than poor grammar, especially if the author is always going on about their awesome beta.
-Going along with bad grammar, it really annoys me when homophones are misused, particularly their, they're and there, or addition and edition, you're and your, you get the drift.
-Jumping the Shark: I have read a few fics that took a very weird or sudden turn that sent the story in a very strange direction and didn't make any sense to me.
-Not really a peeve, but I'm not a huge fan of canon-stories, whether they're missing moments *cough*Isle Esme*cough* or take the series in a different direction. And I've only recently started reading supernatural fics, or non-All Human fics, but I have gotten into those, as you can see a few on my faves list.
And in posting this list, I kinda feel like a douche, but whatever.
I'm also on twitter as @ezzierae, come say hi. Oh, and if you know me from TFT, I'm the one with the cow answers - it's a long story.
Well, I think that's more than anyone would ever want to know about me, so I'll stop now.