Author has written 4 stories for His Dark Materials, Pokémon, Harry Potter, and Bible.
Hoe gaan dit?
I'm currently 22, male, and live in Cape Town, South Africa. I love reading, writing, playing games, hiking, gardening, watching birds (as well as other wildlife), having discussions on forums (as well as those on Facebook), and having a good time with friends.
I love reading books, bothand non-fiction. These are my favourite genres that I read:
Fiction: fantasy, thrillers, mystery, those involving animals or nature in some way but are not childish at all.
With fantasy, I enjoy, the and by J.R.R. Tolkien, the stories set in by Raymond E. Feist (such as the Riftwar trilogy), the by Terry Brooks, and several others. In mystery/thriller, I really enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I also enjoy the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz and 's espionage novels starring John Rain. I generally do not enjoy science fiction, but I did very much like 's Chaos Walking series.
Non-fiction: Science (, , , Green issues, etc); History; Politics
Richard Dawkins'sis an excellent book, if a little heavy with the amount of content. Dawkins is brilliant as a scientist, but he cannot use theology to save his life.
Jared Diamond'sis another excellent book; it attempts to explain why Eurasian civilizations (in which he includes North Africa) have survived and conquered others, while refuting the assumption that Eurasian hegemony is due to any form of Eurasian intellectual, moral or inherent genetic superiority. Another book of his, , is another good read, and Diamond's exhortation to the reader is a good one, in my opinion: learn from history.
I'm also on deviantART (my account is TheCapeWildMan), and I have five submissions ("deviations"). Check them out if you like.
I rather enjoy this site! I love some of the stories that you guys put up. Generally I like fan fics mainly of the following, arranged in NO particular order:
I mostly enjoy fantasy, adventure, drama and thriller stories. Same goes for movies.
The things that annoy me the most on Fan Fiction:
1) Character Bashing. Seriously, it's getting old now.
Now, in November 2011 I saw a book in a bookshop (entitled A Billion Wicked Thoughts) that is the result of a massive study undertaken by the authors on the sexual behaviour of men and women on the Internet. From the blurb I saw something interesting. Apparently, the authors have found that women enjoy reading stories about two heterosexual males being involved romantically and/or sexually. My mind immediately jumped to this site with its oversupply of slash stories. In addition, the book states that physical and psychological sexual stimulation go hand-in-hand in males while the two are separate in women. My own conclusion seems to say that women get turned on by reading slash (which does not even have to be mature-rated). We all know that the majority of writers on Fanfiction.net (at least in the HP fandom, which I am most active in) are teenage girls, with all their raging hormones. Who would have thought that Fanfiction.net would have served as a repository of text porn for girls?
3) Authors apologising for their story summaries that "suck" so much - how can I expect your story to be good if you feel you can't write a summary?
4) Poor Character misrepresentation - such as Veela!Draco, Veela!Harry, Evil!Dumbledore, etc
5) Poorly written stories - these make my eyes water. I do sometimes wish Fanfiction.net had a 'quality' filter or something like that so that I can get to read the good stories only and not waste my time looking through the archives to get them.
I'm sort of romantic at heart and I have to admit that I enjoy the romance (gah! *gets shot*) in stories as long as it doesn't become the solefocus (it can be light or heavy, I really don't mind which, but so long as there is another big aspect to the story). :)
My favourite shippings:
Evangelion: Shinji and Asuka all the way! I reckon they're made for each other.
Pokemon: it's a Nintendo game, dude. Any shipping, as long as it isn't slash. In the Pokemon fanfic I'm planning, I'm going to use some unconventional pairings :P
Harry Potter: Harry/ Ginny, hands down the One True Pairing for me. Especially if there is any hint of soul bonding ... he he. I don't get Dramione (Draco Malfoy/ Hermoine) at all, as it's highly unrealistic IMO. I also can't stand fics that has Ginny paired up with anyone but Harry. It irks me to no end. Especially Ginny/Draco, Ginny/Dean, Ginny/Snape, and believe it or not, Ginny/Tom Riddle Jnr (aka Voldie) - most unfortunately, that pairing does exist! :\
Star Wars: don't care, as long as it's not slash.
Lord of the Rings: same story.
Animorphs: All canon shippings.
Alex Rider: There's little romance where Alex Rider is concerned, since he's usually too busy dodging bullets and general flying debris from exploding/ collapsing buildings/ aircraft and running from murderous people whom he's managed to piss off. I do like him paired with Sabrina Pleasure, but then again she's practically the only girl mentioned in the books lol. Poor Jack, though ...
Percy Jackson: canon pairings, of course.
I prefer stories that are paced well, have believable characters, and of course a certain level of quality. Below of some of my favourite stories that are excellently written:
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