Just some editing...because the year is halfway done...and I'm somewhat bored...
So new random facts:
1. I've been embroiled with this place for a year now. It's amazing how helping out a friend get votes for her stories will open up a whole new world. I went from reading one story to following over 300 in a year. And I don't see that list getting any shorter any time soon!
2. Fanfiction has spoiled me. I have always been a voracious reader-spending a fortune on books. But since I've been here, I have hardly bought any. My newest acquisitions have been the "Sweets" series by Maya Banks and JD Robb's latest "In Death" book, and I haven't even read that yet. Who needs a book when FF is right there for free?!?
3. I still believe that "drug" is not the past tense for the word 'drag'. 'Drug' will always be a medicine for me; the correct past tense is 'dragged.' The same thing goes for when I see the word 'lied,' when it is obvious that the words that should have/could have been used are 'lay' or 'lain' (you know: lie, lay, lain; or lay, laid, laid). But I won't bitch about it to the authors who have given so freely of their time and talent. I'll just automatically replace/correct the sentence in my head with the correct word whenever I see it in a story. However, I have no problem seeing or using "y'all" at all. I live in the south after all!
4. Although all I've been reading here has been all about the Twilight universe, I must confess, that I wasn't much of a fan-until I saw RPattz in the first movie. I thought he was SMOKING as Cedric, and I was a goner then. I really had doubts he would be perfect as Edward-especially when they first released the Twilight pictures-but I went to see HIM when the movie came out. And I still watch it because of HIM. And not because I loved the SM's story. Hell, I like the stories that I read HERE more than I like the books!
5. I started off as a historical romance reader; my then go-to authors were Amanda Quick, Johanna Lyndsey, Catherine Coulter and Jude Devereaux. Then I got into Danielle Steele-until I realized that I spent too much time crying when I read her books and I stopped reading her and turned to more contemporary romance. Then one day I stumbled upon Christine Feehan's 'Dark Series' and I was hooked! I had always been a big vampire fan, so when I saw that someone actually had a great story line I called up my local Barnes & Nobles and bought ALL her books so I could read it one after the other! However, I am a picky paranormal romance reader; I love JR Ward's 'Blackdagger Brotherhood" series, as well as Melissa Dela Cruz's 'Blue Blood' series and Rachel Meade's 'Vampire Academy' series. But I stay away from Amanda Ashley's Vamp books, and have yet to read Charlaine Harris 'True Blood' series. Maybe one day I will. Or not. It's hard to want to read something new when my fave authors keep putting out new books each year, and fanfiction fills in the rest. Just saying.
6. I've thought about writing a fic. I've thought of, dreamt of, obsessed over tons of story ideas. Heck, I even typed some up. But I haven't gotten the courage to commit to it. It's hard when I find so many great fics here, written by really great writers-writers who I cannot believe aren't published! I always say, "One day, I will." Until that day, I will continue to read; and try to review-something I am guilty of forgetting. But I really do love the stories that so many have shared; and I am so glad that they are being written because those stories should be told!
7. It saddens me to see and hear that the hard work of fanfic writers being blatantly plagiarized by others. We all come here, knowing that although these writers have "borrowed" the enigmatic characters that SM has created, they put their own blood, sweat and tears into their own stories. We have seen great stories that started out as fanfic, go on to become published works. I have four or five stories-Fanfic classics, really-that I have never read, and will never get to read because the authors got wind that those stories were being circulated by others as "their creations" and decided to pull them from public viewing. I get that there are people out there out to get accolades by standing on the shoulders of others who put out the hard work. I'm just disappointed that I will never get to read Hunterhuntings' "Clipped Wings & Ink Armor" or ObsessingOverEdward's "Devil's Angel.'" I'm pretty sure y'all know other stories that have met the same fate as those two. Let's all give that tragedy-fics getting pulled due to plagiarism-a moment of silence.
8. I treat reading as a purely recreational enjoyment. I don't read to broaden my mind-that's what youtube is for! HAHA (seriously though, I've learned a ton of shit due to youtube-makeup, how to iron military creases, etc) So I truly enjoy stories that leave me laughing my ass off. I've been known to laugh out loud when I read fanfic-and my kids think I'm weird because I giggle incessantly while reading some stories. My husband thinks it's a lost cause, and just shakes his head when he hears me and I have my eyes glued on my laptop or iPhone. He really shouldn't complain because of the benefits he reaps because of this hobby.