At this point in time, it has come to pass that I decided I need to write something in my profile, and this happens to be a comment to and about many Fanfiction Writers:
Through the years I have be belittled because of my negative reviews, because supposedly unless I either possess a Degree in Literature, wrote a novel, or basically be part of their 'Elite' Club of being somehow recognized as a viable critic because I wrote a story, and while the idea of doing a One-Shot just for the sole purpose of shut them off was very much tempting, I chose to be the better person and keep my stance.
Ultimately I don't want to lower myself to the level of hypocrites, yes hypocrites, its funny how all those writers that complained that I critic their stories feel they have the right to shut me off merely because I am not writing something positive, because you can be sure that anytime they read a positive review, they don't care if its some poorly educated yokel that write the review, so long as its positive they don't care, and they welcome it, anybody can write a positive review for them its no problem. But the problem is when you write a negative review, than you need to be a worthy reviewer or your review is deemed foolish, they need you to be writers before they can accept your reviews.
So at this point I say this, all of you who look down on me and my years of fanfiction reading and the thousands of fanfiction stories I have read, I want all of you to add to your note a warning to all reviewer that no whatsoever review, either positive or negative, should be posted unless the person wrote a story on this site ever. Its very simple, prove you aren't hypocrites and tell everybody which isn't a writer to not review anymore, and not merely the negative reviewers, if you can't do it, than either stop complaining to me I shouldn't be allowed to do negative reviews or quit writing, you obviously lack the proper backbone to be doing this stuff.
If you do that, I will accept that I do not have the right to review your stories and that will be it, but otherwise you don't have the right to tell me I shouldn't do negative reviews. I have probably read more than most people here, I did some Literature classes back in College, I got experience in doing this, yes I am fiery and acerbic, but that is how I am, so live with it.
Also I'll add here my justification for not writing, because I would have loved to be able to write stories, that used to be my dream, but I can't do it, I got ADD, I got a terrible memory and can't keep my attention for long on any stories I tried to write, because through the years I did try to write many stories but I never posted them because they never went anywhere, I am a very harsh self-critic, I don't write because I know I couldn't keep up and I would most likely abandon my stories at one point, I find myself absolutely loathing when writers do so, in particular when the story was especially good, I hate nothing more than reading a story that isn't finished and will never be finished, which is one of the major reasons why I don't write, because the thought of leaving something unfinished is terrible to me. Also I couldn't post anything until I would have finished the entire story and made sure it all made sense, I am somewhat of a perfectionist, I couldn't write a story with a inconsistencies and also I would tend to perpetually rewrite and re-imagine my work, which would be a problem as it would take forever for me to come with a final copy I would be willing to post, but I am never able to come anywhere near that part of the process since I tend to lose interest and move to a new story idea, so I don't write because I don't want to be a bad writer, if you aren't willing to finish all your stories or to rework them to make them as close to perfect as possible than maybe you shouldn't write either.
-VERY IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW-
As time goes on I came to a realization, that Fanfiction is dying, in some sense... I don't know why, but I came upon that realization that it seem alot of the Fanfiction settings I was keeping up with seem to be growing less and less active... with the passing of years and has some turned into a decade since the original story were on TV, Novels or Movies. Things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even Harry Potter, sure it still is one of the most... massive fanfiction of all but it seem to be slowing down its growth... authors are dropping out left and right, stopping writing for any number of reasons, many stories abandoned to be never concluded, and when I realized how most of the fanfictions I mostly read are seemingly slowly dying, I felt a enormous amount of nostalgia, sadness, anxiety & fear, about what my future as a reader would come to be... I noted for example that the BTVS stories seem to come either as new or updates only as a trickle, while it has tens of thousands of already existing stories the fact so little new stuff is written is alarming.
So I say this to the writers, please... PLEASE... keep them alive... I want to read more about Buffy, Willow & Xander and the rest of the Scoobies, the same with Harry & Hermione and their friends from HP, if people stop writing about those, than sooner or later their won't be anything else left to read about those settings and they will become merely a memory at the back of our mind and it would be a terrible loss, we need new fresh material.
I also say please, PRETTY PLEASE, keep writing, and finishing your stories, as a addicted reader, all I can say is I need you, we need you to do this for us and yourselves. Because what will be left of our past glorious TV Shows, Novels, Movies, etc when its over except for this, and we need this little to keep existing, it would be too painful for it to just be finally over, if Fanfiction writers don't do this than it will be all over... sure some stuff like BTVS is still alive in some form namely with the comics, but for how long will that even last? Those comics are more of a high end fanfiction story rather than the real deal, and sooner or later Joss Whedon is most likely going to end up those comics too, so we need the BTVS Fanfiction Community to keep going and keep BTVS alive for us, now while I focus on BTVS the same thing can be said with all Fanfiction Communities, keep on going, keep on writing, don't end this, don't abandon us, don't let those original stories fall into the depths of memory, please keep doing this.
That was my... desperate plea, if at least a single writer see this and find it within him/herself to write up one more story because of this, I think it will have been worth it. If anybody that might somehow stumble upon this know any writers, do tell them and encourage them to keep on going and keep all those settings alive in our hearts, because if those settings are allowed to die, a small part of us will die along with them, those of us that invested so much of our lives into them.
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