Hello All! I have recently rediscovered my love for fanfiction...it is my guilty pleasure. I'm a twenty-something university student who can't seem to find enough time in the day.
I love to write and have a degree in journalism; however I enjoy reading other people's stories more. Reading stories by other people opens my eyes to other views and allows me to learn about writing styles other than my own. I would love to write my own story here, but I simply do not have the time (college is brutal like that); until then, I will continue to read all your lovely works.
I try to write up an in-depth review at the end of every story because I have read authors appreciate that and constructive criticism. Sometimes it's so hard though because I cannot see any flaws because I'm blinded by my love of the story =] Also, after all that hard work, I think the writers deserve to know that their story is actually being read. Due to all of their effort into writing a story, I am always sure to thank them in my review. I am always super concerned that my constructive criticism comes off as a flame, but most author's notes and sites say they want that. Also, being an avid writer myself, I know how much a comment can help improve something you never even thought to look at. I am by no means an expert on writing, simply an outsider who would love to help a writer make their already awesome story even better. It's never an attack on their writing style, more often it's sometimes a comment about the flow of the story (was it rushed?), making the character hard to understand and therefore it's even harder to understand their actions, etc. I love seeing that author's receive hundreds of "good story" or "I loved it" comments, but I would like to take those one step further.
With that being said, I love stories that I cannot help but plop my butt down and continue reading (ohhhhh many late nights have been spent reading in my computer chair and forgetting about my responsibilities like homework or articles that need to be turned in to the paper--thereby making the night even later once this has been realized), ones that make me think about the conflict raging inside (or outside) the characters and/or ones that describe the characters in such a personal way that it is hard not to relate and feel what they feel. Because of this, I have a lot of favorite stories and authors on this site.
I am currently reading Usagi/Mamoru ffs because I was told to look at the manga and anime with a set of fresh eyes now that I am older to understand. I loved Sailor Moon when I was younger and I still do, except that I now view it differently.
My love for the Rogue/Gambit stories stems from the fact that, simply put, I love X-Men. Those two have always been my favorite, so therefore stories illustrating their relationship catch my eye of course. Even if our own relationships might not end in pain or death due to physical contact, I think the struggle that rages on between the two is something totally relatable.
My system for finding stories to read (severely flawed--working on it): Search for stories with my favorite two people, pick a genre (I have a habit of choosing romance and angst over action), choose a rating (it helps narrow down the stories more--plus, I'm not a kid anymore so who says I can't read an "M" story--it's like refusing to see "R-Rated" movies at my age, but I digress...), read summaries for stories that appeal to me and then bookmark them into my browser (I somehow managed to lose the "Add" story function on ff.net). After I finish all the stories I have bookmarked (there's always a daunting list), I then go back and change one of my search parameters.
So, to any of you that have read through all or part of these ramblings--thank you. I hope it provides insight into why I am here reading stories without writing any, what parts of stories I really like, why I choose to review the way I do and how I choose my stories to read. Even though I haven't published any stories, please feel free to pm me with any questions or concerns.