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Author has written 10 stories for Doctor Who, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Torchwood.
Hey! My name's Lara and as you can probably see I'm Australian... I wrote most of this when I was younger so fair warning.
Calling to Doctor Who fans! If you love good comedy you have to watch Community! They've parodied Doctor Who with their own Inspector Spacetime, made fun of Glee (but not horribly), referenced every movie and TV show on the planet and have the best character development I've ever seen in a comedy. It's an amazing show. You have to check it out. Modern Warfare is a good episode... or type into youtube Inspector Spacetime. I don't usually tell people to watch shows but Community is so underrated and it needs more fans like Doctor Who fans because they get the genius of the show. :)
Right now my stories are at a halt... They were all written years and years ago and suck.
I'm a Doctor Who fan, (Hint: DWIA mean Doctor Who Is Awesome!) as you can also probably gather as well.
I love writing and drama and I want to be an actor when I'm older maybe or work in the publishing industry with books. I also wouldn't mind being a scriptwriter etc..
I also love singing in the shower, karaoke, smiling at strangers, art, Girl Guides, playing my Alto Sax, walking on the beach when the sun is just rising or just setting and you can feel the breeze washing away your troubles, finding money (even if it's only 5 cents), going for walks with my dog, getting A's at school -Yes!, achieving a goal, buying things, NOT going clothes shopping, hiring someone else to do mine XD, finding a friend that you know will stick by you forever, smelling roses and other things like them.
Ships I have Right Now (Note: Things I won't read below in fandoms)
Doctor Who: Rose/Ten (but how it was written in the show you creeps) mostly unrequited, Rose/TenII, Rose/Mickey, Donna/Ten friendship, Rose alone, Rose/Nine, Jack/Anyone friendship, Jack/Doctor/Rose friendship, Sarah Jane/Ten friendship, Sarah Jane/Four friendship, Ten/Martha friendship is nice too
Community: Will only read Britta/Jeff on occasion if particularly good, Britta/Troy mainly friendship, Britta alone, Britta/Abed mainly friendship, Troy/Abed friendship, Community as a group without ships bogging the story diwn, Britta/Other Characters with friendship (unless she dated them in the show), Jeff/Shirley friendship, Annie/Troy, Annie/Abed not as much but still likeable, the girls as friends
Ships I DON'T have (and most likely never will)
Amy/Eleven romance- She's married for goodness sake!
Master/Doctor romance- WHAT!!!!??? WHY!!???
Rose/Master- AGAIN!!! WHAT!!?? WHY!!?? THEY'VE NEVER EVEN MET!!! URGH!!
Donna/Ten romance- They're great friends, people, not lovers! Everyone who writes the show knows this. They don't have any romantic feelings and it was addressed about a MILLION times that they didn't feel that way and when fans say, "but it's a different perspective!" I say, "well it's creepy and out of character"
Rose/Ten/Jack romance- Er... I just... No...
River/Eleven romance- I'm fine with the tense friendship thing but now it seems like Moffat's kiddy dream...
Martha/Ten romance- weeeeeeeeird but I don't hate it... But I'm all for friendship :)
Jeff/Annie romance- Okay, so I bet all those fans want to jump on me but I hate this relationship. I find it weird, creepy and completely out of character. The characters are the complete opposite but in the sense that their whole desire for the relationship is based on their own selfish desires. Jeff wants to feel younger and still relevant and Annie wants someone who makes her feel more mature but also who she can manipulate into her desired man. The attraction is as superficial as the ones I put up with in highschool. They're a completely different age, they have nothing in common, and they have completely different ambitions. Not to mention the shippers pretty much ruined the show for me by spamming every form of Social media either throwing a huge tantrum or ignoring everything else in the show but scenes with their ship and attacking Dan Harmon and Britta's character constantly...
Abed/Troy romance- I love reading the friendship ones but to me they're ultimate BFFs, almost like brothers.
Things I Won't Read in Fanfics Preferably But Might Still
1. Stories that are just about a poorly written couple or shove one into an otherwise okay story
Should speak for itself. I read to see an extension of the show, not to see good characters ruined.
2. Sex (and pornographical writing)
I don't want to read about sex. Some of the shows I watch make dirty jokes jokes about it and have the characters snogging gloriously and it's great, but nothing more. If it's not in the show than I don't want to read it basically. e.g. Rose/Ten sex is a complete no go. Ugh.
3. Pregnancy Stories
Again, I don't feel comfortable... Unless the plot of where it has come from has already included it e.g. Shirley
4. Character Death Stories
I just don't like reading them. It makes me think about the show ending... Although if I wasn't such a chicken when it came to that I think they can give very good depth to the characters depending on their views so I sometimes read a bit. 6-10 depending on character
I'm wary of them because a lot of the time they become a plastic cut out or what I call a Mary Sue. The writer knows everything about them, what they look like, how old they are, where they're from, family, loves and hates, history and all of the things we normally get from watching characters from a show and seeing for ourselves. However readers get treated like they know and love the character which lets face- they don't. They end up being a character with surprisingly obvious reactions to everything, telling us nothing about themselves or worse the writer describes them like their ideal cat walk model or what they wish they looked like or do look like e.g. She had perfect blonde hair, sea blue eyes,was amazingly tall and slim, had perfect skin, white teeth, cute dimples and wore a beautiful sundress that only she would look good in (I can do better descriptions then that don't worry). Yay, we now hate her. Why should we like someone who's perfect looking, unbelievably sexy or innocent who supposedly hasn't used it for ANY selfish reasons and on top of that also has a perfect personality, probably lives in some horrible situation that she needs saving from yet doesn't seem to mind and surprisingly has gained no depth out of going through? Yeah, we won't...
We also sometimes get plonked with a long list of events and things about them in an attempt to make the readers understand this so called creation but while the stories tell us about a stranger, we still don't know the character. It's one big thing that separates most fan fiction from normal fiction: one just gives us a story about a character we already know and can picture without weighing us with obvious details that we already know, while another introduces us to a character, shows us their flaws and attributes that should either sway our opinion to a side of love, hatred, indifference and other feelings and then tells us a story giving us a basis to want to read it. I hope that explained it... 9.9
7. And that was when I met the Doctor... Or another character I really loved...
We don't care or at least unless I know you in real life I really think it's stupid. Again like an O.C. except it usually also gets filled up with more fantasies and in-jokes. Best to only write it if you're doing it to show your friends or just for yourself (if you're THAT lonely) and not publishing it, otherwise no one generally cares... And people who get sick of it might make a mean review... Also tends to be the worst writing as the fan is usually trying to get to the point where they make out/marry/run away with/become best friends/have sex with their favourite character and so write it so appallingly it's sad... But not saying all stories like this are, it's just what I've noticed. 9.9
8. Character's Children
Don't include the children unless they are a regular character in the show and exist. Like an O.C. character but made to be small, "adorable" and slightly precocious and probably also brattish. I'm not saying these stories can't work but many times the child comes off as a two dimensional character that the other characters are smitten over. Most have generic personalities and are way too immature or stupid for their age. I'd rather read a story about them struggling with a brat with a personality to a "Mommy, tuck me in. Mommy I love you. Mommy I want to be like you. Mommy you're pretty." kid that has no personality other than being cute and complimenting their parents and being perfect. Kids aren't perfect. I wasn't perfect. No one is perfect. When stories point out on the child's personality by showing their faults and also endearments it's one step towards everyone else reading about them liking them too. 8
9. And in the past day I've changed my mind about loving another character and instead I'm going to tell everyone I'm infatuated with you.
Yeah. These stories suck. I think this is mainly related to Community fics I read. I'm not anti in-show couples but if a character has legit feelings about another character or both characters at the same time then that character CAN'T get with the other character just because the writer doesn't like the other person or wants another character to be with them. If you're introducing a character they've never had feelings for, there has to be a reason why they work and a reason why the character is able to get feelings while they have feelings for another character e.g. character A is fighting with Character B so Character A goes to Character C who they find surprisingly relate-able to and after Character C cheers up Character A, A might look at C differently etc. It's not original but at least it works to a degree. If you have two characters fighting over one person you can't make A randomly choose C after one flirty strangely-personal conversation that sprouted from them discussing baked beans. No. And similarly you can't dismiss the other character's feelings half way through so it ends easily, if your friend cheated with your boyfriend you wouldn't shrug and go, "they're cute." You'd go, "I hate you. You betrayed my trust.". Of course it's even worse when they dismiss a character you love and perhaps clicked on the story for. 9
Similarly I hate:
10. I don't care that I have feelings, I'll do whatever I can so you two can get together and I'll just watch happily because my feelings apparently don't exist now.
Like in 9, this is similar and also more about community than DW. If two characters are fighting over one other character you can't throw in the plot that one's going to back out when the other character gets rejected and quickly decide that they're happier alone and that they're going to dedicate themselves to getting the other two together. And even if they value their friendship more it still stings because they don't seem to care about themself at all. I'll root for the character being rejected.
And I don't much like a story that ends in Character A going, "I really wanted him but I guess it's for the best" while Character B and C give each other vows of undying love and it ends with them kissing and saying lovey dovey things. Even if Character B says, "Hey thanks for that." it still seems like their character isn't as important and was just used to get them together because the writer obviously ships the other two. There seems no gratitude to A who normally comes off as the person more deserving of Person C than B who just says, "Poor me" the whole story despite the writer's love of them. Also it ignores C completely most of the time when it comes to emotions and they don't seem to care who they get with or never seem into A at all because the writer doesn't want to bother making it complicated.
When people say a love triangle it means two people want one person who wants them both back and can't decide, not two people want one person who wants one person back and doesn't really have any preference to the other. That's bad writing. Even when I ship the couple that gets together I still don't like it because it isn't true to the show or people who like the other character and it's not nice for either character. These stories in general annoy me.9
And just to point out, this happens MOSTLY with Britta. She DOES have feelings people!!!
11. $(* you
Making characters swear constantly when they don't in the TV Show/Book/Movie/Other they originate from is degrading. Characters I follow don't have a six word vocabulary. Characters who swear do it as a product of their environment and are still endearing or interesting personality wise. If a character has no reason to swear then it's like graffiti-ing horrible stuff all over them, it's not artwork like it can be, it's random rubbish and insults on someone else's property.
Similarly using swearing to try and shock the writer is a cheap gimmick that takes away from the drama. Also, even worse are writers who not only make the characters swear, but make them use the same swearing phrase every paragraph. They're essentially limiting the character's dialogue even more and destroying their essence. It also shows that the writer needs a dictionary and a thesaurus and to expand their own vocabulary. I'm not against all swearing and I am a teenager so some is normal but I only swear occasionally and when I'm really angry, upset or shocked. Even teenagers at my school get sick of people swearing just to get attention. I have friends who swear much more than me but they don't swear in every sentence and for no reason. Swearing is basically a bad habit.
12. Jeff- That Sex I Had With Britta FOR A SEASON Meant Nothing.
Obviously this is specifically for Community. I know there are super annoying things that happen in J/B fics about J/A but THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS! I know it was secret and they ended it but anyone who looks at J/B and says, "they had nothing between them. Jeff was smitten with Annie the whole way through." is an idiot. I'm sorry, I don't ship J/A but that doesn't mean I say that they don't have sweet romantic moments and a definite could-be romance. This RUINS the story COMPLETELY for me because it instantly points out to me that the writer would rather watch a show just about Jeff and Annie without any of the other characters and that they have no respect for Britta. At all.
If I write a B/J (highly unlikely unless it's set in season 2) I will make certain that it in no way insults or ignores J/A (though I hate lots of shippiness and prefer friendships). And Britta is my favourite character so if you do this ABSOLUTE RUBBISH to brush her off or worse- a Situation 10 you may get a comment saying, "this was nice... Until you pointed out that your a crappy writer who brushes off my favourite character and then uses her as a puppet for J/A to come about." (Again this is about specific fics)
13. You Might Be Clearly Shown And Told We're "Just Friends" but We're Suddenly Now Romantic.
:( Classic example- Ten/Donna. They were Best Friends. Not being romantic doesn't make a pairing less important but it IS different. Another example could be in Community where Jeff/Annie rather than being cute and beneficial to each other, are a really gross overly comfortable boyfriend and girlfriend. Maybe Jeff/Annie is doing what Jeff/Britta did last but I don't think so 1. Annie/Jeff isn't an official couple (I mean they're not boyfriend girlfriend)on the show and they're not a couple that would happily jump into sleeping with each other in secret like Jeff/Britta without maturing 2. GROSS! 3. I thought the big deal with J/A is they're opposites... To fit them into that plot they have to change their personalities to wait... Be like J/B but in a creepy "I-could-be-your-father""I'm 21 So Now I'm Suddenly A Woman Which Somehow Has Matured Me 10 Years" way.
Seriously, Annie is likeable because of her sincerity and naivety not some over-confidence and need for full on romance as soon as she can get it. Stop changing her. In another way Britta is likeable in a sense that she's much more comfortable (she is 10 years older)in that sense but that life has screwed around with her a lot and that's left her vulnerable. guarded and with a need to feel like she's helping do something useful to assert her self-worth. They're interesting characters for a reason. Don't RUIN that!
14. Rewriting/resetting the series
There is nothing less inspiring than a story that is literally just being regurgitated from the source material. Especially when the writer does a line to line re-enactment with a few lines stuffed in for a new character. Also because they assume the reader has seen it (which they likely have) the writer doesn't even bother making it at all interesting so instead we're given a long synopsis of what happened. Even worse in cross-overs because if you don't know either show back to front, you won't understand anything.
I've seen this work about once, and only because the writer wrote all the bits in-between and the new character completely changed the course of the story.
A script is used to create a story. It's really the backbone of the story containing the dialogue, and an idea of how it will be set out and done. IT IS NOT A COMPLETE STORY. Unless you are specifically hoping to work on your script-writing skills, and indicate it in the description, don't post it! I don't care how witty it is!
16. Not indicating the ships
Nothing worse than seeing a story that looks awesome and then finding out it has your most hated ship awkwardly pushed into every scene. No thankyou.
17. Where a clique question is asked in the description and the heading answers it for you
Wow, how inspiring... You really must have thought ahead about this...
18. Where half the story is one rating (T normally because that shows up) and the other half is a higher rating (M which would not show up for some people)
Firstly know what audience age you're writing for before you write, and if you're not sure- GIVE IT THE HIGHER RATING. And if you know from the start then don't bother rating it T and writing that it's M from a certain chapter. If I wanted a story that rating I'd look for a story with that rating!
19. When a horrible excuse of a plot reunites or brings two characters together
I'm looking at the Doctor/ Rose reunion fics and Jeff/ Annie plots that make no sense. Seeing as both ships seem to overlap in many fans' eyes I'm pretty sure this crap is coming from some kind of type that ships them. They're usually creepy and the relationship is way overdone. Okay Rose got stuck in a parallel universe. That does NOT mean she would spend the rest of her life pining after the Doctor like some pathetic half-person. Similarly Annie has more of a personality than to be hopelessly in love with Jeff. It's like you want to make your character negative stereotypes that have no strength of likeability.
20. I liked these other people... But I liked her the most!
Don't undermine other characters for your own selfish desires-such as a ship.
21. The Damsel in Distress
This applies to all types of couples. One of the characters is always written as the female stereotype of a damsel in distress. In Ten/Rose it's Rose obviously, in Jack/Ianto it's Ianto. I hate these stories, particularly as it involves changing the character into a dependant, helpless creature that the other character must save all the time, when in reality they are perfectly capable of looking after them-selves.
22. Let's talk about our feelings
I read this guide about writing and regarding this it talked about how people get frustrated when reading a novel if there is no suspense or drive in the plot. If the audience feels that there is no point to the scene then they don't care. Also regarding dialogue they talked about how dialogue is an illusion of real speech. The point of dialogue is to be witty and also to the point, losing the mundane of normal life. The test is to read it out loud. If you automatically read it out in a monotone then the dialogue is too awkward and sterile. It's probably overcrowded with unnecessary details or awkwardly worded. Also, avoid cliques or repeating information. If the reader already knows what's happened then all that's necessary is, "they told them about..." until some more insight is given.
Now, how does this relate to feelings? Talking about feelings almost always falls into those categories. Most of the time the information is exceedingly obvious and clique and repeated over and over like a broken record, recounting the whole of the series and giving long thoughts on all the characters, until it comes to the conclusion that is also a clique. Suddenly the story is in soap opera territory and the dialogue is long and tedious and awkwardly worded. The characters are hardly apart of the dialogue, instead they are regurgitating lines from a particularly atrocious romance. Another point I read which goes against these scenes, was saying to avoid getting stuck in a character's head or doing flouncy writing that's irritating. Talking about feelings is almost always like this.
23. People who can't be bothered trying to make their stories coherent
If your spelling is terrible use a spell-checker etc.
I have partly rewritten and started a lot of stories but not posted them... If you see a story updated years and years ago it means I haven't posted the rewritten version as it's not finished and probably not the quality I want it to be. Some of these older stories I wrote when I was about 13 years old so don't expect anything amazing.
Posting the start of a story I've been working on for a while called An Embarrassing Situation for Torchwood, though I'm also writing stuff for Community and Doctor Who and will eventually post them maybe.