Anime Law #73- Law of Universal Edge Defense- Any projectile attack, from a blast of magic to a hail of bullets, can be easily defended against by holding a suitably cool-looking sword or other bladed weapon between the attacker and defender, usually so that the edge cuts into the incoming attack(s), causing both halves to go flying harmlessly past the defender.
I have read a LOT of fanfiction. Kind of an addict for long, interesting stories.
I read 5 hours a day, every day of the week. (on average, sometimes it could be 2 hours, sometimes 10...)
So far, to read fanfiction, I have used a PDA, a blackberry Storm 2, an Ipod Touch, a Nintendo DSi, A Sony E-reader(piece of crap), and a Samsung captivate.
Everything in my favourite-stories list is a book that I've read, and couldn't put down cause it was damned-good. I went over them recently though, and I'm kind of surprised at how much grammar-error I used to be willing to put up with... But still, These are all at LEAST 100k, though usually 250k word stories that are cool.
March 2013 - Shits going down, I need help, and I'm running out of good stories to read! GAH!
The type of stories that I like: () = I like this, but it's not mandatory (-) = Something that I must see in a book in order for me to stand reading it
M-rated stories, filled with violence, smut, and gritty realism
Dark-themed stories. Usually AU where the main character grows up on the bad-guy side. (This also means grittily realistic, with explicit sex/gore/violence/themes/sociopaths/etc...)
Proportional power system. I appreciate it when a bunch of school kids can't take out a team of trained Aurors, or a Genin can't kick the shit out of an S-ranked missing nin. I hate Mary-Sue stories. Accuracy > Power (Yes, even in Dragon Ball Z. Ever read "Rediscovering Honour"? Maybe the Verto-briefs series \0/)
for Naruto fics: REAL NINJA. Although the glorified samurai-battles that "ninja" have in canon are cool and all, Ninja are silent killers/assassins. I've only seen this done in like 3 of the fanfiction stories that I've read, everything else is run at the enemy head on, yelling out attack names at the top of your lungs... Close-quarters combat is OK, but seriously, running straight towards your enemy with a big sword/A battle where whoever can disappear randomly the most is NOT cool man...
For Harry-Potter fics: a decent magic system, where the characters aren't "shouting out spells with wand movements". I like it when magic is more intuitive, and controllable through force of will rather than an odd set of commands that make no sense.
-A reasonable set of plot-rules in the story to make it believable. If I can think up 50 thousand different ways to solve a problem, and it seems that the one character is just going to sit there and take it, I'm done reading.
-Good grammar. I constantly start reading stories, and am appalled at how decent a story could be if someone put the time and effort into moving around commas, periods, etc... Stories should be beta'd, or at least read over by whoever wrote them and fixed up a bit.
-exceptional spelling. If the author can't spell, I'm not going to read what they write
-Make it believable: If I read a story, and everything is out of place, full of plot holes, characters missing their potentials, one character randomly turning around and going all OOC in two seconds is something I find absolutely ridiculous in a story. If you want OOC characters, make it AU, and don't describe your character as the soft, caring, meant for ages 7 and up at the beginning of your story
I don't care about slash, het, pairings, no-pairings. It's irrelevant. I hate it when someone will not read a story because it has a specific pairing in it. If you make it believable, I'll probably like it :D