Hello to anyone who has managed to find this profile. I haven't published anything yet, so bravo! :)
But on a more serious note, I've been writing creatively for about 8 years now. I've been reading fanfiction almost as long and writing fanfiction (though unpublished) for the last 5.
I've visited this site in particular more times than I care to count over the years as I started to get into fanfiction. I've read thousands of stories in a wide variety of fields, from cartoons and gaming genres, to books and movies (both famous and unheard of alike) and have finally decided to open an account.
Mainly over the past couple of years my choices in fanfiction have become more and more diverse; mainly down to the fact I enjoy reading new fanfiction to find gems and there isn't enough to be picky about things like crossovers.
Often I'll be reading a book or watching TV at home and I'll see possible short stories or even AU novels growing from the original material, so later on I'll just take a gander across the listings and see if the idea or something similiar has been done/published here.
Quite often I've found that there are a LOT of shortages in stories in specific situations/character groupings and an overabundance in others.
And in a totally foreseeable set of events, I have come across a large amount of time and effort that needs to be channeled into something useful - or at least mildly entertaining. So I have decided that whenever I come across one of these literary holes, or if an idea/inspiration takes hold of me, I will take up my quill and have a stab at writing rather than reading.
Bad Grammar- I am not particularly scrutinizing when it comes to punctuation or misspelled words - any slip of the key stroke could have an "and" becoming an "nd".
But continuously I have found published writing which doesn't adequately present some of the true skill/thought behind the words. Writers often become so wrapped up in the flow of their story that they make minor slip-ups here and there. It's completely natural that after a couple of cups of coffee late at night you could miss a couple of mistakes during a proof-read.
For this and many other convoluted reasons, I am offering my services night and day as a beta-reader should anyone wish for an extra set of critical eyes or a well-read honest opinion. (If the rules allow, I'm not completely clear as I'm new to the scene)
I do have a few favourites from certain genres, which both luckily and unfortunately for me appear to be favoured by the majority as well. Meaning that there is a VAST range of diversity to select from and not just in terms of what there is to see, but in terms of the quality of the literature too.
Rather than list everything I like, I'll save the trouble by listing the only real dislike... I'm not too partial to manga. I know that's a minority opinion these days, but I just never really got into it. Then again I used to shudder at even the notion of crossovers and now I find them quite enjoyable in certain circumstances, so that may be subject to change for a quality story's sake.
Smut (Rated M)
My opinion on M-rated fanfics is complicated, but I'll do my best to explain. In short, I approve... and not for reasons fished from the gutter either.
I applaud writers who are thorough in their attempt to really absorb us into the protagonist's life/position and while in the right circumstance, "he grinned as he flicked the light switch and threw the covers over their heads" (terrible example) can be a good way to round off a chapter or cut to a new scene if you want to keep your story PG... personally I can never fully get absorbed into a story unless you live life through that person's eyes.
When you're about to engage in a very meaningful, passionate act with a love interest it would consume your thoughts for practically most of the day and would be a significant moment in a lot of romantic fanfics. Having this cut out completely or shortened is not something I'm terribly keen on.
HOWEVER -on the subject of passion- I would like to point out that it takes a special kind of writer to pull off an M rated exchange in a fanfiction properly. Even more so to make it passionate and REALISTIC and honestly loving.
Anyone can write a script for a porn movie, it takes a writer to make a romantic scene truly have a romantic atmosphere. It is quite hard nowadays with public opinion on sex being split between meaningless or vulgar -with what I see anyway- to make a sexual scene as romantic (or not) as the rest of the story, while maintaining good word flow on the whole.
With no offence intended, to date I have found perhaps THREE authors who have managed it perfectly. Then again my standards have always been rather high.