Why hello there odd one!
However, should some stray soul manage to find its way here I might as well welcome you.
First I'll do a minor introduction of myself.
Name: Not gonna tell you, hell most of my "close" friends on the internet don't even know my name
Well, wasn't that interesting? No? Really? Hmm, I suppose it wasn't all that good of an introduction after all.
I guess I should move on and mention a few things more related to fanfiction as this is after all a fanficsite. That might be a bit more relevant after all.
Fanfics I like to read:
As for likes in fanfics in general. That is very hard to say actually. I tend to like stories that focus on ONE main character. Don't get me wrong, it's good to see what goes on in the rest of the world but I personally like to have a clear main character in the story that is the focus. A good example would be The Legend of Gaia's Sennin by pokemaster12.
What else do I like? Humor! It doesn't have to be in the story but it certainly makes most stories better. Some fics focus on it, some just add a bit to lighten up a dark story. Regardless, laughing is amazing and should be promoted at every moment. Some of you authors are just amazingly funny so keep it up!
Plot continuity, is that even a word? Doesn't matter. Even if it is I doubt I use it correctly at the moment. What I do mean by it however is a flow in the story. I really don't like when stories jump around to much, change between moods to quickly and without reason. I want the story I read to feel coherent and fluid, where every action and scene makes sense.
Things I don't like in fanfics:
Yaoi/Gay, or more exactly, the lack of yaoi/gay filter. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against man/man relationships and I don't even mind if it is in a story. I however don't like reading to much about it and if the main character is into it then I'll have to read about it. The rampant yaoifanbase also makes it hard to find stories to read unless you actually go for a specific pairing. Go to Harry Potter for example. Search for stories containing only Harry P. and the first page will almost certainly be filled with Harry/Severus Harry/Draco stories. Now some of those could probably be good. Some might be friendship/mentor fics. However browsing through tens of thousands of potential yaoi stories to find the ones without is not fun when you don't want to read about it.
Another petpeeve I have with fics is when the main character is overpowered. I get that you want to make the main character stronger. That's great, I like reading about Naruto with more tricks up his sleeve and not the deadlast. I like to read about a more confident and powerful Harry. But for the love of God/Science/Ramen keep it realistic (as realistic it gets with magic and such). There's just no point in making the main character so strong that he/she can crush any oposition under his heel with just his/her little finger (don't ask me how, they're just that strong in some fics). The only time that can work properly is when fighting is either a thing of the past or simply not part of the story (or at least very minor). There is a reason popular proffesional authors don't give their main character Son-Goku strenght in stories with human opponents. The struggle, the danger, the hard work and the final triumph is amazing after all.
All of this brings me to another point that is related to the previous one. The way they get said strenght. I get that a lot of main characters are weaker than they "should" be due to neglect, ignorance of their heritage, sealed powers or any other reason. So obviously fixing that should make them stronger, great! Don't go to far however, that's just stupid. I see a lot of Naruto fics going the way of Shadowclone spamming (wich btw is stupid) to become a God in a matter of days or weeks. No, just no. It took Naruto in canon weeks to work on his wind element using tons of shadow clones. And he did it under supervision of two very strong people while he was already a acomplished shinobi. Add to that his age, he was grown and could handle more at the age 16 or whatever it was. A five year old can't spam thousands of clones and do that on his own. Also please remember that he had to do this because, frankly, he's an idiot. Sasuke (as much as I dislike him) managed his fire element without clones during the academy. Asuma got his wind element under controll without clones to (assumed) while doing missions, guarding the Fire Daimyo and such in a couple of years. Same with Harry Potter and his various "gifts" and inheritances.
Now for a third thing I don't like in fics. Excessive bashing. Don't. Please? Bashing can serve a point. By all means bash away. But keep it to a reasonable level. Sometimes when I read fics with bashing they make the target so stupid it just doesn't make sense. I've read HP stories that bash Dumbledore so hard it is questionable how he manages to find his way out of the bed in the morning (assuming he manages to find the bed in the evening) yet Dumbledore somehow manages to be the headmaster of Hogwarts, a political powerhouse a strong wizard and a master manipulator... Really? I mean, REALLY? That tells me more about how stupid the author is than anything else. Some people can claim it's for humor but it's not fun, it just isn't. I would go so far as to state it as a fact but I'm sure someone would argue with me. It gets even worse when you realise that a lot of the authors using excessive bashing are bloody hypocrites too. Bashing Ron for being arrogant and rude, then have Harry publicaly humiliate and laughing at him? Bashing Hermione for being a know-it-all and have Harry show her up by showing more knowledge than her and then being smug about it? Come on, even you should be able to tell how bad that is.
Finally something that is unique for crossovers. Mostly Naruto crossovers from my experience. The "Hello-new-world-I-know-better-than-you-here's-how-you-do-it!" phenomena that seems very common. Take a Naruto/Pokémon crossover. Naruto shows up, catches a pokemon by beating into submission then starting to *gasp* train it. Seriously? You'd think that maybe, just maybe, thousands of >>trainers
Anyway, I can't think of more right now. I'm sure more will pop up at a later date and I might add it if I feel like it.
Now some tips to authors. I copied this from Lanky Nathan and edited it slightly if there's something I don't really agree with.
Pointers to writing a good story
You want help? Read on. (Updated 24/7/2012)
Firstly, grammar. You wanna write a story that everyone loves? Make sure you have flowing sentances, little to no errors and the correct spelling of character names. If you don't know how to spell something, go to the wiki for it! Wikipedia has pretty much every anime/manga of note on there with details (and spelling) of pretty much every necessary point you'll need. If you have a story that reads well, then that's the hardest part fixed. Also, if you use Japanese in the story, MAKE SURE IT'S CONSISTENT! Having Japanese with the translation as attack names can be really cool and help improve the mood of the story. Having 'Hai' spotted through out sentances gives the feeling you're a bit of a weeaboo. It's cool if you want to use something like this to make the story feel more oriental, but make sure it is consistent. Have every 'yes' as 'hai'. That way, it doesn't disrupt the sentance structure and flow of the paragraph.
Secondly, detail. You gotta have an interesting plot with great attention to detail. Don't try and write a whole fight in a single paragraph because it sounds shallow and rushed. Same deal with a story. You want your character to do something cool like a quest? Take a while to set him up. Don't just have him jump straight into it because it is unimaginative and sounds 2D. Flesh things out and give the build up and journey some beef! What I'm saying is write details. If you think something sounds too painfully fake, it could be because you tried to fit an entire days worth of information into those 2 or 3 paragraphs. You gotta remember not to get too deep too, else it gets repetitive and boring ie. a train ride that takes an entire chapter. A fine example of this is Drangon Ball Z. Remember how they would stand around for like 20 episodes before a half episode fight? Yeah, don't do that in your story. (Not to knock DBZ because it is AWESOME but come on :\ )
Thirdly, diversity. You gotta write something interesting. Something different. If you follow the trend, that means readers are going to be sifting through 1000 stories that sound exactly the same. This means that even if you have written it incredibly well, by the time they actually find it they'll be like, meh, read it before. All the good stories you read on here all have something unique about them. That's what sets them apart and makes them enjoyable. So try think, what will YOU do that is completely different? Something that has never been done before? What will make your story stand out above the rest?
Fourthly, character recognisability. 'What the hell is that?' I hear you ask. To put it simply, it is writing the character In Character; like cannon. People come to read about their favourite character doing other things that they always wish they did in the original series. If you then write a story that has the main character completely OOC (Out Of Character) from the first sentance, the reader will be like, 'who is this? Yeah, it has my favourite characters name, but they're nothing like them! They are basically an original character the author has created and simply tagged on the main characters name so that I'd read it.'. If you want to change and grow your character into something more mature/powerful/dumb/playful, either find a point in the time line that allows you to do this without interrupting more recent events too much, or make it subtle. Start the character out exactly the way they are in cannon and then slowly change them over a period of chapters. This will make the change gradual and easy to accept. Some people have the ability to write characters OOC from the get go that are still amazing, but they usually have been writing for years.
Fifthly, re-read. I cannot stress this enough. You're concept of grammar might be perfect and you may also have a flawless plot line cranking, but you are human and as such you WILL make mistakes, whether that be a missed word, words doubled up, typos or words that have no space between them. If you re-read, you will spot the majority of these mistakes. Do it twice and you'll smooth out any you missed first time round. Do it three times and you have a high chance you now have no errors. That's not to say you still won't miss some though. I re-read every sentance, every paragraph, every scene, every chapter multiple times before I post it. After I post, I then go back and re-read the chapter online and still more often than not spot one or two things I missed. So comb over your story intently people, cause if you're anything like me you'll need to. A helpful tip is to read the story out loud to yourself as you go back over it. That helps highlight a number of errors you'd otherwise miss.
Sixthly, summary. Alot of people ignore this part and put down something stupid like 'I suck at summaries, just read and you'll enjoy it, I promise!' The summary is what catches the readers eye. It has to reveal a certain amount of the story's plot in a mysterious way that makes the reader think, 'what's the answer to that? I gotta find out'. An extended summary inside is cool, but it's the one on the main page that must be good because that is the one all readers will see.
Finally, title. You gotta think of something catchy, sharp and smart. Something like 'Naruto's Special Adventure' doesn't sound all that interesting hey. However, 'The Dark Eye in the Sky' sounds better doesn't it? That's because it hints at what the story is, instead of telling the reader outright what it is about.
Good to know when writing a story!
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