Author has written 13 stories for Elder Scroll series, Fallout, Mass Effect, Elfen Lied, X-Com, Harry Potter, Gate - Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri, Left 4 Dead, Elsword, RWBY, Game of Thrones, and Stellaris.
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Okay, that aside. I'm a fan of fantasy. I'm also a fan of Sci-fi. I like my D&D, and I like my lawful neutrals truly lawful. I'm a fan of money (who isn't!?), and definitely a fan of good writing.
What I seek in fanfiction (or fiction in general):
- Good, BELIEVABLE characters. There is nothing worse than a character who is omniscient, omnipresent, omni who comes in, saves everyone's bacon, and then proceeds to soak up all the praise from anyone and everyone in the known universe, being worshipped virtually as a god, and somehow magically gets rescued whenever he/she is losing. If that is your character, then may he/she live forever. Because a good, honourable death is worth a lot more than a coward that lives forever.
- Love not for the sake of fanservice. It is one thing to introduce a relationship as a natural progression of long-term exposure, camaraderie, etc, etc. It is also in very poor taste to throw in 'love at first sight' or 'complete attachment for some completely trivial matter'. Relationships are, essentially, an unspoken contract of service exchange. One does not know what the other can perform until some time has been spent in each other's company. To fall in love at first sight is cheesy, it breaks immersion, and is otherwise indefensible plot-wise. If the objective of your fiction is to put it together, then PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF [whatever deity you believe in] put in some backstory, some plot, SOMETHING to make it believable!
- (crossovers only) Synthesis of plot. An insertion of a single character into another universe, I find, is the weakest form of crossover. Especially if the universes are of completely different eras; unless it was for comedic effect (c.f. medieval man gets put into modern New York, starts drinking from a toilet) then it makes little sense to have this character be transported across universes. A story which advances the less advanced side sufficiently to compensate for differences makes for a more engaging premise.
- The correct amount of description. Let's face it, nobody wants a 'tell' type of story - where the author writes 'x does y, z does w' for the next bajillion words. But it's equally disconcerting when we read about a soldier loading every round into a magazine, noting the placement of each shot for the rest of the story. Pace it appropriately; if the pace is slow, it makes sense for all the details to be absorbed. A soldier on the run is very unlikely to notice the colour of flowers growing by the roadside as he sprints past it to dodge bullets.
- NO NUMBERS. I don't mind numbers in Codex entries, in dictionary- or encyclopedia-style footnotes, but mixing in numbers is clunky and detracts from immersion. It makes more sense to call things by the characters' slang and then make a footnote later on about it. I don't care if the cannon is 120mm calibre - it's a heavy cannon to me. Add a footnote later on, and don't swamp us with statistics. It's a huge turn-off when I'm enjoying (potentially) good fics.
- PROOFREADING. I have probably one of the most common pet peeves of readers everywhere. I do not want to see 'definately'. I do not want to see 'there gun' when it was meant to be 'their gun'. Spelling errors, un-capitalised 'I's all fall into the same boat. OpenOffice, LibreOffice, MS Word - these all have spellcheckers. Why they are not used to their maximum capacity is beyond me. If an author cannot be bothered to proofread their work, then I do not see why I should bother to try and decipher what they had intended to write.
Remember that this is FANfiction - show your dedication by making your fic so good you would make the original author/creator proud! :D
NB: Fanfiction.net, please stop eating up my asterisk-linebreaks, my dash-linebreaks, anything in angular brackets, etc etc.