Hello everybody, I welcome you to my corner of fanfiction.net. I'm a recent college grad who majored in psychology. (Yeah, I managed to graduate in the middle of a recession.) My story, Harry Potter and the Darkness Within, is a year six story. I started it before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out so it won't contain anything from it.
Anyways, the fan fiction stories I read are Harry Potter, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, and Naruto, and Bleach stories (though I prefer crossovers of Naruto and Bleach). My favorite stories are written by rangermike who writes Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic fics (anyone who likes those games must check out his stories). Though I have had the pleasure of reading some absolutely wonderful Harry Potter and Naruto stories, the Star Wars Universe (principally the Knights of the Old Republic) will always win over Harry Potter. (Naruto is so far behind Star Wars it isn't funny.)
My favorite authors are Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Anne Rice, C.S. Lewis, Dante, Shakespeare, and others I can think of at the moment.
Oh, I am going to use "American" English for my Harry Potter stories save for a few words. Even though the different spelling of words annoys me, I have enough respect for British English and do not want to deface it by blundering about trying to use British colloquialisms incorrectly. Also, I don't want to look like an idiot using them incorrectly.
Here's a grammar lesson that deals with an error that makes my skin crawl every time I see it: homonyms. Homonyms are words that are pronounced almost alike but have different spellings and meanings. They're slippery bastards because spell checkers will not pick up on them. I think the one that I see most often and makes me cringe the most is the misuse of "there", "their", and "they're". "There" is an adverb used to indicate a place, either one that has already been mentioned or is understood, or one indicated by pointing or looking. "They're" is a contraction of they are. "Their" indicates that a group possesses something. My fellow authors, for the sake of your readers, know the difference.
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