Avid FanFic fan of one Harry Potter.
Out of the hundreds of stories read i can firmly say fans have a better grasp of the HP world than JKR ever had. That being said, to me a fanfic should have relevance to cannon or it is A/U. i dont like when people say A/Uish or somewhat cannon.. its either or.
As far as ships go here is a list of my fav harry pairings
Bella when back in time
OC's can be done and done well. I think people cop out with OCs and just drop them in and write a "canon" story does not do a story justice.
Ships i abhor with Harry
Ginny..i mean really? A Fan girl who in books has a obsession with the BWL its not believable and JKR did a piss poor job on it.
Hermione to some extent. in a well written story its acceptable to me. but most stories and especially in cannon shes is overbearing bossy and insufferable. I really hate when people think its ever a good idea to put hermione in any kind of multi angled story. With her fickle muggle based ideologies there is no way she'd ever be receptive of it.
Any Slash sorry just not my cup of tea. I like to think pairings should be based on realism. Is it realistic to think harry would ever date Draco or Snape? It's beyond far fetched not to mention the Lily lives stories and gets with Snape.
There are certain stories i refuse outright to read, Harry/Ginny being the main one. if i wanted a H/G story id reread the books.
I'll never belittle a person for thier writing or attempts at it because it takes a lot of courage and nerves to post something for the world to see. that being said there are a few pet peeves that grind my nerves.
One thing i cannot stand is overly long A/N every chapter that includes answers to reviews, or pasting story descriptions and especially hate mini side stories. All this does is beef up word counts.
If people say thier story was betad and i still see numerous simple spelling errors please fire said beta. my grammar and puncuation are horrible so it amuses and frustrates me to find them. If english is not your first
language then get a beta whos is.