Greetings. I'm Australian, male, and like anime, games and fanfiction, amongst other things.
A list of the most common irritations I have with fanfiction stories:
'Divine intervention' - This is a very common cliche in fanfiction. To be fair it is used extensively in published novels as well, and is no less bearable there. Basically, whenever the author introduces some omnipotent, or all powerful, or just overseeing and ridiculously strong figure that basically decides the path all the characters take. Like introducing 'Fate' and 'Destiny' as characters and having them manipulate the characters into moving this way or that. For me it kills any interest I have in a story. Because when you think about it, if this happens then all the characters simply become arbitrary puppets. It's tacky, unimaginative, and as if we don't see enough religious garbage in real life without introducing it to fiction too.
"-insert irrelevant summary with begging-" Summaries are there to summarize the story; to get people interested in whatever it is your story contains. If you can't write a summary, then it's a fair conclusion that your story is not going to be so spectacular either. It's poor form.
Pairings - This is something that has only really started to bug me a lot lately. I notice that authors seem to feel that every story must contain some sort of romantic pairing. Often they go out of their way to include these things. Now, romance is fine if the story is based upon that (in which case I'm probably not going to read it anyway), but why does it have to be included in every single other generalized story? What relevance does it have to the plot? If you seriously take a quick look at Anime, most of the shows do not have outright romances between characters. And this is done for a good reason, it's the same reason that the last two Harry Potter books sucked so much - it forces the audience to read what you decided the relationships were going to be, when if you'd left it alone they could have just imagined what they wanted. This immediately alienates a good proportion of your audience. Beyond that I also note that it interferes with plot progression quite a lot, and becomes very mundane and repetitive when you read similar stories with regularity. There's alone so many times I can read Hinata twiddling her fingers over her Naruto-kun before I want to barf.
Yaoi/Slash - This is largely the same reasoning as above, with the added stipulation that homosexual relationships very, nay never fit the plot. I have never seen it done in a way that didn't make me want to barf at the complete turn around in personality in characters. I don't have any like for those sort of relationships as is, and you can see above I'm not a fan of romance anyway, but it's really more a matter of completely out of character actions that annoys me here. Normally this wouldn't annoy me as much, except I find it bewildering just how many of these stories are around.
"Leave X amount of reviews for the next chapter to be uploaded!" Put this in your chapters and I will make certain that I do not review.
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