Author has written 18 stories for Harry Potter, Final Fantasy X-2, Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and Doctor Who.
21 October 2009
I've got the first four chapters of 'Fire in the Blood' in beta at the moment, so look out for the edited chapters once they've been posted. I'm halfway on the next one, but am going away today to cat-sit for my Mum - there may be a delay because of this. Also, the power adapter for my laptop has packed up and I'm currently waiting on the new one.
On the lighter side, my treatment is going well, if slow, so I think barring a few minor setbacks I'm well on the way to a full recovery! Thank you to everyone who has offered support, I do appreciate it more than I can say. Also thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read and review my stories. :)
All the best,
My Harry Potter Fanfiction Pet Peeves
It's funny, the little things which can bother you. For example, I've been doing a lot of reading on here during my recovery and sometimes it surprises me how much small errors can annoy me. Not so much grammatical errors, since I usually don't notice them so much, (and make them myself all the time). But things people throw into their stories, seemingly without thinking.
1) "London town centre" - there is no such thing, of course. London, as a city, grew over centuries. Parts of modern London were distant villages, at one time each with their own high streets, shops and amenities. As such, one could say London has 'multiple nuclei', since although there is a centre of sorts, it's not the only one.
2) "Downtown London" - is not a phrase used in the UK. "Downtown" is never used in reference to any city or town. If you want to say that an office building is in the business district of London, you would just say, 'It's in the City' or 'near Canary Wharf' (The famous tall building, One Canada Square, was completed in 1991 so would be usable in this situation). The City is where all the major banks and business are, it's the Blackfriars, Liverpool Street, Canon Street sort of area, and is usually just referred to as 'The City'. Also, given the prices and overcrowding in the area, especially in the 90's would make it extremely unlikely that any company could take over a whole, multi-storey building.
3) "Surry, the home town of Harry Potter" - well for starters, it's spelt Surrey, and it's a county, not a town. It's approximately 642 square miles with a population of around 1.1 million. Little Whinging, is the name of the town where Harry Potter supposedly lives.
4) "8323 Primrose Hill, London" - does not exist and even as a made up English address it doesn't make sense. Our streets are not on a grid system, apart from Milton Keynes which was a pre-planned purpose-built town, and basically, has a lot of roundabouts. I digress. Anyway, this country and a lot of its towns and cities, especially London, is old. Parts of the city I live in, (Edinburgh), have been around since Medieval times. Our roads are windy, short, twisted, long, and generally make no sense. If you want a made up address or house number for an English home I wouldn't advise going above the 200's.
5) "He couldn't afford the operation" I've got three letters for you, Google them if you don't know what they are - NHS
6) “It said 50 on it so I assumed that was like 50 pounds.”
“That’s like 100 pounds,” - this is clearly wrong, and what's worse, it's an easily verifiable fact. That's my point about all these small errors - they're so easy to check, especially in this day and age with the internet, all the information you need is at your fingertips. I think that's why I get cross when I read them, they're just so pointless and in a way, disrespectful.
Now, I'm not suggesting that any author on here has to get everything word perfect, goodness knows I make enough mistakes myself. But, if you're going to write about a story set in the United Kingdom, please, check your facts about our country before you post? That's all I ask. In fact, there are some Beta Readers on here who are happy to Brit-pick for you if you want them to.
Thanks for reading.
P.S: Oh, if you spell definitely as definately, your spell checker will change it to defiantly - clearly not the meaning you were going for. While I'm on the subject, 'past' and 'passed' are not the same, sidewalk = pavement, Tylenol = paracetamol.
(To become a word processing demon)
Qwerty, Qwerty, Keyboard Sprite
Who latently beside me lingers,
Possess me now with all thy might;
Inhabit more than just two fingers.
Augment my quick brown fox speed
And set me free,
From lazy dog errors of typography.
Qwerty, Qwerty, Keyboard Sprite,
Indulge yourself in tapping revels.
Give my digits touch of light,
Take my output to higher levels.
From ABC to XYZ with swiftness and grace fly
To PQR and STU, but leave out RSI.
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