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Pet Peeves v.11

Discussion in 'FanFic Discussion' started by Dark Syaoran, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. Seyllian

    Seyllian Groundskeeper DLP Supporter

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    The word "seemingly".

    Don't tell me that it "seemingly appealed to everyone."

    Did it or did it not? Don't play these useless games. Worst word ever.

    /mad
     
  2. Halt

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    said Seyllian, seemingly mad.
     
  3. Eilyfe

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    I'll just post this here because I was bored.

     
  4. Seyllian

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    Why must you two do this to me?

    :yandere
     
  5. Eilyfe

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    a) boredome; b) the underlying point that it's all about how, not about what, and that applies to seemingly as well.

    Though I agree that this is the kind of adverb that has to be used even more sparingly than other adverbs, because it tends to weaken the sentence if it's not used well.
     
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    New book by the author of "Magiks moste evile" out this summer!
     
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    I'm not sure if anyone else has said this yet, but I hate dialogue written in single quotes. It's just ugly and I'll quit reading a fic immediately if an author formats it like that. I've never seen it in a published book, but apparently it's a standard in some other countries.
     
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    It's standard in the UK.
     
  9. Thaumologist

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    I see this now and then, and in older British novels the authors do more often use them... But I don't think it is the standard anymore - I was taught to use double marks for speech (would have been about 1997/8), and from who I know locally, it's the same for at least 5 years previous to that too.

    It could just be the traditional way of doing it, I guess, but I'm pretty certain it's not English standard.
     
  10. Ghosthree3

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    I feel mixed about single quotes. Sometimes I feel double looks a little messy and takes up more room than it really should, but single quotes clash with apostrophes. If not for that I'd probably lean to singles.
     
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    The speech tags "stated" and "told", when used conversationally.

    They tend to bring up an image of a one-sided statement, something you don't expect a reply to. I usually see it being used as a replacement to said.
     
  12. Seyllian

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    Halt told all of DLP.
     
  13. Puff n Stuff's Hufflepuff

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    There's two things I can't stand in this world;
    1). People who make lists.
    2). Hypocrites.

    In all seriousness, people who don't use blinkers are in one of my circles of Hell .-.
     
  14. Seyllian

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    This is pet peeves about fanfiction, not life lol.
     
  15. Puff n Stuff's Hufflepuff

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    What can I say, I'm a lowly squib.

    In that case: Mary Sues. Nothing rides my broom more than author's who give their character no struggle or development in a story.
     
  16. GeneralLee01

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    I don't know if this has been posted, but my biggest pet peeves is when people act like Snape is a hero in canon. he's one of the main reasons (besides pettigrew and Voldemort) that Harry grows up without his parents. Then after his childhood, Snape bullies Harry in school, but it turns out that hSnapw did it all because of his lust for Lily. Not a worthy excuse.

    Also high on the list is acting like Draco isn't a bad person because he wasn't able to kill and torture other humans. He would be comparable to people who supported segregation in the 60s, but couldn't being themselves to lynch someone.
     
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    In the Harry/Fleur thread AaronD described his ultimate story would be as follows:
    My peeve is stories that are unnecessarily long and bloated. If you can't wrap a fanfiction story in less than 200k words (preferably less than 100k), you are doing it wrong. Sure, a well written, regularly updating story might hold attention for longer if you read it in pieces one chapter at the time as they are published, but when looking for something new to read I always skip stuff that's longer than that.

    Same goes to TV series: there are a lot of series that I hear are great, but if I have to binge through 70 hours of stuff to get up to speed, forget about it.
     
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    So there is a first Potion/Defence lesson in a year. And what happens? Snape/Umbridge/OC takes shitload of points from Gryffindor. Man, it's first week, they have like 20 points in their hourglass, why are you taking 50/100 points from them? Maybe just give detention to Harry.
     
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    At that length, it's probably multiple novel length narrative arcs in one story rather than split. If it was some crazy seven book rewrite, then I could see a million word story.
     
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    I like 1-7 rewrites in theory, but it's only in theory because of my pet peeve that 1-7 rewrites are never finished.