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Pet Peeves v.11

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

  1. James

    James High Inquisitor

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    Girl: gets naked

    Harry: cries, “i’ve seen you naked i’m so sorry”

    Girl: “so manly. Such love. Wow”
     
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    i.e doormat harry
     
  3. Scarat

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    I've never seen a girl consider Harry "manly" in such a situation.
     
  4. James

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    Née
     
  5. Rhaegar I

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    As in the improper spelling of the word, or using the word itself?

    Also, you asked for it:
     
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    A recent one I've found is Authors describing female characters with non-traditional hair colors as -ettes ie. bluette, greenette. It can get more confusing when you don't have solid images of the characters in your mind while reading the fic.
     
  7. James

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    Using it. Nonsensically. As a part of every introduction.

    Also, according to the dictionary, it’s spelled correctly. :colbert:
     
  8. Halt

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    The AU tag.

    It's virtually become meaningless from overuse as everyone uses it, justified by the most minuscule changes (such as Harry wearing a fedora), even if the core aspects of the worldbuilding and plot remain exactly the same.
     
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    Something of an outlier here (I think)

    When writers actually have good potential, their stories aren't horrible, they don't even bash, but their actual technical skills (i.e. prose, grammar, ultimate readability) aren't something to boast about.

    It's why I won't read stories like Memento Mori.
     
  10. James

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    Golden rule of fanfiction: You are not smart enough to write evil Dumbledore.
     
  11. Agent Zero

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    For me, it's the opposite. I can understand someone with bad technical skills having shitty stories. It's when I see someone that does have good writing write crappy stories with bashing and cliches that I get disappointed at the lost potential. Sometimes I favourite the author and will browse through my favourited list a year or two later and see if they've written anything better.
     
  12. Silirt

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    I mean I'm a real grammar nazi, but I basically had that down in sixth grade(12). Most people have bad grammar because of rational neglect- it doesn't make sense to care that much about the rules. As far as what passes for technical skills in fanfiction, you can learn that in college level English. It's not really a good indication of an ability to write good plots or characters.
     
  13. Agent Zero

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    Maybe I'm making myself seem more anal than I am. When I mean good technical skills, I mean "readable". You know, letters capitalised after a quotation mark, spelling correct 95% of the time, no massive blocks of paragraphs. I couldn't care less if they used "me and him" instead of "He and I" or something like that.
     
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    I admit to being pretty anal, but if I keep seeing the same weird thing, like not putting periods until the end of the paragraph, I'll assume it's a British thing. I proofread for authors sometimes, but I can't help you if you don't speak Freedom English.
     
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    I first saw this sort of thing, years ago, with descriptions of Rei Ayanami.

    Considering all the other things that piss me off, this fell so far to the 'harmless' end of the scale that I could never muster enough ire to actually let it bother me. Well, that and I don't read enough stories featuring people with weird hair colors for it to become terribly relevant.

    Guess I'd have to read more anime fan fic... but I won't.
     
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