1. Hi there, Guest

    Only registered users can really experience what DLP has to offer. Many forums are only accessible if you have an account. Why don't you register?
    Dismiss Notice
  2. DLP Writing Competition
    DUE DATE for Competition - June 20th!
    Please join us Guest! Ched will love you long time. Topic is EITHER Hogwarts Ghosts OR Duelling!
    Click here for more!
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Introducing for your Perusing Pleasure

    New Thread Thursday
    +
    Shit Post Sunday

    READ ME
    Dismiss Notice

Your pet peeves in fanfiction

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Mock Moniker, Jan 31, 2011.

Not open for further replies.
  1. Mock Moniker

    Mock Moniker Professor

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    462
    Post little things that annoy you about stories.

    For me, I hate stories that try to redeem Petunia but leave Vernon and Dudley the same monsters they are in cannon. I don't mind stories where Dudley decides to stop being a dick to Harry, but I usually can't stand stories where Petunia suddenly gets all maternal. Especially when she's "protecting" Harry from Vernon and Dudley.

    Just started reading http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6459372/1/Harry_Potter_Other_Peoples_Magic from the almost recommended thread which prompted me to make this.
     
  2. Zennith

    Zennith Pebble Wrestler ~ Prestige ~

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2009
    Messages:
    175
    Location:
    The Capitol
    High Score:
    1,928
    I'm pretty sure this thread has existed like, at least three times.
     
  3. RustyRed

    RustyRed High Inquisitor

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Messages:
    546
    Location:
    Washington, USA
    Victim Harry. There's nothing that pisses me off more. There are several versions of this: unconscious, nightmare screaming Harry; malnourished, fainting Harry; and beaten, covering up broken bones and scars Harry. And I REALLY hate it when all of this is seen from someone else's pov, and only for the sole purpose of having that character wax poetic about how strong and tragic Harry is.

    Good god, I hate victim!Harry as a main character. I mean yeah, the kid had a hard life, but the reason you actually empathize with him in the books is because he doesn't bitch about it. He cries like once or twice throughout the entire series, and when that happened I actually got a little choked up, because you realize just how much he's had to endure because you were shown it. But these Victim!Harry stories try to bank on that, but instead of a kid who mans up and gets on with it, they write a character who takes out his laundry list of woes for anyone who'll listen.

    I don't want my hero to have to be saved by someone, I want him to do the saving. >:[

    /rant.


    edit: @Zennith-- but it's always fun to vent about it. :p
     
  4. Mock Moniker

    Mock Moniker Professor

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    462
    Stranger in a Too Familiar Land is a perfect example of the sort of fic ruined by Victim Harry.

    I had high hopes for it, but the most recent chapter was so grating...
     
  5. Admonkeystrator

    Admonkeystrator Seventh Year

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    Messages:
    270
    I gots me a million of 'em.

    Auror v's Aurora for example.
    I guess that means the main one is Author laziness.
     
  6. Jormungandr

    Jormungandr Prisoner

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,961
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Merry ol' England
    By victim Harry, you mean pussy!Harry, yes?

    "Oh, woe is me, everyone I know and love is dying! I'll now cry and whimper constantly for the next few weeks until I go back to Hogwarts! Boo-hoo!"

    Right. :facepalm:

    Some of my personal pet peeves are the use of cliches to the extreme (seriously, some stories out there are so terrible in that regard, they can make your eyes bleed), and character perversions - many of which originate from fanon: soul bonds, veela bonds, 'evil Weasleys', Malfoy being just 'misunderstood', etc.

    Mary Sue/Gary Su characters are another, as are self-inserts.

    "ZOMG, IN HARRYZ THIRD YEAR A NEW GURL COMEZ TO HOGWARTS; WILL DEY FALL IN LOVES?" :facepalm

    On the technical side, authors/authoress' who type dialogue like this, without a comma; "I'm sure" Harry said.

    On the 'planning' side: people who do not check the Lexicon (or even the wiki) for basic background information, such as Harry being born in Godric's Hollow, and birth-dates, etc.

    Another major peeve: "I'LL NOT UPDATE UNTIL I GET XX REVIEWZ!"

    My apt response to that would be, "Go die in a fucking fire."

    Hm...seems I'm feeling pretty nasty, this morning. :awesome
     
  7. RustyRed

    RustyRed High Inquisitor

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Messages:
    546
    Location:
    Washington, USA
    Haha, yeah, that's what set me off.

    @Jormungandr: Pretty much all of that.
     
  8. pdo91

    pdo91 Professor DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    495
    Location:
    Colorado
    I think my biggest peeve is the 'intro chapters' some 'authors' tack on to the beginning of their story. I don't mind so much if all they're doing is giving and extended summary/author's note thing, but recently I've come across a few that start their stories off by saying, "So yeah, I've decided to change some stuff, LOL. The story starts in fifth year but Cedric is alive and everyone knows Sirius is innocent and the Malfoys and Petunia are nice and everybody's completely different. Enjoy my story and review and don't flame! [End Chapter 1]"

    There are not enough words to describe the magnitude of my hate.
     
  9. Jormungandr

    Jormungandr Prisoner

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2010
    Messages:
    2,961
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Merry ol' England
    See, that's another thing that I very much hate! Many people do not seem to understand that even a single change (for example, Cedric surviving at the graveyard rebirth of Voldemort), would cause a ripple effect: they just recycle the same old canon chain of events/crap over and over, with this changed element.

    Oh, and the over-usage of characters calling Voldemort odd things, such as 'Mouldy-shorts'...that's another.
     
  10. Alraune

    Alraune Seventh Year

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    276
    After Harry gets paired up with random girl. It is almost always Hermione. Every other girl must become a raging slut hungry for Harry's cock. He then nobly turns them down and says his girl is a 100x more beautiful and awesome.

    I fucking hate that.
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2011
  11. Styx0444

    Styx0444 Minister of Magic

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2010
    Messages:
    1,217
    Location:
    Between here and there.
    1. Harry gets called to Gringotts for Sirius's will or whatever.

    2. Harry becomes awesome in two 500 short chapters.

    3. Harry randomly starts noticing how sexy other men are.

    4. The goblins are actually nice.

    5. Constantly calling the blood purists racist. We get it already.

    6. Retarded name calling. IE: 'Slimy slytherin', 'Moldyshorts', 'Dung Eaters', etc

    7. Badly done swearing. I know it's cannon, but every time I see 'Merlin's pants', I want to call the author a 'retarded walrus's miscarriage'.

    8. The Dark Arts are really just misunderstood :facepalm

    9. Harry falling in love and doing stupid shit with his date when he had better shit to be doing. I wouldn't go to church for my last girlfriend, and my only excuse was that I'd burst into flames at the threshold. Why the fuck is Harry going to Madame Puddifoot's when he should be preparing for a goddamn war?

    Any of the above are likely to make me ragequit a story unless it's completely fucking awesome.
     
  12. Malcolm Tucker

    Malcolm Tucker Second Year

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2011
    Messages:
    51
    Why do so many fic writers feel compelled to have Harry sexually interact with girls in first year or have some sort of harlem which "boosts" his energy...like some sort of retarded pokeman HP level inducing upgrade??

    It's just.....wierd.

    Hermione should not be giving out blowjobs at the age of 11.

    I stumbled onto that part of a fic and promptly ran for the hills.


    [​IMG]
     
  13. iLost

    iLost Minister of Magic

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,257
    Interesting typo there. Harry's pimping out his friends at age eleven, packing heat in case that frontin' mofo Draco tries to squeeze in on Harry's turf. :p.

    My own petpeeve has got to be a Mary-Sue/Self-Insert. They normally go hand-in-hand. I've read two such fics because they broke the mold, one parodying the idea with a serious concept, the other because they did not intend to become a Mary-Sue.

    I think they bother me so much is because I don't want to read someone's dreamy wishlist of how they want to be, while reading a fanfic world I love. Just sets the teeth to cringing.
     
  14. ashura

    ashura Third Year DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2010
    Messages:
    92
    Location:
    NYC
    I just mentioned this in a review post but Sirius/Remus calling Harry pup/prongslet and any other inane nicknaming going around drives me up the wall. It actually makes me flinch because I know that 90% of the time I'm about to venture forth into utter crap if I keep reading.
     
  15. Ayreon

    Ayreon Unspeakable DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2006
    Messages:
    764
    Location:
    Germany

    Well, just giving him a bunch of sex-slaves would be obvious as a wish-fulfillment fantasy, so you get ridiculous explanations like that.


    My personal pet peeve is character-bashing. Fixing all the character flaws of your favorite characters, but exaggerating those of the ones you don't like, is just cheap and a sign of bad writing to me.
    Related to this trope.
     
  16. RustyRed

    RustyRed High Inquisitor

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    Messages:
    546
    Location:
    Washington, USA
    God damn TV Tropes--every time someone references that site, I lose another couple hours of my life!
     
  17. Grinning Lizard

    Grinning Lizard Supreme Mugwump

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,662
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Pet Peeve?

    Constant Statute/Statue interchanging wins it. People can write whatever they want, but spelling, punctuation, grammar and legibility should be universal within fanfic, especially when regularly using a term like 'Statute', 'Auror', 'Dumbledore', 'Lucius Malfoy', or any of the other commonly misspelt canon words wherein the misspelling gives the term a totally different meaning. Your readership mostly being 12 is no excuse.
     
  18. wolf550e

    wolf550e High Inquisitor DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2006
    Messages:
    578
    Gender:
    Male
    Statute/statue is like canon/cannon: it's a word the author has likely never used outside of discussing HP. Some people can only spell the words they knew when they were six years old. I blame public schools.
     
  19. Palurien

    Palurien Third Year DLP Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2010
    Messages:
    99
    Location:
    Norway
    Magical core and magical fatigue. It's magic, why would you need to put silly limits on it? :facepalm
    One story I read a while back made Harry carry several wands since they (the wands) apparantly could only fire so many spells before being 'empty' or whatever the reason was >.<.
     
  20. World

    World Oberstgruppenführer DLP Supporter Retired Staff

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    Messages:
    3,319
    Location:
    Axis of Evil (Original)
Loading...
Not open for further replies.