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Fanfiction Peeves


Because I need to collect these and express them in a more effective way than ranting at a quickly flattening can of cream soda.

1) Lying Reviewers

When a really bad fic has a completely disproportionate review count. Especially when they’re all positive. >:C

 

2) Terrible Capitalization

Why are your “I”s dotted? I was certain that was a period. Why is there some convoluted geometric sequence in the seemingly random capitalization?

3) Emoticons

What are you doing. It is proper writing, not chatting on skype. If you can’t describe ^w^ properly, that should tell you something.

4) RP A/Ns

Stop talking to your characters, especially in the terrible script RP format so often applied.

Aurua: What, but I thought you liked talking to me? WHY ARE YOU SO MEAN? QQ

Maya: Holy shit, all the OOC. Hold up… I’m speaking to a figment of my imagination. *runs off sadly*

Maya: *comes back* Aurua, move to the next one. *rushes off again*

5) Self Insertion

There are some fandoms utterly plagued by this for no reason at all. Most of the time, it’s some sassy modern minded female that has the same skillset as the characters.

Of course, there is no alteration to the storyline, nor relationships.

6) POV Hopping

WHO THE FLYING FU-

I mean, how do we get a emotional attachment to a character if you’re interrupting flow every 200 words to POV change?

6) Herding Sues

Because, apparently, if everyone’s a Sue, no one is!

This only works in certain settings, and most often, this is not done well. (We all know I love a good curb stomp battle, and generally OP and Godmoding from characters. I love them.)

7) Bolded Paragraphs

Just… No.

It burns my retinas (or what is left)

8) Text Walls

I can’t figure out where the next line starts by the time I’m 120 words in. Just unable to get through it.

Bonus tears if used in junction with 7.

9) Rebellious Attire

NO ONE. NO. ONE. WEARS BLACK CARGO PANTS WITH CHAINS HANGING FROM THEM, TRENCH COAT WITH LARGE BUCKLES, CHOKER, AND GOTHIC MOTIF T-SHIRTS AND STILL WALK AROUND A TRAIN STATION.

Oh my god, who does that except for the intellectually unsound?

10) Arbitrary Foreign Language

I once witnessed a fanfic set in reality AU (aka, Hunter X Hunter verse) where a tribal people used Japanese honorifics.

And injection of Japanese (and others, but my fandoms are anime ._.) into English speech when it is understood they are speaking in native tongue when English is used.

I’m not against using random languages in fics. After all, I’m totally in love with a vampire who swears up a storm in Romanian and no one understands anything he says when he does.

11) Misusage Overdose

I saw some pretty terrible uses of “vis a vis”.

T’was accentuated by it’s application seven times in 8000 words.

12) Obscurity Overdose

“Akimbo”

I saw this used properly, but way too much. It’s too uncommon a word to use so much. Geez. Twice in a paragraph is horrifying.

13) Thought Indicators

/THIS INDICATES THOUGHT/

\THIS INDICATES MY DISPLEASURE\

|THIS INDICATES FLOW DISRUPTION|

14) Misfitted Naming

Because in ancient China, who the flying flip names their child Alexis?

And, “Alexis” was related to canon, Liujing named characters.

15) Word Dye

Bluenette is not a word.

Nor is pinkette.

16) Misleading Summary

The summary, beautiful grammar, passable syntax, interesting plot.

BAM!

The actual writing quality is so much worse.

17) Uninformative Summary

“Read and find out”

No.

18) Ready-Made Outfit/Ready-Made Outfit, With Sharpies

Her clothing looked just like ________!

Her clothing looked just like ________ but blue and a little ripped at the ends!

 

It’s like a template they’re getting this shit from.

19) Bashing

Don’t do it obviously, anyway.

Besides, 90% of the time, the descriptions of the the bashed character are just narrow minded conceptions by the author and are generally false or unproven.

I’d just kill them off quietly in a corner. They don’t deserve screen time anyway.

20) Terrible Usernames

I think BrokenDemonessAngel speaks for itself. If not, I will give you a lengthy paragraph on the shortcomings.

21) Egoless Summary

They claim to be bad at summaries, what is to stop them from being bad at other things?

And saying “first fanfic!” makes it seem like you’re a noob, rather than a newbie.

And just claiming that it’s not that good, how is it worth my time if you don’t believe in it?

22) Naturally Occurring Wigs/ Contacts

Shifting colours is not allowed.

Shades? Fine. Tones? Where applicable. Hues? In the same family.

Colours?

HELL. NO.

Special Mention to:

~ Outgrowing Fanfics

I remember loving a fanfiction, and loving it. Something that sailed a ship or dragged me into a fandom, or that one story that had me addicted to fanfiction.

And here I am, feeling old, and wanting to make myself feel all sentimental and nostalgic when suddenly, I realize that I can barely read the piece anymore. I’m finding flaws in the grammar, in prose, in plot. It all was so much more beautifully worded in my head.

So, feeling even older, I click the back button.

 

This shall be supplemented by subsequent posts as I come up with more irritants.

~Maya

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Writing Characters (Side tip)


I’m late with my Challenge! But I have a reason. My computer with my file where I write all this stuff is dead at the moment, and I’m waiting for the computer people to come help me out. I’ll update as soon as I can!

On a different note, I’m going to explain my processing of characters and their places in the plotline.

First, a character is created, some people make a character because they need a plot device, and others make the plot around the character. I’m usually the latter, because for me, if the character already has a backstory, personality, and appearance, it makes for a more dynamic, less cliché character rather than plucking someone out of the air because they needed to fulfill a role. I build a better plot when I need to think about why a character is doing something.

That is why I have a bank of characters in my head, sith varying depths of characterization. As I use them in my writing, I sketch them out and fill in a basic profile.

In an awkward and strange angle, the two or three main characters in my stories are the ones that I make up as I go along, using the plot to shape their personality because they are made in the first way, to suit the plot.

Where are they from? When are they? Family? Reasoning? History? Enviroment? Everything must be considered.

Also, I ahorre “disposable characters” comes in with a bang, goes out in a fizzle. If I need to kill someone off, but it doesn’t call for the death of a legitimate part of the main plot, I’ll probably make someone up on the spot, who will be named likewise. If they’re important, you’ll see them many, many times.

However, character deaths should not be taken lightly. A death should be meaningful when they’re an active part of the cast. There should never be a “oh thank goodness he’s dead” moment when someone of importance dies.

Case point: Rolo of Code Geass. SPOILER (We all know of my slight obsession, hush you) Man, after this kid killed Shirley, he got a crapload of hate, everyone hated him. But, DAMN, that few minutes of monologue with Lelouch, and then his death, that was a tearful moment, right there.

Since I watched Geass, I felt the need to plan in advance which characters I need to kill, and make them as likeable as was suitable. Impact, purpose, that’s what characters are for.

Writing villains are no easy task either. Too evil, and they’re no longer believeable, too kind, and people question their validity. So where is that middle ground?

Well, how I try is to make connections. And in a discarded plot bunny, this is what I came up with.

The villain is the old librarian who collects people’s memories through extracting someone’s “soul” and watching their life, searching for the hidden pieces of detail that he needs to create the “Book of Legend”, a book to guide people on becoming a heroic influence on the world by imitating champions of old. Additionally, he needs several body parts in order to create the extraction potion, which is basically prolonged torture, but here’s the kicker;

He’s the one who raised the hero trio, telling them stories of justice and methods of aquiring the power to fight the forces of evil.

Damn, what now? He’s a lovable old man who wants to raise children into people of justice, are we really going to kill him?

Some say no, find a creative way to wrap it up, but I’d say, a few chapters before his death, give background, the why, the how, the what. Make him the most well devloped character for that single glorified moment in which he is vapourized and everyone reading is utterly mystified as to if they should be laughing or crying.

This has turned into a rant about my thoughts on killing off a character… I’ll edit this with more relevance… later..

~MayaYume


Story Ranting, One


So, we all know I write quite a bit, a reflection of how much free time I have. Looking through pages upon pages of fanfiction on ff.net got me thinking. Why shouldn’t I put something here on my thoughts about what’s in a title?

Gee, I really do have too much time.

But anyway, a title is to represent a story. The first thing that a person sees while cotemplating weather or not to click in or crack open the story that you wrote. Generally, they’re kept short, concise, and seemingly always vague. Said vagueness is to leave wiggle room in case of wandering plotlines (especially in a write as you post situation, in which the plot can really dance to its own tune and refuse what you’re telling it to do) which really does make a lot of sense. Ways that people name stories are to characterize the protaganist (The Spymaster’s Lady) the setting (City of Ember) a single pivotial event (Trapped in Ice) or a source of great symbolism. (Wisteria by MissTeak on ff.net)

A bad name will stop people in their tracks if it’s unreasonable. Which is usually making title too long or misleading (like implying fantasy when there isn’t any) or contradictions and grammatical mistakes. (_____’s New Adventure! Or is it? Part ___) Yeah, that.

Hmm, I think that’s it. ( Oh, and try to spell things properly, and putting capitals in the right place)

~MayaYume