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Daily Prompt: Pungent

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Today I got into a conversation with some fans of the youtubers Phil and Dan, and found myself amused when they claimed that no fandom has stories which are badly written smut that make ones eyes water, and one feel like throwing up, and yet a fandom which is only two years old can’t possibly compare to a fandom which is nineteen and a half years old in regards to the stuff that comes out. However, I’m not sure I really want to talk about the pungent stuff found in the Harry Potter fandom that involves obvious kink. That’s just…

Here instead is a list of things that make me face palm within the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom.

First, there are a group of writers who think that Shiro/Allura is canon fact despite the fact the two have never shown signs of liking each other in the first season, and the canon pairing for the original series was Keith/Allura. (I’ve read some good stories for S/A, but they also don’t write the pairing as fact either.)

  • I read one story where the writer jumped to the two being married as the begining of their story, but also where Allura was already pregnant with their first child. Nothing really bad happened except to add a brief bit of angst to the series, and everything was sugar coated.
  • I read another story where the writer forced the two to act as a married couple for diplomatic reasons despite not explaining the customs of the aliens upfront to the reader because the aliens wouldn’t accept help from the paladins unless diplomatic measures were taken. Why the paladins of Voltron needed permission to save the day, and then leave as soon as the task was done, I do not know, except the writer kept explaining “this is the customs of the aliens, and their religion, so the paladins have to respect that”. In reality, they just created an excuse to force two characters together. The two also weren’t in love with each other, but lusting after each other, and acting majorly out of character, something the writer claimed would be explained through flashbacks, but in reality, having looked at the reviews on their later chapters – they just can’t be bothered to keep any of the characters in character.

Second, I’ve come across quite a few stories where writers think AU means do whatever you want, not realizing that while the AU genre covers possible alternate universes, it does not cover impossible ones. For example, it is not possible for an alternative universe where alternate universes do not exist to exist. A lot of these seem to also tie into the Galra theory as well.

  • I read a story where they were in a fantasy setting AU, and suddenly Keith was Galra – as if that were canon fact, when there is no hard evidence in the canon material, and = well, the piece read like original fiction.
  • A story where Shiro was a youtuber with black eye shadow. (Please, the fact his eyes have the dark lines around him does not equate him having eye shadow, so while this may be used with a meme, it should not be used as if it were canon fact!)
  • A high school AU where Lance was suddenly wearing different colored nail polish on his nails because he was “so gay” and that’s how the writer wanted to see him, and not because she could back it up with canon fact.
  • A non-AU where the writer attempted to work out the Galra theory, and – well, made a story where his being Galra would not have at all gone unnoticed.
  • Alpha/Omega, where people are only doing the AU to write an mpreg, not because they really want to explore the concept.

As for some good fics, I can’t remember the tiles or names of the author’s off the top of my head, but I have read a good Shiro/Allura where the others are kids in preschool, and Shiro is having to raise Katie, and then another with Keith/Lance where they’re in college, and getting to know each other. One where Lance gets PTSD, and no romance. And some ones that did well with the Galra theory, and various others.

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Daily Prompt: Liminal (Fanfic)

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For today’s post, I didn’t know what the word liminal meant. According to Merriam-Webster, the word means…

 

  • 1 :  of or relating to a sensory threshold

  • 2 :  barely perceptible

  • 3 :  of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition :  in-between, transitional

What this particular word reminds me of in regards to fanfiction is original fiction writers attempt to pass of as fanfiction, but also the attitude that comes with why some people feel this is okay.

The first question which comes to mind is this – what is original fiction that passes itself off as fanfiction. The best way to describe it is, replace the names of all canon elements, and you’ll find that you won’t recognize what fandom it is for. However, I’ve read a few pieces of fanfiction which aren’t original fiction trying to pass itself off as fanfiction, so this isn’t a catch all. You also can’t come out and say that that particular element was likely inspired by a given fandom either, unless maybe you’re talking about fanon headcanons. It’s something that’s not, in other words, easy to explain, beyond the fact the work strips the fandom of it’s identifiable elements, and it doesn’t feel like the fandom anymore. Which brings us to two problems.

  1. A few people argue that people should not be subjected to limitations on what fanfiction can or can’t be.
  2. Some argue that what a fandom feels like is subjective, not objective, because it is a feeling, but there is a bit more to the feel than just emotional feeling, but more on that in a bit.

In regards to the first problem, there is a group of people out there who try and argue that writing has no rules. Let me make it rather clear that this group of people is honestly looked down upon in writing circles, and no, this isn’t because of some kind of elitist attitude. I’ve found in the long run, the ones who tend to have the elitist attitude in regards to writing are those who either believe the classics are flawless, and attempt to mimic these works without stopping to think about the flaws, or people who think there should be no rules, and that those who believe there is any rule can just stuff it.

However, in regards to what can or can’t be fanfiction, that’s not subjective at all. That said, there are three definitions of fanfiction.

  1. Fictional works derived from another person’s fictional work.
  2. Fictional works created by a fan of something about said something, meaning it is still derived.
  3. Fictional works created by amateur writers who are just fans of the genre. (This is the original use, and was used by professional writers in genre like sci-fi to brush off the work made by amateur writers in amateur publications as not as serious as their work, which is why saying fanfiction isn’t serious business is a major nitpick.)

For something to be a fanfic of an already existing work, it needs to be in some manner derived from that work. If it’s not, it’s just original fiction passing off as original fiction, no matter what the writer and fans of said story says. But what does this mean? It means that one is able to recognize the work as being a part of that original work, but what exactly are the criteria for this?

What defines a fandom are the characters, place and objects that are unique to that fandom. Thus, I will cover each.

Characters

If a character is out of character (OoC), then they are not themselves anymore, but an OC pretending to be the canon character. Thus, place becomes important in making the work still a fanfic, which is why situational AUs are problematic for when characters are made out of character – the story no longer contains any of the three elements. Even if this isn’t the case, place itself can be made OoC as well, thus having the same effect. For example, stories which take place in the world of Harry Potter with creature inheritances, and added features that serve no real purpose, and the canon elements taking a back seat are really hard to argue as being fanfic and not original fiction. Fanfiction is about writing in another persons world, and not about creating your own world – that’s the purpose of original fiction, so when you start crossing the line into creating your own places and characters with only a faint resemblance to the canon ones, or even none, you’ve crossed the line.

Place

Not everybody likes using the canon characters. Some prefer using the place, but if place itself is not described, and focused on, one gets into problems as well. For example, I once read a story where a bunch of OCs claiming to be Harry Potter OCs ran around doing random stuff with no relation to the canon material, supposidly taking place in the world of Harry Potter. That was hands down original fiction. Other times, place just isn’t well described, and could be anywhere, unless destinct details are given. This is particularly problematic in regards to the schools outside of Hogwarts, which is why including canon characters somehow is important.

Objects

Fandoms like Pokemon present a unique element in the fact one simply needs to mention the use of Pokeballs, and other items to be qualified – and the Pokemon do count. This allows people to create new worlds for people to explore. However, a bunch of fans playing the Pokemon games does not count as fanfiction, not unless they are canon characters.

Why is this a problem?

I read fanfiction to read fanfiction, which is about the characters, places and things I love from the fandom, and not to read original fiction. However, this brings me to the fact some people can’t recognize that the fandom isn’t the fandom anymore. In some part, this can be explained by the following.

  • Those who are new to the fandom, even some adults, are learning what it means, and are simply excited about getting into fanfiction.
  • Some readers, aren’t good readers.

The second one is problematic, as this led to some Twilight writers taking advantage of Twilight fans whose reading comprehension skills left a lot to be desired. They took their original fiction, purposefully published it for the fanfic readers, then pulled it once it got popular – because others were doing it – to retool to publish as original fiction, making something someone got for free now something they had to pay for, although the payed for version had a few edits here and there.

Speaking of reading comprehension, here’s another issue. It counts visual comprehension as well. Some people do not comprehend what they are reading or writing, and thus have an interpretation of the canon material that doesn’t add up. For example, the Galra theory is popular in the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom, but is also came about because of visual comprehension problems. For Bleach, there is a group of fans who believe Hinamori Momo can do no wrong. Not only to they write her this way, they expect other writers to never make her have to deal with repercussions from her fatal flaws – like characters voicing the fact they’re frustrated with her actions behind her back.

However, there’s also a group that honestly doesn’t care. All they care about is getting their ship kick, with as much sexy romance to make their senses drool, that they don’t care about whether the characters are in character, let alone if the plot makes any sense. The writers are the same.

That’s it for today’s word.

 

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Sated – Fanfic Essay

Sated

In regards to sated, I’m thinking of what does it take to be satisfied as a fanfic writer, but also a reader.

As a Writer

For me, personally, I’m not satisfied with my own work unless I put my best effort into whatever I do. I also don’t understand why others don’t care to put an effort in at all, but then I eventually remember that what satisfies other people is getting positive reviews, reads and favorites. Are those though really worth it, if one doesn’t put the effort in? Isn’t the feeling of satisfaction received also a false sense of satisfaction, and a false sense of satiating ones appetite for praise?

That’s why people act negatively to a negative review, or at least one reason. They’re satisfying their urge for positive praise by not putting the effort in, and they know it. Mind you, not all writers are like this. Some of the ones who react negatively, do so because they have a gut reaction, but eventually they calm down. I’m talking specifically about the group of writers – a small group, which doesn’t put an effort into their work. For some reason, the reaction is always going to be negative, simply because they don’t want.

Now, a few people argue, in regards to negative reviews, if someone doesn’t want them, then one shouldn’t post them. However, once you’ve posted something online, you loose the right to dictate what others say about your work. Sure, you can counter critique that isn’t legit, but to say that legit critique is a no go, that is a form of censorship. Says Lucy Gillam in her essay Apology for Critisism.

Anyone not liking a story, type of story, story convention, etc., is reminded that no one is forcing them to read it, that they can simply delete it from their mailbox.  The “creative” endeavor is protected at all costs.

The critic, however, is not afforded this protection.  She is not afforded the understanding that she can’t not write, that she has ideas pounding at her brain to be let out.  She is not afforded the option of simply carving out her own space, where those who don’t like what she does can simply not visit, not read.

And yet, the major irony here is, we’re talking about people who don’t care one iota about the creative endeavor. I’ve seen one writer post a story which was a supposed situational AU where every single character was horribly out of character, but in addition to this, the writer couldn’t be bothered to use proper grammar – to edit her work before publishing. I wouldn’t say that this person had an idea pounding in the back of their head which she couldn’t get out. That’s rather impossible when she admitted she started into the idea as soon as it came into her head, when in reality an idea pounding in the back of ones head is something that’s been there awhile, aching to get out. It’s not the kind of feeling someone who only writes on the spur of the moment, slapping something together could possibly understand.

This same person, however, who couldn’t possibly understand what it was like to not write, tried telling another person that the critique they received wasn’t welcome. No, that because they decided to not put an effort in, that for some reason that exempted them from getting critique. In fact, such attitudes are alienating, hurtful, not to mention degrading. Take for example an article written by Cynical Otter called Flogging Elitism in the Fanfiction World. She came back just a day later as the Humbled Otter with a post called The Otter Apologizes to the Fanfiction Masses. To quote something from the later response…

I did not (I repeat) did not intend to target or hurt the majority of fan fiction writers and people who are kind enough to actually take time from their lives and aid in the editing process. But sadly, I did.

She also realized, unlike one reader who tried defending a writer I critiqued, by the time she wrote Fan Fiction Elitism: Two Years Later that there are some things which shouldn’t be ignored. As she points out…

Then there is the major pet peeve; fan-brats who insist on romanticizing things like rape, the Holocaust, 9/11, you know the type. If an object of lust can be conveniently inserted into the tragedy, nothing is sacred.As

Insisting there be standards isn’t the act of elitism, and instead having a standard is just common decency. When a writer posts something hot-off-the-press, the reader struggles to read it, so the common decency is to use proper grammar. The canon characters are something another writer created, so common decency towards the original creator is to keep them in character unless one has a logical reason for changing the character. In fact, we’re writing in worlds created by another person, so while one may may improvements on a series, particularly one which ended to soon, or that has a particular flaw, it is not common decency to create a preferred version which amounts to blatant wish fulfillment.

That said, writing characters in character does take practice, as does making a story canon compliant.

There is a major difference between a writer whose seriously trying to learn, and these writers who don’t take things seriously. Their implication that there should be no standards, because that is elitism, that is in fact elitism in itself. They feel an exception to how everyone is treated – common decency that is – should be thrown out the window so that what they post contains no negative reviews. Or some think their feelings should be spared regardless of what is common decency. So…

As a Reader…

I expect writers to be respectful of their readers. I still remember over on Wattpad a reader comment on how a writer lashed out at her, telling her “don’t like, don’t read” simply because the reader misread her comment. In fact, I had a writer do this to me, only to make themselves look like a jerk to their small handful of readers, which resulted in a major loss of readership, as their comment was visible.  Hands down I don’t expect everyone to act in a respectful manner, but if a person starts off by claiming the act of leaving critique is disrespectful, that is most certainly a sign of a writer who doesn’t have respect for their readers.

Reviews are earned, not an obligation.

As for other things… here are some types of stories as a reader I would like to see more of.

  1. Well written slash not written by rabid fangirls who think it is okay to emasculate the male characters, but also use stereotypes in the stories the write, but even read. I don’t in any way consider a person who writes slash for kicks to be a real slash writer.
  2. Bleach – I love stories where Gin and Rangiku are Toshiro’s parents.
  3. Bleach – I love stories where Isshin is Toshiro’s taicho. Yes, he is in canon, but I started this kick back in 2008 before it was revealed.
  4. Voltron: Legendary Defender – Stories where Shiro and Keith are biological brothers.
  5. Getting to see young writers grow in their craft.

That’s it for now.

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Daily Prompt: Chaotic

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Here is my first response to the daily prompts here on WordPress. Since I am a fanfic writer, I intend on tying the word into fanfiction somehow, whether it be to write a short story, or an essay.

In this particular case, the word chaotic reminds me of the whole writing process. One of the excuses I’ve seen people make in regards to my critique is to complain that I take fanfic writing to seriously, but when someone does this, what they say makes me think they really don’t understand the writing process at all, let alone how much work I and others put into their stories. The process, like any writing process, is utterly chaotic, and this chaos makes writing hard.

However, those who complain about me taking fanfic to seriously, I’ve found they don’t take fanfic writing seriously at all. They don’t care about putting an effort in, let alone the hard work. Yet, despite this, they still expect to get positive reviews only, as if the readers are obligated to do so. Suddenly, things become all about them, which in itself is chaotic. I’ve had a tween tell me that most of the writers in fandom were tweens, despite the fact there isn’t any site I can think of out there for writing that allows tweens to have an account. The one I can think of – Quizella – is now gone.

Why should this self-centered idea that an exception should be made regarding critique simply because the writer doesn’t want to take things seriously be respected? The very fact they’re not willing to take things seriously, how is that respectful to the majority who do take things seriously? If they’re not serious about fanfic, why are they even writing it? Why should those who are serious leave, just so those who are not can party?

The answer is no, we should not have to respect thoughts and behaviors which show a lack of respect for others, nor should the fact we don’t respect this be deemed disrespectful. Respect is a two-way street, but is also something one earns. There is also a major difference between respecting the fact people have different opinions, and not putting up with acts of disrespect. Respect means showing courteous behavior, but disrespect means not doing so. Those who feel their disrespect should be respected mean people should let their behavior slide without reprimand, because reprimand is disrespectful in their minds, but in reality, a reprimand is in no way discourteous.

Oh, and the work of those who don’t take fanfic seriously – in all honestly the stuff the produce is almost always chaotic in nature, reflecting their chaotic attitudes. Real writers take what they write seriously.

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Not Mine Valentine (Bleach)

I decided to pull anonymous reviews by going into the Remove Review feature, but there are no dates for this feature, just numbers.

Anon  (20) – I’m loving this fanfic! I love the idea of Gin being Toshiros Father.

Thanks. I actually like this idea as well, even though we’ll likely now never know if Kubo ever did intend to reveal this.

Katie (22) – I’ll start off with saying that I’m a huge fan and I think your writing is amazing! So much so, that I even find myself rereading them when I have time and that’s something I usually don’t do. I really like this story and the plot is very interesting. I also think that you capture the character’s personalities very well through both their reactions to situations, and their dialogue. I, personally, don’t like hinamori

Thanks. I like the fact someone likes my stories enough to re-read them. I actually wouldn’t describe my writing as amazing though, knowing full well where I’ve come from, and where I hope to go. However, someone reminded me recently in regards to my offline craft pursuits that what may not seem amazing to me, particularly due to how hard I can be on myself, that to others it is amazing, so I kind of have found myself trying to look at my older works through that kind of eye on top of nitpicking everything I know I did wrong.

I actually like Hinamori though, despite all of her major flaws. I wouldn’t say she’s a likable character, as she’s not really someone I think I’d want to be friends with, due to the fact she has a habit of being oblivious to those around her, but as a character type, I find her to be quite real, as I have met people like her. She adds a dynamic to the work, but also who Toshiro is.

Katie (22) – I’m so sorry! I think credit should be given where credit is due, and it is canon that hinamori is a kido master. I really wouldn’t be surprised if Shinji does get rid of her in the manga though. Thank you for update and I’m sorry for putting two reviews. Please forgive me!

Actually, she’s a master at her kido, not a kido master. There is a major difference. I’m not surprised that Shinji kept her around though, as he likes playing with her mind. She did, as I thought, never prove she had what it took to be a fukutaicho though.

Gemma Hitsugaya (15) – What is with toshiro? I don’t think I like him this way

Yeah. I get the fact some fans don’t like child genius Toshiro acting like a kid, but others do.

One question. They were both shown as children when they first met, and she didn’t suffer any memory loss since that point. So when would they have a child?

Were they children when they met? I was under the impression they were both preteens, which means they were able to have children. As for her not ever suffering memory loss, no, that’s never been shown in the series, but then Kubo had to cut the series short, so a lot of things are unknown.

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Broken Wish (Voltron: Legendary Defender)

You are extremely rude. You take fanfic to seriously you forget the fact that most writers on this site are tweens and are not going to write to the impossible standard you set. You think your reviews are helpful and that you are bestowing your great writing knowledge onto us but you are not you are annoying and hurtful. You also forget that fan fic writers do this for themselfs not for your stuck up self and do it for free. If you are such a great writer who knows so much more than we do then why are you on fanfic and not published? It’s sad and sick that you get a kick out of giving negative and overly harsh reviews on fanfic to people most of which are tweens. Please stop or at least stay out of the Voltron fandom where I reminded you most of the writers are tweens and your are doing more harm than good and all of us just really do not like you.

I actually have an idea of who may have sent this particular anonymous review to me, but also why this may have been sent anonymously, though I may be wrong. In July I reviewed a story which featured a ten-year-old purple paladin with her own purple lion. To be exact, the character was ten and a half, which gave away the fact the writer was in fact ten and a half, but more on that in a bit.

In my review I told the writer that a sixth lion was an impossibility, but also that their character stole the spotlight from another canon character, of whom one of the defining traits is being the youngest paladin. For those who don’t know the Voltron fandom, Voltron is a robot comprised of five unites with no room for any more units, and as such almost every character which comes with their own lion is a Mary Sue or Gary Stu. Even prototype lions mean your character is a Mary Sue or Gary Stu if they can out perform the final product. I then told the writer that there were better ways to add in an OC than what they were doing.

I of course got a negative response from the writer who told me to stop being rude – but in reality told me that negative reviews had no place on their story despite the fact there is a rule on the pit about accepting critique even if it’s not something you want to hear. They then proceeded to make up their own definition of fanfiction – “not real” – despite the fact fiction means “didn’t really happen”. My response was to tell them not to throw tantrums, not to make up their own definitions, but also to pay attention to canon due to the fact they claimed their story as “non AU” even though it wasn’t, which meant they either didn’t know what an AU was, or wasn’t paying attention to what was or wasn’t canon.

They then responded with an author’s note instead of by replying to the PM. They thought not naming me actually made them look like the better person, and yet this resulted in a poor reviewer on their other story thinking they were the one sending demanding messages as they’d made a few requests of things they’d like to see in the said story. They also left out the fact the demanding messages constituted a legit critique, and a PM not putting up with the tantrum they threw in response to said critique in an attempt to gain sympathy, but also tried holding their story hostage for reviews, another sympathy ploy.

Normally I ignore tantrums which show up in author’s notes. However, this one was posted as an individual chapter, which is against site rules on the pit. I’d also reviewed quite a few stories, and came to have a great deal of respect for the other writers and reviewers in the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom, and did not like the level of disrespect this writer showed them. I let the writer know their author’s notes were against site rules, to actually earn their reviews like everybody else on the site, but also made it quite clear that the writer didn’t like critique, thus giving a heads up to the other reviewers I’d seen critiquing in the fandom that they might get a negative response in return. I’d also called the writer out for probably being ten and a half, something I’d meant to do in my original review. People after all, don’t normally refer to a ten-year-old as ten and a half unless they are that age.

They then threatened to out me – which I told them was pointless because I purposefully outed myself. They also tried telling me they weren’t ten, because “I never put my real age in stories because of internet safety. I’m suprised you don’t know about this. You should have learned about it in almost every grade,” only to thus reveal the fact they were indeed ten and a half. Age, like gender, is not personal information which can allow someone to identify you off line. Exact birthday, yes, but not your actual age. I know quite a few people who are upfront about their age on the site. I also blocked them as I did not wish to deal with a ten-year-old throwing tantrums.

Their account went silent after that. I suspect their next move was to turn to their parents, which in turn outed them to the parents as having signed up for an account on a site they’re not old enough for, but also that they weren’t following other rules on the site. I also suspect they got their internet privileges revoked until yesterday, when the anonymous review was sent, but they didn’t get their account back, either because they forgot the password, or their parents purposefully changed the password on them, even possibly changing their account to the parents e-mail. And yes, it would be within the parents rights to do so. I’d also blocked them. This made them mad, so the only way to lash out was through an anonymous review.

You are extremely rude.

Critique is not rude, or mean, and as long as someone thinks this way, they are not mature enough to have an account, even if they are old enough. Calling someone out for throwing a tantrum is also not rude either. However, what is rude is…

  1. Throwing a tantrum.
  2. Claiming the person calling you out for throwing a tantrum, or such, is in fact throwing a tantrum.
  3. Expecting an exception to the rules be made for you.
  4. Expecting an exception in regards to critique be made for you.
  5. Making up definitions for fandom terms which are already defined, and don’t match up with the already defined terms just to try and argue your point.
  6. Labeling your story as “non-AU” when it is AU.
  7. Lying to ones readers about getting rude messages when you didn’t.
  8. Holding ones story hostage for reviews.
  9. Posting an author’s note as an individual chapter, thus bumping another writer’s story off the front page.
  10. Going behind your parents back and signing up for a site you’re not old enough to be on.

You take fanfic to seriously you forget the fact that most writers on this site are tweens and are not going to write to the impossible standard you set.

I’ll start off with the fact there should be no tweens on the site what-so-ever, as a tween is between the ages of ten and twelve, and one needs to be at least thirteen to have an account on the site. The next thing to point out is, yes, the writing standard I hold other writers and myself to is an impossibly standard for most tweens, however, said tweens aren’t even supposed to be using the site in the first place. The standard though is not impossible for someone who is old enough to have an account, even though said standard may take time to achieve depending on the writer.

Second, if you’re not willing to take fanfic writing seriously, why should I or anyone else take you seriously. The writer in question complained about me wasting their time in their first PM, but isn’t that what a writer who doesn’t take things seriously doing – wasting the time of everyone else in fandom? Those who aren’t willing to take things seriously, they think fanfic writing is a game, and they’re only here for positive reviews to stroke their ego, hoping to get said reviews without actually earning them. I say, that’s the attitude which isn’t right, as reviews are something you earn.

You also forget that fan fic writers do this for themselfs not for your stuck up self and do it for free.

This is a lie. First off, if your posting something online, you’re not doing it for yourself anymore. You post something online for others to see and enjoy, unless of course you’re only in it for the reviews. Which brings me to point two, it’s a lie that any writer of fanfic who posts their stories online does it for free. While it is true that they’re not getting any monetary value from the posting of their story, they are being payed in reviews, follows and social contact with other people in fandom. Add to this, I suspect a lot of the people claiming they do it for free actually would try to earn money off what they write if they could under copyright law, but only don’t do so because this would get them into legal trouble.

In the long run, the person being stuck up is the person who thinks they shouldn’t earn the reviews, follows and other forms of social contact that other writers are working towards. It ties back to the for most writers, this isn’t a game, but a for a few it is, and they get mad when someone comes along ruining this game. Writing is a craft, whether it be a hobby or not, and as such a person should treat it as such.

You think your reviews are helpful and that you are bestowing your great writing knowledge onto us but you are not you are annoying and hurtful.

The funny thing about this comment is, when I entered the Voltron: Legendary Defender fandom, I found out exactly how helpful me reviewers were to the majority of fanfic writers, which would be those who take things seriously. Said reviews were appreciated by both newbies and old timers alike, as they found the reviews helful, but a few also voiced the fact they ached for critique. Those who found the reviews annoying were those who either didn’t take things seriously, or those who were in serious denial in regards to the issues in their stories, and would rather run from the truth.

As for critique being hurtful, I really wish people would stop. I found a quote from Gerhold K. Becker’s book Ethics in Business and Society: Chinese and Western Perspectives.

Not quite. Hurt feelings or even the feeling of revulsion are certainly harms we can well do without, but there is another sense of the word “harm”in which it is intelligible to say: “Despite being hurt, you are not really harmed.” For example, some medical procedures, such as injections, hurt but are not harmful – quite the reverse.

In other words, yes, critique hurts. However, one can not become a better writer without getting critiqued at some point. In other words, while critique hurts, it is not hurtful, which means causing “injury, detriment, or suffering”. Yes, ones ego may end up a bit bruised by critique – I should know – but it’s not something which causes the “injury, detriment, or suffering” that bullying does. It pales in comparison, and is something which has positive effects if only one takes the time to put aside the hurt feelings.

If you are such a great writer who knows so much more than we do then why are you on fanfic and not published?

How do you know I’m not published? Maybe I am, maybe I’m not. I don’t let people know if I am or I’m not because I consider that to be a conflict of interest. Add to this, the fact a writer is published doesn’t mean the shouldn’t write fanfic either. You just don’t normally hear about it because it is considered a conflict of interest, as each should stand on it’s own merits.

As for why I write fanfic – this tells me the person leaving said review honestly doesn’t get fanfic at all.

I write fanfiction because there are stories stuck in my head that only work with already existing canon characters, but also because I want to share these stories with other people. Funny how this attitude differs from the idea that fanfic is only for oneself. I feel it is my duty to give my readers the best story I can, and that this is something I owe my readers. That’s why I decided to call the particular writer I mentioned out, they felt they owed their readers nothing, not a single ounce of respect.

It’s sad and sick that you get a kick out of giving negative and overly harsh reviews on fanfic to people most of which are tweens.

I find it sad that this person thinks there’s something wrong with negative reviews, when the site rules clearly state not all reviews will praise the work. I’ll admit that I’m blunt in my reviews, but I found a long time ago that sugar coating things always ended up with the exact opposite effect on those who wanted the reviews, and those who threw tantrums would do so no matter what I did.

I also find it sad that this person doesn’t get the fact tweens are NOT allowed to HAVE an account!

I also don’t get a kick out of leaving negative reviews. How I feel about the reviews I leave is actually complicated. I do worry about the younger writers I review, so when I suspect the writer might be a younger writer for some reason, I do try to adjust my review accordingly, but this can also be hard. Some might say, “just avoid reviewing”, but then I feel like I would be lying people. Negative reactions to said reviews do also bother me, but not because people get mad at me, but because nobody enjoys seeing a teen or adult throw a tantrum like a toddler in an attempt to get their way.

Please stop or at least stay out of the Voltron fandom where I reminded you most of the writers are tweens and your are doing more harm than good and all of us just really do not like you.

Talk about an majorly self entitled tween here, though I’d actually use the word preteen. As already stated, those under thirteen aren’t supposed to have an account. Thus the vast majority of writers are going to be teenagers. There are a few other amusing things about this though.

First, I’ve been in fandoms aimed at tweens, and Voltron: Legendary Defender isn’t one of them. While a few tweens sneak in, most of the writers are in their early teens, thirteen or fourteen year old’s, maybe some fifteen year old’s, older teens and adults. This fact doesn’t mean the older writers should get lost, but the demographics for the fandom are far from being a fandom which favors teens, because…

… second, Voltron isn’t a new fandom. The fandom is actually over thirty-years-old. I’m sure a lot of the writers are around forty to fifty years old, and remember the time of fanzines, unlike this young whippersnapper. This person talks about being rude at the beginning, but the fact they just told every single adult who grew up loving Voltron to get out is most certainly rude.

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Aliens Among Us

I received a couple of reviews from anonymous reviewers on this story – well, three, one of which asks for a sequel that I am working on as my Just Write It for Wattpad this month. Here is the first review.

Did your best – July 27 – Not a bad fic overall, but it fell a bit flat. While the basics of the characters’ personalities were there, they were fairly bland, like there’s no real desire to flesh them out in a unique way. A good effort, but not terribly memorable.

And part of the second review…

Guest – Aug 8 – The character also had me a little confused, which might have just been because of the dialogue, since it felt a bit stiff. […] I think you’re able to do more with it.

I agree with both reviews. Now, I really didn’t intend to flesh out the characters in a unique way for this piece. I didn’t want to shove in my theory of Keith and Shiro being brothers, or some other theories I have going on. I focused mostly on making a particular point – how unbelievable the Keith is Galra stories had been up until then. I’ve since come across a few writers who actually fleshed out the idea. Despite the fact character development wasn’t a goal, I still could have worked on it. I’ll also try to work on my dialogue in my other stories.

P.S. This said, the reason for Keith being Galra doesn’t actually work. What he touched was not a hand scanner but a button, and the object the Galra hand was used on was actually a hand scanner. I still like the theory that Keith is part alien simply because it’s fun, but I decided to put my own twist to it.