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27 April 2014 @ 02:54 pm
April Question Meme: Day Twenty-Seven  
Asked by noybusiness:

What do you look for in a piece of fanfiction, as a reader?

Good characterization is possibly the biggest thing for me. I look for whether the writing matches the voices of the characters; their manner of speaking, how they interact with others, how they would react in certain situations, etc. There are some instances where I can accept a little bit of out of character writing, though nothing too extreme that is beyond believability. Having a good premise for a plot and then delivering on that is another thing I look for. Sometimes I've come across something that sounds good, but the outcome isn't what I was hoping it'd be and it leaves me feeling disappointed. It's even worse when it starts out fantastically and then ends on a blah note. So, writing consistency is something I tend to watch out for.

I tend to read mostly oneshots. Long, multi-chaptered fics I save for when I know I have time to read through it all, and even then I only will read those if they're completed. I don't have the patience for WIPs. When it comes to an OTP I will read almost anything, within reason. But I mostly love reading about them getting together, whether it's them being romantic dumbs or oblivious idiots. I enjoy my fluff just as much as my smut. Angst is only reserved for when I am emotionally prepared for it, and I actively avoid character death fics at all costs.

Simply put, what I look for in fanfiction is similar to what I look for in anything I read. It doesn't necessarily have to be perfectly or extraordinarily written by any means, but it has to be well-written enough to get me interested, to keep me engaged and invested with the story and the characters and their relationships.
Current Mood: goodgood
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Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on April 29th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Whenever I want to put myself in a good mood, I just reread some of my favorite fluffy fics. They always make me smile. :)
Queen of Spades: maketodayhappymonkiainen on April 28th, 2014 08:20 am (UTC)
Well said! Those are pretty much the same things I look for in fanfics.
Galadriel.: ASOIAF ✽ Sun and starssixphanel on April 28th, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Omg, I hate fics with main character deaths... my heart can't handle those. I didn't see the warning in one I read last month and it was like WHAT-- NO, WHAT?! D:
Renée: Daenerys Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on April 29th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
I once read a longfic that had absolutely no warning whatsoever for a major character death, and it happened near the end of the entire fic, like it sprung out of nowhere. And it was part of the main pairing I was reading, too. I got so upset that I legit started crying. Like, it's nice for people who like reading those, but, like you, my heart cannot handle it. I thought it was going to be a nice little fic about my OTP getting together, and what I got was heartache and I just, ugh. Nope. :(