Anonymous asked: heeey r+f! do you have any fanfiction pet peeves??
DO I. I don’t read fanfiction much (my fanfiction consumption has been picking up lately, but it’s all been Homestuck), but I used to devour it pretty much without discrimination. This was a bad move on my part. I ended up reading a lot of bad fics which have affected my character headcanons in bad ways. It’s part of why I still struggle to write Sasuke and Naruto in character - my idea of IC for them is much broader than I’d normally consider for other characters. I’ve been told I still do pretty well, but mistakes tend to scar me. Okay, that sounds a lot more dramatic than it really is. But every time I think back on my old fics, including Two Face, I just ask myself how I could ever have thought that was IC. Even now I write Sasuke too caring, Naruto too smart. I have to fight it and a lot of the time I just don’t want to. Sasuke’s a horribly flawed and selfish person in a way that makes him hard to write sympathetically. (Ironically I seem to be angering my readers more regarding Naruto in L.U.S.T., though.)
But anyway. Despite all that, OOC characters really bug me, which I guess would be hypocritical except that a] I’m aware of my own failings and b] I’m always working to fix them. Another pet peeve is bad spelling and grammar. Awkward sex scenes can be pretty bad too, though that is entirely a personal preference and is a bit of a wild card - I couldn’t say exactly what makes a scene good or bad in my eyes, but I’m very picky about it. I’m really picky about fic in general, to be honest. If I’m not captivated, more likely than not I’ll just close the tab.
I know a fic is good when I’ve been reading for ages and can’t stop, and then when I do I feel strange pulling out of the world in which I’ve become immersed. When the fic starts tinting the way I see the world for the next day or two. When the vocabulary of my head voice and sometimes even my out-loud voice starts to shift towards the vocabulary of the fic, of the narrator. I’ve read a couple of Homestuck fics lately that have gotten me saying motherfucker and “coddammit” a lot.