- Mood: cynical
Anyways, the topic I was going to post about was this -- "the pointless fic". We've all seen 'em, so there's no use denying -- we've all probably written them before too. I know I have. And I don't mean the "it's-a-drabble-so-it's-okay" or the "this-is-supposed-to-be-a-contemplative-a
1) Where -- when reading a story -- do you draw the line? Is it when you're on Chapter 21 and they're still standing in the TARDIS (or wherever they happen to be) exchanging what is supposed to be witty banter? Or is it when you're on Chapter 3 and you can already tell where this story is going -- nowhere?
2) How far along the (metaphorical) path will you walk before you turn around and search elsewhere? Will you keep reading in the hopes that you're wrong and it will, in fact, get better, and they'll do whatever they're supposed to be doing, or will you give up and hit the giant "x" button in the corner of the screen in frustration?
3) What are your feelings upon coming upon one of these
4) Most importantly -- what do you do? Do you comment? Do you sigh and simply decide to never read this author again? Do you go tell all your friends not to read it? What? And -- if you do comment -- what is it like? Is it constructive and polite -- such as "well, I certainly like your style of writing, and I see you have some potential -- but did you notice fill-in-the-blank?" Or is it more brutal -- "I'm sorry, but, did you realize you've written a completely pointless piece of work right here?"
Have fun, and feel free to elaborate and/or add questions in the comments of your own. :) *waves*
- Location:My room
- Mood: contemplative
- Music:"Our Finest Year" by Better Than Ezra
Sorry I haven't been posting much here -- I keep getting distracted by use
lessful things like making dorky icons. I *think* we were talking about Jack/TARDIS shipping here, in one of the ship threads, so I thought I'd post the relevant icon once I got 'round to making it:
If we weren't talking about it here, then ignore me -- I'm just going insane (like that's ever been in doubt?) or senile. At any rate, feel free to steal the icon if you likey. :)
Meme: What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed? What is it that makes a story by me -- well, a story by me?
So to turn that around: what are the trademarks of your writing? Are there any themes you find running through your work, and if so do they cross pairings and fandoms?
So! Character Hate!
1. How do you usually portray a character you dislike in your fic?
2. What are your fic-reading habits when a character you dislike is involved? Do you stay away from fic involving them, or do you give the author's characterization a fair shot?
3. Thoughts on character hate in fandom communities? I know in Who this is a hugely hot topic (IE Rose and Martha hate).
- Mood: calm
What would make it more interesting?? Are there things you all would like to talk about, that we're not hitting on here? Any thoughts burning your minds??
Remember, kids, discussion communities only work when people... discuss things :)
We seem to be drawn to fandoms with very compelling characters. They're often very deeply flawed, at least a tad quirky, and almost universally broken in some sort of way.
1) Would you say that these conditions (flawed, quirky and broken) are prerequisites for the things you've found yourself being a super-fan of in the course of your life?
2) Or is this just part of the human condition? Are we all like this?
3) Whats the difference between "compelling" characters, and non-compelling characters, that we don't care as much about? Is there some kind of line of demarcation in the sand between flawed and broken characters that get our sympathy and those that do not?
Be nice, be respectful, be TALKATIVE!!