First of all, for those of you who are unaware, I write a little music blog called Music Sundays. This summer we will be running a series of playlist reviews written by over 30 fanfiction authors and readers. A challenge of sorts, we are sending these fantastic people a playlist from an anonymous author that they must review. These reviews will be posted on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the summer and we strongly encourage reader involvement to get the most songs out there. Compiled playlists will be available on imeem for the duration of summer so it's a good chance to get to know some new music and to reminisce about your love of older tunes as well.
Now, on with our show.
Posting Fanfiction, where to go?
The perceptions of these sights is what is most interesting. I find that even if people use them they don't necessarily like everything about them. Also, the comments about Twilighted were often about their forums and not about the stories themselves. I was on Twilighted before the explosion of new fics/people. In fact, the story that I am still working on is #1000, meaning (I assume) that it was the one thousanth story to be posted there. I don't even know what number they are on now. I remember a time when my story was on the front page of the forum for weeks last fall. Yesterday someone brought it out of oblivion to ask when I will be updating (this week, if jfly has time on vacation to beta it. my hiatus as a fanfic AUTHOR has been far too long)
Here is a list of perceptions of Fanfiction.net, Twilighted and Live Journal taken from a broad spectrum sampling of people who use all three sights.
Fanfiction.net: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Twilighted: A bit better but has it's issues
Less easy better quality Too freaking long to validate. Love the forums. UGH! CHAOS ON A BLACK BACKGROUND!
The Good Old Days clique-ish fad fanfiction that doesn't make me claw my eyes out with grammar problems Big Red Logo Complicated and Cliquey
Some bad fics, mostly good. Colour scheme SUCKS. The red/black kills my eyes. i used to think it was exclusive until they accepted my story. annoying to use b/c of the colors Pretty banners Painful to try to read, a hassle to switch formats, but the forums are great. A real refuge after BD came out. Too many graphics though. Aside from the validation period - which is understandable but still highly annoying - the fact that I can't get on there from my cell phone or that when I do, I've gotta sign in every other minute just pisses me off something fierce. I dislike waiting to be approved, and having to re-login a hundred time while I'm there (plus the background hurts my eyes). I use it mostly to archive and meet other authors. Hurts my eyes to read, but an easier place to find new fics, and a good way to first get acquianted with the Twilight fanfic community. Not a fan of showing the author's reply with the reviews. The background is hard, but at least there are some minimum standards. The first chapter validation takes a while, but once you get going, the validation is pretty quick Higher Quality Smut Filled Cliquey
There are more and more grammatical errors popping up in the stories. The only difference is that the eleventeen year old writers don't hang there.Too Dark/Too much black great idea in theory. There is a disparity between what is technically well-written and what is actually a good story. Review trends stump me over there.
Live Journal: Hello? Is this thing on?
Gift exchange. that is why I signed up ontd_twatlight and the_gazebo have made my life better the_Gazebo and complete randomness Confusing Complicated Home Can't find fic. Need direct link. Fun but I wouldn't put my fic on there that strange world AG003 inhabits sometimes hard to follow chapters, linking them is annoying for me when I post Cumbersome and complicated. Lj-cut annoys the fuck out of me. A great place to "waste" several hours of life per day. Gazebo.... Pattinsonlife....lolz
difficult The ultimate consumer of time confusing oh i better check ontd_twatlight & the_gazebo
Others: No, not that scary Nichole Kidman movie.
Ramblings and Thoughts: clean canon
Ramblings and Thoughts - perhaps a bit too big for it's boots but has great canon stories and perfect for serious fans or people starting out reading Twific.
authors note: Really. These were the only ones people listed. Care to comment on ones you like?
My survey included an area on how you advertise your writing but I am going to forgo that for next time. These results prove that our perceptions of even our favorite places can be harsh. There is room for improvement, yes, but we love them still or we use them because we must.
whether you agree or disagree with these results, it's important to accept other peoples perceptions as just that. If a sight offends us, a blog post or a thread, the best choice is to just choose not to go there. There are many places for us to go but we are, in fact, a community and thus have to learn how to take the good with the bad. Posting on these sites is something we choose to do. It is our choice to put our work out there to be loved and not-so-loved by many people. At worst, we can be mildly annoyed and at best we can make some very good friends.
So, do you agree with anyone's perceptions above? Do you feel different? If you have anything to add we would love to hear from you. This is a community after all.
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If you would like to see the full results of the surveys, go to my Live Journal page at emibella.livejournal.com