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Fanfiction Rants

Okay I feel like ranting about stuff. Just because I can. So I'm gonna rant about random fanfic stuff that pisses me off.

1. Too much foreign language in a fic. Like, okay if your story is happening in another country throw in a foreign word or two for atmosphere if you'd like but remember that your readers aren't gonna be bilingual, even if you are. Like one story I was reading for Hogan's Heroes is a good example of what not to do. I get that it is set in Germany. But in this particular fic all the action was written in English but ALL the dialogue was in German. The author included translations at the end of the chapter but it was too much to have to scroll down every other line to read the translation. Needless to say I didn't make it too far into that fic.

Also super negative points to anyone who just writes stuff in English then copy and pastes into Google translator or something. Why even bother?

2. Authors asking the readers what they want to happen/what should happen in the fic. It's not my job to tell you that, I'm the reader! If I'm reading fic it's cause I want to read someone else's writing, otherwise I'd just write my own story.

A sub-rant of this is authors who have things in their notes like "I don't really know where this is going!" Well, not to be rude, but why are you posting? I mean, I'm guilty of posting fics that aren't completed, but I at least know where I'm headed and have a general outline of what's gonna happen. When I see A/N's like that I steer clear, cause those are the types of fics that end up become the long convoluted never-ending stories that go on for 60 chapters with no real content or development... (I could think of a story like that right now, but I'm not gonna name any names... but you know what I'm talking about...)

3. Reviews that are basically telling you what to write. I've seen people leave reviews that are like "OMG you should have Character X get with Character Y and then this person finds out and then this happens and then..." It's like dude, you're supposed to give a review of what they've already written. If you have something super specific you want to see happen then write your own damn story!

Now I don't mean a general little nudge is bad, like "I really hope they get together!" but I'm talking about the people who go on and on for paragraphs about what they think should happen. Like I said, get your own damn story.

4. Pregnancy. I tend to avoid any fic where a character gets pregnant. It's just like a warning sign of "bad fic ahead!" Especially cause most of the people who write these fics seem to have no concept of how pregnancy even works. I mean, I know they teach this stuff in school but apparently kids aren't learning. Like for example, there's way too many stories where someone has sex and the next day they are all "OMG I'm pregnant naow!" No, sorry, that's NOT how it works. At best it would be AT LEAST two weeks until you would have any indication that you are pregnant. It's not something you immediately realize after getting laid. Also pregnancy is just too easy of a plot device, a convenient way to get your two characters together.

Okay that's enough ranting for now. Happy New Year everyone!