Date: 03/26/16 01:46 am Title: Chapter 1
You know, I'm kind of glad I don't get as many reviews as other poeple then... Luckily, the people who consistently review my work always personalize it, and have such a specific response to each chapter, They're the best, and I love those people to pieces!
My experience with the "bad reviewers" is kind of limited though. Its mostly only been on ff: one person got irritated with me because I wasn't updating a story, so she told me to just mark it as done. That story is honestly still not done, but I'm working on it. I just haven't been able to get more than a couple of lines actually written since then. That girl was really rude about it though which is why I kind of lost interest in the story. But other than her, and one flame on ao3, I've luckily been free from most of these kinds of reviews.
Sorry you've experienced so much frustration from them.
Author's Response: FFNet is where most of these reviews came from, and luckily for me they're not all from my stories. A good number of these came from other stories I've read and perused the reviews (because I always look at the reviews before reading a story), and others I made up because I'm sure someone out there somewhere has gotten such a review. I'm really thankful that your latest reviews weren't spam—I've been getting plenty of those here lately—so this has brightened my day already. That person is rude. I know I have a bad habit of starting stories and never finishing them, but that kind of comment is uncalled for. If I had a reviewer like that, it would be no skin off my nose if she left my story for good. I'm sure I've lost a lot of readers due to my slow updates anyway, so one more that's rude is nothing. I'm sorry you got a flame on AO3. I guess flames really are everywhere.
Date: 10/23/14 07:26 pm Title: Chapter 2
Ah... I can't agree so much with this one though. Just because Mary-sues are a touchy subject and a lot of people do use themselves... but the readers should give an explanation why. I won't get into my ideas or detail stuff, but that's just about it. I can agree with 1-7. But for number 10, I must say that I think that a character with all of those traits is too odd. If, in fact, they carry not just a few of those traits, but a lot of them.
..The reviewer's second comment on #10 is weird though. It's not even Mary-Sue like to me. It's just normal. But instead of getting negative here, I would like to hear more about the flaws and weaknesses thing. I don't think I follow ( I am sorry!).
'There is more to flaws and weaknesses than just physical marks or having a flaw in personality. I can't just list them in a story to make it obvious.'-- you say this, but I can't think of anything else. Flaws are physical or mental, right? Is there something else? And dear, I don't think anyone should list flaws- but I do think all characters should have them and that they should slowly reveal themselves throughout the story. Everyone has flaws, after all.
Please don't take this as something negative. I really don't mean to sound rude if I do. I am genuinely confused about this. But thank you for writing this too, and I hope that you can help me understand.
Author's Response: After five years of writing Mary-Sue guides, I think I can honestly say that I've seen every "trait" that is used against characters, and it just drives me up the wall to see people listing all of these "traits" when they don't take into account the character, story and universe. That was the point to number 10. Just because a character has this, this, and that, doesn't automatically make the character a Mary-Sue. Numbers 2-4 have been complained about as "Mary-Sueish" especially on DeviantArt, and have been mentioned in Mary-Sue tests, and because all of my fan fiction is one of those three, it makes me mad personally.
I've even seen complaints about how long a female character's hair is--if it's below the butt, it's too unmanageable to be possible--schtick.
I've come to a point that I can come up with explanations for every one of these "traits" that I think the trait list should be abolished. That list doesn't account for everything, so when people compare characters to the list without taking the universe and character into account, of course they would seem Mary-Sueish, but I don't think the character would be a Mary-Sue most of the time. If every point in number ten was applied to a character, I wouldn't think it's weird or unrealistic because I have thought of explanations for it, and how to portray them as efficiently as possible.
As for flaws, when I said "I can't make it obvious" I meant that I can't just list it within the story like with character sheets. And not every character, or reader, would consider a certain character rude or obnoxious, so would that mean that the character in question isn't rude or obnoxious? Usually when people say that a character has no flaws, the reader responds with that the character does, but what is usually happening, is that the flaw isn't deep enough. So instead of just slapping on more "flaws," what should be said is that the flaw that the writer says the character has should be portrayed more deeply and enhanced upon. Most of the time, when a review like that is given, the story isn't finished, so not all of the development has happened, so I don't think it's fair to label a character a Mary-Sue when hardly anything has happened, especially when the review is given within the first few paragraphs.
I hope that made things clearer, but if not, I'm sure my guides would answer more questions. Thank you, again.
Date: 10/23/14 07:10 pm Title: Chapter 1
HatedLove, though I have not experienced some of these (was this for DeviantArt, too?) I totally agree. Especially with the ones I have experienced. I wanted to say something about the one-line reviewers too, but didn't want to offend anyone. But thank you for this. It gives me a little more confidence in knowing you feel the same. After all, it is only fair we receive honest feedback, right? 'Please update' is honestly the most common line.
This 'rant' you have is so relatable. Number 14 made me laugh, by the way. Though they may be heartfelt reviews (some of them are), they should try harder. It doesn't take much effort. In fact, I don't recall anyone pointing out any flaws in my story though I beg them to. It's always 'cool!'. Totally not being a narcissist, I promise. I know I have errors, and as someone without a beta I would like to know if my stuff is OOC or the plot is stupid, or if there are plot holes...
I really appreciate that you took the time to speak up for yourself and for other writers. You went into so much detail, too. Despite others writing 'rants' similar to this one, they were much nicer. I like your blunt honesty. It is refreshing and I favor this style. Your 'rant' expresses everything I feel more realistically (to me).
Thanks for ranting, HatedLove!
Author's Response: Yeah, this was for DeviantArt too. Basically this is for any site that hosts writing, drawings, or just anything creative that may or may not allow content reviews. This may even involve Amazon in the customer reviews.
Haha. Actually this rant was purely for myself, but I am glad that this was relatable for other writers. If it wasn't, I suppose I would have been flamed to hell already for being an unappreciative, selfish, brat. I'm fairly certain that, after I published this, I have gotten less of the stereotypical reviews. I possibly got less reviews in general, but I'm happy I haven't gotten as many generic reviews as before.
I'm happy to read that you enjoyed this chapter, and thank you for the appreciation. It's definitely scary to speak your mind, especially if it's not something that people would like to hear. I have a feeling my "blunt honesty" will get me into trouble some day.
Date: 02/25/14 10:36 pm Title: Chapter 1
I'm not sure if this is the effect you wanted, but I think this'll help me write better reviews. I'm not very good at writing them. But you are right, reviews are great and all, but leave a bit more words. don't make it sound like a card you bought at a drug store. I'm talking about reviews I see on other's stories too (yesicreeponothersreviewshehehhe)
Hmm, nonetheless, I enjoyed reading this. I really like how you state all your thoughts and opinions in these essays. Not a lot of people do that, since like you said, it makes them look like jerks or uncool. well, I don't think that, I think its pretty cool. freedom of speech, amirite :L
Author's Response: Don't get me wrong; I don't mind short reviews--word count doesn't really matter, I just would like personalization in that short sentence. "This is great" is fine and all, but what is great? If I don't know what I'm doing "great" in, I don't know what to keep up. I probably should add this in, but another important reason for personalized reviews, good and bad, is that I read the reviews before I decide to read the story or not. If there's just a bunch of "update this," I generally don't bother reading it. Thank you, by the way, for personalizing your review :D and I'm glad you got something more out of it than just that I ranted.