||[Jun. 13th, 2008|01:50 pm]
So I read this one post on fandomsecrets which was similar to several others I've seen before - why the hell does badfic get so many squeeing reviews??! This secret-writer in particular noticed that her own old, poorly-written fic still receives many more reviews than her more mature, more original recent works do. Well, I know that as an avid reader of fic for...wow, 5 or 6 years now, my tastes have very much matured as well. What I read ecstatically 5 years ago, with melodramatic plot twists and florid confessions of undying love, I mostly recognize as brainless drivel nowadays. Now that I know what I like in fics, as well as what will piss me off to no end, I sift through posted stories looking for works to suit my tastes (perhaps just as melodramatic but at least with proper spelling, punctuation and grammar).|
Anyways, the reviews I would have left as an overzealous fangirl back then were just as nonsensical and drivel-like as the stories about which I was so excited. Three or four-ish years ago, when I began to discover the positive qualities of intelligent storytelling, my reviews changed as well - I capitalized words and, you know, didn't squee incoherently (as much). But, spoiled by this kind of quality, I am of course rendered unable to enjoy anything lesser - this means seemingly endless trawling of the internets to find the caliber of story that can satisfy me. I haven't reviewed a story in ages simply because (aside from the lack of time growing up and gaining responsibility entail) I'm lazy. It takes more work than it once did to find a story I can plausibly enjoy, and so when I find one, there isn't really a question as to whether or not I will like it: of course I will, I just spent 30 minutes separating it from the chaff. Rather than reading through many fics to find a story I love, and then being glad to put in the effort to review, I put in effort to determine whether or not I will read a story at all, and only continue to spend my time on it if I truly enjoy it. I don't know if I can assume that this applies to other fans as well, but because it takes such time to find a story I can read, I don't often use my time to review fics - even if they are spectacularly written.
:-/ sorry great fanfic writers, I've gotten too lazy.