Unprofessional and plain wrong
Okay, I've got to admit this, I've been less than a lurker of fanficrants here or on LJ and only hear a few from the community on LJ. I guess I kinda like the drama llama-rama stuff to keep myself entertained.
Until tonight. In the six years of being in fanfiction (on and off), I have never been so angry as a reader or even moved by the story I read on Pit of Voles. I never came across such a moving story, while it did have annoying typos like you're/your, I overlooked them for the action and plot. (after all, they're too common :\)
I never breathed so hard, I never had my hands so sweaty, my heart pounding, sitting at the edge of my seat. The story overall told well for 14 chapters, which is the current status of the fanfiction story.
I understood that the writer wasn't trying to be a professional, but in my eyes, the plot and the action, the characterizations, everything but the damn annoying typos I overlooked, did look as well as a professional could. The author never used inside A/N in the entire first 13 chapters.
And just in the middle of action, in the middle of uncovering the mystery, in the middle of opening the door, in the middle of chapter fourteen, came this::::
The three of them gathered around the door and Makoto slowly turned the handle...
Hi!!!! This is [name removed]. I wanted to build suspense here by putting in someone else's point of view
but unfortunately I have only put it into Makoto's POV this entire time. SO it wouln’t really fit in ya. Okay...how are we all enjoying the story? Tough crowd...tough crowd...oh i know! Find the 3!!! 8888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888
88888888888888888888 Wasn't that fun? I know I had fun. I'm sure you did too. Isn't this great comic relief? well best get back to the story (hope you’re all itching to hear what happens).
The door slowly opened and all three boys were hit with several sporting equipment.
Huh? Hold up, I tried scrolling down fast to skip the inner author note and then the 8888 popped up, furthering boggling me. And here, I was thinking, "This better be worth the damn suspense," came a room of sporting equipment.
"What. The. Fuck." I thought.
Just that alone destroyed any respect I had for the writer. I even tried overlooking it as I continued reading but the anger stayed, unbelieving my eyes. I could not believe I witnessed such trash so deep into the story, I'd have hit back on the first page if this was on there but no, it was on chapter fourteen. The only time such ... such... atrocity was committed.
How could a writer do this to their readers? The writer destroyed my precious moment of being excited, enthralled and engrossed in the story that I haven't felt for in a long time, if ever. It's rare for me to get excited when reading stories, books or fanfiction. It was such a pure moment and the writer took that from me. I tried not getting angry. But I did, in the first time in the six years of reading fanfiction; only because I did not want to get messy with other writers like some readers do by flaming. But this happened. And I got mad. I never, except for this moment, never, get angry when reading a fanfiction. I'm mellow to the extreme of extreme.
It made me sad. I gave a long review to the author, hoping the writer will rectify the mistake, to fix that and remove that trash from the chapter and upload one final chapter.
I couldn't believe it. -le sigh-
And if you wish to know, the story was for the fandom of W Juliet. Side note: if you read ffrants on LJ, keep your comments in here, please, it's easier. :]
I got a reply from the author. And...
LOL WUT. My respect for the writer has dropped even further. She's also committing the crime of holding fanfiction hostage for reviews. Apparently I haven't been reading the A/Ns at the end of each chapter and couldn't care less about'em.
And she said that she wanted to have a comic relief, hence the WHOLE reason of those 88's and basically hid behind depression as an excuse.
I'm sorry, but that doesn't cut it. I have a depression and I do not let something like that crawl into my writing, thank you very much. She also planned to get rid of that atrocity, but lawl, no, she also used the "time is of essence" excuse to not edit it out.
Again, I'm sorry, but that doesn't cut it. There's the export and in-browser editing feature for us to use. It's not that hard to go in, export it to Documents then take it out, then reupload it.
My like for the story has dropped to nil and don't even want to read the last chapter. :\ I'm removing it off Story alert.