Ignorance is Bliss…


If you didn’t already know, I love to read fan fiction. If you don’t know what that is, you need to look it up.

http://www.fanfiction.net

Go there and read.

I enjoy reading the Jane Austen and Twilight fan fics, but sometimes I just want to cry at the state of some of the writing. I mean seriously, when a story has no visible plot, grammar is atrocious, and the author can’t spell him/herself out of a paper bag, and the readers are still saying “omg, this story is super awesome!”, there is a problem with today’s standards of writing and the English language.

Don’t get me wrong,  I love that these people are trying to do what they love, but seriously there is a thing called spell check or a recent edition of a grammar book. Those are invaluable resources for writing. Even the “editors” on  fan fiction called “betas” don’t do a very good job of monitoring what their authors write. And the kicker to being a beta is that you must have written at least 2 stories on fan fiction. What if I don’t want to write about another person’s characters? I can’t edit stories? Unfair man.

Some words to look out for in the misspellings: LOSE (This is a biggie. I haven’t read a story yet, where the author has spelled this correctly. It is always spelled like LOOSE. There is a difference.)

COLLEGE (I know what you’re thinking. How can you misspell college? I will tell you. When you spell it like COLLAGE.)

Another thing I don’t like about some of these stories is the gratuitous use of the “F” word. I didn’t realize the state of education was so poor in this country that the “F” word has to be substituted as an adjective for EVERYTHING. I also don’t want to read about ALL of the intimate details between some of these characters. To quote Joel McHale quoting Billy Bush, “It’s gross.”

In conclusion, please read fan fiction. However, when you do, be honest with these authors and let them know when they are spelling something totally wrong or have completely jumped the shark on their plot. That is all.

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