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Date Posted: 17:12:01 06/27/02 Thu
Author: Werrf
Subject: Re: Fanfic Pet Peeves
In reply to: lanie 's message, "Re: Fanfic Pet Peeves" on 11:08:04 06/27/02 Thu

My current favourite...

Repeat use of 'the teenager' to refer to one of our kids (normally Xander). Okay, I know they are teenagers, but that's the point - *they*. There's not just one teen. Why can't you just say 'Xander'/'Willow'/'Buffy'?

Use of a name in every sentence. Grammar isn't my strongest point, but I'm pretty sure 'he' or 'she' will suffice in most instances. No need to say "Xander grabbed the stake and circled behind the vampire. Then Xander leapt forward, the stake sinking in. Xander watched in satisfaction as the vampire dusted, then Xander and Buffy high-fived." Sorry, but I just skip straight over paragraphs like that, and if the whole story is in that format, I'll skip the whole thing.

Toodle Pip,

Werrf

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[> [> [> [> Re: Fanfic Pet Peeves -- Which Witch, 10:07:38 06/29/02 Sat

>Use of a name in every sentence... No need to say
>"Xander grabbed the stake ... Then Xander leapt ... Xander watched ... then Xander and Buffy high-fived

The other side of that is in now way less annoying: using every possible word to avoid using the character's name:

"Willow was reading. Suddenly the bookish hacker noticed that the brunette girl beside her got up. The ex-cheerleader went to the kitchen, asking if anyone wants something. "No thanks" said the redheaded witch to the seer."

Get the point? The redheaded hacker, the petite blonde, the ex-watcher, the ex-librarian, the souled vampire, the ex-commando, the former vengeance daemon, and my personal favorite - the peroxide blonde vampire.

Those drives me INSANE!

Especially when the description is used in no context to the specific plot. I mean, there's a difference between: "'I'll see if I can find anything on the net.' said the redheaded hacker", and "Tara and I are going to lunch." said the redheaded hacker.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Fanfic Pet Peeves -- Cas, 15:01:33 06/29/02 Sat



>using every possible word to avoid using the
>character's name:
>
>
>Get the point? The redheaded hacker, the petite
>blonde, the ex-watcher, the ex-librarian, the souled
>vampire, the ex-commando, the former vengeance daemon,
>and my personal favorite - the peroxide blonde vampire.
>
>Those drives me INSANE!
>

Oh me too. I especially can't stand all those fics which continuously refer to characters by their hair colour, as if we didn't know what it was. It is OK to say 'she' or 'he' or even 'it'.

For me, really unforgiveable are misspellings of characters names - this is fanfiction after all.

Cas

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