I’m becoming next-level snobbish about FanFics –I refuse to read anything shorter than 80,000 words and even that I’ll scoff at, because it should be /at least/ 120,000 to be a solid piece of work.
Do you even understand how bad that makes me?? Like I would turn down reading a Harry Potter fanfic that was shorter than the first book (76,944 words), and wouldn’t be satisfied with its length if it wasn’t longer than the third (107,253).
HP1: 76,944 Not Good Enough
HP2: 85,141 Not Good Enough
HP3: 107,253 Not Good Enough
Lord of the Rings
LOTR1: 95,022 Not Good Enough
1: 118,501 Not Good Enough
Shall I go on? Now for writing quality.
-If you start sentences with “I” more than a few times per page I’ll get bored and leave.
-If the book starts with your character waking up I will get bored and leave.
-If you try and force your personal beliefs on the reader through your character, I will get annoyed and leave.
-If you’re writing about real people (i.e. actors, singers, etc.) and there’s a major continuity error with the story vs. reality that wasn’t done on purpose, I will slam my head into a wall and leave.
-If you use too many adjectives I will get bored and leave.
-If you don’t capitalize properly I will strangle you and leave.
-If your author’s note is longer than your chapter, or if it mentions how the chapter was just a filler chapter, I will lose my shit and leave.
Basically if it couldn’t be published, I’ll get bored and leave, and if it’s not super long, I’ll get bored and leave.
I expect way too much of teenagers when it comes to fanfiction.