Hi! I was just wondering how you decide what fics to read? Are there certain tags you look for, or anything that makes you more/less likely to read a certain fic? I'm really interested, if you don't mind answering :)
Oh, anon, would that I knew!
Once upon a time I was new(ly returned) to fandom with all sorts of rules about what I’d read. There would be no mpreg - but then there was. There would be no veela - but then there were. There would be no “Dray,” but then there was. There would be no RPF, but then there was and so extensively I can’t even link to just a couple. There would have to be pro-level capitalization and punctuation, and I don’t want to point to anything by tagging it, but suffice it to say, a story eventually came round that was so absorping I stopped noticing.
As for choosing what to read, it’s all over the map. Sometimes I go down trope-y rabbit holes and only want to read a certain things. Sometimes I want a sure thing and go off trusted reccers and favorite authors. Sometimes I’ll browse the tags until something appeals. Sometimes I want to find a new author and will go through whatever’s new on AO3 until I find something exciting by someone new. And then I’ve got a couple hundred things marked for later on AO3, and fics I reread in certain moods, and fests that I try to follow…it’s really a mish-mash.
At the moment, I mostly want to read (larry and tomlinshaw, tbh, but if I’m going to read H/D it’s going to be) fics that really really get into post-war society and politics. I’ve obviously made exceptions, but generally try to steer clear of fics that have SPaG issues and nicknames, and I have very little tolerance for fluff or curtain!fic in H/D ever. And I’ve been taking a pretty lengthy H/D break but planning to read @dracotops-harry once it starts. Tbh, anon, there’s not much of a method to the madness.