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Goodreads vs Fandom

I have seen some posts going around about how some authors have found their fics on Goodreads. Angry and scared about the fact that there is a masterpost on a “foreign” reading website, some have lashed out against the people who have it on their shelves.

But I want to talk about how Goodreads is an unrealised tool for fandom.

See, when Tumblr was created, its original purpose was not to host fandoms. We made it that way. We saw potential in a website that looked like crap, and look where it is now.

Goodreads is a website where you track what you’re reading, have read, or want to read. How many people have complained about getting into a fic and realised midway that they’ve already read it? Frustrating, right? Goodreads can help mitigate that issue.

See, the way that fics are added to Goodreads works like Tumblr redirects: it has a title, author, summary and link listed. The link goes to the platform where the fanfic is hosted. It is NEVER posted on Goodreads.

“But people can rate my fanfics and I don’t like that!”

Okay it’s widely accepted that the rating system on Goodreads is flawed. Here’s what the ratings mean:

1-star: didn’t like it.

2-star: it was okay

3-star: liked it

4-star: really liked it

5-star: It was amazing.

On Goodreads, it’s not considered a bad thing to rate books two stars and up.

“But people can leave bad reviews there.”

Not a lot of fanfics get reviews on Goodreads, only ratings. However, popular fics have a tendency to be drowned in 4/5 star ratings accompanied by gushing reviews. The lesser known ones just get ratings, and if they’re lucky someone will review it.

“Okay, but what can I do as an author to have a bit of control over my stuff on Goodreads?”

Claim your author bio. Everyone gets one. Just create an account with your username if you want, but you can also look up that username in the database, find your profile and claim it.

Also, you can become a Goodreads librarian if you don’t want to claim your author profile. For this, you may have to apply a few times as only a few people are chosen each week, but essentially this gives you the chance to add in/take out information in a book’s page.

There are how-to manuals on the website for both of these things.

“But what else is Goodreads good for?”

Recommendations. Don’t know what to read next? If fandoms become popular on Goodreads, you’ll get personalised recommendations of things you could read next. How many times have you wished you could figure out what to read, but you feel scared to go and ask someone for recommendations? Goodreads can help, but only if you let it.

Goodreads is not a scary place, and fanfictions do have a place there. They are allowed.

To anyone still worried, give it a shot. I beg you, let Goodreads have a chance in fandom. If, after a month, you don’t like it and want your fanfics removed, I am more than willing to assist.

But please consider the potential Goodreads has, and that all traffic goes to AO3, Tumblr or FF.Net and it is never hosted in its entirety (like, masterpost and story) on that website.

Verse For a Certain Dog - Dorothy Parker

This keeps smushing together when I try to add it to that last reblog, but I’m on my phone and life is too short to fart about typing line break tags, so it’s getting its own post…

(This is Harry’s favourite thing to dramatically recite when he’s tipsy and feeling sentimental)

Such glorious faith as fills your limpid eyes,
Dear little friend of mine, I never knew.
All-innocent are you, and yet all-wise.
(For Heaven’s sake, stop worrying that shoe!)
You look about, and all you see is fair;
This mighty globe was made for you alone.
Of all the thunderous ages, you’re the heir.
(Get off the pillow with that dirty bone!)

A skeptic world you face with steady gaze;
High in young pride you hold your noble head,
Gayly you meet the rush of roaring days.
(Must you eat puppy biscuit on the bed?)
Lancelike your courage, gleaming swift and strong,
Yours the white rapture of a winged soul,
Yours is a spirit like a Mayday song.
(God help you, if you break the goldfish bowl!)

“Whatever is, is good” - your gracious creed.
You wear your joy of living like a crown.
Love lights your simplest act, your every deed.
(Drop it, I tell you- put that kitten down!)
You are God’s kindliest gift of all - a friend.
Your shining loyalty unflecked by doubt,
You ask but leave to follow to the end.
(Couldn’t you wait until I took you out?)

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Quotes I've Said While Reading Fics PT. 4

*thinking to myself* Oh god, how do I respond? How does one respond when your mother asks what you’re reading. I’m reading smut, mom.
*Out loud* Oh, just an online story.

“She seems too nice. This won’t end well…”
“FUCK, I WAS RIGHT.”

“I can’t even focus on the words, it’s 2 am, the screen is swimming. I need to go to bed.”

“Oh! I know the perfect song to go with this chapter!”

“Did you make a fucking Frozen reference? Followed by a Mean Girls reference? No.”

“That’s inaccurate.”

“What is punctuation? This person doesn’t know.”

“This is just words. Where are the paragraphs?”

“This isn’t proper grammar or spelling. Stop it. Get some help.”

“Wow, what a sick burn!” *Ironically dabs*

“In the words of Daniel James Howell: back thE FUCK UP.”

“Don’t these characters know that death is bad for someone’s health?”

“Oh my god! Clean and sharpen your knife! If you keep using it without proper care, it won’t kill people as easily!” *Whispers* “I’m sane, I promise.”

“I swear if he does what I think he will, I’m throwing my phone.”

“I’M THROWING MY PHONE.”
“I’m talking to myself, shit.”