Dear MC fanfic grammar-freak
I thought that you were gone, but apparently, you’re back, and you still don’t understand the premise of fan fiction.
So please allow me to explain.
Fan fiction is a story written by fans about someone else’s creation, be it a TV show, a book, a film, a comic book, a piece of art, etc.
Fan fiction writers who are confident and brave enough often publish their work online.
Fan fiction by nature is mostly not professional writing (although, you can find some super-talented fan fiction writers).
That means that unlike a book, a magazine, play or script, it doesn’t go through professional proof reading. Sometimes the author does contact a proof reader, but even then there can still be mistakes that were not spotted.
Also unlike most other written media, fan fiction is given to the readers for free. The time and effort put into the work by the author are not paid to them in any way.
Another important thing to note is that fanfiction writers come from all over the world. In some fandoms, you can find a wide selection of fanfics in foreign languages and in some fandoms, you will find that the majority of fics are written in English.
And that means that if somebody isn’t a native English speaker, they might make grammatical errors and god-forbid, use the wrong word to describe something.
You know what? That’s perfectly fine.
You know why? Because the author doesn’t owe you anything.
You are receiving a free product, and that means you do not get to complain.
Of course, you can make suggestions, and even offer to help the writer improve their English - but leaving nasty reviews about their English is just rude. And you know it because you leave them anonymously.
But let me ask you this: besides English, what other languages do you speak? Do you happen to speak Hebrew, French, German, Italian? Maybe Romanian, Tagalog, Spanish or Portuguese? I speak at least 4 of the languages mentioned above at basic communication level or higher. How about you?
And if you speak a second language (as it is evident from your condescending reviews that English is your native tongue), how well do you speak that language? Is your grammar perfect? Would you not be offended if time after time after time someone rudely commented about your level in that other language?
And as you may have figured out - English is not my native tongue, but my English is still excellent and understandable. I also pay $30 a month for a professional proof-reading program. It’s not something I have to do, especially because my English is pretty good and I write fics for fun, and not for payment.
So if you spot a mistake in one of my fics, either send me a polite PM and explain how to correct it or stop reading the fic or get over it, because I don’t owe you anything.
And for heaven’s sake, you must absolutely stop doing this kind of shit to other writers as well, or at least be brave enough to stand behind your words by using your social media ID instead of hiding behind a guest/anon status.