Meaning behind tumblr url: My old internet handle was Serenity Winner, named for Sailor Moon and Gundam Wing because I was suuuuuper 13 years old. After a while I got some people misunderstanding the meaning of Winner and, in a fit of broody pique, I changed it to Fails.
Hobbies/Interests: Drawing, crying over video games, crying over drawings of video games.
Why you follow me: Because you’re the QUEEN OF VELANNA FIC! And because you are a lovely lovely person with good taste and a good heart.
Random fact about yourself: I got hit in the face with a metal bat when I was ten and had to have reconstructive surgery on my nose!
Question for me: If you could go anywhere on vacation for a week, where would you go?
You are so lovely <3 And I’d always wondered about where your tumblr name came from!
Crying over video games/drawings of video games = best hobbies ever!
Vacation, hmm…I’d love to go someplace like New Zealand or England (the latter especially because I’d like to visit the British Museum!). I’d also love to go back to Italy sometime, especially Tuscany because I haven’t been there and all the pictures I’ve seen are gorgeous.
[5 kudos: someone liked the fic! Hooray! (fanfic flamingo) 50 kudos: wah it must be awful]
Life in a fandom where decent fic gets ~200 kudos within a day and the best stuff has been known to pass 2k: the first few kudos make me feel relieved that not EVERYONE hates it, but after that it’s just, what, are you pitying me? Is that it? Oh god I am so terrible I need to just leave this fandom forever.
I’m fairly certain this person means number of kudos without a comment. I know that was the main reason of frustration to me with big fandoms on AO3. Everyone keeps on telling me I should just be happy people are clicking that god damned button (so much effort, dontcha know), but the whole thing ended up frustrating me enough that I’ve orphaned/deleted most of my big fandom works, and don’t bother posting new ones.
Authors writing for themselves yay.
Yep. I write for myself, I post for the interaction and the feedback. Less and less interaction and feedback → see less and less the point of posting.
And then you have kudos, which give the readers the pretence of interaction. I liked this fic, let me click a mouse button. There, all set.
While the author (or it’s just me?) feels super cheated because interaction does require more than an anonymous click.
And thus my folders are filing with fics. My AO3? Pretty much abandoned.
Kudos aren’t my favorite kind of “feedback” but I don’t mind them - as long as people don’t act as if they’re doing the author a huge favor by taking half a second to click a button. In terms of interaction, that said, it’s… minimalist.
*nods* I do enjoy getting kudos, because even just knowing someone enjoyed the fic can make my day. But I really do miss the olden days when people left comments. Specific feedback is like chocolate and cheesecake and all the other wonderful things in the world rolled up together. I guess it’s politically incorrect to say that these days (I’ve seen people get strangely aggressively pissed off at the notion that someone might dare to prefer comments to kudos), but that doesn’t make it any less true.
As for the original post…lol what is all I can say. My highest-kudosed fic has 53 and my lowest has 2. I guess I should just delete my AO3 account?
[YOU KNOW IT’S UNREALISTIC, CHEESY, SAPPY, OVERDRAMATIC AND CLICHÉ (Fanfic Flamingo) YOU CAN’T STOP READING]
I thought this was going to say “writing” instead of “reading,” in which case it would be a total GPOY.
[REVIEWER: I PREFER X PAIRING (Fanfic Flamingo) GOOD FOR YOU. THIS FIC WILL STILL BE Y PAIRING]
I get this a lot. People seem to think that if they repeatedly tell me their favourite pairings, I’ll change my story to fit them. But no. Writing doesn’t really work that way.
This forever. You want X pairing? It’s a big internet, I’m sure you can find some out there. I’ll just be over here carrying on writing the pairings I want to write.
I’ve also gotten, on more than on occasion, “I HATE THIS CHARACTER/PAIRING, but, hey, nice fic.” Which I have mixed feelings about. On one hand, it’s nice that they were willing to give the fic a chance despite not liking the featured character/pairing, and if I can inspire someone to think differently about a character or see an aspect that they hadn’t thought about before, I consider that a success. But on the other hand, I like a lot of unpopular characters and it gets really old seeing them get crapped on all the time. So when a review starts out by announcing hatred of a character/pairing that I obviously love, it’s just kind of like, “…Really, you felt the need to announce that? You think I haven’t heard a million times before about how much this thing I like totally sucks?”
[GET NICE COMMENTS (Fanfic Flamingo) SQUEAL, HYPERVENTILATE, DIE]
There also tends to be a lot of flapping and flailing involved.
[FINALLY GET CAUGHT UP WITH CANON (Fanfic Flamingo) JUST SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SPOILERS IN FIC]
Oh man, this is so me. I’ve been avoiding pretty much all ASOIAF fic because I still haven’t finished ADWD yet. I’m a terrible person.