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FictionAlley Rant   Leave a comment

Okay, first of all…if there are any Fictionalley.org Admins on this sight – admins or even part of the FA team – I have to tell you that your site absolutely sucks. It blows! I get that you guys have all those rules for a reason – it keeps the site clean and friendly – however, I think that you guys are anal about the slightest of things.
I mean, the only thing I do on FA is use your ‘Help! I’m Looking For…‘ threads and just the rules on there alone are enough to drive me insane. All of the threads have to be perfect, and posted a certain way:

Title:
URL:
Summary:
Rating:
Pairing:

Truly – it might be easier for people to read the posts using the FA approved format, but it’s not necessary to search and hunt down each and every post/thread that gets posted and tell them to correct their mistake. It’s completely against the rules to simply give the same of the author, the URL and then maybe a small description of the fic you’re reccing all in one paragraph or sentence – it’s simple and it’s easy. However, FA expects everyone to remember their perfect little format. You forget it and post the easy way, and they stamp a warning on your post in bold letters telling you that you did wrong and that you MUST remember.
You post too many times in a day, and they’ll drop your post count to one.

Whatever that means, honestly. I don’t even know how many times I was allowed to post to begin with – I posted three times, and they dropped my count to ONE. Sure, I might have known that had I actually read the site rules but honestly, does ANYONE read site rules? Hmm? Maybe, but I just try to learn as I go instead of sit and read through them all.

The stamps they leave on your post is visible to everyone to read. I don’t know about everyone else, but I hate having EVERYONE know when I do something wrong. It should be between you and the admins/FA team, not you, the admins and the entire site members. Only you should be able to read that bold message at the end of your post that reads:

Per the forum rules, you can only create one thread per 16 hours in this forum. As such, I have merged the threads together, and will be dropping your post count by one for the infraction.
Please make sure all posts and threads adhere to our posting policies.
Merin
for FictionAlley

This shows at the end of the posts/threads that the admins stamp (or they post their own message inside your thread, and you get the message, thinking it’s an actual post – someone that is reccing or bumping your own thread). They took two of my previously posted threads Need some Harry Potter Crossovers and Neville/Harry and combined them into ONE thread, titled Need some Harry Potter Crossovers and Neville/Harry.

Now, I would have been happy to deleted one of them (copied and pasted) so that I could re-post one of the threads after a 16hr period. All they had to do was ask me to do it, and I gladly would have. But no – it turns out that after so many hours, the thread becomes closed and you have to ask permission to edit your own damn post from the FA team or admins or someone (I don’t really know who, just someone that runs the site).

They didn’t ask me to go and edit my thread, or to delete it and re-post it later. No, they just took it upon themselves to go and combine the two. If I had wanted to have the two topics/requests in one thread, I certainly would have done so – they were, after all, posted only a few minutes apart from each other. They’re rude, even if they and others don’t see it as being rude.

They’re anal – no if’s, ands or BUTS about it. You have to have perfect grammar and spelling (and lets face it, even with a spell-check, that can come as a challenge to some people), though I understand that one well enough – I have a problem with reading poorly typed out posts myself. You have to make sure the post is perfectly formatted. You can’t have direct links to M-rated or NC-17-rated fics. You can’t really express yourself too much there, at all. Hell, I’m afraid to even get to descriptive about the kinds of fics that I’m looking for, for fear that I’ll get kicked off the damn site, as I don’t know exactly how strict they are with heavily descriptive (sexual stuff) posts. I mean, if you can’t have a direct link to M and NC-17 fics then surely you can’t get too explicit.

Basically, every time I go to the forum, I fell like I’m treading on egg shells. I feel like my every word is being monitored and I simply hate that. They’re so picky and strict.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any problems with having a few rules and guidelines – proper grammar and spelling being one of the rules I’m pretty cool with (who likes to read a sloppy post?). It’s a lot of the other ones – the ones that they’re really, really REALLY anal about, that gets me.

If it weren’t for their Help! I’m looking For… thread, then I would never go back to the FA site. However, I often find myself having to look through the Help forum or having to post a thread on it, in search for specific fic requests. I can’t say much for their other forums and site features – I don’t publish my stories there. Tried it, but again, it frustrated me to the point where I said ‘Fuck It!’. Your stories have to be Submitted then Approved by the site’s team/admins before it actually goes through. It takes a while, and it’s just easier posting on your blogs, Fanfiction.Net and wherever else you can find to post. Sometimes one chapter will be approved and one won’t be, so you’ll have to delete it or whatever, make the corrections they tell you then re-submit the chapters. It’s just tedious and pointless, in my opinion.

Okay, sorry for this rant. I know, people are probably reading this and screaming that FA isn’t really all that bad and I’m really the anal one, getting worked up over a stupid site. Perhaps you’re right, XD. Either way, I’m pissed off and I needed to get this rant off my chest.

I’m finished, now, I think.

XD, Esprit du Coeur XD

Posted September 6, 2010 by esprit du coeur in Rants

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Talking of Michelle Rodriguez   Leave a comment

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Michelle Rodriguez, the epitome of a sexy Latina. At this moment, she is my dearest and biggest idol – and why wouldn’t she be? She’s gorgeous, she’s funny, and smart (self taught, if I heard correctly) as well as very, very successful in her acting career.

 

So, really, why wouldn’t Michelle be my idol? She’s the most real celebrity in Hollywood! She’s simply amazing!

 

If I am truly honest with myself, I have to say that I have a really big LESBIAN crush on this girl…She’s super hot!

Posted July 9, 2010 by esprit du coeur in Rants

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The Teddy Lupin Rant   Leave a comment

~*~Teddy Lupin Rant~*~

This is going to be a short rant, but it’s a topic that is leaving me wanting to pull my hair out whenever I read these stories and I just have to get it off my chest.

I understand that Teddy Lupin is Harry’s godson, and therefore he is Harry’s responsibility since Remus and Tonks are dead, but I’m not too fond of the Remus/Tonks relationship (it was random and came out of nowhere – one minute there is no real sign of them being together, and the next Tonks is pregnant and then they are married?), and because of that, I don’t like Teddy’s character. I know, you’re all probably wondering WHY and HOW I can have a problem with a baby, right?

Well, it’s not the fact that he’s a baby. I love babies, and I love when Harry has a baby/child. However, what I have a problem with is the fact that Teddy is not Harry’s biological child. I don’t like reading fics where Harry is taking care of a child that is not his own. I want every child Harry has to be HIS OWN child, not somebody else’s.

I go in to a fic, especially when the summary says something about Harry and an infant/small child, fully expecting the kid to be Harry’s own biological child, but instead it’s Teddy! It’s disappointing, and overly done. I can’t stand stories where he’s raising Teddy! I just don’t, not unless Harry has a kid of his own as well, which I’ve NEVER seen before.

I read a story like Nightmares In Dakota by scarletsptember, or whatever – it doesn’t really matter what fic – and while I love the story, the fact that the author chose Teddy to be Harry’s child, instead of making it so that the child was actually Harry’s. It would have made the stories ten-times more better and interesting than it was, with Teddy. I mean, in Nightmares in Dakota, Teddy doesn’t even call Harry dad, but by his name instead. If Harry is written by an author to become a dad, they could have the kid call him DAD, not Harry. I mean, really! I would hate to be called by my name, to a child I raised. It’s disrespectful, and while I understand  that Harry isn’t Teddy’s real father, and Harry wants the kid to know that Remus and Tonks are his parents and that the kid should respect his real parents, Harry should be called Dad. It’s just how it is. He adopted Teddy, so he IS his father, so he should be Dad, not Harry.

I love daddy-Harry, especially Mpreg fics (preg-Harry of course), and I would just love to read a story that has Harry as the actual biological parent to the kid he’s raising, you know? Like it was BEFORE  Deathly Hallows was published! I used to come across daddy-Harry fics on numerous occasions, but now it’s all Teddy, and that really, really sucks and is very frustrating and really pisses me off. I feel that reading stories, in which Harry has his own child, he feels more bonded with his own blood child, then he ever does with Teddy, in the stories I’ve read. He might love Teddy and think of him as his own, but I always see more of an emotional attachment to Harry and the child when they are his own, and not Teddy. Always!

I don’t even really know why J.K. Rowling thought it was necessary to have Teddy be born anyway, when she was just going to kill off both his parents in the end. I mean, sure, he is all Andromeda has left, but it was still very cruel of her to do so, and I hate her for it. I actually hate Rowling for pairing Remus and Tonks together in the first place, but whatever…I just thought that killing the two off while leaving baby Teddy orphaned was a complete over-kill and unnecessary. If Rowling was just going to kill his parents, then she shouldn’t even have written him into the book, in my opinion. Was it just to garner sympathy from Harry, and to feel bad for Teddy because he too, knew what it was like to loose his parents? Lame excuse!

After the Deathly Hallows came out, I totally lost most of my respect for Rowling. I hated, absolutely HATED Deathly Hallows, and Half-Blood Prince was so, so boring, that I couldn’t get into it as deeply as the previous five books. The fact that she killed off Fred in Deathly Hallows, and not to mention the random coupling of Remus/Tonks and Bill/Fleur. There was only a passing mention of Fleur working with Gringotts, to improve her English, but I don’t remember any of the Weasleys mentioning that Fleur and Bill were dating, until HBP, where they were so out of the blue engaged, and then quickly married in DH. Then Remus and Tonks, who I don’t remember reading anything in the books where it mentioned that they were seeing each other, and then suddenly there she is in DH, pregnant and she and Remus are married. I was completely dumbfounded and I really did ask myself, “Where the hell did that pairing come from?” It was so out of the blue that it shocked the hell out of me. Then they were killed off, leaving their infant son. It was so stupid of them to even get pregnant in the middle of a damn war in the first place. What, the wizarding war doesn’t have condoms?

Ahem…well, I think I’ll stop otherwise I’ll just keep repeating myself or I’ll confuse myself even more.

Posted July 1, 2010 by esprit du coeur in Rants

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Twilight/Harry Potter Crossover Rant   Leave a comment

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a shit load of Twilight/Harry Potter crossovers out there…with the same plot – Harry, Luna and Draco go to Forks, or Harry and Draco go to Forks, or even just Harry and Luna, and it’s a full on repetitive Edward/Harry, and Jacob/Draco or Jacob/Luna…?

Doesn’t that seem to be the most occuring theme with the Twilight/HP Crossovers? Damn if it isn’t getting old and annoying!

For one, I find that Jacob/Draco is really bad pairing. Actually, it’s a really annoying pairing, and rather disgusting, kind of like Ron/Hermione for me and I hate that pairng (R/Hr) with a passion. Jacob Black and Draco Malfoy have only one thing in common with each other – and that is that they both come from a family of Blacks! Completely different families, obviously, but named Black nonetheless. Authors seem to really enjoy pairing these two up for some insane reason, and it pisses me off completely.

I hate bottom-Draco, and with a Jacob/Draco pairing, he is most definitely the bottom, as there isn’t anyone, besides perhaps Emmett and the rest of the Quileute pack, that can beat Jacob’s large, massive build. Bottom-Draco’s are simply very annoying for me to read! The only person I like to read as a bottom (submissive partner) is Harry!

I don’t know why anyone would think that this pairing is okay…IT DOESN’T WORK! They’re so completely different from each other  – their lifestyle, background, and just simply the way they think. They would NEVER be able to work, in real life (never mind that it’s FANFICTION here, and that it’s not supposed to be looked at as a real life “thing”). Draco is rich, spoiled, angry, CLEAN, stuck-up and snobby, and a complete arsehole. Jacob is loud, dirty, wild, boisterous, all grins and care-free, and a  low-class MUGGLE shapeshifter. No matter how much people will argue that because the pack can turn into wolves, that means they are part of the wizarding world, it’s NOT TRUE!! They live in the muggle world, go to a muggle school and hang out with muggles and live like a muggle…THEY ARE MUGGLES!!

Draco would never tolerate Jacob and his personality and lifestyle, and Jacob in turn would be more likely to punch the blonde bastard in the nose then imprint on his ass. No…just, no. Maybe it is all of these things that make authors be like, “Yeah, they’re so opposites that they would make the best couple”, but to be, it’s not something I can comprehend. Jacob/Draco would never work, it’s an awful pairing that That is That!

As for the Jacob/Luna…

I love Luna to death, I’ll admit that. I also really love Jacob too (or maybe it’s Taylor Lautner I like, :P). However, I can’t really see Luna in a relationship with, well, anyone. Not because she’s so weird that I think nobody would want to be with her. It’s just that Luna has more of that best friend or sister material vibe, and not that girlfriend vibe.

That’s not to say that I haven’t read any Harry/Luna fics, because I have and I have enjoyed them. But, when it comes to fics where Luna is in the background, as a side character (such as Twilight/HP crossovers), she’s the sister or best friend…I can’t read her as someone’s girlfriend, at all. That probably doesn’t even make sense, lol, but that’s what I feel.

Why don’t I like Jacob/Luna? Well for one, like Jacob/Draco, it’s reaccuring theme/pairing in the Twilight/HP crossovers. Not ALL of course, but quite a few of them nonetheless. And two, because again, the vibe…I can see Luna getting close with the Quileute pack, as a new and ‘weird’ friend or even a sister-like relationship that she often has with Harry, but to have her date one of them – it’s just not very logical or likeable.

And three…well, it’s all very cliche, really. Harry, Luna and Draco move to Forks to get away from the Wizarding World, and one by one they each get ‘mates’. First it’s usually Edward and Harry…and then they meet the La Push pack and upon sight, Jacob imprints on Draco/Luna (depending on the story, but usually it’s Draco). It’s all been done before A HUNDRED TIMES!! I said, it’s all very cliche!

It’s simply annoying, when you start reading a Twi/HP fic, hoping for an original storyline, and then end up getting the same thing. It’s like reading the same fic, just with different senarios and different authors, but with the same plot just bent slight so that the authors made it their own and can’t claim theft!

Also, it’s annoying, getting into the story, and though it’s bordering on cliche and overused, it’s still okay and acceptable. For Example: Harry and his friends/pseudo family, show up in Forks, and after looking around their new house, they go to Forks High for their first day of school. There, they meet the Cullens, and soon it becomes clear that they they are vampires and that Edward has sniffed Harry out as his mate, yadda yadda yadda…But then the story goes straight downhill and right back to horribly cliche, when…They are introduced to the La Push pack, and one by one Harry’s friends (again, usually Draco or Luna), is imprinted upon…

First Harry, then Draco, then Luna or however it goes. It’s annoying because, miraculously, they ALL find mates, in the same place – Forks/La Push! I accept Harry, of course – he’s the whole reason I’m reading any of these fics – but to then go and pair the others up, that’s where it spoils badly.

I don’t even know of this little rant of mine is making any sense at all – I know what I’m trying to say, but getting it down to where it is comprensable is a little hard…

You might or might not agree with all this, but I don’t care. This is my opinion…I HATE Jacob/Draco, Cliche Twi/HP crossovers and girlfriend-Luna (unless with Harry, or maybe Neville as a really BACKGROUND pairing). She’s much better being the little sister/best friend.