Bad Fanfic AuthorsWorst Kinds of Fanfic AuthorBad Fanfic Authors3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Dear fanfic authors: some of you are good at what you do, and some of you are incredibly bad at what you do. Allow me to elaborate.
English Isn't My First Language
To be fair, one of the best English-language authors I've ever known didn't really start speaking or writing English until the age of 15. To extend this fairness further, the official language of the US is English and the average citizen can't be assed to read or write it with any more skill than a ten-year-old. All the same, the seasoned fanfic reader will feel nothing but misgiving upon reading that five-word phrase in your Author's Notes or SummaryEnglish isn't my first language translates automatically to I have no grasp of grammar, spelling, or sensible sentence structure, which often translates to you will have no idea what I meant to write. The simple fact that you feel the need to WARN your readers th