Yeah. A recent Dragon Ball Super fic I came across used the recently aired dubbed episode where Gohan is doing the Great Saiyaman movie, with the jerkwad Barry Kahn interfering. The fic takes place after it, and using Barry's pettiness, the author has him hire some mercenaries, steal the Dragon Radar, and wish on Shenron to banish Gohan, Videl, and Pan somewhere where they won't be found.TheGodfather93 wrote:Yes, and it's honestly tragic. In all my years reading fanfiction, I have come across several stories with fantastic premises that are 100k+ words long (which I prefer), that I just couldn't get into because of the way there were written.Jackalope89 wrote:Have you ever come across a story with a pretty good idea, but the execution is just painful to read? Be it typos, bad grammar, poor paragraphing, or mischaracterization?
To list an example, there was a Pokemon fic I found a while back that had an amazing concept, but switched between third person and first person POV in its writing. Even though the POV switches were clearly defined by breaks in the writing, as someone who likes writing to be consistent, this was a huge turn off for me. I simply couldn't continue past the first chapter.
Poor grammar is also something I can find hard to deal with, but unless the grammar is absolutely atrocious, I can look past it if the story itself is interesting. In these instances, I like to mention that in my reviews in the hope that the writer will make an effort to improve.
Mischaracterisation, however, is something I can't stand, and I've had to drop multiple fics because of it. In the DB and Naruto fandoms in particular, some characters get so much hate that the writers go out of their way to grossly exaggerate their flaws, and even create new ones on top of them, just so they have more ammunition to bash them. I know this is fanfiction in the end, but I still find it incredibly petty and immature. Chi-Chi is a frequent victim of this.
So far, it wasn't bad. The wording was a bit stiff, but no real complaints. But, the author sent them to what seemed to be a version of the DC Animated Universe (Justice League Unlimited and what not). That, in and of itself was not the issue. But the characterization of the DC characters and forced conflict when they arrive was bad.
Stories like these, I get the sudden urge to write my own version and/or blast them in the review.
I don't do either as 1. I have enough on my plate as it is and 2. I don't like to leave solely negative reviews, else I tend to rant and regret them later.