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I think that there should be a warning on fan fiction that is written in the second person present tense.

That is all.


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Aug. 1st, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
People do that? o.O
Aug. 1st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I love that icon.

And yeah it was so dissapointing because the summary and pairings were so attractive and then I opened it up and it was like one of those choose your own adventure books you got when you were a kid.
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
What a HUGE downer!

(and thanks - SotD is on my top 5 movies of all time! :D)
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
I hear you on that. For the most part it really annoys me.
Aug. 1st, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I can handle it in small doses; like a drabble if it is done really well. But the fic was several thousand words long and it read like one of those choose your own adventures!
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
But not for the pro fiction with the same characteristic?
Aug. 1st, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
I would be willing to apply my comment to pro fiction as well, and add that pro fiction should warn for present tense no matter what person it is written in.

As I referred to in the above comments, "pro fiction" in second person present tense used to be clearly labled as "Choose Your Own Adventure"!
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
The Island Of Doctor Death And Other Stories, a short story by Gene Wolfe collected in his book The Island Of Doctor Death And Other Stories And Other Stories, is in second person present. It was nominated for the Nebula Award and does not even slightly resemble a choose-your-own-adventure book. If you don't like second person you probably wouldn't like it, but I did.
Aug. 1st, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
I have read a very few things in that tense that have been able to draw me in and keep my attention. I feel like it takes a great deal of talent to write well in that tense and engage the reader when they are the supposed main character in the fiction. I don't think every story, setting or character lends itself to being well written in that person and tense.

It takes a great deal of crafting and focus to make that all work. I have tried to read a couple of professionally published novels in that tense that just didn't cut it for me as a reader. I have read one or two fanfics in the past that were well done in either present tense or second person or both that did work well for me.

If this gentleman wrote a story that was able to do that in a successful manner then he deserves whatever awards he receives!
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