Sentinel Slash Virtual Season Interview with Deborah
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|Title:||Sentinel Slash Virtual Season Interview with Deborah|
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Well, it comes naturally to me. I find myself catching mistakes as I read a story that has been posted to the net and I wish someone had betaed the story before it made it that far because mistakes often throw me right out of a story. If I can help others avoid that, it makes me happy. And as some of the other betas have mentioned what really bothers them (it's vs. its, there vs. their, etc.), I thought I would mention my favorite mistake in a posted story -- and I am paraphrasing here because it has been awhile since I read it -- "Jim put his hands around Blair's waste." Now that may hit a kink for some people, but not me!
I love well-written angst, and I'm in the camp with those who believe that Jim angst will eventually lead to Blair angst, and visa versa. If forced to chose, it would be Jim angst simply because there is less of that in TS fiction and it affects me a little more to see the big strong stoic guy taken down, for instance, by a repressed memory or a sensory problem and having to turn to Blair for help.
I only beta in TS (and for a friend who is an aspiring scriptwriter). I love The X-Files and a dear friend is trying very hard to get me hooked on Stargate SG-1, but those fandoms are just for fun.
I guess the hardest part is when you really think a scene or some dialogue is wrong, doesn't fit the characters, doesn't belong in the story, etc., and you suggest to the author that it be changed and explain why and they don't agree and leave it the way it is.
I often have to find out stuff for my job and I've been pretty good at tracking stuff down. The Internet is an amazing resource, as long as you remember that any information you find there is only as good as whoever put it up there so always consider the source!
As I said, if it is a story where facts are important, then if I come across a "fact" that is not one, it throws me out of the story. Let me state, however, if a fact is wrong and I don't know it (I don't make a habit of checking facts in a story I am reading for pleasure), then it is no problem.