The Big List of Small Dogs

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Title: The Big List of Small Dogs
Creator: Resonant and Annezo
Date(s): 1999
Medium: text, online
Fandom: The Sentinel, Highlander, Due South, unspecified
External Links: The Big List of Small Dogs;The Big List of Small Dogs
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The Big List of Small Dogs is a list of fanfic phrase cliches (and other small dogs) by Resonant and Anne (a.k.a. Sigrid the Haughty) "with contributions from Miriam, Livia, Sandy, Destina, Ces, Brighid, Lucy, Julad, Rachel, and Merry."

See also Big List of Fanfic Peeves, The Elements of Phyle

What's a small dog? Well, it's Miriam's term; let's let her explain:

Miriam: It's a little annoying thing in a story that yaps at you and bites your ankles. Not a huge complaint but a tenacious one.

(The original list of small dogs can be found on Miriam's site. Go here. Also, elynross and luminosity wrote their own ode to size-challenged canines -- it's hilarious, so go read Lessons in Futility).

So we're not talking totally worthless characterization (that's a big, snarling mastiff with its teeth in your thigh) and we're not talking lots of typos (that's more like an ant infestation). We're talking about those little things that just ... yip and drool and drive you nuts. The thing about small dogs is, however, that some people like them. So, they're not necessarily bad in every case. Although, well... Anyway.

Note: Yup, I've written lots of these myself. Most of us have. And some things that are small dogs in the hands of most writers can be perfectly fine when somebody else gets her hands on them. And sometimes something is written once, and the first ten or so times you read it, it doesn't bother you. And then suddenly it's everywhere and you just want to tear your hair out. (As anne says, 'breed the pedigree variety, and suddenly puppy mills spring up.') [1]


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