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17 July 2013 @ 11:15 am
Fic Reading Question  
If you're reading a fic that seems littered with spelling and grammar errors, would you give up reading or would you offer proofing assistance?

I'm reading a fic over on FFN and the plot is interesting so I'm continuing. The author's bio says nothing about English as a second language so I made no mention of that in the PM I sent her offering my help. Do you think this was a step too far? Her author's notes seem to welcome constructive criticism.

I was just wondering where the rest of you stood in this matter.
 
 
 
Katherine: DW - Doctor *pout*katherine_b on July 17th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
Personally, if it bugs me, I tend to hit the back button. As for con crit, lots of people say they welcome it when they really don't. I'm guessing that's the sort of person you have found there. (I've heard of people copying fics they really love to their own computers and correcting the spelling and grammar for themselves so they enjoy the story on rereads, but it depends whether you are really that keen.)
jpgr: DW Master It's Crazy anijpgr on July 17th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
I have copy/pasted it and went through the first chapter. I won't do anything else until I hear from her. I might continue to read anyway because I do like the plot. I think it might come down to how annoyed I get by it.
deansfangirldeansfangirl on July 18th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
I would quit reading, but only because there's more SPN fic out there than I can read in a lifetime
imho, I wouldn't offer corrections unless offering to beta the entire work for grammar
jpgr: SPN Dean head scratchjpgr on July 18th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
God, there is a ton of SPN fic. I'm making my way through spnstoryfinders from the beginning and I have 2 years to go! As I said, if it really starts to outweigh the plot, I'll probably drop it
Miss Nina Catmsninacat on July 18th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
I usually only keep on if the plot overshadows the errors. Also, I don't generally contact them because you never know how they are going to take it. Heck, I still get nervous when I'm beta reading a piece and have to tell the author things; and that's what I'm supposed to be doing. I have contacted authors before but only if I knew them to be the types that would actually want to know so they could fix it.
jpgr: SPN Rock Paper Scissors anijpgr on July 18th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Her author notes seem to welcome constructive criticism. I haven't heard back but I did word it politely by saying only if she wanted me to.

I'll post when and if I hear from her