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I've fallen into the habit of not leaving comments on fic if I can't leave a detailed, insightful one.

I think this is because I've read of people complaining of 3 or 4-word comments, and others stating that the only proper comment is a detailed, multi-paragraph one that shows appropriate analysis and reflection.  I like those, too.  I like those, best.  But I frequently don't have the energy for that, particularly on a weekday night, and thus have been reading without commenting at all.

So I think I will go back to leaving brief comments if I can't summon the wherewithal to leave a detailed one.  As an author, I like any acknowledgment that someone liked a story, so I can't help feeling that most other authors would prefer that to no comment at all. 


Jun. 29th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
I love what you say at the top of your comment, "Here I go again, spouting my fic commenting/reviewing philosophy. I'm trying to convert everyone to my way of seeing things, one person at a time (this could take a while!)."

It made me laugh...and think of myself.

I recently made a mistake and gave feedback in a comment about a story I've been following and enjoying mightily. My mistake was talking too much about what I wanted to have happen, mostly how I wanted 2 characters to get together (I guess all that sexual tension was getting to me!) Anyway, I got some feedback from the author that I crossed the line a bit, read: it felt to her like I was telling her what to do with her characters. I hadn't wanted to step on toes but I did.

Lately I've just stuck to more generic thank you comments, and I haven't gotten too "into" the story or characters and what I liked or wished. I learned there is a line, and while I thought I was showing the author how much I liked her characters and how real they were to me, I crossed her line and it wasn't pleasant. So I guess I'd say there is this category, or sub-category of "emotionally involved" comments.
Jun. 29th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Sometimes people leave comments that make me bristle, I'll be honest. But I never say anything (unless it's a comment that is legitimately meant in bad faith). It feels too much like looking a gift horse in the mouth. I usually take the "I hope XYZ happens!" or "Oh poor woobie Character X, I want him to get together with Character Y!" typed comments as meaning I wrote a fic that really got a reader involved in the world of the story, and they're expressing an opinion about it—and since my entire goal was to get readers involved in the world of the story, well, mission accomplished. Even if I'd rather people word things a bit more carefully!
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever received a comment that made me angry. I have received a few from people saying they hoped we'd see what's been going on in the Doctor's universe, or that an alien invasion would occur (why?), but I've just hoped they would keep on reading even without them.

I have received comments from people who misunderstood what had been going on, and one from a person who seemed to be fixated on John in a way I found slightly squicky, but so far nothing that's offended or angered me. I guess I've been lucky!
Jun. 29th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
That sounds like a painful episode. I'm sorry she reacted like she did.

I like hearing what people hope will happen, because it means the characters are real and that I've managed to engage people in the story. I love to think that people think about my characters after they've finished reading!

But I suppose someone could phrase it in a way that offended me: "I think you should play up the ways John resembles the Doctor. And I think he should give Penny some expensive jewelry. If there isn't some smut in the next two chapters, I don't know if I can keep reading." That would definitely be telling me what to do in a way that way that "I hope X happens!" wouldn't be, and it would definitely annoy me!