|Reviews for Literary Losses, Literally|
| Bloodied Beauty 11/10/12 . chapter 1
I just have to say that this is quite enjoyable. I've read a few other pieces like this and I find some of them to be fairly stupid. I wholeheartedly agree.
| IHeartWritingSoThere 9/11/12 . chapter 1
I loved your opinions. This essay proved to be funnier the watching my pothead apartment neighbor do the walk of shame.
| TryHardOriginal 9/25/11 . chapter 1
Hey HEy Hey, Don't be hatin' on the Emos. XD
But really I'm serious though, I find it infinitely interesting to find out just what makes someone so secluded from the rest of the world.
Of course I get what you are trying to say too, I can't make them just say the world is horrible. I have to give it zest too.
Like maybe I'll make it the cliched bitter with a dash of regret.
Or maybe it'll be the third person view of how much she/he pretends she's/he's alright...
All I'm saying is that you don't have to stay away from Emos. Just don't whine. Like you said.
| lunick 2/27/09 . chapter 1
I completely agree with you! everything, specially the bad grammar/puntuaction/spelling, plots, characters and author notes! (those make me mad and when they put songs in the middle of a chapter I just want to kill someone).
But what I really, really, really hate is when in stories writen in english the characters speak in spanish, I don't have anything against that, it upsets me only when they speak it badly, when I can notice they used an internet translator because the author can only say "Hola" (I'm argentinian) believe me the frasses I had read are just as crappy as my english pronunciation (my brother says I sound as if I had a potato stucked in my mouth).
Changing the topic, the same happened to me, I started writing things and posting them right out the oven (I didn't even checked spelling)ugh, thinking in how obsessed I am right now about spelling and all those things I hate myself xDD
But as bad as we want people to realize this, they'll just continue with their methods...
| Clorinda 2/18/09 . chapter 1
Hmm, you're right: this sort of thing has been done-to-death before, except for Bvlokgzyxmahryna, of course, and I absolutely loved the examples you used to illustrate your point. On the other hand, I'm not sure if this one really served its purpose. I know I had good laugh when I read it and I concur heartily (except for the texting-bit, although I do think textspeak in stories should be made PUNISHABLE by dunking in boiling cheese, unless you're going in for parody or there's a text-conversation involved somewhere.)
But the thing is, you haven't told me anything new, or anything I haven't heard before, and it's a parody, so yup, I get it. However, it's rather sad how the ones that this IS aimed at are the last people who'll read this and/or take it seriously. (And incidentally, I am guilty of the vamp cliché, leather coat and bad-boy and all, but thankyouverymuch, I actually happen to like mine against all odds.)
As a commentary, though, the Really Bad Characters was extremely bang-on. Yes, there are just far too many of them disguised as "popular," well-read rubbish. Also, I've never beta-read for anyone or even had one before, but I appreciated the point that you brought up. Yes, far too many writers need a reality check at some point, and it's sad that there are so few people willing to give it to them.
| Jessie My Love 1/5/09 . chapter 1
I love this. I think it should be a required read for all members of fiction press. I'll usually browse through the just in and review some of the new stories to give some constructive criticism, but really some of the stories are just a pain to read.
This was humorous and explained everything a member of fiction press should know. :]
-Jessie m p.s. pay it forward
| Ravina 12/18/08 . chapter 1
I love the way you wrote this, and the fact that you covered pretty much all the aspects that irritate me in this site. It made me laugh, and it got your point across...so kudos!
| sunshine888 10/31/08 . chapter 1
Wow. You really made your point, you're very right. Some of these things are very annoying indeed, and I am probably guilty of some too. And do I feel bad about myself now. You really made me realise I am in need of a beta. Thank you. By the way, how you managed to make up such an unpronouncable name is a mystery to me, but very hilarious.
| THPL 9/7/08 . chapter 1
haha this was actually really funny - mainly because it is totally true!
i never actually noticed how stupid some of the things people do really are until i read this ;]
hahaha made me laugh :D
| EvilSeaHorsey 8/27/08 . chapter 1
I completely agree with all of it. You'd be even more helpful on a site like Quizilla. Which, does not have any respect for the writer's on there, as it has way too many rules, that hardly even make it worth writing there. Its gone from a decent writing site, to a place for unoriginal, repetitive, cliche, badly organized filth. There's no more room for the writers that have potential. I appreciate THIS site. It has everything you need, and everything most mature readers want. What you wrote just about sums up my feelings on how writing should be portrayed. Its even better than how FictionPress stated it. Amazing.
| ileum 8/10/08 . chapter 1
That was both clever and useful. A priceless combination.
It was also nicely structured. The numbering made it clearer than a lot of others I've read...
| A.S Lee 8/6/08 . chapter 1
sorry, on a laptop I don't know yet, and clicked with my palm while typing...and I was probably going to retype that anyways so lets restart.
I can agree with you on so many levels, everything you said was completely true. Just from an others point of view, sometimes it is not about being good its about finding the audience that wants to read about Bvlokgzyxmaahryna and her crazy Russian plot thing, I wouldn't read it, it doesn't sound like you would read it but Fred might, the problem is getting Fred to read it. Not to mention sometimes FictionPress is a place to let loose and not worry that you placed an extra comma somewhere, or typoed : in for ; or used ' for " or vice-versa or let a sentence like this one run on for like a whole paragraph. Okay I must admit the last example is a bit extreme, and any of those mistake in access would be over the top. The key is temperance, moderation, let the author make mistakes, and let the reader put up with them, until they are over the top. Now that I've said that time for applause. Not only is this giving me confidence (as I am not an offender of any of any of the points-except for maybe spelling, but I try my bestest) but because it also helps snap everything into prospective, knowing what a reader wants from you and knowing you might be able to give it to them. Uh, now that that is done-
I know, don't like AN's in the text.
And texting style writing, not hard to fix, if you try.
uh, and how about the summary thing! you are right they are what drawls the reader in, but also nearly impossible to write.
I feel you about the beta readers. I(as an author) put my trust in you-please don't let me down, if I suck, tell me I can at least try to fix it. Oh and the same falsify(sp) applies to reviews tell all, the good, the bad, and the horribly retched.
You are also right about the bad/cliche' characters. However I think the "emo-kid", is turning into the new Mary Sue, everyone (alright except maybe the "queen bee") can identify with them.
And even though I am thrilled by even just the smallest review makes me jump out of my seat-you took at least 2 secs. to write OMG- if you say something that matters, well I end up needing to fix my roof.
Yeah poetry is hard to write, and it is hard to find stuff worth reading.
DOWN with PLAGIARISM!
I could say more, but I think I'd start repeating myself, so good job. You are reaching out to a bunch of us, some who need wake up calls-others who just like reminders. Thanks, and good job.
| Alaxe 8/6/08 . chapter 1
You are right on so many levels, but from an authors point of veiw, I can stick up for bad spelling, and poor grammar. See I
| Recontre Destinee 7/16/08 . chapter 1
Bravo! Every new FictionPress writer should read this... I adore this. Your sarcasm is concise and perfectly fits the tone of the essay.
By the way, I totally agree on the textspeak. It annoys me to no end. I never use textspeak either, I guess I'm just far too nice to say anything to textspeaking fiction authors. :-)
| xDreamkeeperx 7/6/08 . chapter 1
I like this! I definitely agree with what you've written here. The part that I like the most was the part about the Author's Notes. Those things KILL me. I've read some stories with them sprawled all over the page and even thought it was really good of a story, I just had to stop. It really bothered me.
Great work! ]