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Being a dumbass, I decided to take a peek at ff.net's Bleach forum sections, and into the shipper foray. This fandom's known for it's shipper wank, and I knew that having to see at least three or four IchiRuki trolls fly through Fanfic Rants to piss and moan about people shipping Ichigo/Orihime.

This rant, however, isn't about that, but of one comment I read concerning Byakuya/Rukia.

I gotta love how stupid fandom is, and even moreso when shipping's thrown in the mix. I wished there was a comm called ship_quotes or something along the lines of [profile] badfic_quotes where I could post the many stupid things I've read in my various fandoms where shipping's concerned (Biggest offenders on that list would be Harry Potter, Star Trek Enterprise, Digimon, NANA, Bleach, and Yugioh in that order).  Being a GAFFer, I know I'm not alone in those sentiments on crazy ass fans, although for the most part Bleach's Wacky Shipper Hijinx(tm) seem to be contained in threads/comms designed for that purpose. At the height of Enterprise's popularity it was all but impossible to avoid this, and I even remember seeing a thread on warp nacells turn into a shipper pissfest. Warp. Fucking. Nacelles.


There does seem to be some hope. In NANA fandom, the rabid Reira bashers seemed to have calmed down like whoa after last month's release. Now here's a character that I could completely understand fans not liking, but people go on to Make Shit Up(TM), and even more irritatingly, give her other partner in crime Takumi a free pass. Water under the bridge now, I hope.
Okay, the real chapter two is here at ff.net (as well as Mediaminer, Ficwad, Freedom of Speech Fanfiction and a couple other smaller archives).

The point of this entry is to show people how a beta can truely make a difference to a story.

Soon after I wrote this...thing under the cut, I asked a friend of mine to take a look at the already published chapter one. Her review (number seven) pointed out a lot of things that needed work, not the least of which being the characterization of both Seto and Mokuba. Without my beta, this ficwoudl have fallen into the usual "OOC Wild Mokuba" cliches that I've grown to loathe. So, without further ado...

Hmm, let's count the cliches, everyone:
-Excusing bad characterization with arbitrary reasoning? Check.
-Mokuba sassing his brother? Check.
-Mokuba hitting well below the belt even if Seto/Shizuka has no business in this story to start with? Check.
-Neglectful!Seto? Check.
-Pointless romance? Yeppers.

In any event, the concerns the beta expressed certainly made me take a hard look at this fic and the direction, which took another three or four complete revisions to get what I eventually published. And even now, I still see thing that need fixing...but on the whole, I'm a lot less embarrassed by that than this (which is only seeing the light of day, because I need to make a rant on Fanfiction Rants about the need for betas and want to show people what a difference a beta truely makes.).

Enjoy...or not. I don't. :/



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