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Mar. 1st, 2011 | 04:10 pm

Off to home we go.

Pet peeve of mine - authors who don't use CAPITAL letters for their fics. I don't care how much people rec it, I refuse to read it. People, use CAPITAL letters for names and for words after full stops. I can deal with short fics (less than 300 words), anything over 1,000 words is pushing it, and there is no way in hell I'll read a fic over 10,000 words with NO capital letters.

Ok. End of raving session.

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Mar. 1st, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure I could write something with no capitals. I mean, unless it was some kind of e.e. cummings pastiche, but he's poetry, not prose. And also used capital letters when he felt like it.

I do admit I'll write things that have unexpected "no-caps" in places, mind, for effect. Or no-quotation-marks, or the like. But I don't think they're very long.

...who wrote something 10K words long, with no capitals at all, and what possessed them to make that stylistic choice? O_o

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Mar. 1st, 2011 08:26 am (UTC)
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Poetry is expected, and dependent on the atmosphere I can understand.

... I really don't know. In fact I pretty much hit the back button as soon as I realised what was happening. It is, um, a social network fic though.

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Mar. 1st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
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Strange. Veddy, veddy strange... I suspect that unless the rest of the thing were absolutely compelling, I'd hit that "back" (or "close") button too.

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Mar. 1st, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Honestly speaking, it probably was compelling, or else it wouldn't be rec'd so much. But, well, I just really can't invest the effort in a piece of fiction (over 10,000 words) when the author chose to do this without an explanation. I’m happy to read texts that experiment in structure and such, but it has to serve a purpose. The fic, well, I just couldn’t see the point. And honestly speaking, there are other fics.

I think it relates back to my feelings on accessibility and entitlement issues (of which I probably, um, have too much of, but at least I admit it…maybe.)

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Elizabeth McCoy

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from: archangelbeth
date: Mar. 1st, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
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*giggle* If it's not compelling enough to hook a reader despite the wonkiness? Backbutton, backbutton! There are, after all, a million-zillion other fics.

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Professional Scatterbrain

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from: pr_scatterbrain
date: Mar. 2nd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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I though I was the only one who got annoyed by that (it feels a touch pretentious to me).

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witty, somehow

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from: naanima
date: Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
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I don't understand why people would do this?! It is like the equivalent of having RED text on BLACK background. Oh gods, I'm having really bad flashbacks to the days of geocities websites. The 90s had some horrible websites.

But yes, it was, um rather pretentious. I mean, the person obviously knows how to use punctuations so why did s/he insist on NO CAPITALS. The fact that no one is/was talking about it made me really paranoid and kind of like, OMFG! Am I the ONLY one that this is driving mad?!

Fandom, at times, is like a hypochondriac about every OTHER thing, so why not this?! Am I too sensitive? Do I feel too entitled to wanting fics that I can read WITHOUT spending precious time figuring out whether something should be in capital or not? It was all worrying, but than I was like, “Well, I’ve already made people roll their eyes at me several times today, so, why stop now, I say!”

Disclaimer: I have been a bit all over the place in regards to hormones. So, um excuse the mania.

ETA: I'm pretty sure we are talking about the same TSN fic. The premise sounded fascinating but the LACK of capitals. Oh, the pain.

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