Notes on My Taste
What It Takes :: Genres ::
Pet Peeves :: Squicks ::
What It Takes
What's it take for a fic to get a rec here? Generally,
I only rec fics that I liked enough to save on my HD...And even then, maybe
not all of those. I'm big on rereading stories that I like (I'm the
same with novels), so if I think it was good enough that I'd read it again, I save
it. These fics with reread potential are the ones you'll find
I'll read a lot of different genres, so it'd probably be
easier to list the ones I don't like.
I don't usually read
horror, or pure angst (such as deathfics). I will read some angst;
it's a kinda iffy genre for me...I can generally tolerate angst (within
reason), as long as things turn out all right in the end.
So, if you like uber-angsty fics that end on a heartbreaking note, you're
out of luck; I don't often read/rec that type of fic.
Also, I'm kinda picky about AUs.
The sort that take a specific plot point and change it ("What would happen
if [Character] didn't die?" or "What if [this] had gone differently?", etc),
I'm usually okay with those. It depends on what's changed, of course,
but on the whole, I'll often give them a chance.
However, I usually avoid the sort that completely change the
world/setting/history of things ("Van is a cowboy and Hitomi is a rancher's
daughter.", etc.). If I'm craving Esca fic, I want to read about
Hitomi (the psychic girl from Earth) and Van (the king of Fanelia), not
whoever else the author thinks it'd be fun to turn them into. So if
these are your thing, you're out of luck.
And I'm a total sap, so expect a lot of romance recs.
I'm kind of picky about my pairings, so I usually only read a pairing fic if
it's one of my favorite pairings (see list below). Basically, if a
'ship isn't on that list, don't expect to see many recs for it. I can
only think of a handful of fics that I've read, and liked enough to possibly
rec, that are of pairings I don't support. So, that'll give you an
idea of what to expect from the romance section.
However, I hate offspring fic. So don't expect fic
that deals with a couple getting pregnant, having a child, or some 'next
gen' story about the child of canon characters.
These are some things that bug me when done in fics.
I try to avoid these things when reading, so my recs shouldn't contain many
Rampant OOC (unless in a parody/humor fic)
Badly done OCs (i.e., Mary Sues)
Loads of fangirl-Japanese*
* = This I can take or leave, depending on how bad it is,
and how good the fic is. If the fic's otherwise good, I can usually
just translate in my head.
Now I'll admit, my tastes are pretty tame. I'm
somewhat easily squicked, so I'll go ahead and list what I can think of.
These are subjects that you can be pretty certain you won't find in fics I
S&M/Any violent sexual kinks
There are probably others, but this is all I can think of at the moment.
* = Incest is one of my big squicks, and I take it a bit
farther than some do. This means that I consider things besides the
usual sibling and parental relationships to be incest. Cousins, aunts
and uncles, nieces and nephews, etc. Basically, if they're related at
all, I'm not interested.
** = Now, I don't know what ages are generally considered shouta, but I'll just say that my cut-off age for participants in mature
romantic relationships is 15-16 years old. I usually prefer them
older, but that's the youngest I'll go. Also note that I'm not talking
crushes and puppy love, I'm talking relationships with a serious physical
aspect. Any younger than that, and it kinda creeps me out. =P
Pairings I Support (Divided By Fandom)
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel
Hiro/Omi (Gravitation-Weiss Kreuz)
Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
Flame of Rekka
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Legend of Zelda
Magic Knight Rayearth
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Original Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Voyager
Yami no Matsuei
Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Yu Yu Hakusho