Fan Fiction Reviews Coming

Sorry I’ve been MIA recently. The government shutdown has hit me hard (mostly emotionally). I’m going to try to get back to posting more often.

Now then, I’ve been feeling the urge to re-read some of my favorite fan fiction (FF) lately. And since I have all this free time right now *insert eye roll here* I’ve gotten the chance to do so.

For those unfamiliar with FF, it’s fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator. Fans may maintain the creator’s characters and settings or add their own. (Thank you Wikipedia) Specifically, FF denotes free work. The plethora of Pride and Prejudice re-writes would not be considered FF to most.

You can find all sorts of FF on — they even have an official app (Apple | Android) — and on An Archive of our Own, and many others (just Google ‘fan fiction site’). There is some overlap between the sites, but most have exclusive stories. 

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Rating System

It occurs to me that I’ve never mentioned my rating system. So, here’s a rough idea of how I rate books. If I expand to review other things with any frequency, I’ll explain those rating systems later.

☆☆☆☆☆ (0 Stars)

The only way I will assign a 0-star rating is if I couldn’t bring myself to finish the book. This means that either the book is unintelligible or is a complete rip-off of another book.

★☆☆☆☆ (1 Star)

This is for books I finished, but hated. There is little, if anything, good about it, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

★★☆☆☆ (2 Stars)

This is for books I didn’t like, either because it had too many errors, or the story arc was terrible.

★★★☆☆ (3 Stars)

This is for books that I liked, but had problems, generally typos, grammatical errors etc., major continuity errors, or pacing issues. This is also the rating I’m likely to assign to books that others are likely to enjoy, but I didn’t care for because of subject matter or writing style.

★★★★☆ (4 Stars)

These are books I really enjoyed, but not so much that I couldn’t put them down. I probably also found several errors as I read.

★★★★★ (5 Stars)

I loved the book and had trouble putting it down. The pacing was great, there were few, if any errors, and the story is engaging.