You might run into some gen or het here but
it won't be very often, so don't count on it.
2. Correct grammar, punctuation
A few errors here and there could
anyone but fiction that obviously hasn't been through even a
spell-checker or is littered with the current appalling grammar that's
everywhere on the net just drives me bananas.
3. Canon Characterisation.
I like fiction that is based on what appears
in canon. I can even buy characterisations that are quite a
stretch from canon as long as the author has bothered to show how the
I can read most sorts of stories but I
prefer romantic ones with happy endings. I can tolerate ambiguous
endings but I'm not too keen on the really unhappy ones - except,
funnily enough, for death stories. As long as the two guys are
still happy in their relationship, I can deal with death stories quite
well and tend to wallow happily in the angst <g>.
I don't demand everything be totally
realistic - that would be boring! - but I do like a certain element of
realism in my stories. I like my plot twists and angst to
be organic rather than manufactured and I prefer the characters to act
like the mature men they are, and not like thirteen year old drama
I'm not a great fan of obviousness, and I
especially hate it when an author insists on explaining every single
word she writes as if I was a retarded 3 year old. For
example, an author who writes one sentence of dialogue - and then
writes five more sentences explaining just exactly what the character
meant when they said what they said, and how they felt when they said
it, and how the character they said it to felt - and so on ad nauseum.
7. Pet Hates (Minor):
- excessive mushy endearments
- threesomes or other multiple pairings
- power imbalance within relationship
8. Pet Hates (Major):
- deliberate humiliation within the
- canon characterisation rape
- guys regressed due to brain damage or
whatever to the state of children
- juvenile pratt-fall
humour and humilation/put-down "jokes"
9. Common Squicks I Don't Have A
- underage fic (which is under 16 for me)
- death of a major character
a story will just hit one of my kinks or, for some other unexplainable
reason, a story will break all my rules above and I'll still like it.