Xenobia

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  1. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    Let me put it this way: Movie theaters are a place for everyone to go and enjoy films. Some of those films are rated for mature audiences ® and anyone under seventeen (unless they've changed this requirement) cannot purchase a ticket for them or attend a showing without an adult present. Just because some films hosted in said theaters are for children does NOT make that theater FOR children. Say a kid gets a fake ID and sneaks into an "R" rated film. Should the producer of said film be banned from showing his or her movies at that theater again? Should the movie itself be removed from the theater, because someone's kid snuck into it despite the rating and now the parents are irate? Of course not. Parents attempting to sue a theater for showing an "R" rated film would be laughed out of court, and there's only so much a theater (or any establishment) can do to detect under-aged visitors. Despite the fact that billions of under-aged people sneak into theaters, buy smokes and alcohol worldwide despite clear warnings that these products are not for those under a certain age, somehow beer still manages to get sold, R-rated films are still featured and cigarettes are still available to all. If Fanfiction.net wants to become a "Teen and under" site, that's fine. They can't logically do so while allowing an "M" rating, though. I'll leave you with a quote that I think really highlights this issue: "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it" — Mark Twain.
  2. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    I strongly disagree that it isn't in part a parenting issue. Fanfiction.net is not a kiddie site and it never has been. It's a general fanfiction site, and if it were only meant for children then they would not allow a huge chunk of the fandoms they host in the first place. It's not unreasonable to suggest that a site which seems not to want mature content to simply REMOVE the "M" rating and thus eliminate any confusion over such things. Hosting Mature rated content but expecting people not to upload mature content is two-faced, at best. They're best off just dropping the rating system down to teen and lower, if they need to devise a different standard for what "M" ratings actually mean. And YES, it is irresponsible for parents to complain about their offspring reading mature content on a site that allows mature rated material. I'm amazed anyone would actually try to argue that. I've made it clear on my website that my stories are for mature audiences and I'll be DAMNED if any lazy, irrational, unreasonable "parent" ever gets me to censor my own work because their offspring defied my ratings and warnings. This is not something that should even be argued about. Parents should raise their kids, not the internet. If a site wants to allow minors without a filtering system, they should not allow mature content or ratings, period. Fanfiction.net did so in an effort to draw more traffic, and it worked. Now they have turned around and decided they don't want Mature content after all, yet they contradict themselves. As I said in an earlier post, Battlestar Galactica isn't porn, yet there IS SEX AND VIOLENCE AND BLOOD. It is an "M" rated show. According to FF.net's warped standards, shows like BSG should not even be listed on their fandom list. It's bullshit.
  3. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    They don't have any rules demanding exclusivity to this site, VannuroRB. You have the option of featuring a story exclusively to AFF.net if you want to, but it's not required. A lot of people here have their fiction uploaded to more than one other location.
  4. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    I considered uploading "watered down" versions of my work there and linking back to here for those who want to read the real stories, but I'm running my own site with my original fiction on it and it wasn't worth the effort of going through all that trouble for fanfiction, to me. I think people that choose that route are probably doing the smart thing and saving themselves a lot of frustration, though. It all depends on your personal schedule and what you're willing to do to follow their puritan guidelines, hehe. I too signed the petition, but I doubt it will make a difference. I'll bet someone's paying them money to keep that place nice and censored.
  5. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    This is pretty much exactly what happened in 2002, yes. I yanked everything and came to AFF.net just to be safe, but I'll admit I started putting stuff up there again after a while, because I saw that adult material was still present and I wanted to get more feedback to help me improve my writing. These days, the reader feedback is really the only thing that makes FF.net worth uploading to anyhow. I yanked my material again, the moment I heard they were doing another figurative book burning. I doubt I'll ever upload to that site again, even if they do back off this witch hunt and start taking a more logical approach to preventing unsupervised kids from reading things they oughtn't be reading.
  6. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    You know, it's funny...under every other circumstance usually means one can expect violence, sex, blood, death, swearing or drug abuse of some sort to be included in any given "M" rated form of entertainment, yet FF.net has a different standard of what constitutes a mature rating. I'm having an argument with a FF.net advocate over what is widely acceptable in an "M" rating. He doesn't believe sex scenes or graphic violence are a part of that, and belong only to an "MA" category. If sex acts or violence aren't included in an "M" rating, then what the hell is with all these evening television shows with the soft-core porn and the blood and gore? How do all these crime shows or doctor shows manage to make it on the air during primetime, with all the fucking, fighting and crude language they use? The problem as I see it is that FF.net (and evidently, some of their supporters) aren't willing to accept that "M" rated entertainment does sometimes have sex, violence and other mature scenarios. Not everything with a sex scene is porn and not everything with a character death or bloody is a snuff story or film. To me, it's like trying to compare a show like Battlestar Galactica (which does has violence and sex, but isn't raunchy about it) with a more raw, sex and violence driven show like True Blood, Game of Thrones or Sparticus. They're generalizing too much and I think they've either got some immature minds running the show, or they're trying too hard to bubble wrap the site for the sake of complaining parents and they just aren't willing to openly admit they don't want anything higher than a teen rating on their site. They know they'd lose people in droves, if they were more honest about their heavy-handed definition of what constitues material too "explicit" for a mature rating.
  7. Xenobia

    Special Announcement: Welcome FanFiction.Net Users

    They should just remove the "M" rating entirely. It causes too much confusion, as it stands for "Mature" and people naturally assume that means graphic sex and violence can be included. What they really allow is Teen rated work and their TOS should reflect that. As for underage users, it's the parents' responsibility to moderate what their kids watch, listen to and read. I'm tired of these permissive morons expecting the world to bubble-wrap itself because they're too bloody lazy to actually parent their own offspring. Plopping your kid in front of a TV and going about your business is not childrearing, and the term "it takes a village" should not be taken so literally. That being said, this can only be a good thing for AFF.net, and I hope people begin leaving more feedback to encourage writers to keep sharing their work here. One of the (only) great things about Fanfiction.net was that one is guaranteed to get some kind of helpful feedback from the audience, which helps authors determine what can and should be improved and what they're doing right. Sadly, that kind of feedback is rare here and on most other fanfiction sites.
  8. Xenobia

    I can't log in or update.

    Thank you, I got it working. I had some problems with my browser and finally got it sorted.
  9. Xenobia

    Children Reading M Rated Fics!

    In one of my Avatar stories, Jake had a little aiming problem that resulted in Neytiri storming away from him hissing: "It does NOT go there!" Well, I got a PM from someone who was either very young, very naive or simply a troll. They wanted to know where exactly Jake "put it" to make Neytiri so mad, because I didn't go into details (Norm observed Neytiri storming out of the forest with Jake stumbling after her in apology). Given my suspicions concerning the age of someone asking such a question, I was subtle with my reply. I told him/her that Jake slipped and put it in the wrong hole. They asked me what hole he put it in. I damned near replied back with: "How many freaking holes do you think women HAVE?", but I took a breather and instead told them that if they still don't understand, they probably don't need to be reading my fanfiction. Kids are exploring their sexuality and you're going to get a lot of kids reading stuff they technically shouldn't be reading. Personally, I think it's up to their parents to police what they do online, rather than putting the onus on the world to bubble-wrap for their convenience. Sadly, this is not the way it works and all the warnings and disclaimers in the world won't stop an un-supervised kid from visiting places they ought not be.
  10. I just want the asshole that posted a prolife rant under a fanfiction of mine to know the following things: 1. It is NOT selfish for women to prevent pregnancy, particularly when it could KILL them. Women are not expendable incubation tools to be used by any man that wants to perpetuate his genetics. 2. Abortion was never mentioned and neither was pregnancy. Where you got that idea, I'll never know but for fuck's sake, learn to read. 3. If you're going to go on a big woman-hating bullshit rant that has nothing to do with the actual content of the chapter, at least have the courage to leave your original review there and the dignity to apologize in a different one. If I were as immature, hysterical and crazy as you are, I'd be trolling the living shit out of your uploads right now and voting them down. Fortunately for you, I think prolife nut-cases that bring their bullshit into everything need help; not the harassment they push on everyone else. 4. I really, really hope that you're sterile. You should never, EVER be allowed to have daughters. Fuck you very much. Have a good day.
  11. Seeing how crazy the Tiller Killers are, I think adding "abortion" might just cause more problems for the site. I'd hate to see AFF.net suffer threats of violence from people that think "free speech" only applies to them.
  12. I want this person blocked from viewing or commenting on anything I publish, if possible. They posted the following as a review under my Avatar fanfiction (and there was no mention of abortion or an actual pregnancy in the chapter I uploaded): "OK, a few words...at the beginning, you make it appear that Katherine is pregnant, and yet they act as if they AREN'T pregnant...what does she mean by asking him if he wants kids? Hello? It's kind of a moot point, they already HAVE a kid? In her womb? Please don't tell me that she killed her child with an abortion. That upset me so badly that I felt sick to my stomach and couldn't enjoy the rest of the story. I would rather Katherine and Sebastian not have a relationship at all if they're going to kill any children they conceive. Her pregnancy may be unique and interesting to scientists, but it doesn't change the fact that that's HER FAMILY...HER BABY. She shouldn't think of her own child as an "experiment". The fact that it's unexpected also doesn't change the fact that that is HER BABY. She should PROTECT him, not kill him! What you did with them made her look very selfish." I've had some pretty wild and crazy reviews but I don't need Tiller Killers coming after me just because fictitious characters in my story talk about using birth control. I can laugh off trolls but I've gotten some pretty intense comments, including threats of "gutting" if I fail to include enough of someone's favorite character/s. Given how fanatical some Avatar fans seem to be, I'm not laughing off a "prolife" rant from one of them. What angers me even more is that this lunatic changed her review after I submitted the next chapter with a note stating that Katherine was never pregnant at all. I can't decide if I'm more offended by the gratuitous "abortion" accusation or the fact that she didn't have the spinal fortitude to leave her original review where it was and apologize in a separate one. Please block this unstable freak from looking at or commenting on anything I write, from now on. I would do it myself, if I could figure out how. Beneath is the link to her/it's profile: KiraJenLove
  13. Xenobia

    I'm not sure where this belongs.

    I've just finished the story that provoked the Tiller Killer to come out of the woodworks. The character in question was dating an avatar and she had some tests run to be certain they couldn't reproduce. The test results proved that it was possible and she had a talk with her avatar boyfriend about it and informed him that she was glad they had started using protection, because trying to bear a Na'vi sized child could kill her. Somehow, this person got the idea that a woman discussing birth control options for her own protection was a selfish "baby killer". I don't know what gave her the idea, but she thought Katherine (the character in question) had found out she was pregnant and had an abortion in the background between scenes. That's the part that floored me. There was no mention of a pregnancy actually existing and no mention whatsoever of abortion. There was just a scene in which Katherine discussed contraception with her boyfriend Sebastian and he said he'd rather have her safe and alive than try to procreate with her.
  14. No worries. It isn't the fault of the site at all. I just had to get that off my chest because I felt my head would soon explode if I didn't say something. The person in question revised his/her review after I put up a note in the next chapter stating that the character had never been pregnant in the first place. I can't decide whether I'm more offended that they tried to push their agenda or that they didn't have the guts to leave their blatant stupidity up.
  15. I agree that it would be nice if there was a larger selection of good het and yuri/femslash fiction out there but this is a sort of revolution. Guys like girl on girl action for their pleasure and now, women are enjoying that same thing in reverse. I think that yaoi is such a big rave now because it was "forbidden fruit" before. I've learned that gay men and straight women don't necessarily enjoy the same kind of male on male action. I've been told my sex scenes are too tame by gay men and I've been told they are too dirty by straight women. I've watched and read porn designed for gay men and found most of it not to my liking. I don't know if the original poster is male or female but it can be hard to balance a fiction for an audience, when one half wants it raunchy and raw and the other half wants it pretty and sweet. My suggestion is to find an author you think can provide a good range and contact them. Request the sort of fiction you would like to read and explain the style you're looking for. Maybe the key to finding the best fanfiction is to explain what you want, with enough detail to help the writer. Think of it as commissioning or requesting a piece of art; you have to give them a visual to work with.
  16. Have you ever spent hours finishing a chapter and proofreading it, only to find AFTER you've uploaded it that you have all these fucking errors you missed somehow? Why does this happen? Why is it so much easier to spot errors when reading over the material as if I'm not the author? Is it just because I have a different perspective? I about rammed my head into the keyboard a few hours ago after catching a really stupid mistake that I honestly should have seen BEFORE uploading. It was just a simple spelling error but damn, it pissed me off. Does anyone else do this? I mean, do you upload something after proofreading just to find ridiculous errors you should have been able to catch? And, does this make anyone else want to throttle themselves for being so damned blind? Gaaaahhh!
  17. Xenobia

    Reply option

    Why isn't there an option for the author to reply to reviews? We can't review our own stories--not even to respond to another person's reviews. If they have e-mail blocked, we can't even respond to questions they ask. There is no PM function that I've seen. We need some way to respond to people other than putting up an author's note expressing appreciation. I'm a little surprised that after how many years, this site STILL has no option for that. Please, we really need the capability to respond to our reviewers. Someone asked me a question concerning the fandom I'm currently writing on and I have absolutely NO way of responding, except to put up an author's note at the top of the next chapter.
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    Research

    Personally, I'm a stickler for details. I don't write fanfiction unless I know the fandom well enough to create a believable situation and I'm VERY self-conscious about it. Others do a fine job of diving in without all of the information but I'm a research hog. If a fan of the series asks me a question concerning my fiction, I like to be able to answer with full confidence. This is just me, though.
  19. Xenobia

    Ever feel like apologizing for a story?

    I feel like apologizing for every damned LOTR story I ever wrote, actually. I only leave them up to make fun of myself and to serve as a reminder when I'm feeling insecure that I've improved since cutting my teeth on that fandom. I did recently feel like apologizing for a chapter I wrote, only because I thought I made the love scene a bit too corny. I think most people have these moments. Admitting our work has flaws helps us to improve and I think if the time comes when a person feels there's no more room for improvement, it's time for them to call it quits. I have never seen an author, published or not, write a completely perfect tale. There is no such thing as a story completely mistake free-whether it's a sentence with too much wordiness, a grammatical error overlooked before publishing, a clumsy description or confusing dialog. I've never read a book that didn't have at least a small handful of flaws in it.
  20. Xenobia

    Hottest Male Character in FF Advent Children

    I had to go with Reno since we could only pick one, but honestly I have to rate them in categories. They've all got their own appeal and the ones that rank higher for me only beat the others by a nose. "Pretty" men: 1.) Reno (sex on a stick...I keep that picture of him with his tongue poking out on my PSP as a wallpaper) 2.) Cloud (those eyes...mmmm) 3.) Yazoo (even though he acted like he was stoned most of the time) "Sexy" men: 1.) Sephiroth...always Sephiroth (though he could fit into the "pretty" category as well) 2.) Vincent and Rufus tie for this one...damn, Rufus was just so hot to me in AC, even before I saw how gorgeous he was in appearance. I think part of his sex appeal was his confidence and intelligence. 3.) Zack. That wolf's grin of his and how protective he was of Cloud...not to mention the eyes and body. *wipes drool from the corner of mouth* "Rugged" men: 1.) Rude. He wins hands-down for me. I'm not usually into bald guys but that strong, silent type is really sexy. 2.) Barret. His dedication to Marlene and the Planet is appealing and I still giggle over the sailor suite incident from the game. 3.) Cid, going by physical appearance alone. If I went only by his personality he wouldn't even make it on my radar because sexist, verbally abusive bastards aren't attractive to me at all. He does have redeeming qualities though and when he's not acting like a pig he does make me laugh. I'm not forgetting Tseng but we really don't see enough of him in AC for me to include him in the list. I mean, he gets a couple of seconds of screen time and like two lines. If we were doing a poll on Crisis Core male characters he'd certainly be in the top three of either "pretty" or "sexy".
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    Varying Your Sex Scenes

    Different personalities, different sex scenes. One pair might be more romantic than the other but it's based entirely on the personalities of the pairing and your imagination. Even if a pairing prefers "dirty" talk, it's quite possible to differ the encounters. There are literally hundreds of positions out there to play with and even the same position used more than once can be unique with the right application of dialog, circumstances and mood. The vanilla "missionary" position can be extremely hot when the right actions lead to it and so can "doggy style" or any other popular sexual position. What matters the most is use of words and the feelings portrayed behind the actions. Anyone can fuck but to make it hot, there has to be something more than just actions. Use your imagination and toss some dialog in there...or interruption or have one character screw up and say something stupid if you want some humor. There are no boundaries. Sex is sex...it's the mood and descriptions that make it something more than simple porn.
  22. I couldn't really partake in the poll because the first part didn't allow for original stories. I assume by OC you mean OC inserted into fanfiction? I think OC's can add a certain depth and element of creativity to a fanfiction, so long as they don't overshadow the main characters. I think creating a story set in a fanfic universe with an OC as the main character is fine. For example: an original character in the Forgotten Realms universe who is the main focus of the story, but cameos from majoy pre-existing characters can occur if done right. People write good fiction based on their World of Warcraft characters all the time. What I don't like is when an OC is Mary-Sue'd to death and breaks up a canon couple because (s)he is so gorgeous one of the canon characters just can't resist, or when an OC is always right, always perfect and always desirable. Just as frustrating is the constant man/maiden in distress that can't take five steps without canon characters rescuing him/her (Of course, this can be hilarious and entertaining if used for satyrical/comedic purposes). I personally tend to try and keep my OC appearances brief in fanfiction because I'm afraid of going to deep and putting too much focus on them, but I have an awful tendancy to go overboard anyhow. Others might have more restraint than I do.
  23. Xenobia

    Disclaimer Question...

    Thank you and the other mods for all of your hard work, Demongoddess. With any luck, the upcoming increased character space will make it a little easier for writers to articulate their disclaimers. As it stands now, I *think* I've got the knack of it with the following: " Final Fantasy and all characters are the property of Square Enix. I do not profit from this fanfiction, it’s for entertainment purposes only." It's currently impossible for me to get much more precise than that because the limitations don't allow for the naming of each character that appears in the fic....I hope that "all characters" covers that, since most of my currently uploaded fanfics revolve around several FF7 characters. I still have old LOTR fanfics here but I honestly don't care enough about them anymore (I cut my teeth on them and think they're bloody awful) to be concerned with whether they stay or go. The Final Fantasy fics are another matter, because they're more recent and I've matured as a writer since the beginning (and hope to mature further). I'd hate to see them suspended because I failed to be precise enough in the disclaimer. Fanfiction is, for me, a hobby and a tool to improve my skills so that I can write better original fiction. Thank you again for your dedication. I know from experience how thankless and frustrating the task of being a moderator can be, so here's a pat on the back from yours truly.