Don't You hate it when you get Favourite Sories/Authors and Not Reviews? (85)

1 Name: Carmzziiee : 2010-03-22 06:34 ID:Zcrhay3f

....Don't You hate it when you get Favourite Sories/Authors and Not Reviews?
It's o annoying!!! If you can click the Favourite Story/Author button you can write awsome in a simple box.

36 Name: Majin : 2010-04-28 14:32 ID:OBC60clz

I'd be happy - constructive criticism, along with what they did like is best, but most reviews I get tend to just be 'Great!' or 'Please make it <insert pairing>'. Still nice to know that someone read it and a favourite does the same as the first type of comment.

37 Name: Marth : 2010-04-29 19:21 ID:L1cg69ZG

Heck, I'd say a fave is better than a "Please make it [insert pairing]" review. Both are kinda impolite, but only one is entitled spam.

38 Name: fan-to-fiction : 2010-05-02 03:57 ID:4IUcNchP

I don't really know. I just write what I want.
The one thing I do get irritated by is the fact that sometimes people read a story with yaoi-alert (for example a harryxdraco pairing of such thing exists) and then they read it and put a flame like: Harry isn't gay.

Why would you read the story and flame people if you know form the beginning it's about something you don't like.

I myslef get a lot of alerts and almost no reviews on stories of mine. However, I do respect one author who reviews every chapter of one of my stories, she's awesome.
I don't really care if people review or not, but I do care if they flame me for somthing I had warned the readers about.

39 Name: Amnesia Nymph : 2010-05-02 10:37 ID:tSYOARfR

I used to get a lot of reviews per story and chapter until I took a break from my stories (for a bout a year) now I get around 4 reviews per chapter instead of the usual 16-20. Maybe because people know I'm slow with my updates or maybe the fanbase just got smaller, I don't know....but if people can take the time to put my stories on the alert list they could take a minute or two to let me know what they think about a chapter. A simple 'good chapter' or 'I don't like this chapter because....' would do.

40 Name: becca : 2010-05-03 05:20 ID:O2z2/WfD

If anyone wants someone to review their story with tips and advice you should check out a forum called 'the corner' on fanfiction.net it has a thread called the review exchange where if you want advice and stuff on your story you can 'exchange' a review,

the rules for this are 'All reviews should be constructive; no flames, please. No one-liners that just say "this is great, please update soon!" Tell them what you liked, and why. Explain if you didn't like a certain part - if you think a character is OOC, then don't just say that. Tell them why!'

Most people are on here are realy helpful and give good tips.

The forum is set up by dreamersrequiem, so check it out if your interested.

41 Name: KuroShoujo : 2010-05-04 08:24 ID:tyL41yB+

Yup, that annoys me usually very much, me pc crashed like a month ago with all my fanfics/amv's still on it, I couldn't retrieve it.
So I wrote it would take a long time to write EVERYTHING again.
and so I got some reviews at first but then only +favourite bla bla bla.
I don't mind it as long as some people review it.
But I've lost my motivation to continue V___V

42 Name: RoMythe : 2010-05-04 09:47 ID:DRB2mewP

I saw a story today and it had 58 reviews; Y'know what it was about? Nothing! Just one word! WHile there are much better fics around with almost none reviews. But, back to the subject; I had that problem too, until last chapter. I guess you should just build your story up.

43 Name: sharingansupergirl : 2010-05-04 11:16 ID:uDncP3ue

>>42, were they 58 positive reviews, outta interest?

44 Name: RL & CE : 2010-05-11 07:05 ID:CxZsVQRA

I've never failed to write a review after I read a fic or an updated chapter. Sometimes it's short and random, other times it's real feedback. It depends on where I feel it's needed and welcomed.
I know how much I love to see reviews on my stories. It's a real boost to one's ego and confidence. And I just like to add a little to a writers' happiness ^_^
I'm also very happy to see people list me in their faves or put me on alert. I think everyone should just choose for their own what they do once they've read a fic, but should consider how happy it makes the writer. Just a few words of encouragement, it's not that much work...

45 Name: liatris-chan : 2011-01-07 17:52 ID:F0sFuG47

As a writer:
Personally I prefer reviews to being added to a favorites list, because sometimes I look at the person's profile and they have four hundred and something favorites, or something ridiculous like that so it doesn't mean as much. Plus reviews usually tell you what they liked about your story or what they think you could change or improve on to get better. Reviews also help to tell future readers if the story is good or not and a basic idea of what to expect, somewhat like a summary so they might help you get more readers (I know I've read stories only after I read the reviews for it occasionally)

As a reviewer:
I try to write a review for every fanfic I read (and sometimes every chapter if I feel the need)even if it's just a sentence or two about what I liked and some mistakes they could fix. I especially love to review the stories of new writers who don't have any reviews yet because i remember what it was like the first week or so after I published my first story. It seemed like it took forever to be acknowledged and when I was, I was so happy that I ended up writing four more chapters for that story and on to I think 10 other stories ^_^

46 Name: KatonRyu : 2011-01-08 05:43 ID:ewquG/xN

I get a lot of people favoriting my stories, an even larger number of visitors, but hardly any reviews. Maybe that's because I keep telling people to stop saying 'Update please' on my Oneshots, though. Even so, if you Favorite a story, at least review it as well. I do that, anyway. I can't say I review all the fics I read, but then I don't read that many fics. When I do finish one, a rare occurence, I'll review.

So, in a nutshell: yes, people who favorite but don't review DO make me crazy.

47 Name: jyuuken114 : 2011-01-10 22:04 ID:1SRctGjK

I am not much of a writer. But i would like to point out something about the issue at hand here.
There are few little crazy-in-the-head readers who use their profile's 'my favourite stories' tab to keep a count of all the fics they read no matter how bad the fics are.
Of course such crazy-in-the-head people are rare to find but unfortunately i had the luck of finding two such profiles whom i don't care to remember now.

48 Name: Jen : 2011-01-11 17:39 ID:5kwcCFoa

It doesn't bother me too much, because it's nice that people would bother to favorite and alert my stories. I would prefer a favorite over a review that said "that wuz good update plz" or "sequal plez" on a oneshot. But favorites tend to lose meaning when its somebody who has a few hundred on their list. :/ All in all, reviews are definitely better, and they're the ones that truly drive me, but I do still like favorites. I don't want to worry too much about it.

49 Name: AnneCupcake : 2011-01-12 14:21 ID:pHF7T45n

Well, it depends. When my story isn't updated in a long time, I mostly get favs or alerts. But, I usually get (most part of) my reviews when I either post a new chapter/one-shot or just at random. I do find it annoying when the only feedback I get is ''omg plz update soon!!1!'', but on the other hand, even when they say that useless stuff, or only fave it, they did like the story. So in the end it makes me happy~ ^^

50 Name: D : 2011-02-27 23:50 ID:FDDZaqNM

I’ve always thought as a reader that it’s important to leave a comment because it lets the author know you’re interested, and as a author I do feel that way. I will admit it has bothered me a lot in the past, and I would message people if they would be kind enough to leave a review next time I updated instead of simply adding me to their alerts, but they never do. I’ve come to appreciate alerts thanks to my friend who pointed out well at least they’re reading your story.

I do appreciate alerts and the fact that they people are reading my story. I understand some people can’t think of anything to say, are busy, or shy or what have you, and that some people wait until the end of the story to leave a review. However, reviews are the best way to let the author know you really like their story.

I’m not someone who thinks a review the says ‘I like your story’ or ‘Update soon’ is bad. I understand the sentiment, that they would prefer constructive criticism and that you could equate that review with an alert, but still the fact that they like and took the time to say that is good. Reviews show that a real live person is reading your story. Not everyone likes to leave constructive review, and anyway in that person’s eyes you’re doing fine. Someone will come along and point out your mistakes later.

Reviews really do keep me inspired when I’m having writer’s block, even the aforementioned ones, because I know people waiting to read the next chapter. I won’t go into the specifics, but you as fellow authors show know how reviews cans inspire you and what their benefit is. I know there’s quite a lot of people that post on their profiles why reviews are essential to authors.

I’ve noticed some people that have alerted my story, review on others. While I understand they might consider that other person’s story good enough to warrant a review, the fact that they alerted my story, means they like it something about it, which they could have said in a review. I just strongly belief that regardless of the quality of a story, people should review (I know it’s not mandatory, but still it would be really nice, if they would at least do it at the end of my story.)

51 Name: KC-Chan : 2011-03-01 16:41 ID:gOZWHw2A

That annoys me SO MUCH! I'm making a story right now and so far, I have three reviews, but I have a bunch of Favorite Story or Story Alerts. Reviews make me motivated, so when I don't get any, I don't really feel like continuing sometimes, since I feel like people don't like how the story is going.

52 Name: Allers : 2011-03-01 19:32 ID:22nIkzYb

It gets annoying if you get like, a ton of favs/alerts when you post a new story or whatever, but only a few reviews. I mean, clearly there were people reading it, and they want to read more... but they don't care quite enough to leave comments. -_-

53 Name: Mikichu : 2011-03-01 20:16 ID:tkCdrNHf

That really annoys me too. Reviews help me push through writer's block. Sometimes they even give me good ideas. :)

54 Name: CatnipPacket : 2011-03-04 20:16 ID:PbzKEaDK

Half the time I love a story but can't think of anything good to say in a review other than the usual 'I love your story! It was great! :)' kinda thing. So I add it to my favourites list but don't review just because I can't think of a nice critique.

55 Name: Wings of Silver Rain : 2011-03-04 21:12 ID:AIICA/g1

well at least you can say what you like about the chapter/story, and what you think may happen. thats what i ususally do, and as a writer i really like it when ppl tell me what they like and what they think can happen. it means that ppl actually are thinking about my writing and like it.

56 Name: Marth : 2011-03-04 22:32 ID:dUUO726o

>>54 Generic ices are pretty much equivalent to faves, so I think you're fine if you wouldn't be giving any in-depth critique anyhow. But I recognize that I'm anomalous in not measuring my self-worth by my review count. :)

(I kid. I definitely know people whose self-esteem is closely tied to their FFN popularity, but the majority of the people in this thread do not seem to be those kind of people.)

57 Name: FreakyBookReader : 2011-03-05 12:29 ID:J0nJz3i1

I agree completely. I have three stories, one has thirty reviews and the other two have three reviews. no reviews makes me not want to continue writing because it's like people don't care whether you continue or not.

Sometimes i prefer to get some critism than no reviews becuase at least with cristism you can make changes as long as they give you ideas.

I have made myself a new little pact which is to always review a story if i read it, but not always every chapter cos that's a bit boring.
FreakyBookReader xx

58 Name: Uzuki : 2011-04-09 07:07 ID:WBLWO3uV

Yeah, I agree. I mean, it's great that someone favorited/alerted your story (because that obviously means that they like it and want to keep reading it) but they could at least say WHY they like it and stuff.

59 Name: moonphase : 2011-04-12 07:33 ID:jg/xzveu

I think it's basic manners to review a story if you are reading it and faving it. After all the author is putting in time and effort for you to read it for free. What is two or three minutes to write a review so that they know peopel give a damn, what they are doing write and so on?

60 Name: FreakyBookReader : 2011-04-16 02:21 ID:g5db/0w1

@58 As an author on fanfiction, I agree with you because people should tell you why they like your story, so you can make it better.

@59 Yeah, I always review a story if I have read it, even if I just say :
"I liked it, please update soon." Or something like that although I try and put reasons why it was good and any constructive critism I have.

I think that getting one review with constructive critism is actually more usefull as a writer than getting four reviews saying:
Great please write more.

I need to be able to improve my story to get better feedback though.

61 Name: mangaxanime101 : 2011-04-17 12:43 ID:i+4WdV30

I once got almost 60 faves and alerts, but the story only had about 4 reviews! Apparently people like the story, but not enough to actually review. It does help us make it better.

62 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:39 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

63 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:40 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

64 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:42 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

65 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:43 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

66 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:44 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

67 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:44 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

68 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:46 ID:MnawSSc2

I'm experiencing this right now, not sure if it's because I'm writing fanfiction in a category I used to not write for. I have a story with 16 faves, but only 4 replies. It really is kind of annoying since I put a lot of effort into each of my stories. =/

69 Name: monmoncandie : 2011-04-17 20:49 ID:MnawSSc2

Oh my gosh, sorry for the multiple posts! My internet was acting funny! D:

70 Name: Elkkun : 2011-04-18 03:47 ID:btZTcFFK

>>69, you landed on 69.... nice... XD Also, I have a feeling that people put the story on Alerts/favourites is because they simply can't say anything. It's not laziness, maybe they appriciate the story but can't find anything better to say other than "This chapter was great!" or something silly like that.
A lot of people know how authors hate it when people don't give them some form of criticism, so they don't reivew because they can't give it. That or they simply don't know how to critique, or give CC properly.

71 Name: Neil Dunsmore : 2011-04-20 19:25 ID:kI5i6nTb

I don't hate it, but it does annoy me to a degree. It's like I really wanna know what these people think and they won't tell me.

72 Name: Turner Child : 2011-04-26 06:06 ID:/DAw/tCi

I do not hate it, but it does annoy me. I am glad that people will put my story on favorite and/or author alert, but I would love here what people think so I can grow more as a writer.

73 Name: Katie : 2011-04-27 06:23 ID:nynJbYRq

I agree with Turner Child. I mean I love getting favorite and or/author alert but I'd like to know more details as to why they like it or if there is anything else I can do to make it better.

74 Name: Elkkun : 2011-04-27 13:25 ID:btZTcFFK

>>71 to >>73 basically said the same thing... XD

75 Name: moonphase : 2011-04-28 10:07 ID:jg/xzveu

lol, weird...

76 Name: Elkkun : 2011-05-28 03:26 ID:btZTcFFK

>>75 amazing weird... it's like they're long lost triplets, and are on the same brainwave! -legasp!- that explains EVERYTHING.

On another note, I think it's alright to get favourite story/author alerts, it lets me know people are reading it. c:

77 Name: KnightNinja13 : 2011-06-10 01:08 ID:om+Ulll4

It does get a bit annoying. At least I know someone somewhere is reading one of my stories.....I'd still like to know why. (saying it was really good doesn't necessarily do me any good)

78 Name: Grapes : 2011-07-18 03:39 ID:NNspSD+Y

I love giving men reviews my favourite is:

I hate your story, its bad speling and punctation. please delete it or i will spontaniously combust

79 Name: moonphase : 2011-07-24 09:26 ID:IjwC+Zbk

>>78 Why do you love giving just men reviews?

80 Name: Neil Dunsmore : 2011-07-24 15:07 ID:kI5i6nTb

>>79 I think Grapes is implying that all men overreact and all girls know how to handle flaming... if that's the implication, I take offense to that.

81 Name: Marth : 2011-07-24 18:56 ID:nRiqMbNQ

>>80 Also, it's <i>hilariously</i> wrong. If Grapes has never had a female writer go apeshit over a review, she needs to flame more female writers. It's not that hard to find the crazies. :D

82 Name: Anake14 : 2011-07-25 22:11 ID:g8oEPI1T

Honestly it shouldn't matter because you know they like it, but still a polite, 'this is good, keep it going!' would be nice every once in a while. I don't review often, but that's because I sound like I'm repeating myself. As for reviews I've never been flamed, so I'm kind of waiting for someone to do it...Anyone here willing to read a story and find something wrong with it? (Other than grammar or spelling please I have a personal guard who takes a dictionary and hits me over the head for each thing I get wrong and am too lazy to fix.)
>>81 everyone is a tiny bit crazy, if they weren't they'd never be able to handle reality. Actually I think reality is crazier than most people could ever be, I mean think of the politicians...shudders never mind that was a scary thought...

83 Name: enchantedsleeper : 2012-09-28 12:38 ID:EREJ/Cv8

Personally, I think a review reading "awsome" is a waste of even the two seconds that it takes to write it. So in that case I would rather just have a +fav and a follow. I do like to get reviews but only if the reader has taken the time to write multiple words about my story.

84 Name: enchantedsleeper : 2012-09-28 12:39 ID:EREJ/Cv8

(Not to mention that "awesome" has two 'e's in it)

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