I've been reading so much good fic recently that I'd forgotten some of my pet hates in fandom. But aargh, it just takes one fic to remind me of all of them! There's obviously the nickname one... I hate hate hate
all that 'Remy' 'Siri' 'Mione' stuff. They have perfectly good names in canon, why not use them? Apart from the fact that Remus and Sirius already HAVE nicknames in canon. I'm just glad I've never come across 'Alby'...
The one that set me off this evening was in a fic (I'm not going to name and shame because the rest of the fic is OKish) where Harry is ill and ends up being looked after by some of the teachers at Hogwarts. It's fairly typical with the whole 'Snape suddenly caring about Harry' scenario. But what I abhor is when, even after Harry has recovered, he is still carried everywhere like a baby whenever there's the slightest hint of trouble, and acts like a 9 year old (or younger) the whole time. In canon, Harry is a fairly mature and self-aware boy even when arriving at Hogwarts aged 11. I find it unlikely that at age 14 he would consent to being carried around, especially by Snape! And just because he's been ill doesn't mean he has to have a personality transplant. Grr.
I also have a real problem with Dumbledore being characterised as a manipulative bastard. I can see where that could be extrapolated from canon, but not to the extreme that some people seem to enjoy - I think that, however powerful, Dumbledore is still only human, and therefore has made some bad decisions, but he's not cold-bloodedly manipulative. Too be honest, he's always been one of my favourite characters, and actually, I find myself fairly unexcited about book 7, simply because I'm not so bothered about the rest of the characters. Well, of course I am
, but it'll just feel like something's missing... I'm going to read it as soon as it comes out, though, obviously! Although I have to say, copperbadge
's (Sam Vimes) 'Cartographer's Craft' pretty much ticked all the boxes for what I would love to see in the final book... so I hope I'm not disappointed!
Anyway, going back to the pet hates... The other thing I completely don't understand is how people (particularly on Fiction Alley's boards, it has to be said) can rant and rave about how great a particular fic is, when the characterisation is completely off, and the spelling and grammar is awful. Now, I can deal with a little bit of OOC-ness, if it's for a reason, or it's gradual, or it works
in the context of the story - I love fanon Draco for example, despite the fact that he tends to be a lot suaver (is that a word?) and wittier than canon Draco. I can even forgive a reasonable number of spelling and grammar mistakes. But when something is GAFF-worthy, but gets recced as the best thing someone has ever read, you have to wonder if a) they actually haven't read it, or b) (more likely) they wrote it themselves. Either way, it really puts me off trusting recs from somewhere where something that bad has been recced. I'm really looking forward to the new GAFF boards, because if you rec something bad there, you'll get the piss taken out of you FOREVER. So the recs tend to be worth reading.
And finally, what is the point of songfic? I've never understood the reasoning behind that. I mean, fair enough if you quote the song at the beginning as your inspiration or use the lines as chapter titles or whatever, and then write something worthwhile, but those fics where it has a line of song, then a line of fic, then a line of song, etc... just, why?
Anyway. I think that's quite enough ranting. I'd be interested to know what bugs other people, though. It's useful when writing, for one thing! So what pet hates does anyone else have?