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    July Activities 2012

    One of the primary safeguards on the archives that keep readers from encountering themes they would rather not is the rating/warning system. While not failproof, it does allow readers a preview of any heavy or potentially unfriendly themes that might crop up in a story. For some, such themes and higher ratings are a deal-breaker; for others, however, sometimes, they are a deal-MAKER.

    What I would like to discuss is how a story's rating affects your desire to read it. As usual, ask and answer one topic question (TQ). Returning to the discussion is both allowed and encouraged. Here are a few to get you started.:



    You are presented with two stories: one rated Professors with warnings for Suicide, Abuse, and Violence, and one rated 1st/2nd Years that features your OTP and Mild Profanity. Both seem equally interesting to you. Would you choose the story with a higher rating over the lower rated one, or vice versa?

    Are there any ratings or warnings that are dealbreakers for you?

    Have you ever stopped reading a story because you encountered an uncomfortable subject not covered in the warnings?



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    July Feature: Same-Sex Pairings

    Having just trawled through the Quicksilver Quill Award nominees, I realised that the past year has brought a lot of new SSP works to MNFF. Not only from the Cotillion, but from some of the established authors working through each and every corner of the archives. Same-Sex Pairings is a bit of a niche writing category, but some of the products of that category are stunning, indeed.

    Your challenge, my dear SPEWers, is to find a same-sex pairing story and review it. It doesn't have to be specifically in Same-Sex Pairings; it could be in Femmeslash, Harry/Draco, Remus/Sirius, or even in a completely different category but featuring a same-sex pairing.

    As usual, ask and answer one topic question (TQ). Here are a few to get you started:



    As a reader, to you approach SSP differently than het romance stories?

    Do you, as a reader and reviewer, hold SSP fics to a different standard of pairing plausibility than you do for het pairings?

    Do you find rarepair SSP to be more or less interesting than more mainstream pairings?



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    You are presented with two stories: one rated Professors with warnings for Suicide, Abuse, and Violence, and one rated 1st/2nd Years that features your OTP and Mild Profanity. Both seem equally interesting to you. Would you choose the story with a higher rating over the lower rated one, or vice versa?
    I'd probably read both eventually, but it would really depend on my mood at the time. If I was tired or just not feeling too great I'd probably want something light and cheerful, so it would be the 1st-2nd fic all the way. However, there are equally times when I feel more drawn to darker things, things which are likely to give me something to think about. I don't mean that a more innocent story can't give me things to think about, but I'm less likely to be drawn into random musings by them.

    Are there any ratings or warnings that are dealbreakers for you?
    I don't usually pay a lot of attention to the ratings/warnings on a story because I can deal with reading about even the most sensitive issues. I'm not a fan of AU stuff, so I don't often read stories with that tag, but if I come across one that interests me then I won't let the warning put me off. I will read just about anything, so no, they aren't ever deal breakers.

    New TQ: Do you dislike the plot spoiler aspect of the warning system? Would you rather pay attention to the warnings and loose some of the surprise of plot twists, or be ignore them and risk reading things you weren't entirely comfortable with?
    Say, for example, that a character is going to die unexpectedly in a fic. I would rather not know about it in advance from the warnings because clearly it's supposed to be a surprise, a plot twist. That's why I don't pay too much attention to the warnings. I'd rather not lose the surprise of the twist, and I'm generally able to cope with any sensitive topics raised in fics.
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    You are presented with two stories: one rated Professors with warnings for Suicide, Abuse, and Violence, and one rated 1st/2nd Years that features your OTP and Mild Profanity. Both seem equally interesting to you. Would you choose the story with a higher rating over the lower rated one, or vice versa?
    Honestly, I don't really pay attention the warnings at all. I just look at the summary and if I think it's interesting I'll go for it. After I decide whether to read it or not, I'll look at the warnings - and the only thing I ever look for in there is Student-Teacher Romance and Slash. If it's got either of them in there then I won't read it, but if those are absent from the list I won't really care what else is present. But based on the summary, what I will and will not read kind of depends on my mood, just like Sophie said. If I'm feeling kind of angry or upset, I'll go for the higher rated one. If I feel cheerful or just in the mood for a light story I'll go for the 1st-2nd year one. I will, however, read both of them at some point.

    Are there any ratings or warnings that are dealbreakers for you?

    Yes: Student/Teacher Romance and Slash, as stated in my previous answer. Maybe it's because I come from a country where same-sex relationships are severely looked down upon, but I'm not really keen about slash and femmeslash. No offence meant - I just won't read it. And I find Student-Teacher Romances kind of awkward. I'm not saying that having crushes on a young and good-looking teacher isn't wrong, (and I don't really mind having celeb-crushes on older actors, either) but actually going into a relationship with someone old enough to be their father... it kind of makes me a bit skirmish. So if those two warnings are present I won't read the story, but otherwise I don't really care what's in there.

    Have you ever stopped reading a story because you encountered an uncomfortable subject not covered in the warnings?
    No, not really, that's never happened before.

    Do you dislike the plot spoiler aspect of the warning system? Would you rather pay attention to the warnings and loose some of the surprise of plot twists, or be ignore them and risk reading things you weren't entirely comfortable with?

    To tell the truth, I like spoilers . I flipped to the end of DH to see if everything was as I hoped before starting to read the actual book. But in context of this question, I'd say that since the only thing I look for is the SSP and S/T romance, I don't really pay attention to what else I'm seeing in there. That way none of the intended surprises are lost.

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    Alternate Universe - What sort of AU story would you/wouldn't you read?
    There are some AU stores that mess about with pairings - like Harry/Other character or Hermione/Other character. Unless it's a really well written Dramione fic, I don't think I'll read that sort of AU story because I like the pairings the way JK Rowling kept them. However, I do like some good old time-travel fics or Sirius-is-alive stories. They are often a lot of fun to read.

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    You are presented with two stories: one rated Professors with warnings for Suicide, Abuse, and Violence, and one rated 1st/2nd Years that features your OTP and Mild Profanity. Both seem equally interesting to you. Would you choose the story with a higher rating over the lower rated one, or vice versa?
    Like Sophie, I would probably want to read both, but it would depend on my mood and the summary of the fic. However, all in all, I would probably reach for the lighter reading. With heavier stories, they weigh on your mind for longer if you read them properly. I prefer light-hearted stuff because itís happier and I tend to read to take my mind off of whatever I donít want to be doing, so I donít want to read things which are more dismal than that. However, if it got too saccharine I might have to get out of there. However, if the Professors fic sounded more interesting, then Iíd go for that one.

    Are there any ratings or warnings that are dealbreakers for you?
    I also tend to ignore the ratings and warnings. I read most stuff, and judging by my WIPs along with my radical shipping, I donít think there are any ratings and warnings that would ward me away. However, I donít think itís so much