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I recently started writing fanfiction again at fanfiction.net, and it's startling to me how many people will follow (choose to receive e-mails upon updates) and favourite (add to their favourite stories list) my newest story without ever leaving one review. when I wrote a few years ago, it was the complete opposite.

I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this trend and had any idea what is causing it? The only thing I can think of is that these people are waiting for the story to end before they review, but I can't be sure of that since I'm not even half way through writing it.
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Mabe your new generation of readers isn't interested in sharing their thoughts and only want you to entertain them.
I expect a fanfiction community would be especially keen to bash opposing views and have learned to keep criticism bottled up, but I can only speak for myself.
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Ehhh, it's kind of been like that. Mine have a 3 favorites to 1 review ratio.

I wrote these years ago (2011-2012), and I just noticed I got another review somewhat recently on one of them. I can't believe it's been so long since I wrote them. Time sure flies.



That be the general reaction...



But yeah even then it was quite similarly disproportionate, though it may ave slightly increased due to difficulty of reviewing on tablets and smartphones.

I usually don't review myself because I'm reading in my bed using my smartphone or something.
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i write reviews
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PrinceJudar wrote:

Ehhh, it's kind of been like that. Mine have a 3 favorites to 1 review ratio.

I wrote these years ago (2011-2012), and I just noticed I got another review somewhat recently on one of them. I can't believe it's been so long since I wrote them. Time sure flies.



That be the general reaction...



But yeah even then it was quite similarly disproportionate, though it may ave slightly increased due to difficulty of reviewing on tablets and smartphones.

I usually don't review myself because I'm reading in my bed using my smartphone or something.


I would accept even that kind of review. I made it a point in my author's notes that I'd like to hear which parts of chapters that people particularly liked or disliked and most of my reviews were something along the lines of "I hope you update soon". I appreciate any review, but everything feels so different. Someone mentioned that it's a possibility that there are more readers and less writers frequenting the web-site because writers are more likely to give constructive criticism and praise.

I wonder if it is an issue of tablets and smartphones though. It's a distinct possibility.
Before I started writing my current story, I was still getting reviews from time to time on one of my more popular stories. I went back to read it again, wondering what was so good about it. I am really embarrassed by it and am now in a position of "Why do you people like this? There are so many things I need to fix, particularly grammar and broken sentence structures. I plan to go back and fix it, since I think it could be even better if I did.
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Probably ppl are to lazy , sometimes i dont review too or just dont know how to exress themselfs
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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:

I recently started writing fanfiction again at fanfiction.net, and it's startling to me how many people will follow (choose to receive e-mails upon updates) and favourite (add to their favourite stories list) my newest story without ever leaving one review. when I wrote a few years ago, it was the complete opposite.

I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this trend and had any idea what is causing it? The only thing I can think of is that these people are waiting for the story to end before they review, but I can't be sure of that since I'm not even half way through writing it.


I get what you mean. I write on fictionpress.net and I get the same. It's annoying because I tend to think I am a terrible writer.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I get what you mean. I write on fictionpress.net and I get the same. It's annoying because I tend to think I am a terrible writer.


That's interesting - so it's happening at the sister site fiction press as well. This lends some credit to my theory that there are a lot more people who frequent the sites just to read and don't have any stories of their own.

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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I get what you mean. I write on fictionpress.net and I get the same. It's annoying because I tend to think I am a terrible writer.


That's interesting - so it's happening at the sister site fiction press as well. This lends some credit to my theory that there are a lot more people who frequent the sites just to read and don't have any stories of their own.




I mean sometimes I'll get a review here and there while other times I get none. Sometimes I don't even get views.
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I can't really speak to fanfiction sites in of themselves, because I generally don't out of my way to read fanfic, so I'm going to go off of my experiences here since this is where I do most of my reviewing of other people's writings these days. While the amount that people post here is nominal, it still comes down to a lot of writing if I want to accurate surmise what I'm saying about someone's piece. For every 1000 word story I'm probably going to write 1000 words of critique so it becomes a lot of work for the sake of providing some criticism. That said, I usually try to say something even if I'm not going to write the 1000 words, so maybe I'm an exception to the rule.

Basically what I'ms saying in a rambling way, that maybe these people reading the fanfiction read a lot of it and aren't willing to put in the work to critique every piece they read in a day? That's the only explanation that I can think of.
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qualeshia3 wrote:
I mean sometimes I'll get a review here and there while other times I get none. Sometimes I don't even get views.


I'm sorry to hear that. It seems to be a risk with original writing that less people will read it.

What kind of writing do you tend to do? I know that sometimes shorter pieces get more attention, things like poetry and one shots.

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Kitahoshi_Hazel wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:
I mean sometimes I'll get a review here and there while other times I get none. Sometimes I don't even get views.


I'm sorry to hear that. It seems to be a risk with original writing that less people will read it.

What kind of writing do you tend to do? I know that sometimes shorter pieces get more attention, things like poetry and one shots.



I write novels.
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Yeah I feel like most people don't review anymore, such a shame really.

I started to review about 95% of everything I read, if I have something to say, I write a review, even if it is several years ago they posted it.
Well, most is also in the hope someday people will review my fanfictions as well.
How would I know if what I write is good or not? It's nice to get reviews.

Make reviews great again!
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