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I really wanted to screencap this scene, it’s so good. Though I was a little disappointed Ellie ended up being straight, because she really wasn’t coded like she was.
Look on the bright side: defying stereotypes!
I’m watching The Debate (The West Wing 7x07) and I’m ready to vote for Congressman Matt Santos. Give me a ballot.
So I was walking down the street and there was a busker sitting out on some steps, playing a horn, hat on the ground waiting for tips. It looked kinda promising, so I walked over and stopped to listen. His playing wasn’t bad, but I wasn’t enjoying it all that much tbh.
Another guy had stopped too and listened for a few songs, and then walked off without tipping. I was ready to leave too, but I felt like I shouldn’t go without some kind of explanation. He probably wants feedback, right?
So I dropped a tip in his hat, and I was like, “Hey man, I stopped here at first because I thought you were gonna be pretty good, but now it’s getting kinda boring. It’s too slow - that’s just my honest opinion. You just lost a listener.” He’d been preparing to start his next song, but instead he just stopped and looked at me, so I thought I’d say something constructive. “You know, I saw another guy outside the library playing a guitar. He was doing a song kinda this, only I liked it more. You should play a guitar. If you had, it would’ve been way better, but this is just not working. You just wasted three minutes of my time. Maybe I’ll try you again next week and see if you’ve improved, but, I dunno,” I walked away with a shrug.
Did I sound like an unbelievable douche in that story? Because that’s what you sound like when you leave those exact reviews for fanfic writers.
For me, specifics are welcome (and really appreciated) if they’re at least 95% positive. (e.g., “I loved it when X said Y.”) If something didn’t make sense, I want to know (and it might be because I didn’t want it to make sense).
But yeah, “You just lost a reader” doesn’t do anything of value, and neither does criticizing the direction or style of the story. Believe it or not, we put a lot of thought into writing.