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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2010-06-13 07:09 pm

On reccing

[livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 has an interesting post about what you look for in recs, which got me thinking: are there any things you would like to see me add to my recs?

I provide the information I as a reader like to know, so fandom, summary, reccer commentary. Oh, and word count, but mainly as an organisational tool rather than because I need to know that when clicking on a story.

But I'm open to adding more stuff. Pairings? Ratings? More detailed commentary? (The latter being something I would try to add if possible, but with the caveat that I am not able to commit to something like that without feeling stressed.) Something I'm not thinking of?

I want to hear from you! :)
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[personal profile] aris_tgd 2010-06-14 02:31 am (UTC)(link)
I like that you tend to mention pairings and how pairing-ish a story feels when you do your summaries but don't have a specific place for it; I've never been one to be concerned about OTPs or filter by pairings, so I tend to like your more informal method, and I can always skim the headers if I'm feeling jumpy.
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[personal profile] damned_colonial 2010-06-14 03:01 am (UTC)(link)
Yup, agreed. Overall, I like your recs the way they are! (Even though we have different tastes in fic sometimes, which I find interesting -- I get the feeling we like similar kinds of stories, but have different things that work for us in writing style.)
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[personal profile] dragovianknight 2010-06-14 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
Just for the record, I like your inclusions of word count because it tells me if I have time to read the story now, or if I should save it for later.
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[personal profile] nicole4 2010-06-14 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
I say add pairings, or at least the main pairing in the story. But you do a pretty good job of that already (since your SH recs are the only Sherlock Holmes fics I've ever read), so all I can say is add in pairings and ratings (if it's like wayyy over T/PG-13).
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[personal profile] helens78 2010-06-14 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
I would say pairings, but it had never occurred to me that you didn't list them! I thought you did -- so if you don't now, apparently you don't need to start. XD The summaries you give always give good enough detail to figure out who the story's about.
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[personal profile] marina 2010-06-14 10:04 am (UTC)(link)
One of the main criteria I filter fics by (into read/do not read piles) is rating. Excplicit/NC-17/whatever goes in the "to read" pile unless the pairing/characters/etc are a squick of mine, and generally anything rated up to "teen" is something I'm unlikely to read. So, if I had one wish, it'd be that everyone's recs ever included a rating so I wouldn't have to read a wonderful summary and then discover it wasn't a fic I'm likely to read.
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[personal profile] pulchritude 2010-06-14 04:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Since I'm an OTP shipper, I more or less always read for the pairing (and characters, for gen) in the fic...so yeah. :3
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[personal profile] hekaterine 2010-06-14 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
So much to read. I'm feling a bit lost right now. Don't even know where to start. >_<

Ratings and pairings are two things I always like to know. :)
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[personal profile] snorkackcatcher 2010-06-14 08:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd much rather have a summary + commentary than the bald 'fandom standard' of pairing + rating and nothing else, because that way I find out what makes the fic distinctive, not what makes it the same as all the rest. (Also, the pairing and general rating will usually be obvious from a summary + commentary anyway. They're a mildly useful addition for the record but not crucial for me. Word count is pretty useful, though.)