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Just finished posting a new NCIS story on Ao3. Got some nice reviews, had some great discussions with other fans. Episode tag, as usual. Something Gibbs said hit all of my 'Quit Poking Tony with a Stick' buttons.

I've been slowly posting it on fanfic as well. Somewhere along the line I'd forgotten how truly weird people can be on that site. Honestly, if I start a fic and don't like the major theme, I hit that "back" button and pick something else. I certainly don't take the time to read up to ten chapters and then send a long, rambling review about how stupid the author is or how the characters wouldn't act like that. One guy told me Tony was supposed to be a funny character and that I should look up 'funny' and learn how to write it.

I'll admit, I laughed.

But here's the one that stopped me in my tracks. Made me look again.

"I wonder:You use a 20 year old picture for your avatar. Pleade. Give it up. You're wishing for something that just DOESN'T EXIST. Boo hoo."

Um. Okay. My avatar on fanfic is a floppy-haired, early season Daniel Jackson because he's ADORABLE. What does that say about me? Or my NCIS fic? that I'm a Stargate fan? Yeah. Haven't changed my avatar there in ... EVER ... because why?

I don't get it, people! Why do some readers take the time to read up through chapter 10 of a fic if they are not fans of the theme/pairing/trope that is at the heart of the fic? I sure don't. I don't seek out Jack/Sam fic just to rip at the writer. Or let's make Gibbs into a tiger/centaur/vampire fic and then tell the writer, "this is not how that character would react in this situation!"

Now, I have gotten a lot of very nice, very uplifting, and very discussion-starting reviews. But, geesh. Sometimes, I wonder...
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