My Modus Operandi when entering a new fandom (reading fanfictions)
Fase 1: I have to caught up so I read absolutely anything with my OTP in it.
No matter how well written, how short, how OOC, how happy a fic is or its warnings. And, most importantly, everything I start reading, I have to finish no matter if I don’t like it!
The only thing I actually avoid in this fase are WIP and, recently, fics in my own language.
Fase 2: When the novelty starts to wear off, I get picky.
Rape? Nope. Angst? Nope. Adventurous? Nope (I’m more interested in romantic one). Only 3000 words? Nope. WIP? Definitely no. I don’t like that kink. I don’t like this summary. If I start something and then I don’t like it, I don’t feel bad to not finish it. I can live without knowing the ending. This is too OOC. This is not well written. Why would you spell their name like that?
I read only the one who cacth my interest.
Fase 3: Now that I read everything that interested me, I start giving the others I snobbed before a chance.
Angst? Doens’t mean it’ll have no happy ending. Rape? I can handle it as long it’s not one of my OTP who rape the other. I should give this kink a chance. It’s only 3000 words, but it could still be awesome! WIP? It’s a year old like this but it could still happen! Sad ending? …let’s try… Summary means nothing, how many times I liked a fic with a “boring” summary?
I still stop reading after a while if I ended up not liking the fic or if I realize it’s too bad written.
Fase 4: A new fandom has caught my sight but I don’t want to cheat the one I’m in it currently. So I kinda read for both.
Especially the old ones that I loved, hoping to rekindle my faithfull and undivided love for it. And a few of the new fandom telling me it means nothing, I’m just curious.
It usually doesn’t work and I ended up feeling guilty.
Fase 5: Full immersion, guilty-free, in the new fandom. Fase 1 here I go!!