||[Jun. 5th, 2009|10:05 pm]
The Question Club
I have a bit of a moral dilemma regarding a fanfiction. For some reason, this looks like the best place to ask for help, unless there's a fanfic_queries community I can't find. (If this is so, please point me in the right direction and I'll get my behind out of here in grateful shame.)Edit for tl;dr summary: should I review a fanfic even with risk of bias?
There's a fanfic for a fandom I frequent, let's call it A. It's a co-write, written by authors B and C. Author B writes the odd-numbered chapters, Author C the even-numbered ones.
From my standpoint as a reader, this is one of Author B's best works in her fanfic-writing career. However, in my mind, the chapters by Author C... not so. My mind thinks them inferior both in terms of grammar and spelling, and from a stylistic viewpoint.
I'd like to be able to review the fanfic (it's already on my favourites list), but I'm not sure whether I should stick to praising the fic as a whole, or attempt to do a decent con-crit of the chapters by Author C as well as giving praise to the chapters by Author B. On one hand, con-crit is desirable as far as I'm aware, and it might help Author C improve. On the other hand, I might be being unfair to one or both of the authors this way. On a mysterious third hand, I could be accused of bias on the part of Author B.
See, Author B is my cyber-girlfriend too.
Just to clear up something I believe people might be thinking at this point, I believe that I would hold the same opinions of the respective chapters even without the intimate relationship. My opinions of the fanfics she writes are independent of the opinions I hold of Author B as a whole. I just want to be able to praise and concrit the fanfic at the same time without showing any bias towards one author or the other.
Is this possible? And if so, what is the best way to go about this?
Again, if this is in the wrong place, please smack me with a herring - this is my first post in the community. Thank you in advance for the help. :)
Edit 2 for extra detail: the fic in question is on fanfiction.net.
Edit 3 to thank the people who have responded so far. Since I'm getting the vibe from some comments that I'm in the wrong place, is there a community that serves a similar purpose for this kind of problem?
Edit 4: So I am misguided and should be more careful (Edit 5: and less wordy) in future. Good to know. Thank you for the help. :) *sincere smile*