Buckle your seatbelts boys and girls I'm in need of a fanfiction.net user rant.
Alright so a little while back I received a comment from a user called YA-Psych who was complimenting me about Moria's pregnancy with Max and how it closely related his own wife's pregnancy (apparently his own wife had a traumatic incident while she was pregnant when she didn't know she was pregnant) and they named their daughter Maxine and is nicknamed Max. I awwed at the comment then continued on my merry way, happy that a part resonated with him on such a deep level.
Then a few weeks ago I received one hell of a paragraph from him on my third part of WLoF stating how he felt that Harry in the fanfiction was incredibly weak and he would have been better staying with the Dursleys as he couldn't see Harry acting the way he acts in my story, yada, yada. Truthfully he apparently had a glitch so what was probably supposed to be two or three paragraphs ended up being one single paragraph. For any of you interested in actually attempting to read the said review here you go: www.fanfiction.net/r/9465526/
Trust me it's easy to find.
So I was curious and after my eyes blurred I realized I wasn't going to get anywhere and I responded to his review and asked for some clarification to see if there was actually any critique in the response (I wasn't really holding my breath since he refers to readers as under him and worries for their well-being by reading in my story) but he responded politely enough and explained is reasoning and why he knew all this. He apparently
is a youth psychologist with about 20 years of experience and saw flaws with how I portrayed Harry and worried on how I would affect vulnerable readers. I thanked him, but did remind him that I wasn't JK Rowling and therefore I wasn't going to be able to write the same Harry, and some of the questions he had were answered or going to be answered in later chapters.
I thought it was over.
Well last night I received not one, but TWO
pm's from him as he had finished reading up to where I've left off so far and basically went off on me saying I haven't improved Harry, Harry shouldn't even be the main character in this story, Max essentially has no weaknesses (which I might cop to that, though I'm not sure how he missed the whole bullying part but I digress), and how I 'led' him on by making him believe I had answered all his questions from when we had last talked... He also added the "lovely"
tidbit that his wife agrees with everything he said and that he was moving on from my story. Now the only reason why he sent out two PM's is because he ran out of room in the first one and had to split it into two parts.
To put that into words of how big this PM was, the word limit on a PM is 8000 characters.
One hand, yeah I can sort of understand him critiquing since it is his job to analyze people...on the other hand he's (likely) a middle-aged man who has a psychology degree and 20 years experience who is deciding to critique fanfiction writers (who don't have that, especially me with an English Bachelor's Degree and working on a library Master Degree) on how characters aren't meeting his expectations on how realistic they are reacting to scenarios, despite the fact he just got his account in early August and has now writings himself.
I'm just like, dude, if you don't like how my story is going for you that's fine, but don't call me a hack because I decided to add the fact that the Dursley's have to take care of Harry for a week for two summers (yes he said that in one of the PM's). You're not an editor and this isn't a story based in realism, it's a fantasy, and it's a fanfiction. Step off the high horse and the pedestal you've stood on.
It's not like I can't take constructive criticism (trust me I have), but there's a difference between trying to help a person out to just being a dick and complaining on how I'm not writing the perfect characterization.
Phew got that out of my system so I feel better now.