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Anyone ever get surprised by the feedback/reviews they get?:

Grin and bear it
Be it positive or negative?

The reason I bring this up is because I was recently messaged by a person on FF.net about one of my Phineas and Ferb stories, Realize. The person liked my story so much that he apparently wants to do some fanart of a couple scenes in it, and wanted my permission for him to do so.

I literally had to stop for five minutes to think about the entire situation. Someone liked my story to the degree of them wanting to do fanart of it. My mind almost can't comprehend that. I thought that kind of thing was only done by the well-known people, not someone like myself.

In face, ever since I started putting my stuff on FF.net, I've been generally surprised by the amount of positive feedback I've gotten. I know that most people aren't generally dicks and bash stories either for the lulz or on purpose, but I feel like I was expecting at least something along those lines, since some of my viewpoints tend to...differ than most.

On the negative side, there was one review I got that was negative beyond belief, but it was so beyond Completely Missing the Point it wasn't funny, so I basically ignored it.

Anyone else find themselves surprised by either overly positive or overly negative reviews that they've gotten?
 2 Logan Locksley, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:08:13 PM from On the ceiling
Occasionally Smart
I'm usually surprised when I get favorable reviews, especially if it's a long time after the story was posted. I think the most surprising negative review I've ever received was for an SG-1 Sam Carter/Daniel Jackson fanfic...apparently one reader thought the pairing was too much like incest. Umm...okay then.

edited 4th Oct '11 2:08:28 PM by LoganLocksley

He's like fire and ice and rage. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time. Rory punched him in the face.
 3 Merlo, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:39:35 PM from the masochist chamber
*hrrrrrk*
I've been told 2 of my oneshots were "hot", which is good since that was what I was going for, I was just surprised to hear it, especially since they were a bit... unconventional.

I had another scene that people have consistently said was "gruesome" and mind screwy, even though I hadn't described the violent bits in much detail, and I had been going for In Medias Res and not deliberately trying to mind screw the reader.
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am...
 4 Mr AHR, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:40:38 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
I was always surprised how seriously people took a certain joke I made.
 5 Merlo, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:45:25 PM from the masochist chamber
*hrrrrrk*
Was it the temple thing?
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am...
 6 Oh So Into Cats, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:45:28 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
I was so surprised that someone liked one of my fanfics enough to make this out of it.
"Beware of the wolves. They were raised by wolves."

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 7 Mr AHR, Tue, 4th Oct '11 2:45:53 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Merlo: Yes. I wanted it to be slightly kooky and abnormal (mostly to show the world is Like Reality Unless Noted as well as the fact that there is intentional Anachronism Stew at work). I was told by a guy it was incredibly stupid and cluttered and made no sense.

edited 4th Oct '11 2:50:37 PM by MrAHR

I'm just surprised by any feedback or reviews. I used to post things on Deviant Art, and a majority of it went ignored, but the occasional comment or two was always welcome, regardless of its content.

 9 Mecha Jesus, Tue, 4th Oct '11 3:12:07 PM from [Undisclosed]
Gay bacon strips
Whenever I receive really good feedback/reviews I get very surprised (and I blush a lot). I only really show people my original works, so hearing good feedback about it makes me feel warm and squishy inside. It's one of those, "They like me! They really like me!" shock reactions.

Of course, I've received constructive criticism for my work, but as of yet I haven't had any, "THIS IS HORRIBLE. I HATE IT." reactions from anybody; but I don't show my work to everybody either.

edited 4th Oct '11 3:13:46 PM by MechaJesus

 10 nrjxll, Tue, 4th Oct '11 3:29:59 PM Relationship Status: Not war
Anyone ever get surprised by the feedback/reviews they get?

Actually, no.

I've never really published anything anywhere, but I have shown my work to people I know, and one thing I've found is that their opinions, good or bad, very frequently match up with how I felt about that work. Generally, they do tend to view my work more favorably then I do, but I'm a negative thinker by nature, so it's natural I'd focus more on my perceived failings then most people.

 11 feotakahari, Tue, 4th Oct '11 4:07:42 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
Sometimes, my positive reviews surprise me more than my negative ones. I was expecting a certain amount of negativity when I wrote a three-part story involving rape, and indeed, the first part got the lowest average rating I've ever gotten. I definitely wasn't expecting that the final part would average a 4.5 rating out of 5. (In retrospect, the story wasn't even that good, and it's not the story I would pick to best represent my writing.)

edited 4th Oct '11 4:08:11 PM by feotakahari

That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
Shadowed Philosopher
I'm kind of surprised by the people gushing about it. I've seen really good work, and mine isn't. Other than that, not really.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 13 Logan Locksley, Tue, 4th Oct '11 5:11:59 PM from On the ceiling
Occasionally Smart
On FF.net, what really surprises me is when someone likes something I wrote so much that they add me to their Author Alerts. Liking my writing is one thing - I usually don't post it unless I'm really proud of it - but wanting more? That always makes me feel extra warm and fuzzy...and reassures me that they didn't just say they liked it to be nice.
He's like fire and ice and rage. He's ancient and forever. He burns at the centre of time. Rory punched him in the face.
 14 Mr AHR, Tue, 4th Oct '11 5:12:53 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
I still get "favorite story" alerts for crappy things I wrote years ago.

Confuses the hell out of me.
 15 jasonwill 2, Tue, 4th Oct '11 5:44:06 PM from West Virginia
no one really likes to give feedback on my stuff apparently, idk why. maybe the stuff i post is too long
as of the 2nd of Nov. has 6 weeks for a broken collar bone to heal and types 1 handed and slowly
 16 USAF713, Tue, 4th Oct '11 5:59:54 PM from the United States
I changed accounts.
Back in those dark days when I wrote fanfiction, most of my stuff was largely ignored (because most of it was largely crap).

I did a single one-shot that got attention though. Mass Effect / Dragon Age crossover. It was so popular they asked me to continue, and I got decently far before I gave up on fanfiction. It was the only one I regretted taking down, actually.
I am now known as Flyboy.
 17 Karalora, Tue, 4th Oct '11 6:23:54 PM from San Fernando Valley, CA Relationship Status: In another castle
Manliest Person on Skype
One of my fanfics got mentioned on the Tear Jerker page. That startled me. Then more people chimed in with additional Tear Jerker moments from the story. I wasn't even trying to be particularly tear-jerky. But it was incredibly flattering all the same.

edited 4th Oct '11 6:24:09 PM by Karalora

 18 feotakahari, Tue, 4th Oct '11 6:26:46 PM from Looking out at the city
Fuzzy Orange Doomsayer
"Favoriting" seems to be some people's way of saying "this story is kind of good"—I've looked at what else gets favorited by the people who favorite my stories, and a good proportion of it's stuff I sincerely doubt was actually a favorite story of theirs. (It's a bit like people following you on Twitter without reading your posts more than once a month.)

edited 4th Oct '11 6:27:11 PM by feotakahari

That's Feo . . . He's a disgusting, mysoginistic, paedophilic asshat who moonlights as a shitty writer—Something Awful
People keep telling me I have a sick mind 0_0 ... the strangest story I've ever written includes a lesbian(romantic two-girl friendship) between two kidnapped girls(six and eight years old), one being a psychic and the other a fairie princess.

I realize that's a little weird, but you'll all agree it would be tame considering our community, or at least the memorable works within it.

 20 snowfoxofdeath, Tue, 4th Oct '11 7:06:02 PM from San Francisco Suburb
Thou errant flap-dragon!
Of all the things the guy could have picked on...

Your main character's name is really ugly.

How... enlightening.
 21 Ronka 87, Tue, 4th Oct '11 7:37:12 PM from the mouth of madness.
Maid of Win
Well, if it's true, he has a point— the main character's name shows up most often, so if it's ugly, it'd be annoying.
Thanks for the all fish!
 22 chihuahua 0, Tue, 4th Oct '11 7:47:22 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
But it's fixable, at least.

 23 Crystal Glacia, Tue, 4th Oct '11 7:59:54 PM from Cedarpointland
patience, young padawan
Whenever my mom sees my recent writing, I've noticed that she seems to have a low standard on what constitutes good prose. What I think honestly sucks compared to some of the writing I see in this forum is something that she considers absolutely amazing. It's a little hard to tell where parental bias and true criticism ends and begins.

So I tend to take her criticisms and compliments with a grain of salt.
 24 snowfoxofdeath, Tue, 4th Oct '11 8:58:57 PM from San Francisco Suburb
Thou errant flap-dragon!
It would have bugged me a lot less if that wasn't the only line in the review, though :l
Shadowed Philosopher
I think the judgments that prevail in the FF.net community, which is the only place I routinely receive feedback, in regard to prose quality are rather...undemanding. I actually think that that's one of my better traits, but again I see and know much better, and seeing people who seem to think that I'm a Really Good Author is...weird.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
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