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    Credits go to Feralninja on Serebii Forum and Review Game forum on Fictionpress.

    READ THE REVIEW REQUIREMENTS!

    This is place to come if you want reviews for a story, and the review type is "depth", aka more substance and more constructive.

    This is taken from a very popular forum over at Fictionpress.com. Think of it as the Review Exchange, but non-binding. Basically, you are only required to review one chapter of any given fic, unlike the Review Exchange, where you need to review the entire fic.

    This is the basic structure of the Review Game:
    Person 1 says: Review "Sin"!
    Person 2 says: Ok, I reviewed "Sin", ch 1 . So can the next person please review "Blazing Heart" or "Scattered Sparks"?
    Person 3 says: Done (I did "Scattered Sparks", chapter 4), so can the next person review "Lesson of the Songbirds"? Thanks.
    NOTE: Before you post here asking for a review, you must first write and post the review for the story ahead of you. You can't "claim" a spot. Go, write the review, and then post here saying you did it, and you will become next in line.


    REVIEW REQUIREMENTS:
    Choose at least four of these eleven and comment upon with at least two sentences. Comments like "That was totally cool, update!" or "I want to read more" does not constitute as a sentence that is to be counted, in this case. This doesn't mean you can't put it in the review, just don't count it as a point.


    Also, each sentence must comment on something different in the area. For example, 'I really enjoyed the piece. I thought it was very enjoyable' does not count as two sentences. "I really enjoyed the piece. It was enjoyable because I could relate to the characters' is acceptable.
    So... here are some prompts for reviews. It does not need to come from this list, if you see something else worth commenting on. These are merely here as a guide.

    - Opening (did it make you want to read onwards? Did it lack a hook? How so?)


    - Ending (did it make you want to read onwards? Did you feel closure? Unfinished? How so?)


    - Scene (what stood out to you in a particular scene? Was it good or bad? How so?)


    - Dialogue (how did it flow? Awkward? Didn't fit the age group that were speaking? Forced? How so?)


    - Characters (too empty? Not enough to give an impression? Feel sympathetic? How so?)


    - Relationships (is it credible that those two characters behave the way they do? Too unnatural? Forced? How so?)


    - Writing (too flowery? Too many adverbs? Too oldfashioned for a high-school drama romance? Perfect match? How so?)


    - Spelling/Grammar (anything that stuck out and needed to be corrected?) Note: Pointing out an absence of flaws does not count.


    - Enjoyment (how did you feel from reading this and WHY? Were you dozing off? On your seat with suspense? How so?)


    - Plot (clichéd but well done? Interesting idea but poor execution? Suggestions on how to thicken it? Got no idea where it's heading, but interesting anyhow? How so?)


    - Pace (are things progressing too slowly? If so, what should happen?)


    - Techniques (how well you feel the techniques were used to convey the ideas in the story? How they were used an what effect it gave to that part of the story?)


    - Other (anything you felt was left out from the other commentaries? Any areas you think weren't covered by the above categories?)


    Note: Summary and/or title is not a category of its own. Neither is descriptions. The latter belongs to "Writing".
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    REVIEW TEMPLATE
    Here is a suggested way to format your review in order make sure it fits the qualifications. Again, doesn't really have to be this way, but it helps keep thoughts in order.


    [Area 1 from above] = Two sentences about this
    [Area 2 from above] = Two sentences about this
    [Area 3 from above] = Two sentences about this
    [Area 4 from above] = Two sentences about this


    Please remember that you do not need to make your review in this structure. It can be one flowing text, like how you usually review, and after writing what you had to say, compare with the requirements and see if you fulfilled them. Otherwise, just add what is "missing". No need to be so formal unless you don't want to. And remember that flaming is prohibited.


    Keep in mind, players who use multi-chaptered fics, that it isn't fair to the other players if you ask for chapter 12 to be reviewed, because there is a sizable chance that your reviewer may not have read the preceeding 11 chapters. If asking reviews for a chaptered fic, please try and ask for reviews early on in the story.

    And finally, pokemon fics only, please.


    LET THE GAMES BEGIN!





    Someone please review Chapter 1 of The Girl Who Knows the Hearts of Dragons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika View Post
    And finally, pokemon fics only, please.
    I think this game is a swell idea and all, but I call bull crap here. Why should non-Pokemon fics be excluded? There are plenty of writers here whose non-Pokemon stories lack reviews compared to the Pokemon ones because most people read the Pokemon ones instead and don't bother to give others a chance.

    Yeah, this IS a Pokemon forum, but that doesn't mean that the non-Pokemon stories here should be left in the dust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelleo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika View Post
    And finally, pokemon fics only, please.
    I think this game is a swell idea and all, but I call bull crap here. Why should non-Pokemon fics be excluded? There are plenty of writers here whose non-Pokemon stories lack reviews compared to the Pokemon ones because most people read the Pokemon ones instead and don't bother to give others a chance.

    Yeah, this IS a Pokemon forum, but that doesn't mean that the non-Pokemon stories here should be left in the dust.
    I simply copy-and-pasted what Serebii does which is what they got from Fictionpress, I made zero alterations to this post before posting it. I'm just doing what Serebii is doing because the system has worked good enough for them and a lot of people might not be into Zelda or Kid Icarus. It's nothing personal, I'm just doing my best to duplicate what they're going for since it proves successful for them at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika View Post
    I simply copy-and-pasted what Serebii does which is what they got from Fictionpress, I made zero alterations to this post before posting it. I'm just doing what Serebii is doing because the system has worked good enough for them and a lot of people might not be into Zelda or Kid Icarus. It's nothing personal, I'm just doing my best to duplicate what they're going for since it proves successful for them at least.
    And most people will ask for reviews on Pokemon stories anyway. And those that want a review on a non-Pokemon story, if you're not into that particular thing, don't review it. I'm sure someone else will be happy to. I'd be happy to review Zelda, Fire Emblem, or Mario fics in addition to Pokemon ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelleo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika View Post
    I simply copy-and-pasted what Serebii does which is what they got from Fictionpress, I made zero alterations to this post before posting it. I'm just doing what Serebii is doing because the system has worked good enough for them and a lot of people might not be into Zelda or Kid Icarus. It's nothing personal, I'm just doing my best to duplicate what they're going for since it proves successful for them at least.
    And most people will ask for reviews on Pokemon stories anyway. And those that want a review on a non-Pokemon story, if you're not into that particular thing, don't review it. I'm sure someone else will be happy to. I'd be happy to review Zelda, Fire Emblem, or Mario fics in addition to Pokemon ones.
    You don't seem to understand a lot the time said non-Poke fic will never get reviewed and will halt the game and put it to a standstill. Given how small the Writer's Workshop is, it's going to be hard for the game to continue if no one is into your particular topic. It's not meant to be elitism, it's just to keep things going smoothly. No one on Serebii had a problem with the idea at all and it works perfectly well enough for them and I got permission from a member to post it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gotpika View Post
    You don't seem to understand a lot the time said non-Poke fic will never get reviewed and will halt the game and put it to a standstill. Given how small the Writer's Workshop is, it's going to be hard for the game to continue if no one is into your particular topic. It's not meant to be elitism, it's just to keep things going smoothly. No one on Serebii had a problem with the idea at all and it works perfectly well enough for them and I got permission from a member to post it here.
    Excuse me, first of all, you have no right to tell me what I do and don't know. Second, YOU don't seem to understand that there ARE people here that like Zelda and other non-Pokemon topics and write non-Pokemon stories. Not only myself, but I've seen several other authors post non-Pokemon stories here too. This isn't Serebii, it's Bulbagarden. Things are different here.

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    @Kelleo;

    This is Gotpika's thread and he can run it how he pleases. If you want to make an identical one that includes or is limited to Non-Pokemon fics, you are also free to do that. You do not have the right to tell people how their threads should work. If they are breaking the rules, you should report it, but this one is not.

    While I'm here I will also note that it's not true that in the Review Exchange you have to review the whole thing: authors are free to come to whatever arrangement they want between themselves. That said, I still think this is a good idea.

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