Eurydice (eurydice72) wrote,

Fic reading preferences

I've been working on the redesign of my site---and yes, I know, I've been working on it for 3 years now, but I'm really hoping to have it done for the New Year this time but don't hold me to that ---and I got to thinking about how we read fic.

For instance, I'm not keen on reading fic where it's light text on a dark background. I'd much rather have black text on a light-colored background. It's much easier on the eyes. I've seen some where the text is dark red on black and I wonder, how do they expect people to see that? Don't people need contrast any more?

I've also seen sites where the text is all centered. I'm not talking full justification. I mean centered. Unless it's a nominated story, I don't even stick around to give the story a go. It's just not worth the headache it would give me.

Does anybody else hate where the story itself takes up a skinny column within the page and you constantly have to page down to get three words to a line? No? That must just be me then.

I know some people print up stories to read offline, which I supposed solves some of the issues. I just don't have the time or space for that. I read so much for LLGA and VK that it's not practical. And the people who've printed up *my* stories?!? My mind boggles. That's a *lot* of paper. I printed up Rhapsody once (the only one of my stories that I've done this with) and all I could hear in my head was the Emperor saying to Mozart in Amadeus, "Too many notes." Note: I am not comparing myself to Mozart. I just know how damn wordy I am. ;)

Obviously, the thing to be learned here is I read too much fic. :)
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