Hey hey hey! Hello and welcome to Top of the Bottom! This is the show that you, the readers, have made possible. Your comments have been carefully counted and classified, and we now present the Bottom Twenty of fan fiction's worst faults. These are the things that you, the readers, have said that you find off-putting and annoying in fan (and pro) Star Wars fiction. Straight in at number twenty we have? 20. Plagiarism. Don?t steal plots and ideas without asking and acknowledging the creator, people, you know it?s not polite. At nineteen, we have: 19. Plot holes and inconsistencies, surprisingly low in the charts for that entry! Moving on swiftly: 18. Excessive fluff and a lack of grit and realism, and 17. Bad or inappropriate humour. A rather subjective one that. Next up is: 16. Implausible or non-existent character development and characters who are unaffected by their experiences, and 15. A lack of non-humans. In at fourteen we have: 14. Gratuitous angst, torture and violence! A heads-up to those dedicated Obi- and Luke- torturers out there? Let us hurry on to: 13. Authors blackmailing readers into responding or complaining about a lack of replies to their posts. 12. Over description, excessive detail and overuse of technicality and jargon, 11. Excessive dialogue, and we?re into the Top Ten! Right in there at ten, we have: 10. Predictable endings, especially happy, fluffy ones. Looks as if people like their fiction fresh but bittersweet. Let?s roll on up to: 9. Switching point of view, especially between first and third person, which Caliman described as ?Multiple Brain Syndrome?. Climbing the chart once more to: 8. Bad layout and formatting of the writing, and 7. Mis-spelling or mis-capitalisation of canon names. Come on, people, let?s have no more Obi-won and Rouge Squadron, to quote two examples that more than one reader mentioned. Next, in there at number six, we have that love-to-hate character: 6. Mary Sue. Looks as if she?s not the Number One today. So now we?ve reached the Top Five of the Pet Peeves! At number five, it?s: 5. Overused, weak and improbable plotlines. Yes, it definitely seems as if people like their fiction fresh. 4. Too much Earth terminology and overly Earthlike culture, too much Jedi Junior High, to borrow a phrase from Mistress Renata. That brings us to the Top Three, and number three is: 3. Bad characterisation of established characters. Learn your personalities, keep them consistent, improve on the pro writers, and the true Star Wars fans will appreciate the effort. So now?: 2. Lack of imagination and variation in description, lack of style and flow. People don?t like short sentences that all have the same structure, and repetitive terms and phrases. In fact, readers like good writing. Which means it should come as no surprise that the Number One, Top of the Bottom Writing Fault is?: 1. Bad spelling, grammar and punctuation. Dust off your spellcheckers, folks, and wake up your beta-readers, people really do pay attention to these things! Thank you all for coming, I hope it?s been an informative experience! Feel free to stay for the party and discuss the results. For those that would like to read the nominations thread, you can find it [link=http://boards.theforce.net/message.asp?topic=5638708]here[/link]. It?s worth reading because there were some good points that didn?t make it into the top twenty. You?ll probably notice that I?ve lumped similar points together into single categories. Some of the categories also ranked equal, so those were ordered at random.