What is your problem!?
Okay, color me red. Baffled-red, that crimson shade of angry-misunderstanding-WTF red. The last two people to join on a certain beta readers community (which I always scope out because I'm always looking for beta readers, fresh voices to help me out) were both listed as having Yu-Gi-Oh as one of their fandoms. But then I noticed two suspiciously similar stipulations on this: they will NOT read any fics with Anzu/Téa (accent MINE, because these so-called lazy "beta readers" don't seem to know that her name IS not that of a popular somtimes-caffeinated drink) in a pairing.
What the hell?
Okay, I'm not going to rant about individual tastes; to each their own. I'm not a very big fan of the horror genre, slash fics, or fics with... er, huh, Haga in them! So yeah, I probably won't beta for those. Actually, the last one was a fluke. Even for the most reviled of characters in our fandom, I know they're all there for a reason, even if it's just to LOSE, or to be ANGRY, or to CAUSE TROUBLE. Everyone has their own specific and individual characterization, and that has to be respected, even if you don't like the character because they don't match up with your values/beliefs/ideologies.
So while I might not beta for all-encompassing GENRES or PAIRING TYPES, that's not to say I won't beta just because of ONE character. And what, pray tell, is wrong with Anzu? There are plenty of essays on why she's not so deserving of the fandom-wide hatred she seems to get over at hated_character
, and I've seen a good amount of Anzu-centric fics (pairings or otherwise) where she is characterized well, and the story is FANTASTIC.
If a beta at least opened hir eyes/hearts/brains to other characters -minor characters, filler characters, evil characters, or characters that just squick them, they might find an author who does them justice. And then said beta might just rethink canon, reconsider that character, and not be so limiting in their view of characters.
Give Anzu a chance, please! (And for that matter, Gozaburo, Noa, Amane, Ryouta, Insector Haga, Ryuzaki, etc. etc. etc!)
(And for the record, I wouldn't trust any potential beta who:
* can't spell canon character names properly (and I refuse to acknowledge the idea of a simple accent being too hard to type. WOE!)
* doesn't know how to spell "grammar")