I’m pretty sure that most fanfic reviewers and actual story critics have felt like nitpicking a particular story at one point or another in their lives even though the story is simply flawless and insanely brilliant. Why? Because we envy that particular writer. However, we would have to eventually admit that this inner monster exist within ourselves and try to pass beyond that point in order to maintain impartiality when the ink of subjectivity starts rolling on the paper in the name of “constructive criticism”. Only when we acknowledge the existence of this petty monster gracefully would we be able to improve ourselves as editors, reviewers, writers, and etc.
However, there are still stories out there that are seemingly brilliant at first glance, but there’s just this indescribable feeling that something is amiss that is starting to plague the back of our minds. After unable to pinpoint what exactly is wrong, we would sometimes question ourselves if this is just our need to nitpick a brilliant story simply because we are jealous? Not necessarily. To test the theory, we might want to sit back and forget about the story for a day or two before coming back to it. More often than not, the truth would be revealed by then. In fact, more often than not, we would be able to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with the story. Usually, we would find that it is the exact thing that the writer is struggling with, and thus he/she has come forth to request a review of the story in the first place.