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  • Things you should never do in stories.

    I'm not trying to be rude to anyone, but I absolutely hate it when stories have things like
    1. They say something (Let's just say a character goes on a date with someone....) But they never see, or talk about the character again.

    2. People wait way to long to get to the main topic of the story. For example, the story is about this girl forced into marriage, yet she doesn't even know, nor does it mention anything about marriage until the 15th chapter.

    3. Stories, that change topic way to quickly. For example Character 1: "Omg my mom died!" Character 2: "Oh wow I'm sorry!" Character 3 "Hey, want to go to a party?!" Character 1: "Yes of course!"

    4. Stories where in the choices, no matter what you choose you will have the same outcome. For example, it doesn't matter if you pick choice 1 or 2, you will still end up with everyone angry at you.

    5. Stories that end with unexplained answers. For example, in a murder mystery story where you escape the murderer, yet you never know the motive, nor if everyone else lived or died...

    6. False advertising... Say that the story description is about someone finding her mother, but instead, the story is about this girl who fell in love with the bad boy.

    7. This one is a bit like number 5, but it is when during the entire story they talk about their big secret, and it is either useless and irrelevant, or it is never revealed.

    8. This is one I hate the absolute most! I hate it when people like making the main character be very weak, knocked out with one slap, let even little kids boss her around, way to forgiving, always kidnapped, shot, burst into tears, too emotional, forced to do everything,... All of those! Like in the Demi story (SPOILERS) When the MC was getting yelled at for "cheating" on her boyfriend, she never had the nerve to say something like "He kissed me!" or "Oh yeah, what about that sexy kitten character?" something like that. Why can't there be a main character that is strong for once, and have the ability to defend herself. Why are the MCs always the damsels in distress?
    Last edited by GiGi is Me; 04-21-2017, 09:17 AM. Reason: That sounded like a rant...

  • #2
    Oh lord #3 is the bane of my existence. I can't tell you how many stories attempt to grasp at a difficult subject - such as the death of a loved one - only to have the character move on almost immediately??? And then NEVER mention the death again as if it hadn't happened at all. The second I see anything like that I hightail it out of there. Not to mention quick scene changes that give me a freaking headache to read - the death and then party immediately after, or where the MC has to move in with a bad boy two seconds later or whatever...

    Fake choices bother me as well. I get that they're necessary sometimes to instill some sense of linearity within a CYOA kind of story but of the ones I've come across recently, you get maybe one or two different lines and then it doesn't matter anymore. The only impactful choice within those stories is the very last choice where you choose your final love interest. Makes the rest of the story bland in comparison.

    But what reeeaally irritates me is having to read through mundane, unimportant author messages. The ones saying that it's their first story, the first blah blah chapters are short but give it a chance!!! One story I read was well written and had a nice plot, but the author's messages at the beginning and end of every chapter was really off putting. Eventually I stopped reading because they posted a message cursing out 'the haters' or whatever in a rudely phrased way. So yeah, to authors, I don't recommend doing this. If you have to, just keep it to a minimum.


    (I get carried away sometimes with the length of my posts haha so TL;DR: I hate it went stories introduce a traumatic event only to never mention it again, have rapid scene changes, false choices, and include unnecessary author messages.)

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    • GiGi is Me
      GiGi is Me commented
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      I know. I have read countless stories when the author mentions o talks about something (especially something important) yet they decide to go to a different subject. And for the long intros, I can't tell you how much I hate them.

    • CatterPie_Blue
      CatterPie_Blue commented
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      Goddd, I know. Like "Nooo my parents are dead, I'm so crushed and sad." Three lines later, "Gasp! Dis badboy's house is huge!"

    • Jinxy
      Jinxy commented
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      Hahaha I get it, it's so annoying. Thats why I try to avoid it in my story. Problem is not to get way to complicated for me, cause you will loose attention of the readers Golden middle path I guess....

  • #3
    Authors who complain about readers in the story. I get sometimes addressing delays and such, but I've read stories where there's a page-long rant that really belongs here or on Instagram.

    EDIT: Or, what herover said.

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    • #4
      I agree with Point 2. In my opinion, the main topic of the story needs to be covered within the first 3/4 chapters. Beyond that means readers will lose interest.

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      • #5
        I actually dislike when putting on an outfit in certain circumstances does nothing. In parts of my second story I have created a conditional choice as to how the other character will react to what you are wearing. IE: Wear Orions clothes (because they smell goood lol) or wear Serenity's dress. Orion would react accordingly "Oh uhm, you are wearing my clothes" or "Wow...you look nice" or whatever

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        • GiGi is Me
          GiGi is Me commented
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          I agree. I'm one of those people who goes through like, every outfit and even if I pick something weird, I would expect someone to say something more than "Wow, you look cute" or "OMG you look amazing!"

      • #6
        I agree with a lot of what you've said, especially #4, but it's more along the lines of contradicting choices. For example, I picked not to go out on a date with a character because I really didn't want trust the character and didn't want the MC do date him, but guess what? She went out with him anyway. If you want romance to happen, then don't make it a "choice."

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        • KittyCat2
          KittyCat2 commented
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          I agree with both of these. I don't put choices in unless they matter…If I know I won't be able to incorporate both outcomes from the choice into the story later, I don't put the choice in, I just have the character respond how I want them to. People aren't going to be mad if there's one missed opportunity for a choice, but they will be mad if there is a choice that doesn't matter.

        • kelabell2001
          kelabell2001 commented
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          KittyCat2 Exactly! I actually recently read a story and a choice in it was to text/call someone or ignore their text. I chose to ignore it. The MC waited for a few moments and then said something along the lines of "Oh, I should text him." And answered the guy's text anyway. 😤

        • Jinxy
          Jinxy commented
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          Agree, there is problem with branching, as soon as you get to more choices with significant more outcomes (like picking who to date) there you have to "fork" the story and it doubles the work you have to do to finish the story :/ Thats why I do choices that matters but not ones that moves whole story, cause I don't have time to wrote the story twice or so just to let someone pick the man they fancy... I know it would be cool but...

      • #7
        The classic: ''This is my first story, so sorry it isn't good. The story will get better after chapter 8!'' I just click out of it. Why should I waste 8 passes on your story if you don't even think it's good?

        Also, model catwalk introductions. The MC stands on screen, someone walks in, the MC introduces them and then they walk out and then repeat that 4 more times.

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        • Jinxy
          Jinxy commented
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          LOL yes thats quite off putting. But sometimes it's important to tell the readers - for me to I am not native english speaker and I do not use English nearly at all in my life (I just read in En, but I did not spoke for more than a year) So I guess it's good to warn the readers there may be some mistakes in grammar from my (author) side...

        • GiGi is Me
          GiGi is Me commented
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          Jinxy yeah, but still. That seems to much like an excuse. You shouldn't say that at all, and just try your best. I understand if you have something like "Oh no I sorry I need to go." But if it is something like "hey can you helps me whit yhis wait" something like that seems too much like a troll.

        • Jinxy
          Jinxy commented
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          Gigi of course but these are just mistyped mistakes it happens if you write fast, but the script will suggest its not a word so if you read your script (which I do more than once) then you can't have there mistakes like this, other thing is if you types fast and you write wholly different word that exists if you get me then the senses does not make a sense

      • #8
        Thanks for sharing your opinions! I recognize a LOT. Especially #4. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE TO PAY GEMS FOR THOSE.

        Another issue I come across a lot in user stories, is pointless, long dialogue which makes me forget the main story. As well as pointless characters. Just don't do it. It's confusing and makes me lose interest in the actual story.

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        • #9
          These are so true and the character introduction at the beginning of the story is so annoying like someone said.

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          • #10
            I think my only pet peeve is when an author rushes through a scene and doesn't giving me more to go off of. Like gurl let me sit down and have a pot of coffee with the character and get to know her/him lol. I like my stories like I like my bbq low and slow (and hella spicy)

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            • #11
              Am I the only one who read most of these and thought of a story that I once read that had this (like maybe not the title but a scene or something) and just cringed. I AGREE WITH ALL OF THESE!

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              • #12
                Also those stories where they are so bland and devoid of any real plot that they just make you pick from ten thousand outfits every morning. God, I just cringe every time I read one of these.

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                • SkyLili
                  SkyLili commented
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                  I hate those too, so much stories are like that though!

              • #13
                Points 2, 3 and 6 are super off-putting! If a story I’m reading has any of these I immediately stop reading.

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                • #14
                  One thing that really bugs me in a lot of stories by new authors is when the first chapter is all just introducing the characters instead of the actually story.

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