I don’t like CC one bit. Not to be a contrarian to what seems like the majority of the Episode population, but I just really dislike CC. I don’t leave a story just because it’s CC though, but usually leave the character default when given the option. *When I refer to CC, I typically mean full CC. Sometimes I’m fine with naming/gender options/minor tweaks, though really it depends specifically on the character.
I get that lots of people like it, because perhaps they can connect to it from the get go, but I can’t say I share that sentiment. A lot of the time with full customization–but of course, this isn’t always the case–the MC’s are a stale piece of bread with no remarkable qualities and are the most forgettable thing ever. Maybe they’re stubborn, or some other very mild generic MC personality trait, but nothing remarkable or distinctive from the next CC MC. And if they react to a situation in an interesting way, lots of the times, I feel like it’s nothing like myself and feel a tad bit uncomfortable (which is probably why the personalities are so dull to begin with). Similarly, I love Choices (the app), but I absolutely hate that there’s always customization. Especially in those stories, the MC is hella bland, words can’t even explain how terribly boring they are. For me, even though CC is supposed to allow you to slot yourself into the story, I just get so much more detached from the actual character.
Maybe this is because I prefer character-driven stories over plot-driven stories, so if the characters are internally boring, especially the MC since you follow them for most of the story, it makes it very difficult for me to get through. Also with CC, I just feel likes it’s just a CharacterxReader fanfic/Imagines, except it’s not a fanfic so there’s no source material to have prior sentimental attachment with. And even then, I’m personally not into that stuff (although I will admit, I love dreaming up scenarios for myself, but just in my own head 'cause I have full control, heh). I don’t like envisioning myself in the stories (and I also I just can’t). I like to follow someone else’s journey, like I’m stepping into their world. If the author did it right, l feel like I’ve had a very deep connection with them that will follow me long after I’ve finished the pages (or episodes) of the story. I get that the “interactive” part is integral to what makes Episode Episode, but eh… I prefer choices that more ingrained to the actual story.
This is just my opinion as I’ve seen so many people express their liking towards CC (i.e. trending stories and scrounging the forums), people who made non-customizable characters who received fanmail asking for CC, or non-CC stories being a no-no. At the end of the day though, if you like full-on CC or none at all or anything in between, more power to you.
And if you are a fan of CC (or even if you aren’t), do share your thoughts. I’d love to hear them!