I am struggling to find Limelight stories that are engaging with meaningful choices and realistic reactions to things. I don’t mean this in a negative way. I am writing / creating my own story and I know how hard it is.
I love the idea of Episode and what animated graphics add to the experience. As a new user I want to stick to Limelight (more realistic).
A few things I am struggling with when I read stories:
- Lots of ‘telling’, when graphics, reaction or situation can ‘show’ (in one case I saw the character gasp, very cool, then the speech bubble * gasp * popped up)
- Overly wordy requiring loads of reading and clicking (for example, 10 speech bubbles to tell me it’s raining and the main character’s friend is upset).
- A lot of setting up time, in some cases multiple episodes setting up the crisis (3 passes just to get to the main point of the story)
- Slowly (painstakingly) panning or zooming across crowds or rooms
- Characters reacting to things in ways that don’t reflect the situation (in one story, after being bought by a gang member and taken to a house, the character was thrilled by the outfit choices)
- Choices that make no difference or are the wrong ones (for example, he aims a gun between your eyes. You recall your training. Do you stay still or move? You decide to move. While grabbing the gun, the man escapes. Do you chase him … in heels? or flats?)
I have loads to learn with Episode story creation so reading good stories will help me a lot. Plus I’d like to start enjoying the stories more (and finish some). It would be awesome to get recommendations on how to find such stories within the app.