Do you think there should be choices in stories for art scenes or not?
I am a black woman and my make my characters as such. For me it’s kind of sucky to make black characters in episode, from the lack of pretty black hairstyles to limited CC with trashy excuses.
Today I got this idea by seeing an art scene while my character and LI were sharing a moment.
I felt a bit out of place and usually get annoyed when I see an art scene and I try to skip dialogue as fast as I can because of it.
My characters were black and the art scene characters were white. I love making my characters in my race and I want it to stay that way with every story I read. This is just personal preference but I feel like if you don’t match with the art scene it’s a waste of time. Stories with full CC make me happy since there’s a serious lack of black representation on episode and I can represent myself with it. When I see an art scene and it doesn’t fit my characters it aggravates me and I tap so fast my fingers start hurting. I’ve gotten used to it but it does get a bit annoying from time to time.
What do you guys think? I’m not bashing anyone who includes art scenes. I’d love to hear other POCs opinions as well!
I do think you r right. I never considered adding skip art scene button in my story. I think I should add one in upcoming art scenes. Unfortunately, we can’t get different art scenes for a same scene since it’s really hard too get an art here… But adding skip button will solve the problem… I think other authors should consider this too, though it adds little work to us but it’s all for the readers what’s the point if someone doesn’t enjoy the scene we created. Besides there’s nothing wrong in adding skip button, it will give readers a choice. <3
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I’m more of a writer than a reader, so I’ll give you my writer perspective. To be honest, I usually see limited customization for when characters aren’t some kind of white, so I wouldn’t blame the author’s reasoning because that could backfire for when it is to your favor. It is the author’s vision. I don’t think it’s code for don’t make the character dark necessarily…what I do think is that most people add CC because they feel they have to, not because they want to.
I think that’s one of the underlying issues. Everyone believes readers expect customization, and many do now, and I see your very valid reasons to want it, but from the author standpoint, their character looks how the author imagines.
This is one reason why I don’t do customization in my story. I make the characters how I want to and leave it at that without explaining myself. I’ve been on episode since classic, so I never bothered about customization as a reader or author. When I write “you” I don’t mean the reader exactly and unless a story is choice-heavy, most authors just default use it, and so it has little meaning.
In my head, you become my character, you play as my character like in a video game, not my character is you if that makes any sense. But, stories differ. I’m actually finding I like to switch to third person narration more lately. However, I understand the feeling.
Still, it wouldn’t be painful for an author to add that choice, but I don’t think it should ever be a requirement. Plus, realistically, you can’t make a feature for it that supersedes the author.
Most readers do expect customization and as the comment said the app is titled Episode: CHOOSE YOUR STORY. Not play someone else’s. I’ve had an opposite experience, every single limited cc or no cc stories are white. Or Italian or something to fit the mafia (which suck) stories.
You don’t speak for all authors and as someone who writes stories from time to time some add customization to give the readers freedom and want it to be THEIR story instead of their own.
When I first started my story I had no clue I would later want to add art scenes, which I admit was a big mistake that I did, although I will be adding an option for the readers to “keep” the characters looking the same way they customized them or changing the characters to the way I customized them, I know many people don’t care if the art scenes match their characters and others really do! so next time I’ll be careful with doing this!
I think authors should make it optional to view art scenes, particularly if the story has CC implemented into it since it makes more sense to offer it if readers changed the appearance of the character. Still would be good to have the option in stories without CC too just because there are a lot of people who would rather just get on with the story.
Most of the time, I’m one of those people - my reasoning for wanting to skip art scenes is because I get so annoyed with generic poses and really slow zooms. Not to mention if the dialogues and narrations are really cliché too…
My bias is that I’m more of an action junkie. I want things to happen.
Normal and generic art scenes usually revolves around small talks and character building, which doesn’t need an art scene to amplify its impact on the story. If your character’s methods or actions during plot related events are not defined enough, no amount of “post-make up” conversations are going to save your story. Just define the character’s personality.
Regarding the issue of race and skin color/looks, I won’t complain too much on how art scenes dissolves continuity across the reader base. From an author’s perspective, it’s hard to tend to every race and ethnicity, especially when CC is offered to the important characters.
I think authors can give this option, but it really comes down to a lot of factors that’s
actually unrelated to the appearance inconsistency of the MC/LI/CC characters.
I definitely understand where you’re coming from. The whole reason I started playing Episode in the first place was because how hard it was to find diversity anywhere else as a kid. I would exclusively read on only Episode and w*ttpad
I agree with this!! My story involves custom poses and hand overlays and stuff which is why I limit my customisation for the characters. I understand a lot of people do like to play as themselves but some stories are based off a character’s experience not an interactive “you” story
But yes, I do think art scenes being optional is a good idea!
We arent talking about that tho…we know that theres characters authors dont want to change
Also its a choose ur story app…where most times you are expected to self insert
So in stories where you have full cc and then renege and say dont make em dark cuz it wont match art n overlays is insulting and erasure
Its not about the authors character rn Nor is it about why they feel like they are justified in doing or the why they feel like doing it We know these arguements and see them often in the story itself as disclaimers/author messages
Its about how art scenes dont match and erase people while encouraging CC
And how thats erasing a lot of demographics in favor of the default
Its a CHOOSE your story app… and really whats also annoying is these disclaimers that authors always frickin put these characters wont act like you or have ur belife system…its a STORY you immerse yourself
So if every author just nerfs CC cuz their vision and keeps making the same default stories that we see on TV itself
wheres that leave everyone else
Do we become silent cuz its their vision.
Do we ignore the apps motto cuz authors want a skin default
Are POC expected to just shut up(again) cuz its the authors vision and they are again an after thought…barely a thought
That…doesnt seem fair. Especially when art scenes as a whole are unnecessary and go on too long tbh