I don’t think there are any suggested feature threads like this, so I hope I searched properly (it also may be that everyone hates Spotlight but me, and that’s why I found no results).
I noticed that when you read the summary of any Episode story, if it’s a Spotlight story, that’s listed alongside the genre, like so: “Community | Spotlight | Fantasy.” Yet, there’s no Spotlight shelf, as it’s technically not a genre. I wish, however, that there were a permanent shelf for Spotlight stories, sort of the way there are for various genres.
I know more people hate Spotlight than not, but for that reason, Spotlight stories, the few there are, are hard to find. Plus searches for “spotlight” yield results for stories in cinematic style with the word “spotlight” in the title.
I LIKE Spotlight. BUT I didn’t always. The first couple times I read stories in that format, my reaction was usually what you see in most fan-mail for Spotlight stories: “Why is it like this?”
However, I warmed to it, and I think other people may as well if there were more opportunities to play Spotlight stories. Most readers, however, seem kind of confused when they see it utilized. I wish Episode promoted this format a little more to support writers who actually want to use it. I think it has a lot to offer and encourages a different writing style from “cinematic” stories. I don’t think it’s better. Just different, and I think it could be taken a bit more seriously. Maybe writers who struggle with directing would actually give it a try if the app treated Spotlight like a viable alternative to Cinematic by giving Spotlight stories any kind of recognition. The Spotlight-themed contest was a nice way of doing this, but without that contest, there would be very few Spotlight stories, as Episode seems kind of content to pretend it doesn’t exist.
I think a shelf would put it forward as a legitimate style and give people a chance to see what Spotlight has to offer.
OR I’m just the prez, VP, secretary, treasurer, and sole member of the Spotlight fan club.