I’ve seen a lot of different stories getting removed from episode recently. Some were trending really high.
From what I’ve heard, a lot of those stories were removed for not being thematically appropriate for 12+ year olds, or something.
So… does this mean you can no longer have mature themes? What exactly defines a mature theme?
I’m just worried because I don’t want to write something too mature and get my story removed.
Can writers send in support tickets to ask if a theme is too mature?
I feel like a lot of writers will fear getting their stories removed now… I know I always fear if my themes are too mature. But I’m wondering if it’s okay to send in a support ticket just to ask if a certain theme would be okay to write about?
I’m just curious if there are other guidelines to follow other than the ones that are listed, because it seems like stories are being removed just for having mature themes.
Yes, but from my understanding, stories are removed if unsuitable themes play too big a role in the story and cannot be removed without jeopardizing the whole work. I’ve seen stories removed because their plots are too “dark.”
The dark plot lines I’ve seen removed involve things like a possessive, scary and controlling husband who plays a large role overall. Basically dark thriller plots that cannot be easily changed so I feel for anyone who’s got a story in the thriller genre. Obviously the same would apply to overly-sexual plots too or one’s that really rely upon violence etc. Anything that’s got heavy mature themes or relies too much upon mature themes.
Stories are also removed if they make fun of Episode/Episode Originals or other specific stories on the app.
If you’re worried about your story My Gamer Boys, I wouldn’t worry. I don’t think your story is dark or too sexual at all.
There’s something kind of dark I’m planning for a lot later, lol. Something that will have to do with a psychopath character with no redeeming qualities… and I’m afraid about writing that lol because I heard some stories that have psychopaths got removed…
If you’re talking about Breaking Boundaries by Melia being removed it is my understanding that it was because the general whole plot line just wasnt suitable for example, the fact the father sells the MC to the Mafia who is then forced to have sex with the Mafia leader (when she doesnt want to) who is often slapping the MC (the mafia leader) and burning her clothes. But that is just my observation and what I can gather by what Melia herself has said on instagram
I can totally understand why Melia wanted to portray a non romanticized version of a mafia story, but unfortunately if you break down the themes you are left with what can be interpreted as: selling women for marriage (which still happens in some areas of the world), rape and assault
And whilst a lot of people are incredibly angry about the story being removed (I have read it myself and was interested to see where the story went) I think on this occasion Episode were probably right that the story was thematically inappropriate. This is why I feel like they should have developed Ivy more before sacking it in entirely because it was only available for beta testing in two countries and community authors were not able to create on this platform. There probably would have been a huge response in community authors writing more mature content if they had developed this further, keeping sensitive subjects off the main app.
Yeah, that’s probably true about ivy.
But I noticed breaking boundaries wasn’t the only story removed recently. There was After Him, Pick your poison/would you rather, and an lgbtq+ story (I don’t remember the name of it). It just feels like story removal is going around.
Please don’t go!!! Again your storyline and plot was amazing!! I loved reading it. If you don’t read the swearing and offended words it’s still an amazing story. I hate to say this but the reviewers are I got a mail on my boyfriend’s birthday from a reviewer for what?? one swear word in episode 2. I just published episode 16 until 18, before I got that email. Serious??? Sorry, but that almost made me cry. They need to give more warnings especially when you almost completed a story
In my opinion, Chase needed to make that mistake and be a**hole at the beginning, so that changes in his personality are more noticeable later and that readers will love him more.
His constant swearing is something that Ryan dislikes a lot. He finally gives him an ultimatum (I think that’s in chapter 8), that if he wants them to be friends, he needs to stop lying, swearing, etc. And Chase will do that for Ryan and their friendship! Unless a reader decides to keep Chase a low person.
I’m not looking for compassion about my leaving. My final day is still away since my other story is not yet finished. But honestly, I don’t have another choice. I have to do it for the stories in me, which can’t wait for me to write them. And most of all, I have to do it for Ryan and Chase and find a safe place for their love.
Wait, I have a scene where it’s about the MC’s best friend, who happens to be a victim to child/forced marriage. I added this because my whole story revolves around awareness about various things. My story also takes place in India where these situations often happen more than you’d think. It’s extremely unfortunate, but I’ve come to realize that so many people aren’t aware of it. However, I know this is a very sensitive topic for many. Which is why even after adding a load of warnings about these themes, I also gave a choice where the reader gets to choose whether they want to read the parts of the story which are sensitive or not. Would it still be vulnerable to getting removed?