My Unpopular Opinion


#1

I’m sure some people are going to think this is harsh, & my intention is not to offend anyone, but I’ve decided that I will only read Stories that are Fully Released from now on.

I’ve been burned too, too many times by falling in love with a story only to find out that it hasn’t been updates for over a year or abandoned altogether… I even appreciate when an author will add notes when to expect their next chapter or give a reason for delays, but to just drop it feels like a trust is broken. Honestly, I totally get that Real Life Happens, but if Writers aren’t invested in their own work, why should I be?

My one exception is IF I’m familiar with an author’s works & know for a fact that they do indeed update on a regular basis, I will put it into my Favorites to “stockpile” episodes & then read it. I hate to lose the momentum & continuity especially when a story is well-written & intriguing.

We’ve put in Requests months ago to add “ Fully Released” as a viable term when Searching for Stories, but nothing was ever done to add that feature.

And, to all those new authors that want to know how to get more reads or improve their stories, one way is to stay connected with your audience & let your readers know your intended update schedule or delays!

But please Finish your stories or Man Up & put Discontiinued in the description. I respect that much more, than no ending at all. JMHO


#2

I wouldn’t say this is an unpopular opinion. I did a poll on this a while ago and most people would rather read completed stories over ongoing stories


#3

It does kind of suck when a story just doesn’t get continued but I understand why authors would do that.


#4

I also rarely start stories unless they’re complete anymore. Your exception is basically the same as my exception. :joy:
If I’m reading a story and then it doesn’t get updated for months, I’m likely going to forget about it. I have a few stories sitting in my favourites that I keep saying I’m going to continue reading but knowing me, I probably never will. At least, not until the story is completed and even then, it’s been so long I’d probably have to replay to remember what’s going on.

Now I tend to add stories to my favourites that sound interesting, but I won’t start reading them until they’re complete or I can tell they’re being regularly updated and will likely be completed.


#5

I am the exact same! I currently hate myself knowing my story is only partially released. Can’t wait to have the whole thing released


#6

I totally get you. I’ve read quite a lot of stories now that were very well written and directed, but now they haven’t been updated for months. When they do finally update, I’ve almost read through the entire new chapter before even remembering what happened in the previous chapter :woman_facepalming:t4: