1. What’s your favorite genre to read, and why?
My favorite genres to read are sci-fi and fantasy. I use reading as a way to escape from the real world and how dark it actually is. I want a little magic in my life. Something that makes me have that feeling I’ve been missing sine I was a child. I love high fantasy the most, but I usually read most types of fantasy. And sci-fi is another that I adore. There’s so much to explore out there.
2. Do you like romance to be the center of the story, or more of a background plot? (Or, there be none at all?)
I don’t mind if romance is in the story, or if it’s not. I just don’t like it being the center of the story honestly. I can’t read JUST romance stories. Fantasy romance? Sure. Sci-fi romance? Okay! Mystery romance? I’m on it. But… just romance? The only time I’ll read just romance is the rare rom-com. But it truly has to be a romantic comedy, not just two funny lines and the rest be drama and angst.
3. How do you feel about love triangles?
Never liked them. Even in real books. My usual genre I read is Young Adult and it’s RIFE with love triangles and I hate them even there. Unless it’s less a love triangle and more the girl growing and learning that your first relationship isn’t always your end relationship, then I try to avoid them. I honestly can say that I almost despise them on Episode. They’re even worse here. But I can say that love triangles is that ONE trope for me. Everyone has that one trope that they absolutely cannot stand. lol
4. Classic, INK, LL…which is your favorite, and does the style being used effect your choice in whether or not you will read it?
Ink is my favorite, but I will read Limelight and Classic. I won’t actively LOOK for those two genres. But if somebody I know that has good tastes or similar tastes in story recommends them, then I’ll give them a try. Also when Episode has competitions, I try to read contest entries no matter the style. However, to me, Ink is the best. I HATE LL’s actions. That punching action literally makes me want to punch THEM. I cringe so hard. And the Classic men make my eye twitch, it doesn’t stop me from reading them though.
5. Do you prefer light-hearted stories, or stories that deal with dark or otherwise serious themes?
Light hearted for sure! Honestly, my life sucks. And with my depression and anxiety I can’t deal with a lot of the dark themes that authors want to write about. Depending on how dark they go, I can read some dark themes, but there are others (I’ve heard Fragile Bonds is FANTASTIC and I love the author’s other works) I just can’t bring myself to read it. It’s too much for me. I have this issue where I feel TOO much, and I get too sucked in and I’ve learned the hard way before not to read depressing or dark stories.
6. What kinds of settings/clothing/etc would you be interested in seeing be available in the future?
Oh my goodness! SO many! There’s so many historical periods they could do! (Medieval all over the world for one! So Medieval Europe, and Medieval Asia. They could do Neolithic, Romans, Gauls, Celts, Vikings. Native Amerindian, Islander.) We could use MORE fantasy for sure. Some ACTUAL Sci-fi clothes! Cyberpunk! 70’s! 60’s! 50’s! 40’s! I mean, it’s literally just an endless list of things they could add.
7. Are there any specific elements you absolutely cannot stand in a story?
Romanticized gangs and the like. A murderer is a murder, stop sugar coating it. Nerd transformations where they shame girls for not showing more skin and for showing interests in things like video games and school. If a girl is going to change her style and wardrobe, make it because she wants to, not because she wants to be noticed by a guy. There’s nothing wrong with changing your style, but I hate how a girl will change so much of herself for a man. That in teenage stories, adults are always useless. ESPECIALLY the parents. When I had a bully problem in middle school and my personality and daily life started to suffer for it, you damn well BET my mother was there for me. That woman was my best friend and she made sure that we did something about it. That our tiny school took notice and DID something. I understand that not everybody has a great relationship with their parents, but according Episode, it seems like ALL parents suck. My mom always was and always will be my best friend. Nobody could take her place (RIP).
8. How long do you prefer stories to be? (Both chapter length and overall story length)
Overally, as long as it’s usually 30 or under, I’m good. It’s when we start to get into the 40 chapters range and all that I become a little daunted. I feel like it’s VERY hard to write a story that long and not actually have it being dragged out. There are author’s who are capable (Look at Genevieve with Dripping Mascara) but not everybody has that talent I think. As for chapters, I have a very short attention span and am usually very busy. So 10-15 is my preferred length. Anything longer and I have to exit out. I can’t do it.
9. What’s your favorite cliche?
Happily Ever After! I’m totally a sucker for happy endings. When they end on such a sweet note, it lifts my spirit and makes me smile. That even through all the hardships, hope is still alive and everything is possible. It gives me a feeling and a note of hope and happiness. I also like The Chosen one trope/cliche. And I’m a sucker for a well written werewolf/animal shifter story. But That’s in published stories. I don’t like the ones on here.
10. What elements would your perfect story include?
The main thing for me (I could think of several for this category) that what REALLY matters to me is fantastic characters and character development. I want characters I can understand and some I can relate to. I want to see them grow and turn into whoever they’re supposed to turn into. I want details and realism. I just want GREAT characters. Stories, to me, have always been about the characters. The setting could be absolutely interesting and mesmerizing, the plot can be out of this world. But without characters I find myself drawn to, it seems bland almost. Like its missing something.
I also really just wanna read about witches from New Orleans. But that’s on a personal level.
PHEW! That was a lot! Thanks for making this! So many interesting answers!
Forgot to add, but I’m a 26 year old female.