Can you elaborate on this, I’m not up on all the abbreviations. lol
But to answer the other questions:
There are readers who like non-romantic subplots and there are those that like romance as a subplot. I think that it is nice when writers are able to offer both non-romantic & romantic subplots.
However,- given the popularity of the ‘romance’ genre itself- romantic subplots are probably the more popular.
I think if you were to offer the option to customize a side character, make it a side character that has a real presence in the story otherwise, what would be the point? The antagonist would likely be made to look ridiculous because who doesn’t want to make the bad guy hideous? - but I think it would be a cool choice.
I think making it known that there are different endings and not all will be happy ones hedges the ‘blame’ on anyone. If you know choices matter and you see the effects of your choices and decide to continue that path, then a sad ending is what you get – however I think that it’s a good idea to give them chances for redemption throughout the sad branch to get them back to a happier ending - if they fail those chances then you get what you get
Yes. Choices should affect the story -even in small ways like dialogue changes - because what’s the point of a 'choose your own story/destiny/path" if the choices don’t matter?
If ML means the same as LI (love interest), I am not a romance reader so I have no preference there - however I’ve seen many posts here that more and more people are preferring one love interest because A) Authors clearly have one preference over the others and it shows. B) They (readers) don’t like the one that the story is so obviously pushing them toward. C) They feel guilty about stringing someone along/being forced to choose between people.
Do you mean like a personality quiz of sorts where the reader’s answers affect the MCs behavior and reactions? That would be neat.
Most people prefer advanced directing. I will add the opinion of: I’d rather a well-written story with basic advanced directing than I would to have the most advanced directing in the world and a crappy story.
To answer your questions: 1. Are there people interested in non-romantic or romance as a subplot? what is more preferred.
I am a more realistic romantic. I can’t stand it when I have no romance in a story, but I can’t stand it either if I have unrealistic romance in a story. Of course it depends on the story: if it’s a fantasy story I don’t care if the werewolf LI falls in love with the werecat MC instantly, but when it is about a realistic drama/romance story I would love to see a slow-paced relationship between LI and MC.
Most of the stories allow to cc the MC and ML. Would anyone want/like to customize a side character or antagonist?
I don’t give a damned about CC, to be honest. As long I don’t need to CC the whole family I am fine. Please, don’t CC characters that don’t have a main part in the story. I can understand CC for MC’s best friend, but not for MC’s grandpa that only comes in one scene for 1 second and dies a second later and never comes back in the story later on.
If the story has multiple endings and you get a Sad Ending because of your choice, will you blame the reader
No. Why should I? Yes, I hate sad endings, but it’s realistic. Not every story ends happily ever after.
Do you like choices that affect the story?
Yes. I do.
What do you prefer, Multiple ML or single.
Please, I prefer 1 LI. For this reason: I don’t like to choose and feel guilty for the other LI.
Would you like the choice of the MC where you can choose the option which expresses your character, or would you like to know about the MC’s Character
Both. I would love to learn to know the MC’s character, but I also like to have some choices where you can find out your MC expressions.
How much do you prefer the advance directing?
For me advanced directing is a must (I am a writer and a reader), because I can see if you use spot directing or basic directing like entering or exiting from left or right. And it will irritate me if I see a child grow or shrink when he/she enters/exits left/right.
Would you like to customize the personality or some character traits of the ML
Like I said as answer on question 2 I don’t care about CC a lot. Reason for that is: I also like to see how the author sees the MC and LI, so if the author decides not to CC I respect that. Some authors like the MC or LI in a special way and I can understand it. As long as you are clear why you don’t CC I don’t mind at all and as long as you CC the right characters I am fine. Same goes for character traits.
Good luck with writing, happy reading and stay safe,
Ah, okay. I’ve seen people that like having the ‘options’ but I’ve recently seen more posts about not enjoying them.
Mainly because writers generally have a preference of who they’d rather the character end up with and inadvertently write the story with that particular ending in mind- which makes the other LIs suffer from lack of development and worthwhile moments.
Then there are the readers who just don’t want to choose because they feel guilty about breaking one or the others heart. - I’m not a romance reader so I think if you can write each LIs with their own vibe, goals, personalities etc and try to be as impartial as possible, it can work out well. Or, just write one well written love story with one. I think either can work as long as the author really develops the characters to the point where they could be a real person. The more developed a character is, the more attached a reader gets to them.