This was something I proposed back on the old forums. Here’s the quoted text of that-
The RP Black List.
Back when I was in Journalism class, we had a “topics blacklist” for things people loved to write about but have been done to death, revived, and then done to death again. The rule was that you could not use any topics on the blacklist UNLESS you had a spin on them that was entirely original, and you’d confirmed that it hadn’t been done before (either by sorting through article archives yourself or asking the editors in chief and teacher if they’d seen it anytime in the last few years)
I was thinking of something similar for RP. We all propose plots that’ve been zombified infinite times (IE: supernatural high school, mysterious murderer at the party, etc.), and then discuss as RPers whether it deserves to be on the blacklist or not, and why, possibly take a vote on each plot. If a plot made it on the list, it wouldn’t be saying “do not do this, period” it would be more of a “do not do this unless you have a take on this you’ve confirmed is absolutely original and has either never been done before or the last time this take was done was like 2015 and nobody remembers it” (which post-forums move when we can’t access RP archives can be confirmed by asking Fallen or Silly or other older RPers)
It was asked what to do if you had a great twist on a cliche topic you couldn’t reveal because you’d risk spoiling the entire thing on the old forums. In that case, it would qualify as ‘absolutely original’ IF you were sure your plot twist had never been done before.
In this thread, please suggest topics for the Blacklist, and include a poll in your post so RPers can vote on whether to add a certain topic to the list or not more easily.