Things in stories that make you NOT want to finish



Saaaaaaaame! I don’t like transformations either. XDXD Like, they got rid of their glasses? EXCUSE ME?! I am NOT going to the same doctor to pay them ANOTHER $80 for a DIFFERENT exam so I don’t have to wear my $13 glasses. THANKS XD

I don’t like it when the author has a wall of questions that are frequently asked and they MAKE me click on all of them and read their answers like…I get it kinda, but at the same time, I never asked those questions. Leave me out of it. XDXD

ESPECIALLY! Holy balls, if the story is actually FINISHED, and you left those there and it is mandatory to read them, like…I don’t need to know that you don’t know when you will next update your finished story. DAFUQ??

Lol. I usually will finish a story anyway if there’s something like that wrong with it because I like to keep an open mind. I understand the annoyance and it will put me off stories for a bit, but I usually always come back to them.

It’s good because then it’s like, here’s a brilliant example of what NOT to do. XDXD


I have lots of things that do not make me want to finish stories.

  • Basic Directing ~ If I see this straight in the beginning, I will immediately exit out. If the author wants you engaged into the story, we’d most likely see a flashback, a dream, not some regular,“Hey, welcome to the story!”
  • Author Character ~ Okay, appearances from the author are fine. Like if it’s for a flashback, a cameo, or something like that, I’m alright. If they came in every episode, I’d be annoyed. The story is not about us getting to know the author. I get if it’s the author’s first story, they’d most likely take it out if they choose to revamp it. The story is not about the author!
  • It Gets Better & Longer ~ If I see messages at the end of episodes like this, I will immediately stop reading. I’ve fallen for this before, it has never happened. It may have before, but it’s quite rare. If the author has multiple stories where they have quite a few reads, maybe I’ll spend a pass.
  • Short Episodes ~ If I read a story, I want my pass to be worth it. If the story was like two minutes, I would never read it again.
  • Stories With No Choices ~ If we do read a story, we wanna be engaged. Stories without choices don’t make us feel engaged, and no one would wanna read it. Even if choices don’t matter, at least put something for us to interact with the story.
  • Only Certain of This ~ Before, most stories had mostly light skinned people. Honestly, the lack of color made me bored. We need diversity. Stories like this are unacceptable.
  • Overly Used Plots ~ If I see a romance story that goes the same, everyone falls in love, you pick the bad boy, you get pregnant, you were drunk. I do not wanna see stories like that or any stories with used plots. We wanna see new and creative stories.
  • Episode Art Only ~ I’m sometimes really bored if someone uses Episode Art only. There are many background artists who can give you more. Even if you use Episode Backgrounds, throw in some overlays, just please.

I have tons more, but I don’t wanna flood the thread.


I have tons more, but I don’t wanna flood the thread.

Please do, I love these! These are really helpful and I honestly love reading them!



Soon, child, soon. :smirk:


There are three main things that put me off. The first one being if the directing is poor, for an example I would much prefer a story that has characters at the right sizes and layers as opposed to people over lapping each other or being very small/big in comparison to the other characters. Two you start off with a good original story line and then take it down a completely unrelated topic or make it very cliche. Lastly, If you make a lot of the episodes have no content and just drone on. For an example if you made a shocking revelation in episode 3 I want to find out more about that I don’t want you to paraphrase what you just revealed in the characters thoughts for the next 5 episodes, get on with it!


To be honest, I don’t mind if a story has basic or advanced directing so long as the storyline is epic but I do agree with author’s notes, especially if they take such a long time to talk. Time can be saved instead by having FAQs at the end, with an option to skip them. I like short episodes, but even I know 2 minutes is TOO short and not something you want to aim for when planning out how long your Episode should be. Also, any art in a story is beautiful art : )

Something that annoys me is if the grammar is really bad-it’s super hard to read a story when there are all these mistakes and you can’t even concentrate on what is going on, but I do appreciate the fact that they took the time and effort to write up a story on Episode however I would encourage them to get a proof-reader.

I don’t mind if the directing is basic or advanced, so long it doesn’t have any “glitches”

What I mean by glitches is that the directing appears butchered, for example someone slides into the screen instead of walking or they start doing weird movements in the scene.

I also don’t like it when stories are TOO long-it makes me tired and not want to finish. Sometimes I think to myself “When will this chapter end?”

I remember I was reviewing a story once and chapter 1 was so long that I had to take a break.

After reading it, and taking breaks, I opened the story one day…and found out it was updated.

I had to read it again, oh man.

I did just that since I can’t back down from a review but it was like more than one chapter compressed into one episode.


Also Guys! I just want to say these tips are very helpful and I will use these preferences in my stories to come, but quick question. What about splashes? Yay or nay? And end cards? I can understand splashes saying that there are mature themes and strong languages in maybe the first and second episode but from then on you kind of get it. And end cards if there is just one it can be okay in my opinion but I don’t want 3 different end cards you know? That’s just what I think, let me know your opinion!


Oh and is the author making an appearance in the first episode okay or nah? Should there be a skip option?


Have a purpose for your author character appearing and make it short and sweet.


Cool thanks for the tip!




Crappy cliches with Mary sue Mc.divacurls. characters who suck dick every episode. Then in the 5th episode, they suddenly change for your character and oh my “parents died”, that isn’t a good excuse to bully someone Mc.divacurls! Lazy character development that’s what it is. They just use bully characters for a lazy villain for their story. At least let them have LAYERS. :unamused:


okay so I agree completely I have so many stories in favorites that I want to read but I read the first chapter and go NO like
opens up with a character that the author hasn’t even customized (wth)
opens up with a kiss scene sometimes it can be okay if it’s like "no ill tell you how this happened"but if not it’s like wth wth wth
next stories that throw me away after x amount of episodes
random pregnancy unless it ties into a Big plot or even a 2nd part I hate it
having a gang for no reason lets look at chain reaction I loved the first but the rest was meh the first was better because the story played it self out


Why are there so many cliché stories these days?
I look through the romance sections: cliché stories.
I look through the drama section: cliché stories.
I’m tired of them! I know they can be different in the end, but the start of all of them is like I’m replaying one of them. No hate intended btw.
I just hate it, it isn’t original, and they didn’t really plan it; it was already planned for them.
Can’t you come up with your own idea, if you’re going to create a story? I know that lots of stories are new, interesting and original but everywhere I look, the top stories are (obviously) cliché!
It just annoys me, because the people who actually came up with the ideas, probably get no recognition. I just hate it.

Again, no hate intended. If this offended you, I’m truly sorry.
Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this. :roll_eyes::hugs:


I completely support your thought !!!


Try out my story if you want :blush: it’s “Color my life” by Lady Cannella :wink:


My biggest pet peeve is too much customisation.
I like changing the MC as much as the next person, but if I then have to change 3 love interests, the mum, the dad, the sister, and three brothers? Uh, no. Sorry.
Spelling definitely comes in second.
I can’t stand reading a story and they use horrible spelling or even text speech. If your character has an accent and you want to show that, then yeah I’ll let it slide. But not when you’re forced to read “Hey, how r u doing bb?”.
Too much narration ruins the flow.
It’s fine if there’s narration for something that episode can’t replicate, however it’s pretty easy to do most things now with some clever spotting and some overlay use. But if I’m reading a story and the first chapter is 90% the narrator telling me the character’s backstory, I’m leaving.
Romanticising abuse is bad.
There’s a difference between an abusive relationship and representing domestic violence victims. Don’t make the MC fall in love with her abuser and suddenly everything is fine and dandy. That’s not how real life works. The MC shouldn’t have to try and ‘change the bad boy’. If he’s a terrible person, then boi bye.


@EpisodeAfra once I complete my story (which is also a mystery) will you do a read for a read with me?


My pet peeves

Boy crazy characteristic

By that I mean when a girl in the story has no character except the fact she likes hot guys. Most people who use show don’t tell don’t manage t show us any personality in a character and the always show her tlking to her bff about the hottest guy in school or stuff like that. I hate it.

High school drama

I just can’t watch any more episodes where the girl wakes up in the morning for the first day of high school. I hate everything about these stories. The MC is always sweet and innocent, the love interrest is only described as hot, the drama is predictable, you know somebody is about to be pregnant, you just can’t avoid that plot point., the villain is the hottest girl in school who wants to date the MC’s love interrest but he is somehow in love with the plain and nerdy MC. I hate the fact the mean girl is always ready to go to extra lengths to do someting to the MC, but isn’t able to fight she uses insults and social stuff thinking no girl can fight back to that. The MC can punch her in the face and break her nose and make the villain look hideous and ruin her social life right then and there.

When they make it up as they go

When you know they’re just putting in random dramatic stuff in becuase they didn’t plan this far ahead or didn’t plan at all. For instance soembody makes a high school drama story. When the bully is beaten down and the Hot guy starts dating her. Where to go now? Just make her pregnant, make her parents die, introduce a new even hotter guy who wants her for himself, make her pregnant with that guy, make her parents not a aproove of the relationship, make her dad crazy and not allow her to date boys, make the Hot guy have a secret identitiy, just do something dramatic. THAT’S NOT THE ANSWER!!!

Bad boys who aren’t really bad

I’m talking about the boys in the high school stories that are labeled as “bad boys” but they never do anything bad. Why are the labeled as bad? Becuase they wear FUCKING LEATHER? BECUASE THEY SMOKE? BECUAS TEHY’RE CHILL? That doesn’t make you fucking bad. Bad boys would probably be teh guys who are often in detention, like to dab in crimes like stealing stuff from stores and stuff not a guy in a leather jacket who smokes and gives snappy comments.


Again rebels aren’t people who like being bad, ugh! Rebels are people who are in a bad state becuase of goverement issues (or soemthing simmilar to that) who rebel against the goverment so they and their friends and family can have a better life. You are only a true rebel if you rebel agist pay cuts, political stuff, racist cops and things like that. Rebels aren’t kids who like adventure and don’t respect parents or higher authority that only help them with their lives or not respecting curfews just becuase.

Villian who’s evil just becuase

Ugh I hate when somebody makes a villain evil just becuase they want everything evil. Yes I know there people with serious mental disorders like psycopaths and sociopaths who want to kill people for their own pleasure or sadists who like watching pain but there are characters who are 100% evil withouth a cause or a mental illness. Ugh I hate that. For some reason I can’t get my head round a person who is 100% evil becuase it doesn’t make sense to me.


Will do!