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What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:25 PM Reply

I want to know what makes a book, or fan fic, or webcomic interesting to you. Post examples, highlight positives, provide reasons for why that story entertained you. I like Star Wars because it covers the happenings of a (past?) world over many different eras. I like Lord of the Rings, I like The Odyssey, etc etc.

What story would be your #1 favorite and why?


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:25 PM Reply

words


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:26 PM Reply

character investment.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:27 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:25 PM, Demonbrunch wrote: I want to know what makes a book, or fan fic, or webcomic interesting to you. Post examples, highlight positives, provide reasons for why that story entertained you.

It takes many things working together, most importantly is the characters and the world etc. which all help to make the story seem so real and allows you to get drawn into the world and to feel for the characters. You might have a great idea for a story but without the characters or the development of the world around them and the relationships between them etc. it will just come off as bland and uninteresting.

What story would be your #1 favorite and why?

Impossible to say, many share the spotlight.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:31 PM Reply

A good story is paper, writing utensil, and an imagination.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:32 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:29 PM, hiddeninthecrowd wrote:
At 1/21/13 07:25 PM, TheColourAwesome wrote: words
spaces between the words.

and paragraphs, and a general understanding of structure.

Sadly I have seen quite a lot of stories which don't use paragraphs and don't start a fresh paragraph / line for each character's words, which ends up causing confusion and makes it less enjoyable or convenient to read. However I do heavily doubt this is a problem in any actual published books...mainly because I don't see any company publishing such things.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:36 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:25 PM, Demonbrunch wrote: or fan fic

I'm currently reading this. Its a Sherlock/Watson fanfiction based on the Sherlock series characters and setting. It is fast becoming my favourite simply for the way the writer is able to get into Sherlocks head so beautifully. The plot doesn't have to be perfect for me in fics. The characters just have to be spot on.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:37 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:29 PM, hiddeninthecrowd wrote:
At 1/21/13 07:25 PM, TheColourAwesome wrote: words
spaces between the words.

>2013
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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:39 PM Reply

A Creative mind.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:39 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:36 PM, Gagsy wrote: I'm currently reading this. Its a Sherlock/Watson fanfiction based on the Sherlock series characters and setting. It is fast becoming my favourite simply for the way the writer is able to get into Sherlocks head so beautifully. The plot doesn't have to be perfect for me in fics. The characters just have to be spot on.

I hope they ejaculate a lot. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson always loved ejaculating.

I know ejaculate meant to divulge ideas etc. but come on, it's amusing.

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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:40 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:39 PM, Ragnarokia wrote:
I hope they ejaculate a lot. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson always loved ejaculating.
I know ejaculate meant to divulge ideas etc. but come on, it's amusing.

Haha. 21st century Watson wouldn't get away with writing blogs about him and Sherlock 'ejaculating' all over London.

And they haven't yet. Slow burn fic. Love a slow burn.

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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 07:51 PM Reply

Flesh that shit out. I want to be engrossed in the world and the characters to the point where I know their behaviour for any situation they're in. When I read the story, I get sucked into it and want more while completely disregarding the real world.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 09:00 PM Reply

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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 09:18 PM Reply

It depends on how you see yourself and your life I think. Most people feel that they themselves lead boring lives and wish that they could be something more, something better and exciting. To that effect an author will try to write a character with a story that seems to relate to the reader but is much more exciting in a believable way. A good example of this is in video games where the character is faceless/quiet. You get to project yourself into him/her, and become who you're reading/playing.

That or, you know, it's got lots of dicks.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 21st, 2013 @ 10:05 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 07:39 PM, Ragnarokia wrote:

I hope they ejaculate a lot. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson always loved ejaculating.
I know ejaculate meant to divulge ideas etc. but come on, it's amusing.

I hope to see you ejaculate.


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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 31st, 2013 @ 11:41 PM Reply

At 1/21/13 10:05 PM, kisame wrote:
At 1/21/13 07:39 PM, Ragnarokia wrote:

I hope they ejaculate a lot. As Sherlock Holmes and Watson always loved ejaculating.
I know ejaculate meant to divulge ideas etc. but come on, it's amusing.
I hope to see you ejaculate.

Yeah, not going to let a thread end on that note.

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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 31st, 2013 @ 11:45 PM Reply

This is my personal fav book series. I'm up to the 4th book.

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Response to What makes a good story? Jan. 31st, 2013 @ 11:49 PM Reply

A non-japanese title.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 05:51 AM Reply

A plot.

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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 06:52 AM Reply

It shouldn't explain everything.
It shouldn't leave things unexplained.

That's what makes a story good.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 07:08 AM Reply

The most important thing to me are the characters. The story itself of course has to be interesting too. Great characters won't save a bland story. The most interesting people in the world stuck in a bland environment would be a drag. I like to feel like I relate to what's going on in the story too. Even if it's fantastical crazy shit, I like to feel included in the humanity of it. Kind of like Star Wars. (I know that's a movie, but you know what I mean. A fantastical action adventure with aliens and lasers, but with heart and humanity.) It's the only real way to become invested. If I don't care about the character, then I could careless about the story. Once again, I'll use movies to make a point. Horror movies are infamously bad at creating character development. So who cares if they die? Even if it's a sweet idea, and the killer is awesome and looks badass, I couldn't give a shit because I actually want some psycho to murder these shitty characters.

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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 07:10 AM Reply

A scene where a helicopter explodes.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 07:12 AM Reply

Yaoi.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 08:41 AM Reply

At 2/1/13 06:56 AM, dragoswrath wrote: tits.

That works also.

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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 08:43 AM Reply

Sub-plots. Can't forget the unnecessary sub-plots.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 08:58 AM Reply

At 2/1/13 08:43 AM, Mismo wrote: Sub-plots. Can't forget the unnecessary sub-plots.

Indeed. Submarines are awesome.

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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 09:01 AM Reply

At 2/1/13 06:56 AM, dragoswrath wrote: tits.

Dicks.
Dick-Tits.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 09:04 AM Reply

Anything that doesnt have a good ending.


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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 02:33 PM Reply

Chuck Norris, The biography.

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Response to What makes a good story? Feb. 1st, 2013 @ 03:15 PM Reply

At 2/1/13 09:01 AM, MilkyChocolate wrote:
At 2/1/13 06:56 AM, dragoswrath wrote: tits.
Dicks.
Dick-Tits.

Don't forget ass and titties!


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