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Crayons

Iconoclast
xD We all have to start somewhere. I'm a bit of a literature snob but its refreshing to see someone agree its trash. By the middle of the book I was questioning my life's decisions as well. I couldn't get into the caning. *cringe face* I can not imagine doing that to someone I love. If anyone is needing a pick me up after reading that garbage watch gilbert godfrey reading fifty shades of grey. You'll feel a bit revived.
As I was working in a library when it came out, I was compelled to read some of it to see why it was so popular.

I want those minutes of my life back.

I also read Twilight for the same reason and I didn't think it was terrible. Not up my personal alley but not as bad as I thought it would be.
 

Kahir

"𝕬𝖑𝖊𝖆 𝖎𝖆𝖈𝖙𝖆 𝖊𝖘𝖙"
@Kahir
I would of quoted but there was a lot there =) It's nice to see someone give so much feed back to responses.Help's a conversation get started =D I hope you were not reading into it that I don't believe toxic relationships have their place in creativity.

They do.

What I am saying, is that I don't glorify these themes. I don't feel right being like " Mr Grey whipped his wife with a two inch stick until she had welts and bruises on her pregnant body.She leaves him because the abuse is too much." Next book. Oh "He convinced me back with his sultry ways. I love being beaten! Let's have a baby and family!" Or, twilight, "He wants to eat me but he's so fucking hot. I mean he watch's me sleep nothing creepy about that." lmao I mean, I say this in jest but it's what makes me cringe.

Where Lolita and Wuthering Heights. They challenge the core of your ethical beliefs and thus serves a point to story. I was obsessed with Wuthering Heights from a very young age. My mother is a history and literature major. She was also a professor and librarian. I grew up with these stories. I mean, I think I was exposed to some serious literature before I was even twelve. I absolutely adored their torment. I did not enjoy their love. I remember that very clearly. Even as a child I was like, this is wrong, I do not love this story because they love each other. I adore them because they detest each other.

Perhaps my passion of not glorifying troubled or toxic relationships is I had to watch one unfold for entirety of my life. Parents only divorced when the kids grew up.

I LOVE writing deep and dark people. My preferred genre is actually erotic horror. It just has it's place. =)

I'm like a hundred and ten percent certain we are both on the exact same page tho. If you are looking for someone to explore uncomfortable theme's in a mature fashion. Like, to enhance your literature experience feel free to inbox me. Although, this site has it's rules and regulations for a reason. It's a delicate balance. I've taught a few others the art of erotic horror. They were tip toeing on it too but really enjoy it now.

Swear I'm not a creep. Just a woman in her thirties that's had an ecclectic up bringing when it comes to literature and art lol My father was also a professor.


PS: Not sure if you would be into it but did you ever read Emma? Jane Austen? I feel like you would really like this. Very flawed character, very toxic relationship but a very happy ending. =)
Oh goodness, this is a first hahah Normally people say I kill conversations XD I mean, they are not wrong lol Thank you <3

Yes, I totally agree with your opinion. Those types of stories make me cringe, in fact, and that's something that I'd never roleplay, at least in that way, romanticising it (heads up for pointing out another thing I won't do hahah). I like to explore those types of relationships, but in a realistic way, allowing me to dive deep into each of the characters' personalities. No one in their perfect mind likes someone who treats them badly. Rivalry and sarcastic bantering? That's one thing. However, making their partner feel like complete crap is another one, and that is definitely toxic. My intention was to emphasise as much as possible the fact that I considered such scenarios toxic and something that shouldn't be romanticised. Never. Full stop. This definitely doesn't mean they shouldn't be explored in stories, just like you said ;) And indeed, these topics are just not like for everyone. And the darkest ones of them definitely not even to RPNation. Like you said, everything has a place, and those topics do not belong here. They do belong on my personal writing. And maybe, if someday I have enough self-esteem and preserverance, maybe in a published book or short story :)

Hahah that's the precise reason why I do love them as well: all the complications they have between them and how it drives them mad, quite literally. And honestly, being introduced to such books/issues from a young age can be actually very benefitial. You are lucky you had guidance when it comes to literature :D In my case, it came off naturally, but my mum used to offer me lots of books when younger, telling me that they are "friends". From that point on she didn't influence my literary taste/interest any further, but she definitely lit that sparkle :)

And I do understand you. (Trigger warning ahead) I passed through abuse and unfortunately I still live in the middle fo a very disfunctional family, so I guess that exploring such themes has a cathartic effect. Plus, the human nature is one of my favourite topics, especially the darker aspects, in every way: cultural, psychological, anthropological, philosophical, social, historical and, my favourite, biological. So I am always ready to explore new thematics that deal with such problematics.
As aforementioned, I am asexual, someone very much on the end of the spectrum. Indeed, there are asexuals that do enjoy erotic content (aegosexuals are as ace valid as any other ace), and the fact that I am asexual does not mean that a freudian approach can't be applied to me. Nevertheless, that type of content tends to be not my type of tea, as I usually see it as I see, for instance, gore in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There are series/books that I enjoy that use erotic content quite heavily though, like Penny Dreadful and The Vampire Chronicles :) I am also a goth (being a goth someone who enjoys goth music, a subgenre of music that immerged from the UK's post-punk scene in the late 70s), and even though the fetish subculture and the goth are two completely different subcultures, since both incorporate similar elements in their aesthetic, sometimes there is some overlap of them both. I do like some elements of erotic horror, but in a purely aesthetic way, like, corsets, for instance (is this something I should censor? Guess not XD If I am breaking any guidelines here, please tell me so!).
However, and I want to emphasise this a lot, there is nothing wrong with liking it, and I don't want this post to seem like it's "kinkshaming" (I hate this word), because I can guarantee you that it isn't. On the contrary, I believe people must explore what they like, and you are a legal adult, so there is nothing wrong with it and I find it cool that you are passionate about a literary genre :D This paragraph can be summed up by "That's cool, not really my tea though". If this sounds very passive-aggressive, I am sorry, believe me, this is excatly not what I wanted it to look like XD I am writing this after a long day of studying and working, and I probably am giving off a bitchy vibe. Believe me, that's really not my intention, and I am totally up for discussion about any dark themes, including this discussed one! You seem such a comprehensive and reasonable person, so I'd love to! :D
And I think that it is so cool that you have an eccletic approach to literature and art! Honestly, me too! If the plot is good, then I'l probably be able to read it hahah And when it comes to art, I can also enjoy almost everything, but being heavily influenced and fascinated by Classicism, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and Realism :)

And oh my goodness, yes, I have read it! Jane Austen is one of my favourite writers, and I love how she created an even sassier and arrogant protagonist. Just like I usually create my characters hahah true indeed, I guess that, as it was almost her last book, she kind of challenged herself into creating a character that was a bit different from her previous ones, and it worked out perfectly :)

Lastly, I am so sorry for the long messages, I like to detail them, in a way that my points come out clear. After all, we are discussing very sensitive topics, and if there's something I truly don't want to is that my opinions are misunderstood, as that could definitely be problematic. The fact that English is also not my native language adds up to my general anxiety about his issue hahah

Btw, can I say how much your profile picture looks like my cat? She was genuinely looking at me, peaking through the top of the laptop whilst I was writing this response hahah <3 Love it!
 
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rae2nerdy

Three Thousand Club
I suppose I don't find it sexually appealing to read those books. They don't arouse me and so I don't equate them to good erotica. By arousing mean they don't stimulate any sense of intellectual or erotic stimulation. I just don't find it erotic or sexy or intellectual. I can agree to disagree and I will never give this book credit. I've been a victim to sexual violence. Added, during some of the most horrific things I've experienced I didn't even understand it was abuse. I then went to school in psychology and sociology. I will never stop explaining the difference between abuse and erotica. It took me a long time to get over my own nightmares. I enjoy the structured black and white rules of erotica. The abuse I endured that was skewed with love left me with countless disorders and an inability to trust others. Not just a personality trait. An almost inability. I had to work ten years at reconstructing my brain into healthy thinking.

I just don't find its sexy to bring abuse into a romantic relationship. Although, that isn't always for everyone. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We often run into this same debate in many threads rae and I always value your difference in opinion but I just cant honor it. However, you make some interesting counter arguments as always. =)
You misunderstood my point. I wasn’t saying this isn’t abuse. My point was more from the librarian perspective of genre.

From a genre perspective Fifty Shades is erotica, and it is the first example of the genre that most of the audience has read. That said the genre is filled with a sliding scale of quality in writing.

Much likes it’s less “naughty” cousin erotica runs the gamut when it comes to portraying relationships. Some are fairly respectful, others are pretty much just kinks.

But there is definately a stigma surrounding reading porn, especially for older women which was the target demographic of Fifty Shades. She basically hit the Twilight Moms demographic. People who might read romance books but would feel ashamed to read porn. Or potentially didn’t even know porn existed in the form of erotica.

That is the credit I give Fifty Shades. It’s not by any measure a good series itself. It’s pretty much garbage by every metric you can name. But it at least made it socially acceptable for women to read porn and to be comfortable exploring aspects of their sexuality (by means of sex toys or kink exploration). That’s the only compliment I’ll give it.

And it has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with sheer popularity of the books.

Now the fact that the series of erotic novels that made porn acceptable for women depict blatant sexual abuse is of course problematic. But that’s a whole other thread that tackles the problems with how we frame romance in general.
 

Crayons

Iconoclast
You misunderstood my point. I wasn’t saying this isn’t abuse. My point was more from the librarian perspective of genre.

From a genre perspective Fifty Shades is erotica, and it is the first example of the genre that most of the audience has read. That said the genre is filled with a sliding scale of quality in writing.

Much likes it’s less “naughty” cousin erotica runs the gamut when it comes to portraying relationships. Some are fairly respectful, others are pretty much just kinks.

But there is definately a stigma surrounding reading porn, especially for older women which was the target demographic of Fifty Shades. She basically hit the Twilight Moms demographic. People who might read romance books but would feel ashamed to read porn. Or potentially didn’t even know porn existed in the form of erotica.

That is the credit I give Fifty Shades. It’s not by any measure a good series itself. It’s pretty much garbage by every metric you can name. But it at least made it socially acceptable for women to read porn and to be comfortable exploring aspects of their sexuality (by means of sex toys or kink exploration). That’s the only compliment I’ll give it.

And it has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with sheer popularity of the books.

Now the fact that the series of erotic novels that made porn acceptable for women depict blatant sexual abuse is of course problematic. But that’s a whole other thread that tackles the problems with how we frame romance in general.
Didn't the older women in your library read Harlequin (Mills & Boon) romances? We had users who would literally borrow their max number of books in Mills & Boon every week, and some of those are pretty damn steamy let me tell ya.

For those who aren't aware of this genre - Mills & Boon or Harlequin in the US publish a huge, HUGE, number of "romance" novellas ranging from the sweet innocent, virginal, kissing only type to full on porn, in dozens of weirdly specific sub-genres, and they are read and enjoyed by 50+ ladies everywhere. Even though these books are not, by any stretch of the imagination, well-written and are extremely formulaic, they are none the less, each one, a squillion times better than 50 Shades of Grey.

I mean sure... let them explore their sexuality but 50 Shades isn't exactly a decent model to go by.

Aaand that's probably enough on the 50 Shades question in this thread, feel free to PM me if you want to continue it. XD
 

heartstringss

𝒔𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒚 𝒊 𝒇𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉
abusive relationship dynamics. active rape and sexual assault scenes. characters being choked (...ain't nobody better touch my character's neck except to kiss or bite it or i'll fuck a person up in the spirit of redeeming my own childhood trauma). anything BDSM, probably. furries. 10+ year age gaps. historic plots? ehhh idk. teenage relationships (i'll play high school and teenage characters but not with any sexual or romantic themes unless both of the characters are at least 18 and so is my partner). animal torture. ~aaaaand nothing against gay men seeing as i'm hella queer myself, but m// with main characters. i used to only RP m// before i got into f// because that's all my ex ever wanted to write, so it's just kind of dull for me now.
 
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Franklin

Prepare to feel the weight of your immaturity.
Didn't the older women in your library read Harlequin (Mills & Boon) romances? We had users who would literally borrow their max number of books in Mills & Boon every week, and some of those are pretty damn steamy let me tell ya.

For those who aren't aware of this genre - Mills & Boon or Harlequin in the US publish a huge, HUGE, number of "romance" novellas ranging from the sweet innocent, virginal, kissing only type to full on porn, in dozens of weirdly specific sub-genres, and they are read and enjoyed by 50+ ladies everywhere. Even though these books are not, by any stretch of the imagination, well-written and are extremely formulaic, they are none the less, each one, a squillion times better than 50 Shades of Grey.

I mean sure... let them explore their sexuality but 50 Shades isn't exactly a decent model to go by.

Aaand that's probably enough on the 50 Shades question in this thread, feel free to PM me if you want to continue it. XD
Thank you =) I agree moving on from this subject it's a hamster wheel of opinions lol
 

Peryton

New Member
Something I’ve noticed ever since the beginning of my rp hobby way back on Old Neopets, I was baffled by the “I’m a female so I only play female and only do FxM.” Like, no hate, you have a preference and that’s totally cool. I just never understood how anyone found any partners because I’d see that same line in just about every “rp rules” per page I looked up. I was so desperate for RP at the time that I did play a male ALL the time, but now I’m at the stage where I’ve been doing that for so long , I feel like screaming “Me! I wanna be the girl, now!”

But, eh, you do what you gotta do for those good good plots.
 

Kahir

"𝕬𝖑𝖊𝖆 𝖎𝖆𝖈𝖙𝖆 𝖊𝖘𝖙"
Just remembered of something XD
I also don't roleplay fandoms. Not that I don't think that fandom roleplays are bad, on the contrary! But it bothers me the fact that my writing won't possibly represent ideally cannon characters. I feel like I am being fake, you see? Definitely something that I can't do.
Sometimes I can roleplay in an already existing universe, from a certain story (being it films, series, books, etc.), but only if the contact with cannon characters is minimised and if I don't have to play them.
 

Kahir

"𝕬𝖑𝖊𝖆 𝖎𝖆𝖈𝖙𝖆 𝖊𝖘𝖙"
Something I’ve noticed ever since the beginning of my rp hobby way back on Old Neopets, I was baffled by the “I’m a female so I only play female and only do FxM.” Like, no hate, you have a preference and that’s totally cool. I just never understood how anyone found any partners because I’d see that same line in just about every “rp rules” per page I looked up. I was so desperate for RP at the time that I did play a male ALL the time, but now I’m at the stage where I’ve been doing that for so long , I feel like screaming “Me! I wanna be the girl, now!”

But, eh, you do what you gotta do for those good good plots.
This is something a bit confusing to me as well. I am a female, but 90% of the time I roleplay as a male, and that is so fun.
I have no problem roleplaying as female as well.
In the end, even though people have preferences, sometimes you feel like playing a character from a certain genre fits the roleplay a bit more. Therefore, I don't really specify any genre for my roleplay partner to play in roleplays, so we can all have fun as we please :)
 

Crayons

Iconoclast
Something I’ve noticed ever since the beginning of my rp hobby way back on Old Neopets, I was baffled by the “I’m a female so I only play female and only do FxM.” Like, no hate, you have a preference and that’s totally cool. I just never understood how anyone found any partners because I’d see that same line in just about every “rp rules” per page I looked up. I was so desperate for RP at the time that I did play a male ALL the time, but now I’m at the stage where I’ve been doing that for so long , I feel like screaming “Me! I wanna be the girl, now!”

But, eh, you do what you gotta do for those good good plots.
I prefer playing male characters, but there's something a bit off-putting about partners who only play one gender. It would have to be something really special for me to reply to one of those.

In the olden days there was a very different gender ratio on RP sites, like at least 60% males to females. I'm glad there are more women enjoying RP these days.
 

Peryton

New Member
Just remembered of something XD
I also don't roleplay fandoms. Not that I don't think that fandom roleplays are bad, on the contrary! But it bothers me the fact that my writing won't possibly represent ideally cannon characters. I feel like I am being fake, you see? Definitely something that I can't do.
Sometimes I can roleplay in an already existing universe, from a certain story (being it films, series, books, etc.), but only if the contact with cannon characters is minimised and if I don't have to play them.
Oh, I remember feeling this way when I first started role playing. I began when Lord of the Rings rps were a BIG thing on Neopets, and the easiest way to get into one and not be ignored was to play Aragorn or Legolas. Also, finally being told “wow, you play a really good BLANK” was super motivating to me because I craved (and still do to some degree) that sweet, sweet validation from strangers.

Nowadays, I still like to write canons because I see it as a fun challenge. I also really enjoy just making people happy, and writing their favorite ship is like crack for some people. I’m happy to provide, because I feel it keeps my skills sharp.

I can totally understand why some people don’t want to, however. On the flip side of that coin is “my rp partner was really looking forward to this and I don’t feel like I’m doing this character justice, so now I feel horrible”. So, no shame for not wanting to write ‘em. I get it.
 

Peryton

New Member
I prefer playing male characters, but there's something a bit off-putting about partners who only play one gender. It would have to be something really special for me to reply to one of those.

In the olden days there was a very different gender ratio on RP sites, like at least 60% males to females. I'm glad there are more women enjoying RP these days.
I prefer playing male characters, but there's something a bit off-putting about partners who only play one gender. It would have to be something really special for me to reply to one of those.

In the olden days there was a very different gender ratio on RP sites, like at least 60% males to females. I'm glad there are more women enjoying RP these days.
I never really noticed that, because I started on Neopets (which had a heavy female rp base at the time), and from there I went automatically into one on ones or single fandom forums (in my experience also predominantly female). This is actually the first multi-genre, multi-fandom site I’ve been on, and I’m pleasantly surprised by the diversity.
 

Crayons

Iconoclast
I never really noticed that, because I started on Neopets (which had a heavy female rp base at the time), and from there I went automatically into one on ones or single fandom forums (in my experience also predominantly female). This is actually the first multi-genre, multi-fandom site I’ve been on, and I’m pleasantly surprised by the diversity.
Yeah I've not been in single fandom spaces for RP that much. On one fandom forum I RPed on, it was about 70/30 males to females. On another we had 90/10 females to males. (There was just one guy there. XD) Mostly I've been in mixed RP spaces, and some where if you played a female character (whether you were female or not) you got constantly hit on by guys, so I don't see it as odd that female RPers would gravitate towards 1x1s where you aren't harassed all the time and can RP in peace.
 

Nisurasyn

Magic Eight Ball
Romance solely for the romance. Don't get me wrong, I love a good love story, but I'm not going to start up a roleplay knowing it'll only end with the characters inevitably "falling in love" and wherever that leads. Sometimes it's nicer to have characters that don't get along or characters that are strictly platonic.
And it gives me omegle flashbacks when someone offers to roleplay with me but immediately says "I will only play male/female"
 

Peryton

New Member
Romance solely for the romance. Don't get me wrong, I love a good love story, but I'm not going to start up a roleplay knowing it'll only end with the characters inevitably "falling in love" and wherever that leads. Sometimes it's nicer to have characters that don't get along or characters that are strictly platonic.
And it gives me omegle flashbacks when someone offers to roleplay with me but immediately says "I will only play male/female"
I love romance, but platonic stores don't get nearly enough love. One of my ALL-TIME favorite rps was between my character (a priestess) and my friend's character (an ancient necromancer). She spent the entire rp trying to "show him the light", and though he never changed his ways, he did come to see her as someone he'd die to protect which was a much more satisfying conclusion than ANY confession of love has ever been in an rp for me.
 

Nisurasyn

Magic Eight Ball
@Peryton My longest lasting roleplay was a lot like that, and while the characters ended up testing their love for each other because of the difficult times that they experienced together, in the end, they realized they were incompatible with being anything more than friends and simply just people that experienced the same coincidental hardship at the same time. It's so much more realistic to have relationships be fluid and flexible, and I don't want to stick my characters in a box with yours and say "they will/won't like each other because I said so" and I much prefer to let the characters unravel on their own. Not every character will like my character, and I love that because that's how complex relationships truly are.
 

Peryton

New Member
@Peryton My longest lasting roleplay was a lot like that, and while the characters ended up testing their love for each other because of the difficult times that they experienced together. In the end, they realized they were incompatible with anything more than friends and simply just people that experienced the same coincidental hardship at the same time. It's so much more realistic to have relationships be fluid and flexible, and I don't want to stick my characters in a box with yours and say "they will/won't like each other because I said so" and I much prefer to let the characters unravel on their own. Not every character will like my character, and I love that because that's how complex relationships truly are.
Yes! I always prefer when we let romances play out naturally. If there's chemistry between two people, pursue it! If not, then being friends is definitely not the worst case scenario.
 

Melpomene

A Lover of Tragedy|@Nikoboiko|
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Hmmm Overall I am a very open person when it comes to roleplay and am willing to try many different things, but I definitely have quite a few things that I absolutely refuse to do a roleplay based around.

1. Furries

I respect the community. I respect anyone who wants to do anything surrounding furries. I respect anyone that makes furry artwork. Unless you do something that actually makes me feel uncomfortable, honestly, you do you boo boo. But I really never have wanted to do a furry roleplay. I don't want to play as an anthropomorphic animal. Nor do I want to roleplay in a world with anthropomorphic animals. Yes, I watch things like Zootopia, Lion King, and BoJack Horseman, but that doesn't mean I want to roleplay it. I am not under the impression that furry roleplays are about the fetish/kink. They can be perfectly non-sexual and even non-romantic. But I don't want to roleplay it and I am quite frustrated when people try to convince me to roleplay it. It just is not my cup of tea. I have been called a bigot for not trying and I am just ??? can I not just enjoy myself?

2. Slice of Life

Nothing big. I just find it rather dull. Sometimes I watch it, as it can be funny/cute, but I really don't like writing about it. I prefer actually having very immense plots and worlds that move my characters and stories along rather than playing slice of life. I understand why people like it though, so I don't knock it.

3. Mental Illness/Addiction/rape/abusive relationships

This is actually a bit different because I actually will write roleplays where this is a theme but, quite frankly, I don't trust people with this shit. I have lived through some of it and it actually disgusts me how much disrespect I will see them get in both published writing and roleplays. A lot of the times they are used as cheap gimmicks to make a character more "interesting" or "pitiful". I have seen it used so disrespectfully I have basically decided I don't want to see it unless I actually trust the person behind the keyboard. I will not accept a character being raped for the sake of "pity points" nor do I want to see a serious mental illness being used as a "wacky quirk" nor do I want to roleplay through a romanticization of an abusive relationship. This is, honestly, where I am more unforgiving. Now, I have learned to calm down about it, as many people who do this are young and new to writing, and also technically if you are not hurting anyone, I really should not hold it against you. There is a reason harlequin novels are popular which is the same reason people like having abusive themes in their romance roleplays. While I understand it, I really don't like it.

4. Love Triangles

I hate love triangles with a burning passion. Many times I feel a good work of fiction is a bit ruined when an unnecessary love triangle is shoved into the mix. Most of the times I just find them done plain badly. Most of the time, if you don't fantasize about being in the middle of two boys/girls fighting over you, it is not really an interesting facet of drama. Why? Because it is almost always obvious who the one in the middle is going to end up with, they just throw another person in because "watching someone lead another person on/ or someone not take no for an answer and act like a complete creep is somehow romantic"??? I have only ever seen a love triangle done alright once and that was because everyone in the triangle cared for one another equally and wanted to see each other happy which is kind of what made it such an interesting dynamic.

But if it is just two people at one another's throats fighting for a girl/ boy who, quite frankly, isn't that interesting? Like how did they manage to get everyone to love them they are so dull?Yeah... no...

On that note... the final and most obvious...

5. Anything with a Mary-Sueish vibe

They exist most rampantly in fanfiction and roleplay forms. But they are the most detrimental to roleplays and, good god, I have gotten trapped in many roleplays with them. My definition of a Mary-Sue is a character who does not bend to the rules of the world, but rather makes the world bend to them. They may not be superpowered, they may not be perfect, but they definitely seem to have some world bending ability that makes everyone see reality in their warped vision. These characters often are called "very beautiful" but that certainly is not a problem (though I do hate when my partner repeatedly beats me over the head in every post with how good looking their character is- I GET IT JENNIFER SHE HAS BIG BOOBS AND GOLDEN HAIR AND IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE SUN). My big problem with them is that whatever the writer asserts for them basically becomes law. They act like an asshole? Well they are still likable and I am going to get made if your character does not like them. They never show signs of actually being smart? Well I decided they are smart so your characters should treat them like they are. They never show signs of actually doing anything for themselves and mostly just stand around and let others do things for them? Well I decided they are strong and independent and your characters should think the same. They have no personality and are actually very dull, in fact the only thing they have going is that they are pretty? Well I decided your character is going to fall in love with mine (btw your character has to think mine is already perfect, but I am going to decide how you make yours and my character will nitpick every aspect they don't like).

You can see how it can get tiring. And a lot of times, this author forces the story to center completely around their character. So, anytime I start seeing signs of this (and I mean actual signs like the author is upset that my character gets mad at their own or dislikes the idea of their character ever facing actual consequences for their actions but always getting "pity points" ) I almost always confront and then if it gets too bad, dip.


Well, that is basically it for what I will not roleplay.
 

rae2nerdy

Three Thousand Club
@Melpomene I read somewhere that what most people think a love triangle is isn’t entirely accurate.

It’s supposed to be something like - Sally has a crush on Joe, Joe has a crush on Jan, Jan has a crush on Sally.

Now I don’t know if that’s true but I do think that would probably be a lot more interesting to read about.
 

SP3CT3R

mmmm whatcha say
@Melpomene I read somewhere that what most people think a love triangle is isn’t entirely accurate.

It’s supposed to be something like - Sally has a crush on Joe, Joe has a crush on Jan, Jan has a crush on Sally.

Now I don’t know if that’s true but I do think that would probably be a lot more interesting to read about.
No, love triangles only require two of the involved parties to have feelings for one of the others. What you described is technically more accurate to the name, but it only works if at least one of the characters has a same-sex crush, and people have been describing complicated relationship bullshit as love triangles in fiction for a lot longer than LGBT content has been considered acceptable.

Either way, relationship drama sucks.
 

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