Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#41

Mark Wrote:
D-S-Nate Wrote: For me, character development and growth is what I find more important in a story so for the most part, I can't relate to it. It's a shame most stories are not complete though.


ImEthan Wrote: The extreme of this is Randidly Ghosthound, which has over a 1700 chapters and the main character still can't even comprehend the power level of the Big Bad, likewise, Randidly's only change as an individual occurred in the first 100 chapters, as he learned his responsibilities and becomes more confident with his new power. It's no wonder all of the books on RoyalRoad fizzle out, who can stay in love with the same character for 1700 chapters?

There are a significant amount of readers here who don't want/don't care about character growth, they just want a fun popcorn story to binge on.

This. My trash novel did insanely better than my serious one.

My faith in humanity would be lost if I had any to begin with. But this really explains a lot about society, top-rated stories, mainstream anime, results of elections, social media trends, everything...

If you present them two options: 
1. This needs you to think hard
2. This needs you to turn off your brain

most will choose 2. without hesitation

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#42

Sake Wrote:
Mark Wrote:
D-S-Nate Wrote: For me, character development and growth is what I find more important in a story so for the most part, I can't relate to it. It's a shame most stories are not complete though.


ImEthan Wrote: The extreme of this is Randidly Ghosthound, which has over a 1700 chapters and the main character still can't even comprehend the power level of the Big Bad, likewise, Randidly's only change as an individual occurred in the first 100 chapters, as he learned his responsibilities and becomes more confident with his new power. It's no wonder all of the books on RoyalRoad fizzle out, who can stay in love with the same character for 1700 chapters?

There are a significant amount of readers here who don't want/don't care about character growth, they just want a fun popcorn story to binge on.

This. My trash novel did insanely better than my serious one.

My faith in humanity would be lost if I had any to begin with. But this really explains a lot about society, top-rated stories, mainstream anime, results of elections, social media trends, everything...

If you present them two options: 
1. This needs you to think hard
2. This needs you to turn off your brain

most will choose 2. without hesitation


For the sake of my own sanity - I repeatedly tell myself - you can write a story that is compelling and intricate while still writing in a way that can be easily digestible to the readers and can still be enjoyed even with your brain turned off. I repeat this to myself every time I write. At the end of the day, I have to write for myself or else I would've quit a long time ago.  
DrakanSweat

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#43

Sake Wrote:
Mark Wrote:
D-S-Nate Wrote: For me, character development and growth is what I find more important in a story so for the most part, I can't relate to it. It's a shame most stories are not complete though.


ImEthan Wrote: The extreme of this is Randidly Ghosthound, which has over a 1700 chapters and the main character still can't even comprehend the power level of the Big Bad, likewise, Randidly's only change as an individual occurred in the first 100 chapters, as he learned his responsibilities and becomes more confident with his new power. It's no wonder all of the books on RoyalRoad fizzle out, who can stay in love with the same character for 1700 chapters?

There are a significant amount of readers here who don't want/don't care about character growth, they just want a fun popcorn story to binge on.

This. My trash novel did insanely better than my serious one.

My faith in humanity would be lost if I had any to begin with. But this really explains a lot about society, top-rated stories, mainstream anime, results of elections, social media trends, everything...

If you present them two options: 
1. This needs you to think hard
2. This needs you to turn off your brain

most will choose 2. without hesitation
Eh. Both your works are interesting but you're really comparing apples and oranges here. One is an angst-heavy tragedy and the other is satirical popcorn that perfectly targets two of the sites largest audiences. The fact that it's litRPG and easy to read is probably a contributing factor but your trash novel actually has a lot more going for it despite being... well, trash. Not just the blue boxes. 

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#44

ImEthan Wrote: The Blue Box Is A Trap.

I've noticed that rarely any stories on RoyalRoad are finished, they just slowly fizzle out as the author gets less interested in them.


You're confusing cause and effect. People here write Litrpgs because it's a popular genre. Hiatus exists on its own due to a variety of thousands of personal reasons for authors. Hiatus has absolutely nothing to do with a book's genre.

There are a thousand of abandoned stories on here that aren't even in the Litrpg genre that have been struck with hiatus. This is not a bookstore, it's a website for anyone who wants to be an author. Without financial/fan motivation tons of stories on here get no love while others keep going forever because they have a community that loves them just like a tv series. For such successful stories just like in Star Trek: Voyager, it is the journey that matters, not the destination.

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#57

tfisb Wrote:
Lord Wrote:
kanadaj Wrote: That being said, readers like whatever they like, and if it's number porn they want to read, who am I to stop them?
I'm not saying I like me some numbers, but...

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My hair currently looks like this.  What should I do?

You should feel really handsome, this is how peak performance looks like.

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#58

Sake Wrote:
tfisb Wrote:
Lord Wrote:
kanadaj Wrote: That being said, readers like whatever they like, and if it's number porn they want to read, who am I to stop them?
I'm not saying I like me some numbers, but...

https%3A%2F%2Fi.imgflip.com%2Fr5zbu.jpg
My hair currently looks like this.  What should I do?

You should feel really handsome, this is how peak performance looks like.
Ah, at last.  Time to go in search of jade beauties.

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#59

D-S-Nate Wrote: Sage advice my friend, I've never gotten the appeal of LitRPG personally (Appart from solo leveling.) but if what I'm reading here is correct then I think it falls mainly to power progression being the only metric the writers care to explore and that can only go of one of two ways.
I like how the Danmachi lite novels do LitRpg. It's a soft system and no state boxes in the middle of chapters.

Re: The Blue Box Is A Trap

#60
The focus of litRPG as a genre is the easily digestable an codified aquisition of strength. Do A get B. Thats what people want and expect from it and its allways going to be the main selling point of this genre. 

The genre simply does its best with a Zero-to-Hero type of story, where character development will allways be an accessory to the aquisition of Power and there is nothing wrong with that. 
Sure there should allways be a balance so that your not bombarded with Numbers and Calculations every two Sentences, but if you write a litRPG where the characters feelings and political views or his transformation from a whiny coward into a heroic saviour takes precedence over him becoming stronger to defeat the dark lord or protect his friend supplemented but some sweet digits, then its not really a litRPG anymore.
LitRPG's main focus will allways be Stats, skill and Progression. If you're a hardline LitRPG and go the well trodden VRMMO path then you will even have to do game mechanics. Thats literally in the genre definition. If you prefer a more dramatic approach to literature then you'd probably be better serverd with more classical Fantasy or a gamelit atmost.

And personally, as long as the MC has a decent personallity i dont really see a need for an emotional rollercoaster, as long as it doesn't get to the point of total mental and emotional inflexibility. The MC should allways learn from their experiences!