Types of stories

Discussion in 'Story Readers & Writers Dialogue Board' started by Jake (JMJ), Aug 7, 2019.

  1. Aug 7, 2019 #1

    Jake (JMJ)

    Jake (JMJ)

    Jake (JMJ)

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    ,
    Hey everyone. Just thought I’d kick around a few things.

    Do people tend to gravitate towards stories that are completely unrealistic or more realistic these days?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Aug 7, 2019 #2

    Tad

    Tad

    Tad

    mostly harmless

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    13,077
    Likes Received:
    1,963
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    The great white north, eh?
    Different people, different tastes I think.
     
    John Smith likes this.
  3. Aug 7, 2019 #3

    BigElectricKat

    BigElectricKat

    BigElectricKat

    Are you intelligent? Staff Member Global Moderator

    Joined:
    May 22, 2017
    Messages:
    1,274
    Likes Received:
    1,177
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    St Louis Area
    Right. To each his own.
     
    John Smith likes this.
  4. Aug 7, 2019 #4

    loopytheone

    loopytheone

    loopytheone

    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2012
    Messages:
    4,263
    Likes Received:
    1,184
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    England
    I don't think you're gonna get a real answer here because like the boys said, its kinda each to there own.

    For me personally, I guess it depends what you mean by realistic? Fantasy/Sci-Fi is great if the world building is interesting and solid. But in terms of, like, weight elements, I guess I prefer some realism? Like, 5,000 lb people somehow walking around doesn't do it for me, and neither does super fast impossible weight gain. But a lot of people like those things, sooo... I dunno.

    I think its probably more important to have fun writing than anything else. =) I always write things that appeal to me personally, hah, but unfortunately those aren't suitable for Dims.
     
    John Smith likes this.
  5. Aug 7, 2019 #5

    Jake (JMJ)

    Jake (JMJ)

    Jake (JMJ)

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    140
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    ,
    Shoulda clarified. Realistic in how the person gains weight. So even in a sci-fi story the growth can be realistic.
     
    John Smith and loopytheone like this.
  6. Aug 8, 2019 #6

    jakemcduck

    jakemcduck

    jakemcduck

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2007
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    51
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    ,
    I've always preferred realistic gains. I just think a plausible story makes a better story.
     
    John Smith and Jake (JMJ) like this.
  7. Aug 9, 2019 #7

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    496
    Likes Received:
    469
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New Zealand
    I like well written stories. Realistic, magical and sci-fi are all fine with me. I think that a good plot should unfold with unforeseeable inevitability. You shouldn't be able to guess what happens next but when it happens it should leave you feeling that it's the only that that could have happened. The deus ex machina is a thing to avoid. With magic and sci-fi, the rules by which the universe works should be laid out, before they affect the plot.

    The question only takes readers into account but not writers. Rather than write a story, which has huge numbers of readers and is then forgotten, I would rather write a story that has fewer readers but is remembered in ten or twenty years. I tend to read stories, which have stood the test of time.

    Having said that, different people like different things.
     
    Tad, agouderia and John Smith like this.
  8. Aug 10, 2019 #8

    Jerry Thomas

    Jerry Thomas

    Jerry Thomas

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2011
    Messages:
    240
    Likes Received:
    76
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Badger State, USA
    I like both realistic stories and less than realistic. I myself have written both. The unrealistic stories are usually the result of my weird fantasies, like the fat man in Chicago who mysteriously wakes up the next morning in Dallas, where he is put on display as the raffle prize at an all-woman convention of fat admirers. "Unrealistic" stories are fine as long as they are unrealistic in a realistic sort of way (like Ray Bradbury, for example).
     
    John Smith and Shotha like this.
  9. Aug 10, 2019 #9

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    496
    Likes Received:
    469
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New Zealand
    That's an interesting point. There is nothing wrong with fantasy. It is wonderful, because it can take us places that reality can't. The interesting thing about fantasy is how various writers get their readers to engage in "suspension of disbelief".There are three techniques, which I use.

    The firstly, I fill the fantasy with plenty of detail from the real world, in order to blur the boundaries between the real and the unreal.

    Secondly, I define the rules, by which the fantasy world works at the beginning of the story. I believe that this is how stories have beginnings, middles and ends. In the beginning characters, places, fantasy objects and rules of engagement in the fantasy world should be defined. The middle of the story contains the plot and the end is how the plot resolves.

    Thirdly, I like to construct plots, in which each event is a consequence of a previous event(s). I believe that random series of events are not stories.
     
    Jerry Thomas and John Smith like this.
  10. Aug 24, 2019 #10

    Widis

    Widis

    Widis

    What I Do Is Secret.

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2019
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    "This city could be anywhere."
    I lean towards realistic, which is strange since I write fantasy. (Although the weight gain in it is still proportional to amount eaten and takes place in a plausible timeframe. It's just the characters who are paranormal.)

    I'm not into immobility or extreme sizes at all, so seeing someone reach a a trilliondy pounds doesn't do it for me, and neither does fattening without food, since that removes the fun aspect.
     
    John Smith likes this.
  11. Aug 25, 2019 #11

    John Smith

    John Smith

    John Smith

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2015
    Messages:
    376
    Likes Received:
    84
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Laval, QC (Canada)
    I never posted any fiction story yet.

    However, it's been nearly an entire decade I use to write down prose-to-short-story length narratives oriented into Fat Expansionism amongst else (nothing of pretty hardcore for the rest: just anything about both Breast, Butt, Hips, Hourglass and Body Expansions, Belly Inflation, both Muscle and Size Growth, Body Swap and Body Attribute Theft, most of time) in my spare time. It greatly helps to canalize and slowdown my passional urges... even sometimes my anger, frustration, stress and highly depressional tendencies, lest to a little extent.

    Most of my stories leans into semi-fantasy or magical realism with mixed elements of science-fiction, science-fantasy, paranormal, occultism, mystery, New Weird styled narrative, whodunnit, comedy drama, horror (mostly body, psychological or cosmic horrors) then a fewer times about romance, dark fantasy or crime: whilst setting most oftentimes into an oft dark-toned yet realistic world, so similar to ours it would better be merely but a mildly gruesome standpoint of reality wherein unexplainable, even praeternatural or seemingly-miraculous happenstances may come not because of "magic" but because the characters have stepped too far, by either scientific or cryptic means, into the bridge crossing the boundaries of human understanding toward the unknown. These are much like cautionary tales with erotic undertones, then less like proper soft eroticas.
     
  12. Aug 25, 2019 #12

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Shotha

    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 17, 2011
    Messages:
    496
    Likes Received:
    469
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New Zealand
    I like to write (and read stories), which explore the psychology of being fat and/or gaining. How do people feel about being fat? Why do they want to be fat? I like to explore the romantic and erotic aspects of being fat and/or gaining. My stories are gay stories but I try to fit straight characters into them. My stories contain sex scenes but I don't think that they count as pornography, because the sex scenes show the development of the relationship between two fat men and are inevitably in very romantic settings. A lot of my stories are what the French describe as la littérature engagée. That means that they have a message to deliver. The message that I try to convey is that fat people are normal and beautiful people, with the same needs, rights and aspirations as other people. Fat love is beautiful, as love always is. Love involving a fat person is beautiful and should be just as much a part of romantic and erotic themes in literature as love involving thin people. I think that this post defines several other types of story to explore.
     
    Tad and agouderia like this.

Share This Page