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Arlene and Jeff by RoustWriter

Redmond25

Can someone post a list with Jeff's wifes/mates up to the current chapter?
Thanks.

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awnlee jawking

@Redmond25

Perhaps you could ask RoustWriter for a full cast list. I've been trying to remember the name of one of the other Alphas because it's pertinent to the human lie-detector topic. And I'm not willing to go back and re-read the story to find it.

AJ

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Not_a_ID
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@awnlee jawking


Perhaps you could ask RoustWriter for a full cast list. I've been trying to remember the name of one of the other Alphas because it's pertinent to the human lie-detector topic. And I'm not willing to go back and re-read the story to find it.


The former detective/Government spook who is working the (first) cattle farm/ranch thingy, or the County Sheriff? All of the Alpha Males can do it, just some of them discovered the ability sooner than others, the LEO types being in the sooner category. (Which brings in the two FBI guys as well)

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awnlee jawking

@Not_a_ID

The former detective/Government spook who is working the (first) cattle farm/ranch thingy


Yes, that's the one that sprung into my mind.

AJ

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REP

@awnlee jawking

that's the one


I think you are referring to Fred

mclark413

Was a great story...if I voted on it today though it would get a lower score than my original vote.

It has gotten to be so repetitive that I feel like I could have skipped the last 30 or more chapters and not really have missed anything except for Morales' progress on the prison planet. In fact his sub-plot is the only thing I find interesting anymore, because of that fact. That being said, I feel like his story should be separated and published as a sequel.

Honestly, if he introduces one more person and takes the next 10 chapters having the current cast explain to them every thing that is going on, I think I'll just give up. The story could be edited to remove at least 15 characters and not lose any significant part of the plot.

Just my $.02 worth of course.

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DerAndy

@mclark413

It has gotten to be so repetitive that I feel like I could have skipped the last 30 or more chapters and not really have missed anything except for Morales' progress on the prison planet. In fact his sub-plot is the only thing I find interesting anymore, because of that fact. That being said, I feel like his story should be separated and published as a sequel.


Looks to me like he plans to bring Morales back. Honestly I just don't care about him at all, so I always skip the sections he's in. The story should have ended way back, in my opinion, but I somehow still read the new chapters.

graybyrd

@DerAndy

If they bring Morales back, it's only because they want that telepathic butt-ugly wolf. My interest now rests with the alien ship lurking at the edge of the asteroid belt, and when will the First Officer burn a hole through that sociopath Captain.

Other than that ... ? Burned out 157 chapters ago.

awnlee jawking
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@DerAndy

The great length devoted to sub-plots like Morales mean the overall story arc has become obscure. Jeff is having the shelter built inside the mountain because he had an inkling of things to come. The ship in the asteroid belt doesn't seem to be a significant threat, so where is the danger going to come from?

AJ

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Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

so where is the danger going to come from?


probably the same place the story appears to be going.

I've had a couple of people say I should read this story, but, thanks to the comments on here, I don't thinks it's one I could read if it wanders as much as it appears to wander.

graybyrd
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@awnlee jawking


so where is the danger going to come from?


The danger of infection caused by chafing and soft-tissue rash when a blizzard interrupts the timely delivery of a pallet-load of KY lubricant to the resort. Two-thirds of the story is repetitive sex with an exponentially-expanding cast of characters, far too many to remember without a cast list.

Skip the bedroom romps, and the story is down to about 30-odd chapters. The concept of an "alpha" character walking into a room, thus causing the panties of every female there to moisten and fall to their ankles is a tiresome device. The author of "Wolves & Dragons of the Blood" devotes the entirety of his five books to the same concept, except he tosses in biting and neck-sucking for variation. That, and repeating "to the least, to say the least, in the least," etc. in every other paragraph.

sejintenej

@mclark413

..... and not really have missed anything except for Morales' progress on the prison planet. In fact his sub-plot is the only thing I find interesting anymore, because of that fact. That being said, I feel like his story should be separated and published as a sequel.

Agreed BUT Morales is being spoon-fed with equipment, technical knowledge etc. and all the food plants have already been planted for him.
That said he is at least having to work to survive even if he does have a lot of 'luck'. (That is the type of story I appreciate).
Yes, make it a parallel story - a spin off opposite to some of the Florida Friends stories.

As for the alien ship this week's chapter has thrown a new element into the fray and seems to make an invasion of terra less likely - but let's wait and see next year (or will it be next decade?)

Not_a_ID
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A&J is probably the poster child for serials that perhaps should have waited to be written in full before being released. If for no reason than to allow an editor to excise a lot of content and/or shift it into a parallel novel.

The cast is huge, too many of the women are basically placeholders/ero-candy. As long as you keep track of the men, and the women that get a lot of "special attention" by Roust, its manageable.

I'm pretty sure that just about everything he's included so far, aside from much of the sexy content, is relevant to where the story is going.

The problem is the scale and scope of what is being written and built. As I think he's still in the "building phase" is such that instead of reading about a boulder rolling down a mountainside. We're reading about encroachment of a glacier, at a speed not much unlike one.

There is plenty of movement to be had across the length, breadth, and height of the thing. But if all you look at is where a particular point on the Glacier was __ months ago in relation to where it is now, not much has happened. Certainly one case where "telling" is preferable to showing.

richardshagrin

I have recently recommended to several writers who tend to post 250k plus stories maybe once a year or maybe once every two years that Lazlo Zalzac sometimes uses a series of related stories, either the same character or similar situations with each story at a manageable length and gives his fans more stories to read, more often. When a chapter cliffhanger gets posted, consider ending the story there, as book one, or whatever number would be appropriate, and start book two (or whatever number plus one) at that point. Sometimes a story improves with a point of view shift, and at least we get more stories per year with that approach.

I doubt I will live long enough to read A&J once it is finished, if it ever is. I am 71 and my dad lived to be 86.

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Not_a_ID

@richardshagrin

I doubt I will live long enough to read A&J once it is finished, if it ever is. I am 71 and my dad lived to be 86.


At the rate Roust is going, I sometimes wonder if he will live long enough to finish it, and for all I know, he could be in his 30's, but I suspect it's much older than that.

red61544

I enjoy stories that follow a definite outline that takes them from point A to B to C to D to End. If the author feels a need to wander off a different direction other than the one that leads him to "End", he should write a separate story.

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Not_a_ID
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@red61544

In this case he isn't "wandering off the plot" as it were. The story is progressing, albeit gradually, but he has so many pieces and parts in the mix that it can almost be compared to being a Rube-Goldberg machine.

Just give me my toast already.

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REP

@richardshagrin


I doubt I will live long enough to read A&J once it is finished


If I recall Parts 1 and 2 of the story finished over a year ago. You could look at them and be ready for Part 3 when it does end.

REP
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@Not_a_ID


In this case he isn't "wandering off the plot" as it were.


I agree.

RoustWriter's plot seems to be about the Alpha Male with Jeff being the Alpha of a group of Alpha Males. He created this plot via a series of subplots. In some chapters he would switch between subplots and in others he would stay with a single subplot. All of the subplots that I can recall focused on Jeff building a pack of Alpha Males who could help him with his various tasks.

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Not_a_ID

Well, except for the exiled Moralez and the acquisition of more women for the Alphas. If not another Alpha or two along the way. The aliens in the oort cloud are another.

Except he needs the Alphas and the wives to crew the ship. The Aliens are a focus for them to start gearing things up faster than would have otherwise happened. The Moralez story arc is clearly linked to the telepathic beast/pet thing which probably has a special role to play, particularly once it encounters either an Alpha or Prime(Jeff) and gets subjected to Ship.

Most everything else ties back to the Aphas and the opportunities those side projects have created for finding more Alphas, more women, and more money. While he keeps going on about more money not being relevant, we're not sure about what he's going to need for a "proper" crew on ship. Sure, it can run itself, but that's been pointed out as sub-optimal for a number of reasons particularly in combat.

Even the various bad guys work out in the same cycle. More alphas, and more women so they can have more crew. So yeah, it's to the point where it would be kind of nice to skip the detailed introduction to new group members where he keeps rehashing the same things over and over.

It also would be nice to see things stabilize long enough for the group comfort level to settle a little more so the "guests" dress code would start to relax some more. For a large group of supposedly really smart women pursuing advanced educations in numerous fields, that none of them have looked at history, or in particular the history of fashion (and "the arts") and started raising awkward questions or points is also kind of funny. Although I guess that's something for Selena or the other two ("newly arrived") teens to potentially play with, if ever due to other issues that presents.

sejintenej

@REP

He created this plot via a series of subplots.

I don't rate the vast majority as 'sub-plots' - they are far too short. The exceptions might be the original introduction (development and sale of the invention). the alien craft, Morales, perhaps the helicopter accident, the building of the shelter and the thing where the local sheriff got introduced.

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Not_a_ID

Well "Little One" and "The Ship" have been (hidden) elements from the start, as that's what kicked off much of the (sexual aspect for the) story from the onset. Even if their first appearance "on stage" didn't come until much later.

REP

@sejintenej

I don't rate the vast majority as 'sub-plots' - they are far too short


Sub-plot, scenes, scenarios, or some other term use whatever you are comfortable with. My point was he has a plot and that is how he builds and reinforces it.

BlinkReader

All of you are forgetting something invented in "good ole USA" - damned "soap operas".

RoustWriter is just one of many writers of such idiotic time wasting universes - stories that newer said anything but last for decades, and keep your housewives content while spending lot of their time for nothing.

He is writing this now for more than 10 years, spend more than 400 chapters to wrote what is happening to some people for less or around than 6 months of their literal lives, and every now he adds something that in some very distant future may have some connection to main story .

Sorry, but when I see soap opera i start to see red, and my mouth get filled with lot of (soap) foam ...

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awnlee jawking

@DerAndy

Looks to me like he plans to bring Morales back.


When the psychic chicken starts lactating, we'll know Morales is an alpha.

AJ

HSWilkinson

@BlinkReader

Yeup, it's definitely a soap opera and a fairly well written one at that.

BlinkReader

@HSWilkinson

Isn't it some kind of a oxymoron?
(Well written + soap opera)

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richardshagrin

@BlinkReader

Well written

Maybe the author was sitting by or on a well (the well wall) so that the writing included the benefit of still waters or the author was well lubricated. As opposed to written while the author was listening to an opera and holding a bar of soap.

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Not_a_ID

@richardshagrin

Or he plots out his story while singing opera and bathing in a well.

REP

@BlinkReader

I agree with you about soap operas, but at least the acting is better than 'Reality TV'.

RoustWriter enjoys writing his story and generating what he believes is a good story, and that is what matters to most of us authors.

You obviously equate his story with a soap opera, and don't like it. Your obvious solution is to not read it, and not worry about those of us who find some degree of pleasure in his story.

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imsly1

I happen to enjoy most of the story.. if only he'd post twice a week🍻

awnlee jawking

@HSWilkinson

It would appear that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. If the story of Morales since being banished to the prison planet had been hived off as a separate book, I wonder just how many people would bother to read it.

AJ

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sejintenej

@awnlee jawking

It would appear that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. If the story of Morales since being banished to the prison planet had been hived off as a separate book, I wonder just how many people would bother to read it.


Agreed; it would need a précis of the violent background, the trial and the actions by the General and Jeff to help him. Otherwise the story would be incomprehensible. Context is everything

BlinkReader

@REP

Reality TV ? ? ?

Do you really must swear here?
This is one of worst I've ever heard and believe me i have heard them enough ...

****************************************************

Vhat to say other than:
Viva la "Big brother" or (i belive it's called "Kardashians" in old US od A)
- and other, reality TV most perverted shits (shows)

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REP

@BlinkReader

Do you really must swear here?


You have my most sincere apology for use of profanity in the forum. :)

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BlinkReader

@REP

:D

Ernest Bywater
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@BlinkReader


Reality TV ? ? ?


the only real reality TV is when they show the test pattern!

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Capt Zapp

@Ernest Bywater

the only real reality TV is when they show the test pattern!


I can't remember the last time I saw a real test pattern on my TV. Maybe early 70's?

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Ernest Bywater

@Capt Zapp

I can't remember the last time I saw a real test pattern on my TV.


Some of the small independent rural stations still close for part of the night, and run a test pattern, bu they're getting rarer by the day, due to being bought out by the networks.

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Capt Zapp

@Ernest Bywater

...and run a test pattern...


I would rather see a test pattern than those infomercials.

Ernest Bywater

@Capt Zapp

I would rather see a test pattern than those infomercials.


affirmative.

REP

@Capt Zapp


I would rather see a test pattern than those infomercials.


Probably more informative also.

docholladay

@Capt Zapp

I would rather see a test pattern than those infomercials.


Trouble is that test pattern doesn't make them any money. Those darn infomercials are paid for by the advertiser supposedly.

awnlee jawking

Am I psychic or have I actually seen today's 'new' instalment of Arlene and Jeff before?

Chapter 432 claims to have been uploaded on 21st April but I was familiar with everything that happened, including wolf no 2.

Any explanations?

AJ

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@awnlee jawking

Am I psychic or have I actually seen today's 'new' instalment of Arlene and Jeff before?


The chapter was uploaded by mistake on Monday or Tuesday and before the author realized his mistake and took it down, about 2500 people had read it.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Damn. I was hoping for reason for optimism when choosing my lottery numbers :)

AJ

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REP

@awnlee jawking

choosing my lottery numbers :)


After an hour of going over my cost to complete for the task elements I was responsible for, my boss told me as I was leaving his office that he only wanted 6 good numbers from me. After 4-5 seconds of trying to determine what numbers he need for my financials, it clicked and I told him if I had 6 good numbers, I would use them myself.

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awnlee jawking

@REP

Note that he didn't specify no bad numbers. So just recite the numbers from one to forty nine (or however many there are in your lottery of interest) and let him sort out the good ones. Task completed successfully!

AJ

17893

God I wish the chapters were like 50% longer... I feel like I'm starting to lose track of the myriad of characters and plot lines. I've been reading fantasy and science fiction so I'm no stranger to following a series for years or even a decade or longer... Also, I wonder if Morales is a prime or something. There is some interesting stuff going on there. Would love to see an entirely separate branch off for his story.

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graybyrd
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@17893

I honestly believe that Lobo would have to chew his way up that stiff-necked General's ass and emerge from his neckhole, before Morales would get any reconsideration. Even then, it's doubtful. They'd have to round up another two dozen fawning women for Morales, and that would bring the current cast close to five hundred... and that's a bit much, even for a SciFi sex-romp fantasy.

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REP

@graybyrd

before Morales would get any reconsideration


I find the interplay between the General and Jeff interesting. The General respects, admires, and protects the Colonel. The Colonel complies with the General's orders and directions. However, they are both on the same page, so Jeff gets to do almost anything he wants and the General supports him.

Morales is also an interesting character. An apparently unethical person who is coheresed into performing illegal acts out of fear for his own well-being. He obviously committed acts that placed him in a position where he could be forced to comply with the directions of his boss, but once sent to the prison planet, he displays a very ethical foundation. I suppose you could say there is good and bad in all of us.

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sejintenej

I get the feeling that Jeff would like Morales brought back. That said what would they do with him. Next, we have seen na'er sight nor sound of the other surviving prisoners; isn't it about time one them turned up?

As someone wrote, The Prison Planet is worthy of a separate story.

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graybyrd

@sejintenej

Next, we have seen na'er sight nor sound of the other surviving prisoners; isn't it about time one them turned up?


I'm not so sure; it would be like "Lord of the Flies" meets "Debbie Does Dallas" if he follows the formula.

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Not_a_ID

@17893

Also, I wonder if Morales is a prime or something. There is some interesting stuff going on there. Would love to see an entirely separate branch off for his story.


I'm under the impression the primes, or more specifically THE Prime is able to sense an Alpha to some extent. So at the time Morales was banished, he wasn't one. He might be one now, or he might not.

I'm more inclined to suspect he probably isn't one, but that said. There is "something" about that planet specified which the General's people missed in their survey. Probably due to not having lived off the land while there, which Morales is having to do for obvious reasons.

Morales isn't demonstrating particularly unique traits in comparison to the alphas/their wives. But it is interesting to note that even without Little One around to enhance or "awaken" abilities for him, he also seems to be expressing comparable traits.

As well as the animals themselves, in particular the chickens seeming to mirror some of what the cats and dogs are doing. Of course, Morales hasn't encountered any teleporting animals, yet.

Not_a_ID

@REP

Morales is also an interesting character. An apparently unethical person who is coheresed into performing illegal acts out of fear for his own well-being. He obviously committed acts that placed him in a position where he could be forced to comply with the directions of his boss, but once sent to the prison planet, he displays a very ethical foundation. I suppose you could say there is good and bad in all of us.


I wouldn't exactly call him unethical given his background. He has a "code" it just doesn't conform to what most people would consider to be particularly moral.

He just happens to be a product of his environment and not particularly inclined to run against the flow. Instead choosing the path of least resistance, which landed him in a bad crowd. He was doing less than good things, typically to less than good people(IIRC, he was basically an enforcer/foot soldier who spent most of his time going after other criminals who stepped "out of line"), until he ran afoul of Jeff.

Keep in mind, he thought the place he was torching was owned by some kind of criminal organization/operation. Obviously he learned differently, and it probably wasn't the first time he was pointed at a (mostly) "innocent" but it is what it is.

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Not_a_ID

@graybyrd

I'm not so sure; it would be like "Lord of the Flies" meets "Debbie Does Dallas" if he follows the formula.


He's made it quite clear that the prisoners are (almost) exclusively male, so not much to get excited about there. IIRC, it's also noted that they're dropped "dozens of miles" away from the next nearest prisoner. A prisoner who is very likely to already be dead at that, as their life expectancy is rather low.

There might be another campsite setup by another prisoner within several days travel of him, but probably only if you already knew where it was. So the odds of stumbling upon it are pretty low in the first place, and lower still for the occupant to still be alive.

Now if they do end up banishing a woman, or group of women at some point...

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BlinkReader

@Not_a_ID

When soap operas first invaded my country (in the 80's) there were newspapers (and not only newspapers!) who have made living on writing about them - who is going to do what, when is something going to happen, what they were wearing when they were doing that,...
At the end - they were just selling fog to all willing to pay for this crap.

And you dear participants in this topic here, are sounding just like these newspapers from past :(

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Not_a_ID

@BlinkReader

When soap operas first invaded my country (in the 80's) there were newspapers (and not only newspapers!) who have made living on writing about them - who is going to do what, when is something going to happen, what they were wearing when they were doing that,...
At the end - they were just selling fog to all willing to pay for this crap.


I think those rags still exist, not that there are many soap operas left at this point. "Reality TV" programming has replaced much of it, of course, I think many of those publications adjusted accordingly. Not that I pay much attention to the tabloid rack on the rare occasion I visit a store that has a rack of them in my path while waiting to checkout, pay my bill and leave.

If I spot that rack, I'm trying to find the one with the alien love child headline. :)

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17893

@BlinkReader

LOL

How did you get all the way here and then reach the point where you are ending posts with sad emoji?

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graybyrd

@Not_a_ID

He just happens to be a product of his environment and not particularly inclined to run against the flow. Instead choosing the path of least resistance, which landed him in a bad crowd. He was doing less than good things, typically to less than good people


Do you realize how accurately you just described our political system and the U.S. Congress?

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graybyrd

@Not_a_ID

Now if they do end up banishing a woman, or group of women at some point...


Ahhh ... but there's the rub. If Morales is recognized as an Alpha, the harem MUST soon follow. Whether t'is there, or returned to Earth, is the question.

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Not_a_ID

@graybyrd

Do you realize how accurately you just described our political system and the U.S. Congress?


Congress has no excuse. They had a life prior to becoming congressional critters.... Well, most of them did, as there are more than a few Nth Generation Congress Critters roaming about over there. Those should probably be stomped on, frequently. (Note: I didn't say stomped out)

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graybyrd
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@Not_a_ID


there are more than a few Nth Generation Congress Critters


Yup. How many brag on themselves about a 'long and honorable career of public service' ... first, it was never intended as a 'career,' and, secondly, how does one call 'public service' that leaves most of them multi-millionaires on a public salary 'honorable?'

Morales was a clueless sap. He should have entered politics for a truly rewarding life of crime.

awnlee jawking

@Not_a_ID

not that there are many soap operas left at this point. "Reality TV" programming has replaced much of it


What's the difference between a soap opera and a scripted 'reality TV' show?

AJ

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Oyster

@awnlee jawking

The "acting" is worse in scripted reality.

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Not_a_ID

@Oyster

The "acting" is worse in scripted reality.


In the case of "reality" programming, it is a safer bet to say that they don't even bother to call it acting. They're only called actors because they only barely met the technical requirements for joining the SAG.

sejintenej
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@graybyrd

Alpha, the harem MUST soon follow

The first of the bitches has just arrived

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Not_a_ID

@sejintenej

Alpha, the harem MUST soon follow

The first of the bitches has just arrived


Unless the only Alpha in that cave is Lobo. In which case the Harem has just started.

BlinkReader

@17893

How did you get all the way here and then reach the point where you are ending posts with sad emoji?


Because, tragedy is part of life too :D

medic975

Man,
I really tried to get into A & J but it just feels like a story that's constantly on the cusp of something great. The cast is too big and there's like 200 chapters of weddings. I made it all the way to where Angel and Fred get going but just knew there was going to be yet another wedding. Wanted to finish up to current especially due to its rating but that was it for me.

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BlinkReader

@medic975

...its rating...


If I'm correct most good ratings for this story have been given much, much earlier.
Couple of years ago it has rating in range 9.3x, now it's little lower - 9.13 if I'm correct.

If you are not happy with this story - go to last chapter and give it lower rating. If enough of you do this and ratings fell enough - maybe author is going to notice this and (finally) do something...

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medic975

I did. Gave it a pretty good which I think translates to a 6. I'm still impressed with the size of it.

paliden

@BlinkReader

give it lower rating. If enough of you do this and ratings fell enough


This is the kind of bullshit that brought about the scores being adjusted a while back.

One could reasonably draw the conclusion that you are advocating a bunch of readers getting together and score a story low enough that the writer would say fuck it, pull his story and then quit SOL.

I think that is just one step removed from organizing a "hate email" mass mailing and we have had enough of that.

And no, I am not an author.

If I were the webmaster your ass would be banned.

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REP

@BlinkReader

He RoustWriter already announced his intent to end the story this year.

It is in very poor taste to tell readers to go give a story a lower rating than they already gave the Author. If they wish to change their rating that is their decision to make.

REP

@paliden

You don't have to be an Author to recognize when someone is out to stir up trouble. At least that is what it looks like in this and an earlier thread.

Ernest Bywater

Considering the number of people who've said the story has fallen off in quality from how it started, it would seem to make a good case for not scoring a story until it's finished.

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REP

@Ernest Bywater

until it's finished.


Yes, that is one way to do it. As previously discussed the alternative is to rate it and adjust the rating as the story unfolds.

Both are good ways to do it. I personally like to rate it on first impression and adjust the rating if my opinion changes.

If I initially find the content is not what I expected, I typically exit the story without rating it or giving any feedback. If the content is what I expected but very poorly done by the Author, I will rate it and may provide feedback if I think it might be helpful.

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Ernest Bywater

@REP

Yes, that is one way to do it. As previously discussed the alternative is to rate it and adjust the rating as the story unfolds.

Both are good ways to do it. I personally like to rate it on first impression and adjust the rating if my opinion changes.

If I initially find the content is not what I expected, I typically exit the story without rating it or giving any feedback. If the content is what I expected but very poorly done by the Author, I will rate it and may provide feedback if I think it might be helpful.


That's the best way, but it requires you to remember to change the score, which few readers will do after they give a score. Also, all the very old scores are from the time before you could amend a score, the time when a score was permanent once given. Those scores can't be changed, although the same reader could now give it another score which may be different and it will be adjusted that way, just a lot slower.

BlinkReader

@paliden

One could reasonably draw the conclusion that you are advocating a bunch of readers getting together and score a story low enough that the writer would say fuck it, pull his story and then quit SOL.

I think that is just one step removed from organizing a "hate email" mass mailing and we have had enough of that.


Sorry to see you think so.
I just made point to user who is not satisfied with story that he can change score he earlier gave to this story.

Point word here is "can", not "must".

I used this on couple of stories I read chapter by chapter as were published, and when finished I read them again and in most cases gave them higher score...

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@BlinkReader


I just made point to user who is not satisfied with story that he can change score he earlier gave to this story


No that is not true. What you posted was:

If you are not happy with this story - go to last chapter and give it lower rating. If enough of you do this and ratings fell enough - maybe author is going to notice this and (finally) do something...


That is you telling us to go reduce the rating we feel is appropriate for the story.

graybyrd

Seems that some folks here are forgetting that all is voluntary: the posting, the reading, the scoring.

We're blessed on our 'rock' here in Peter Puget's Puddle to have a unique combination of water and location that fosters world-class mussels for the upscale restaurant trade. Spouse recoils at the very thought of anyone eating them; I drench them in spicy sauce and slurp them from the half-shell, drooling and grinning at her.

If you can't enjoy it, don't do it. That applies to soft-bodied sea creatures and endless, pointless stories alike. Don't sit around pissing and moaning about it.

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@graybyrd

Wonderful said :)

And thank you for reminding us of this :)

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