Yea, there's hardly any consequences to mind control stories .
There should be mental exhaustion, your will against theirs, thus everytime you try to subdue someone, its a fight to the death.
If you win, they're your slave for life but if you lose, you're reduced to a vegetable/mentally-crippled/retarded.
Ha-ha. It sounds like you're well on your way to writing your own MC story.
There should be fairly severe costs to mind control, otherwise the very first person with it would rule the entire world. However, past of the problem is the dual function of the stories. Most begin in MC as a sexual tool (i.e. nerdy young guy gets whatever girl he wants), thus the story starts with zero cost to the protagonist, no limit on his ability and those controlled become complete slaves to the will of the controller, but then they try to develop the story the the very lack of controls which drove the original elements destroys any real conflict in the second.
What the genre really needs is for authors to decide on mind controls limitations, and then write the story based on that, rather than on how many girls he can screw. I don't mind sex in stories, but not when it limits the story, ultimately making it a flimsy, fuzzy-headed meandering and unfocused story.
Actually, I would highly recommend all of your stories! In particular the Catalyst series.
Stories become interesting when they find new avenues to explore the well worn genre tropes particularly if they do so in unexpected ways.
That's why it's always exciting when one of the 'elite' (aroslav, G Younger, et. al.) writers tackle a story genre for the first time - the chances of them transcending the tropes of the genre are good.
Thank you, IO, I appreciate that.
That's always been the big draw in literature. Someone comes up with a BIG new idea, and soon everyone jumps on the bandwagon until, soon, the new idea becomes worn out an exhausted. But then some newbie writer will decide 'Hell, I can do better than that' and they'll take an entirely new look at the genre, breathing new life into it, only to restart the entire cycle again.
Both Ernest and I have tackled the Zombie genre, though with the success of "The Walking Dead", now getting on in years, it's hardly been exhausted yet. However, it's beginning to get a little long in the tooth, as they say. (Mine is nearing the end of the first draft, so it'll be a while before it appears.)
This approach that weak minds are much easier to control would help explain why so many of the mind controlling main character's (MCMC, I need to work in master of ceremonies and Marine Corps) concubines are blonde bimboes.
That's an easy one. One effect of Mind Control, is that it drains the color out of one's hair, so instead of blond, their hair becomes very light, almost white (think Harry Potters' after he was attacked as a child).
A bigger problem with their being bimboes, is their not being independent. What good is a second in command if they don't bring a strong personality, at least enough so they can keep challenging the MCMCMC (?) into further developing their skill and deepening his understanding of what's involved.
Again, the limitations of the erotic MC story poison the waters of the serious MC story. What we need, is a new understanding of the limits of MC, and then build both stories based on those principals (i.e. wait until you know where you're going before you start writing the sex scenes).
Is sure messed up, because most politicians are weak minded fools, yet they aren't seriously affected.
Not necessarily. Despite starting out strong minded, years spent developing mindless legislation designed to avoid addressing any serious issues, the politicans' minds weaken. However, instead of falling prey to Mind Control, they instead become fervid in their beliefs to the point they can't be swayed, no matter how wrong minded or how much evidence anyone demonstrates to convince them.
Thus their minds become simultaneously stronger and weaker at the same time.