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ystokes ๐Ÿšซ

Without naming names I read a new story by a author I like only to be disappointed it followed that same blueprint of a number of his other stories.

helmut_meukel ๐Ÿšซ


How close is the new story?

I've read stories where the author tell the very same story, with matching characters but with an alternative ending. To me this is more disappointing because I have to reread the same story just to find the point of deviation.

Probably he sees during writing some situations which could go different without or only slightly influenced by the MC and decides to follow-up these deviations in some new stories.
If I like his writing, I would like to read all these different stories.
There may come a point where I get bored, thinking 'same old, same old' but this point will be different for each reader. Seems you personally have reached this point.


Replies:   ystokes
ystokes ๐Ÿšซ


How close is the new story?

If I describe the story even a little bit it would point to the author and as I have found out before since I am not a author myself I dare not revue a real author.

That being said in each story the same thing pretty much happens to the MC and what happens after are pretty much the same issues with little difference.

tenyari ๐Ÿšซ


If a writer has an angle that works for their readers they're very likely to keep pursuing it.

Some of them do so to an absurdly repetitive level, and others will explore all the remote corners of their theme.

That said, it's not always on purpose for a writer to closely copy their old work. A blog of one writer I was following noted his realizing he had plagiarized himself by accident.

Writing a thought he had into a story, then realizing after that it was a repeat of a story from more than a decade ago.

If you're reading in shorter stroke fiction stories - where it's just about 'insert plug A into Slot B and apply torque along the Z-axis until grease spills out' - then the stories are going to sound very repetitive very fast. Stroke fiction is extremely popular, but it's also extremely simplistic. Largely by intent because your readers are reading with one-hand and there's a time limit and they're not trying to think too hard. ;)

Pixy ๐Ÿšซ


Without naming names I read a new story by a author I like only to be disappointed it followed that same blueprint of a number of his other stories

The mainstream author CLive Cussler is extremely guilty of this tactic.

Replies:   mimauk
mimauk ๐Ÿšซ


So was Wilbur Smith.

Catman ๐Ÿšซ


CMSIX wrote the same story dozens of times, horse named Red, mule named Bob, Wolf Brand Chili, and Ranch Style Beans. He had a hard time getting beyond the third chapter, has more unfinished stories than most, and most all of us read every word he wrote. His story line worked, and he stayed with it. I guess he thought, if it's not busted, leave the son of a bitch alone. I wish I had his talent.

Replies:   sunseeker  Bondi Beach
sunseeker ๐Ÿšซ


And I bet ya know how to tame horses! :) i do too lol

Replies:   Catman
Catman ๐Ÿšซ


Nope, if you can't put it in the garage, shut the door, and forget about it, I don't want it.

Bondi Beach ๐Ÿšซ


Second this. Just about every story had a different context. But even if he was going in the same direction it was different enough to be interesting.

Eddie Davidson ๐Ÿšซ


Why not send them a bit of constructive feedback or leave a comment if you can?

Something like "Hi, I love your stories. Would you consider broadening your range to write stories about (whatever) or a situation where this time the (whatever doesn't happen)"

I have identified five core elements that I like to include in my stories, and like Taco Bell, I often use the same ingredients to make what may seem like variations of the same beans/fried dough, cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato.

I write about the modern world 80% of the time, but sometimes I do a historical piece of a fantasy piece and sometimes I've even done Sci Fi, but ultimately the kink elements will often be the same ones that turn me on - because I write about what I like.

I'm guessing almost every author does. I include some stuff that I feel needs to happen to change things up, but there are a lot of themes that happen in my stories. Nothing wrong with that.

All you can do is ask.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater ๐Ÿšซ

@Eddie Davidson

Why not send them a bit of constructive feedback or leave a comment if you can?

Sending feedback as a message is usually the best method. However, when doing so you need to be aware that:

a. some authors don't want feedback and get snippy, but many, like me, welcome feedback and states so in the end notes.

b. Some authors do not reed the comments at the end of the story, I actually say that in my end note. Thus anything meant for the author, like me, that's in the comments won't get actioned as we won't see them.

redthumb ๐Ÿšซ


Two stories, written by different people, years apart, are Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story.

Replies:   akarge
akarge ๐Ÿšซ


Actually, I am pretty certain that *West Side Story" is acknowledged as a retelling of "Romeo and Juliet".

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