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Swinging in Our Cabin in the Woods - Book 1?

Sonjer
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Is there swinging in Our Cabin in the Woods - Book 1 by Dark Vision?

I really hate swinging and sharing, and alot of Dark Visions stories have been about that. I love Our Cabin in the Woods so far (12 chapters in). It's one of the few stories I've read that live up to SOLs definition of the "Romantic" tag (Mushy love story). Alot of stories that's been tagged with romantic here, should really change the romance tag for a drama tag, since there's nothing mushy about them. Or maybe there should be a new tag, "romantic drama" or somehing. But in the last chapter the MC, his fianceé and their parents discussed sex with other partners among other things. While the MC got kind of upset and didn't understand how his mum would be alright if Kellys dad had sex with someone else, and Kelly said that she never wanted anyone else, a common thing to happen so far is that the MC is uncomfortable with something, and then overcomes it and enjoys it (her using a toy, being naked in the presence of others etc). That combined with the fact that Kelly is "oversexed" as she describes it, that she has made it a point to tell MC that there is a big difference between having sex and making love, and that she was easy enough for her roommate to seduce with some alcohol before they got together makes me fear that some swinging shenanigans might be afoot.

Since there are no swinging, sharing or cheating tags, I was hoping that it would stay monogamous, or maybe a 3 way relationship with one more woman because of the Fa/Fa and mult tags, but I've been in for surprise swinging parties before (looking at you Billionaire and the Sisterhood, Hindsight 20/20 and Lucky Tickets!) where they haven't had the tags. Dark Vision have tagged other of his stories with swinging, so I'm hoping that the lack of tag means that there is a lack of action aswell.

So could anyone who's up to date with the story alleviate or confirm my fears? I'd rather quit now while I love the story if it's going in a direction that I won't enjoy.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Sonjer

Is there swinging in Our Cabin in the Woods - Book 1 by Dark Vision?


Yes.

AJ

Replies:   Sonjer
Sonjer
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@awnlee jawking

Thanks for the quick answer.

Man that sucks, I wish authors would make sure to use tags for the more controversial tags such as swinging, cheating, rape, incest etc.

I hate getting into a story and being forced to stop reading it because I can't get over some event/s in the story. It sucks when you make a search where you purposly exclude such topics, find a story that you really like and it goes there anyway.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@Sonjer

Man that sucks, I wish authors would make sure to use tags for the more controversial tags such as swinging, cheating, rape, incest etc.
I hate getting into a story and being forced to stop reading it because I can't get over some event/s in the story.


When i saw the original post I was going to post a comment about all Cabins in the Woods having a rope swing on a tree, but didn't. However, with the quote above I decided to do it anyway and then give you some ways to deal with the issue raised.

First good authors always make sure they get the codes as accurate as they can. There are some who don't because they're lazy, or because they want to surprise you later, or because they don't really know where the story is going and start out intending to add extra codes later - then sometimes forget to.

Second, if you come across an uncoded squick you have options on how to deal with this:

a. Message of complaint to the author.

b. Complaint in the comments section if it's activated.

c. Message to the Webmaster about the missing code.

d. Low score because you don't like the story due to the surprise activity.

e. All of the above.

I recommend options c and d.

Replies:   Capt. Zapp  tendertouch  Sonjer
Capt. Zapp

@Ernest Bywater

Second, if you come across an uncoded squick you have options on how to deal with this:

a. Message of complaint to the author.

b. Complaint in the comments section if it's activated.

c. Message to the Webmaster about the missing code.

d. Low score because you don't like the story due to the surprise activity.

e. All of the above.

I recommend options c and d.


I recommend e by way of a thru d. You should always give the author a chance to make a correction first.

tendertouch

@Ernest Bywater

My tendency is to use a and d. There have been a couple of memorable ones. For example, 'Oil of Roses' wasn't originally coded D/s?!?! I sent a message to the author who asked me why I read it if I loathe D/s (and other BDSM) stories and I pointed out that it wasn't coded. Oops! That got fixed. Another author chose not to add the code when it was deserved. He hit my exclusion list.

If I see a comment in the synopsis that codes have been omitted I skip the story. There are too many good stories out there to worry about being ambushed.

Sonjer

@Ernest Bywater

Since alot of authors of the stories I've read has been inactive for years, maybe option 'c' is most viable. (Not the case with Our Cabin in the Woods since it's in progress).

First good authors always make sure they get the codes as accurate as they can. There are some who don't because they're lazy, or because they want to surprise you later, or because they don't really know where the story is going and start out intending to add extra codes later - then sometimes forget to.

I can see how authors don't want to provide spoilers for their stories, but as I'm sure you're aware, open relationships, swinging, cuckolding etc are very niche markets. I know that I don't like them, and it's common in the recommendations threads to exclude the topics while asking for recommendations. So I don't see why any author would feel it's a good idea to include it to surprise the reader. In my opinion atleast, the response from the surprised reader would be negative more often than not.
Or maybe it's just my own feelings on the matter, and more people than I think enjoy the subjects, and don't mind them being sprung upon you.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
sunkuwan

Ehh, I have no problems with surprise kinks, either I drop it (not likely) or don't care.
Hell, I read 20 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter books and was weirded out by the M/M parts that were creeping in. I didn't drop it.

Replies:   tendertouch  Sonjer
tendertouch

@sunkuwan

We're all different. My reaction to some of these kinks borders on physical illness and definitely entails loss of sleep. Partly that's just my nature, partly it's past experiences. In some stories I can just gloss over a scene or two and get past it, in others it's too pervasive.

Ernest Bywater

@Sonjer

So I don't see why any author would feel it's a good idea to include it to surprise the reader.


Neither do I. I once started a story that had some extreme violent BDSM about half way through. When I wrote the author he said he wanted to surprise the reader. Well he surprised me so much he got the first 1 vote I made and is on my never read list. Sadly, it was a good story with an interesting plot until then.

Sonjer
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@sunkuwan

Like I said, it might just be me, and most people don't mind surprise kinks.

For myself however, I have a hard time staying detatched from long stories. If I've spent a week reading a story, have gotten really into it and something surprising happens, not just a swinging incident, it could be a death that I feel was unnecessary for the story, the inclusion of a harem where none is really called for etc, I have a hard time just not caring and keep reading it. Sure, sometimes I just put it down for a while and consider how it fits in the story and keep reading it later if I get over it. But alot of times these surprises doesn't really fit into the story, or is out of character and just there for a shock factor or something, I find.

To use Our Cabin in the Woods as an example, in the parts I've read, the MC and his girl have a good relationship. They are really sweet and mushy, and more or less joined at the hip. The girl have multiple times assured the MC that he is the only one she ever wants to be with, and the MC has such insecurities that he gets jealous over a dildo. I have a hard time accepting that they go from there to being involved with an other couple. I haven't read as far in to know how it happens, but considering how the MC has gotten over his other kinks so far I can imagine it's not very satisfying. He probably just have a talk with Kelly and is instantly alright with it. Even if it's explained in a good way, I feel like it's not a good addition as to how the story have played out so far and just isn't where I was hoping the story would go. I mean I don't like the topic in the first place, and i specifically make sure to exclude the tag while searching for stories, so it makes it all the more disappointing when it shows up anyway.

jimh67
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For me it doesn't even have to be a squick if it's a total surprise and not coded. I was reading Bec3 when Bec's brother starts getting creepy (to my mind) about seeing her naked. He'd just finished practically bullying her into taking her clothes off when she goes home and her sister is naked, tied in an X and being paddled by her cousin.

Now I actually quite enjoy light bondage and if I'd known it was coming would have enjoyed it. But this uncoded surprise scene coming out of nowhere completely turned me off, coming as it did closely following creepy brother. I was already on the verge of getting bored after 1200kb of Thanksgiving weekend and it was only Friday. All I could conclude was that the story was veering off completely from Bec, which is one of my favorite stories on the site and which I've read multiple times. So I quit.

Now I've been told that I made a terrible mistake and I should finish the series. I have many many unread Kindle books and stories in my library so that's not going to happen.

Replies:   tendertouch
tendertouch

@jimh67

I appreciate the heads up. I've sort of half-heartedly tried Bec a couple of times and I hear it's really good but not sure if I'll try again if the rest of the series goes off in the weeds. Like you said, there are a lot more books out there.

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