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05 November 2012 @ 02:37 am
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Damn, but I've been neglecting livejournal. I almost missed the sign-up for Yuletide! Luckily, I made it just in time, aaaand I managed to sign up for NaNo as well (though I'm already behind).

The reason I've been inactive here has, for once, not been tumblr, but real life alone. University is insanely busy right now; I'm writing both my master thesis (about the merits of continued therapy for people with chronic aphasia) and a long-ish paper summing up the current views of the medical world on dyscalculia. Very interesting stuff, but it doesn't leave much room for writing fiction.

I'm determinded to get Yuletide done, though, and done in a timely fashion! I have my assignment and I'm already working on an outline. Trying to think of an idea that I can write with 5 000 words or less, so I won't mess up and fail to hand it in on time.

As for NaNo, I've chosen to categorize this entry as "Superhero/Erotica", because why the fuck not. Summary can be found under the cut here:

The world operates on somewhat strange rules; there are heroes and villains, each side with its own code of conduct. It's seen as good form to allow a hero at least one chance at escape while you monologue your evil plans to them, just as it's frowned upon to use deadly force against anyone if you count yourself on the side of "good". No one's questioned these unspoken rules in a very long time and no one knows why there's been no questions.

No one expect Professor Balance, that is, and seeing as he's a villain, he won't be revealing that secret unless there's something in it for him, or the world. That's the trouble with doing anything for the greater good; it rarely leaves you popular with your local heroes. Resigned to his role as the outsider when it comes to both the heroes and most villains, he's assembled a lab of genius scientists and is doing his best to improve the quite disturbing reality he's found himself a part of. It's not a peaceful job, but it's better than sticking your head in the sand and hoping for a better tomorrow, which is what the local superheroes seem to be doing.

All except Equilibrium (she swears she's never seen the movie), Professor Balance's nemesis, if he ever had one. With both super strength and speed, she's a force to be reckoned with, but that hardly sets her a part from her fellow League members. No, unlike her coworkers, she questions things; not enough to get her in trouble, but enough that her view of the world is more of a gray scale than just black and white.

This may come in handy, as there are new villains coming to town, and they don't care about the rules.

And as this is the time of writing, I'd like to hear what other people look for in a story. What makes you love and reread a work of fiction?

Me, I look for interesting characters and a plot that will draw me in; though I think the characters are the most important. Odd and unique world-building is also a plus, but without characters that I can fall in love with (platonical or otherwise), most works leave me cold. Female characters who are characters first and females second, along with not-heterosexual, not-caucasian and queer elements are always a bonus.

So, what about you guys?
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Eve N. Furter: Famous Last Wordseve_n_furter on November 6th, 2012 08:04 am (UTC)
Love of the milieu and the characters makes me more eager to reread than the plot does. That doesn't mean that the plot is irrelevant: it mustn't "get in the way" of the character chemistry. But getting to love (often flawed) characters makes me revisit my "friends".

Break a pencil! <3
Nonesane: Four and the TARDISnonesane on November 6th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the characters tend to be the big reread incentive for me too. The problem with plots is that, no matter how good they are, you know them once you've read them. You know who wins, you know if they find the treasure, you know who murdered who, etc.

Characters, on the other hand, work the other way around. On the first read through, you get to know them, but during the second read through you can find out even more about them, because you know what they're going to do later in the story!

An easy example are the Harry Potter books. Knowing which side Snape really is on paints his actions and reaction in a completely different light.

And flawed characters are the best.

Thank you for the NaNo-encouragement! The thesis is eating up my time, but I'm determined to catch up (2k behind at the moment, getting less by the minute).
lady_drace on November 7th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I have long since given up on trying to pinpoint what I like in a book. Genre-wise I tend to stick to sci-fi and fantasy, but that's no guarantee that I'll like it.

I suppose I can cautiously add that a lot of the time, the books I end up liking have solid romance plots, although I can't say for sure that it's the real reason I like them.
Nonesane: Four and the TARDISnonesane on November 12th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, you never can tell what you'll love and what just won't stick. I mean, I usually have an inclining of what I'll like and what I won't be interested in, but some times there are surprises in store.

I think I have "lower standards" for science fiction and fantasy (and horror) books. Not that I'll love anything just because it's scifi/fantasy, it's just that if there are dragons or spaceships involved, there's a chance I'll be more interested than if the story takes place on good old regular earth. Because of this, I'm always surprised when I manage to get interested in something that isn't fantasy or scifi.

It is funny what things tend to appear over and over again in stories you like (that's a general you). I can't think of any examples regarding my own favorites, but I'm sure there are more than a few.
lady_drace on November 12th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Okay, I have to admit, if there are dragons in it, I'll most likely read it, even if it looks like crap.

viherkyn on November 7th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I was going to say that for me plot + characters = OTP but then I read your reply to eve_n_furter and yessss, you do know the plot after you've read and it is characters that keep bringing you back to the world.

But I don't know, I don't think interesting characters is the only thing to speaks to me. I have my preferred genres and on the other hand I have my preferred genres-I-don't-reeeaaally-read though now I can only think of horror genre as such.

Actually, I forgot the question. Ah, oh yes, what makes me love and reread the book.

Well characters do play a big part but plot too. I mean, if it's a good plot, it's interesting to read again even if you know how it is going to end. But maybe you need to combine the plot with good story-telling.

Yeah, I don't have any answer to you. Difficult question, you had.

Good luck with NaNo! Yours sounds really interesting once again. I think I might actually have to dislike you a bit because of your writing skills. (:P)
Nonesane: Four and the TARDISnonesane on November 12th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I too like rereading a good plot, but I don't reread as book for its plot as often as I reread for the characters. And good characters + boring plot tend to make me lose interest in something, yes.

It is a quite difficult question to answer, since there's never just one single thing that makes you like something; just like there isn't one single thing that makes a song good or a human being attractive. It's all very subjective and confusing.

Good luck with NaNo! Yours sounds really interesting once again. I think I might actually have to dislike you a bit because of your writing skills. (:P)

Awww, thanks! No need to dislike me; all I ever do is write things that I myself want to read, so I'm basically just being egocentric. Also, I haven't really posted much of what I write, so there's a high risk it's all nonsense XD