This week's poll was suggested by jacob66. I'm not super happy with the choices, but feel free to comment below. If you don't know what "deus ex machina" means, look it up. It essentially means solving a problem by using a plot device that came out of nowhere
Previous Poll Results: Question: A series you like has been on hiatus for at least half a year, and finally a new chapter has been released. You... Choices: Drop the series and not continue - votes: 66 (1.1%) Start over from the beginning again - votes: 749 (12.8%) Hold off on reading until a decent chunk is out - votes: 1431 (24.4%) Reread the previous few chapters for a refresher - votes: 2151 (36.7%) Read the new chapter right away - votes: 1471 (25.1%) There were 5868 total votes. The poll ended: April 21st 2018
I have to reread the previous chapters to get my bearings again. Or read a summary at the very least
It does depend on the situation, but I honestly don't mind it as long as it's sufficiently well explained, doesn't ruin pre-established characterisation and worldbuilding, and serves future plot progression well. So I guess I'll go with the second-to-last option.
A Deus Ex always feels like the author worked themselves into a corner and couldn't find a way out. Compare Naruto to Bleach. Naruto's story was clearly well thought out and every twist was planned well in advance. If a character was in a bad situation the author wasn't afraid to just let them die. Bleach felt like every chapter was planned a day in advance and every battle needed some Deus Ex to keep the story going.
I have mixed feelings about Deus ex machina in stories. On one hand, it usually offers a happy ending, which I love. On the other hand, it feels like the author painted themselves into a corner and couldn't think of a reasonable way out.