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New Poll - Deus ex machina
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

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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...
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
Posted by lambchopsil on 
April 21st 7:50am
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» calstine on April 21st, 2018, 2:21am

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.


» Sugarshark on April 21st, 2018, 2:37am

it's better than a Gainax ending


» residentgrigo on April 21st, 2018, 3:51am

Only if it's creative.


» MinatoAce on April 21st, 2018, 4:20am

Only if it's creative.
Plot armor can be of different classes.


» MangaGhost on April 21st, 2018, 6:31am

Prefer it only when its funny or creative. Of course funny should be considered part of creative.


» neofryboy on April 21st, 2018, 7:45am

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.


» TheRepublican on April 21st, 2018, 2:27pm

Option F (x) If not used carefully it can ruin the reading experience


» ceruleantear on April 21st, 2018, 5:46pm

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.


» juliarox214 on April 26th, 2018, 9:33am

Love it because it makes a happy ending and you can finally breathe easily laugh

Seriously, though. I've never minded deus ex machina if it means everyone lives happily.


» gwkimmy on April 27th, 2018, 6:49am

I've never, ever seen a deus ex machina used creatively. Even the ending to madoka felt like a deus ex for me and ruined the whole experience of the story.

I have seen them used in strictly comedy series, however, and those are great. bear out of nowhere? the best.