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New Poll - Romance Plotlines
This week's poll was suggested by superspartan177. Do you care about romantic plotlines for series that aren't focused around romance, such as Naruto and Hinata?

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Question: What level of plot complexity do you prefer?
Easy and uncomplicated (ELI5) - votes: 61 (3.3%)
Straightforward with maybe a smart twist or two - votes: 724 (38.8%)
Genius story with incredible foreshadowing and lore - votes: 1081 (57.9%)
There were 1866 total votes.
The poll ended: June 29th, 2024 10:47am PDT

Heavy on the story, eh? Too bad most video game stories suck
Posted by lambchopsil on 
June 29th 10:59am
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» Crowned_Cumber on June 29th, 2024, 12:10pm

That's hard. If it's a good romantic plot line in something else, then yes I care. If it's just thrown in like in most shounen then no, I dislike it. Especially if the whole story was focused on friendship and then out of the blue that gets tossed aside so it can have a romance ending with barely any lead up to it; then I really hate it. Friendship manga should have friendship endings, hmph (insert old man grumblings).

But hate is caring too, I guess. So, not sure what to put.

On another note try indie games lambchopsil


» Yunwu on June 29th, 2024, 1:23pm

Probably a little to not at all. Depends on if there's anyone I'd ship the MC with. And even if there is, but they don't end up with each other or they end with someone I don't like, I'd just be a little disappointed and move on.

Ah...but it's not that I don't like romance. I just don't like focusing too much on the romance when it's an action or fantasy focused story. Especially since a lot of those authors aren't very good when writing about romance and it catches you off guard.


» tragedydesu on June 29th, 2024, 2:16pm

A lot
a bad romance subplot can ruin the whole story for me and vice versa


» dreamaway on June 29th, 2024, 7:21pm

Depends. Although if it's brought up, I'd like to see a conclusion to it regardless the outcome. Even if it's a simple "let's marry if we're both single by 30", or like in Kanata no Astra where one of the guys just went (paraphrasing)
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
"Oh, I thought we were already a thing"
. That's pretty much my minimum.


» residentgrigo on June 30th, 2024, 2:01am

If it´s a proper side plot that influences the story and character development then I will care a little or even more. If the romance is badly written with a foregone conclusion, romances in MCU films, then I won´t care at all. The way Jump manga do romance, let´s say Yu Gi Oh, is, of course, total crap. Remove all of that or go somewhere. Mob confessing and being turned down is a valid conclusion and leads to a final bit of character development.

The way games operate isn´t all that conducive to quality storytelling so it makes sense that most devs put writing on the backburner or barely care. A quality plot simply can´t add much in a lot of cases on top of that. Super Mario Odyssey wouldn't have improved if you added a complex story or developed Cappy. Like putting wings on a racecar. It will only slow it down.


» articowl on June 30th, 2024, 9:21am

I don't really care about romance if it isn't main plot. It can be nice addition for story, but it can also there for no real purpose. It doesn't progress the story and makes interactions between characters in love awkward. It angers me when characters have great friendship and all of the sudden they love each other. No! Let them be just friends!


» LazyReviewer on June 30th, 2024, 10:36pm

It depends on how into the characters I get. Usually just a little, but if I take a particular liking to the story's characters (Bleach), then I care a whole lot. For the record, I was neither team Rukia nor Orihime. But I just don't see Ichigo and Orihime working out long-term.

That said, the list where I get like above is short.

Also, lambchopsil, if you can get to the Sumeru story and onwards in Genshin Impact, you'll be very pleasantly surprised. But you'll need to do a lot of the big world quests to get all sides of the story. Honestly, lots of video games have great stories... what genres do you prefer?


» Trimutius on July 1st, 2024, 5:39am

I care a lot. Romance shows up as the top liked genre on my profile for a reason...


» HikaruYami on July 1st, 2024, 12:47pm

Not at all. Romance manga have their appeal (I loved Kaguya!) but if the focus is far removed from romance, I find romance plots to just be a distraction. Oda's approach to it is best.

I care a lot. Romance shows up as the top liked genre on my profile for a reason...

Sounds like the poll needed a 5th option for you lol, "I only like manga that are focused around romance". Manga that fall under the romance genre are *specifically* excluded from the question, so it's kind of weird for you to even bring it up that way.


» Trimutius on July 5th, 2024, 8:03pm

While i suppose it sounded weird... I do read some non romance mangas... And if they have a romantic subplot my attention will focus on that a lot...


» hkanz on July 1st, 2024, 8:21pm

'As long as MC ships with who I want', sort of. It's not about whether the love interest is my favourite so much as whether I'm invested in the characters and whether the plotline is decently constructed. I want the writer to make me believe that characters A and B should be together and show me at least a little of the process of them getting there.


» LazyReviewer on July 2nd, 2024, 2:37am

You put my thoughts into words far more eloquent than my own. This is the reason behind why some stories can make me care about a romance subplot in a non-romance story and others (most) don't.


» amy_levi on July 7th, 2024, 1:08pm

Leave that romance crap out. Always the same topic, so annoying. If an author can't write a good story without romance, they suck.