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Question: If virtual reality games that connected with your brain actually existed, would you play them?
No - votes: 932 (27.6%)
Yes - votes: 2443 (72.4%)
There were 3375 total votes.
The poll ended: June 12th 2021
Coincidentally, I just finished watching Memories of the Alhambra last week.
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» kurotaito on June 12th, 2021, 10:11am
I have been reading a lot isekais lately and just normal shoujos and they all basically the same stories rehashed with a different name.
I think that seinen and josei stories are more original, but alot of times what's original is the character dynamic and not the stories in general.
» alidan on June 12th, 2021, 12:09pm
don't expect original, otherwise stories that are just fine and fun to read become a hellish chore, find an idea set you like and dive into it.
» kaloo on June 12th, 2021, 12:38pm
» Transdude1996 on June 12th, 2021, 1:30pm
Originality is a meme, nothing has been "original" for centuries (Especially in story-telling). And, whether or not something is "original" has absolutely nothing to do with it's quality.
» residentgrigo on June 12th, 2021, 1:52pm
» mallika23 on June 12th, 2021, 2:54pm
And not only the recent or the past few years' works, but also the classic ones..
Every works are inspired by other works or ideas outside the work itself, and it's not limited to comics.
In what way could we assess something as "original" anyway? 🤔 I recently read quite a lot of webtoon manhwa with the isekai, time reverse, reincarnation and the villain(ess)/hero(ine) theme. The official publishers used the term "Original Webtoon", but we know that the idea of isekai-themed or villain(ess)/hero(ine) is not "original". There are many predecessors..
The story itself are different (characters, settings, etc) to each other (which maybe why people call it "original" ), but we all know how the stories would develop.. It's like there are some kind of pattern, like how we know Shonen Jump's mangas were quite often using the word/idea of "Nakama" during a battle? Or the journey of the ML to be an OP character on each battles? 🤔
I'm sure they were inspired by each other, might be by the trends among the readers too. I once read that the author of The Beginning After The End was inspired by Mushoku Tensei, hence the familiar character introduction on the early chapters.
I might be wrong, but I just wanted to point out that in that sense, there might be no true "original" works, such as in a global culture, often it's nearly impossible to look for "authenticity"..
» dreamer00013 on June 13th, 2021, 12:51am
I mean, humanity exists so long, has told so many stories, claiming to create something completely new is just... Nope. not really possible.
Honestly, if someone tells me something is original, I mostly expect a well done world build and/or a refreshing new take that hasn't been used for a while or commonly. But originality in itself is, technically, pretty much impossible to achieve, because everything has been told and even if you think you haven't been inspired by something, you most likely were.
» Joese on June 12th, 2021, 4:39pm
Almost 80% mangas/LN/WN don't even set the scene, going for a lazy outline of the MC and the setting ,dismissing all the rest as a "they were in this type of scenario" with a stockpile MC that's an idealised version of the target reader . In other books and media usually the same happens but with an actually decent start .
Then I'd say there is a 15% that try too hard to be original / mainstream novels that feel like reading a checklist made by the publishers or that after some original chapters/arks devolve into another mainstream series.
And lastly that 5% I consider original. That are a mix of series; some so badly written, you don't know what to make of them that feel as if the one who has written them hasn't slept for weeks; series with a proper start and some original elements; and lastly series that copy so many different series that end up being original.
» Ceiye on June 12th, 2021, 5:05pm
Not to mention the cases of "I just read this genre I like" or even more commonly, "I just read the subgenre with the particular tropes I like" then yeah no shit things will be unoriginal (also leads back to what scanlation groups choose to translate). At that point, you're just reading for execution. Nothing wrong with that in moderation though.
» Xunu on June 12th, 2021, 9:58pm
You know every day, week, and month many manga published out there. In fact, we're not even close to some of that big number. Not at all. Even myself feel overwhelmed by the number of newcomers and new magazines I've never heard before as of late. So how can you generalize that everything is the same? But, okay, I accept everyone's "I know it" intuition that grew over the years to come to that conclusion.
One more thing: I will bring up the irony that something "different" actually get less enthusiastic by our community is true. That resulted in what is now where scans group take on a project with common/popular stuff. Again, it all comes down to taste and it doesn't matter. I just feel it's still very lacking to draw conclusions from the lack of material.
» HikaruYami on June 13th, 2021, 7:57am
Even most sports manga aren't copies of each other. Rookies, Major, One Outs, and Diamond no Ace are all drastically different baseball manga, for instance.
As a result, I voted <= 50%. It's just an estimate, and the only reason it's as low as it is is because I think most of the truly unoriginal new series actually fail out of manga magazines quickly. Among new series that reach 100+ chapters in established magazines, I would say it's closer to the <= 90% mark (I'd say 80% which, being above 75%, would make the <= 90% vote correct). I think most people are either too pessimistic or too judgmental of what counts as original. Fuck, some people even claim One Piece isn't original enough just because it's "another shonen epic" even though it tells a tale of a grand adventure the scope of which the world has never seen.