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New Poll - Author Pet Peeve

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Post #556535
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4:23 pm, Jun 16 2012
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I saw "plot that makes no sense" and I jumped on the choice immediately.
That's a total manga turn-off to me.

It's also no limited to bad storytelling, but also just too much content, new things to learn, weird system of a fantasy world or whatever. For example, in this new world there's a evil thing called a "Blahxypheria" and the good thing called a "Forablah" and the protagonist is a really a "Meablahblene", etc. etc.

So that's just a big personal turnoff to me, haha.

Post #556536
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4:34 pm, Jun 16 2012
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"Have characters step out of character" when it's for obvious 'sucking up to mainstream readers' reasons. For instance, when a character has a quirky and not 'politically correct' personality,and then starts to behave like a good lil' hero, or (worse) give in fanservice...
For example, I recently read Arachnid, which had promising characters and a promising plot, and I feel that the protagonist became little miss fanservice completely out of the blue (and let's not talk about the plot). That kind of turnaround (with maybe a bit of editor meddling) usually pisses me off.

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Post #556538
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4:35 pm, Jun 16 2012
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Freakin`. HIATUS.

AND discontinuing!!!


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Post #556550
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6:16 pm, Jun 16 2012
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I truly hate discontinuing the series. The others were bad as well, but discontinuing the manga is very aggravating.

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Post #556559
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6:58 pm, Jun 16 2012
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Discontinuing the series sucks, yes, but what I hate even more is when a series goes on for a while, has hit its good points then continues on with the characters acting all different or strange for no reason or if they have no serious development (like maybe High School Debut for me)

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7:16 pm, Jun 16 2012
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honestly, my pet peeve with authors is putting comedy mixed with drama... it's fine to have banters and witty remarks within the characters, but when someone gets punched in the face and flies to the moon, it ruins the mood of the drama it built up. Another pet Peeve, in a truly dramatic scene, especially in shounen mangas, THEY NEVER LET THE MAIN CHARACTER DIE! or some of the side characters that develop the main. and then they drag the story. e.g. bleach, d-grayman. One of the reasons why i hate... apparently it's so common that one overcomes a huge obstacle and comes out stronger every single time... it doesn't matter if he took a fatal bullet shot to the skull, it doesn't matter if all of a sudden his entire body organs began to fail and fall out of his butt, the author will always make sure they survive just for the sake of continuing the story

Post #556566
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7:49 pm, Jun 16 2012
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Yeah, this is truly hard to choose. Give us some multiple answers option! biggrin

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8:13 pm, Jun 16 2012
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Well, of COURSE most people are going to pick the "author drops/puts project on hold" as the worst thing.

What I picked was "Being too formulaic." That's what's going to make me drop a series REALLY quickly.

A lot of those are good choices. Maybe the poll should have been broken up into parts.

@Hanen: Isn't what you describe the very definition of classic shounen? Be totally idealistic, never give up, never die, have screwy comedy? Serious stuff is for the grown-ups.

Post #556574
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8:44 pm, Jun 16 2012
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Actually i have chosen "Discontinue the series (or hiatus)" but for me it's even broader, I just hate it when manga ends (at all) of course I hate rushed endings even more but the thing is I always want continuation. I think hiatus is better then ending, especially if hiatus does end eventually.

But actually I do like to other things too:

Have a plot that makes no sense
Copy story from another author

I don't care about art that much but story and plot are very important. If plot doesn't make sense I won't last even few chapters most of the time (well 10% of time i still continue reading because of comedy)

And i don't like when story is copied. Well if characters are all new and only setting is the same then it ok, but if somebody takes characters of the other author then i think that won't do. For example I never read Doujinshi that are based on manga/anime/novel, because I believe that only original author can write stories about those characters. Though if author of the plot is the same then it's ok to reuse characters I think.

But still if it one of last to then I may still read it (rarely but I do), but if manga is discontinued then I 100% won't read it anymore (guess why)
Actually I really like ongoings.

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Post #556575
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8:47 pm, Jun 16 2012
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I'll just disregard the discontinued option. I guess I'd go with the plot makes no sense one. Similar characters whom I can't tell apart is second I think. None of these are good to have though, except maybe killing off the main or diverting the plot from them. That doesn't bother if it's done well.

One option I'd add is when author just blatantly go into full exposition mode without even attempting to integrate it into the storytelling.

Y'know I recently started reading Freezing, which suffers from probably most of these options now that I think about it, but the exposition really started bugging me for some reason. One scene literally stops all action mid-fight and cuts to a bystander's inner monologue explaining the powers, (to herself), for a couple pages. Complete with diagrams. I get that it's good information for the reader to have, but come on they're at a school learning this stuff is it that hard to put that in a classroom scene?

Post #556586
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10:03 pm, Jun 16 2012
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As soon as I saw "discontinue the series (or HIATUS)" Berserk and Vagabond immediately came to mind. Awesome stories but those freaking long hiatuses... cry
I know authors have lives outside of their work but seriously...

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Post #556589 - Reply to (#556536) by Pebble_
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10:47 pm, Jun 16 2012
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the protagonist became little miss fanservice completely out of the blue

I just took a short glance at the cover picture and I think "out of the blue" sounds a bit blind.

Post #556592 - Reply to (#556535) by holanio
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11:30 pm, Jun 16 2012
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"For example, in this new world there's a evil thing called a "Blahxypheria" and the good thing called a "Forablah" and the protagonist is a really a "Meablahblene", etc. etc."

That made me laugh but it is SO true. People bring up many more annoyances I never considered. We need a longer poll. ;P Mangas that limp on as multi-volume zombies after the story should have ended are another, yes. (I said when the story diverts from the main characters, because that is super irritating. It's boring but you have to keep reading in case the main characters pop back up for a guest appearance in the stinking sub-plot or it diverts back to the REAL story...)

Post #556604
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1:08 am, Jun 17 2012
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My biggest pet peeve is when the author rushes the ending and it just ruined the entire series for me. Hate axed endings!!

Post #556607 - Reply to (#556479) by tactics

1:29 am, Jun 17 2012
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I'm going to second this one. It's so frustrating when it's clear that there's no reason for stuff not to happen between them because the author is trying to drag out the series *cough*PerfectGirlEvolution*cough*

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