Terrible original/published fiction?

Discussion in 'Fan Town' started by ChelG, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. WolffyLuna

    WolffyLuna Active Member

    ...I'm pretty sure the readers probably are expected to make the connection? Like, "Accidentally flirting with your enemy's online alter ego" is a trope, and usually the readers are meant to pick up on it before the characters.
    • Agree x 5
  2. prismaticvoid

    prismaticvoid Too Too Abstract

    I think it's generally best to assume intentionality rather than author stupidity.
    • Agree x 4
  3. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I know, but only like one of the reviewers seems to have picked it up. I saw someone discuss wanting to see the "two" guys competing for the heroine, and I'm just thinking of that scene where a supervillain puts Clark's glasses on and off while going "Clark Kent... Superman! Clark Kent... Superman!" I guess reviewer stupidity isn't the author's fault, but I was left very confused as to whether the author meant for us to pick it up or not.
  4. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Another book features the author's clumsy attempts to write deep dark angsty metal lyrics, and the appendix cites Katy Perry as an inspiration. Interesting choice.
  5. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Lovely description of Mists of Avalon and its attempts to be "mystical":
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  6. bornofthesea670

    bornofthesea670 Well-Known Member

    me, wondering why im getting adds for such bad erotica on facebook

    also me, remembering those shlocky erotica novellas I bought years ago on amazon

    (I don't mind reading about an overweight werewolf falling in love, facebook, but I don't trust you to lead me to a book where she then has her body worshiped, as she deserves.)
    (is there a difference between fetishizing fat ladies and just really appreciating the look of chub and stretch marks, or is it still fetishizing but you're can be respectful about it.)

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  7. Verily

    Verily a very ineffective hitman

    As long as no real people are being treated in an objectifying way without their consent, I don’t see what’s wrong with anyone having a fetish for traits some people happen to have.
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  8. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    The author didn't mean it that way, I know, but "I'd rather trust a monkey with a bunch of bananas than him" prrrrrrobably wasn't the best simile to use when the "he" in question is a black guy.
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  9. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    Okay, I reread, and I got the character mixed up with someone else, so it wasn't that bad. Mea culpa. On the other hand, slight problem if I can't distinguish one fairly important character from another.
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