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Fuzzyfurvert


I write pony words that people seem to like. I also review fics and draw purty pictures, apperently. I'm an older fan of MLP, so expect a lot of 80's references.

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  • 197 weeks
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May
13th
2020

Help me write something · 11:21pm May 13th, 2020

Howdy!
2 things: 1) I'm not dead and 2) I'm still writing so I want some feedback from a bunch of well read folks.

Let me make this quick. I'm writing original fiction and it involves characters in a romantic relationship interacting with a third character that ultimately ends up as friends with the other two MCs. So there IS some inherent relationship drama that'll go down, but I don't yet know what sort or to what level. I am likewise taking a hard look at what I'm writing in preparation for potential publication and dealing with literary agents. That's still way down the line though.

For now, what I'm interested in finding out is a wide spectrum of folks' opinions on Romance tropes in fiction, and just how sick and tired of them you may or may not be. I know that execution is a big part of whether or not a story lands, and that's not really what I'm asking about. What I want to know, is if you run into one of these tropes, be it in a story you are reading, a movie or show you're watching, or a comic or video game or whatever...how do you feel about the trope/story beat?

Are you sick of it?
Are you okay with it?
Are you like 'Yes Daddy plz more'?

  1. Is relationship drama (misunderstandings, lack of communication, etc) fun or interesting?
  2. Are relationship threats (someone/something coming between a couple, actual cheating, etc) fun or interesting?
  3. Are relationship transformations (monogamous to polygamous, couples adding a third, friendship to romantic, OR the reverse of any of these) fun or interesting? 
  4. How important to you is seeing a friendship and/or romantic relationship develop over the course of a story? (ie: the relationship is fleshed out either as a primary, or secondary, plot vs just being told characters are friends/lovers/whatevers)

For a bit of context, I'm writing a Historical Urban Fantasy adventure story with a strong relationship side plot. There are three MCs. Two of the MCs are in a romantic relationship when they meet the third MC. I'm trying to suss out how they interact with each other. Both as individuals and as a couple unit with this third character. Does the gender-fluid tiefling come between the halfling and the human and cause a rift that needs healing but they ultimately form a stable friendship? Do they NOT come between the other two and ultimately form a stable relationship? Do they cum between the other two?

I'm not sure yet. I have a few alternate options in mind, but this is why I'm asking. If you found a book with this on the shelf somewhere, or in your eReader of choice, what would you like to see versus what would be eyerollingly bad of the author to pull?

Thanks for coming to my TEDTalk,
-Fuzz

Comments ( 10 )

1. I'm okay with it.

2. Yes daddy, give me the goods

3. I love seeing friendship to romance.

4. I love relationships that develop over a period of time as opposed to being thrown in my face.

5261970
Follow-up Question:
What sort of threats to a relationship would you consider good interesting?

5261976
A superior male/female enters is always interesting. Like, someone who meets the partner's every desire or something. Also, medical issues and financial issues are always interesting because they spark from real-life scenarios.

1.) It's... so so. It CAN be good but so many people do it poorly.
2.) They can excellent.
3.) THATS THE GOOD SHIT
4.) Fairly important.

1. This falls in the same vein as the 'idiot-plot'* for me. Can work as a minor hitch in the relationship, but as soon as the main source of conflict could be solved by the partners taking thirty minutes to talk things out it gets kinda frustrating. Especially if it drags out for a long time. Use sparingly, I say.

2. This can be done in many ways, some are good some are not. I personally think it works best when the 'threat' offers something to one of the characters that their partner does not.

3. Now this is spicy! Shifting interpersonal dynamics is a great source of character development, drama and general good stuff!

4. This is VITAL if it concerns any number of your main characters. If you're not gonna flesh the romance out you'd probably be better off ditching it entirely in favor of other sub-plots. Less important for lesser characters. Of minor importance for minor characters.


*The idea that a story/conflict would be instantly solved/non-existent if the characters involved would not be idiots.

1) can be good when done in moderation and handled well afterwards by the characters
2) not a personal fan of it, but I've seen it done well
3) BIG fan of exploring relationship dynamics (open relationships, couples adding a third, etc) and an even bigger fan of friends to partners (as long as the transition period doesn't get hung up on tropes like "I can't tell them I like them like that, it'll ruin out friendship"). The reverse for any of those can also be fun.
4) Depends on the tone of the piece. An otherwise grand adventure with a budding romance is great. A romance piece where the relationship drama comes from events outside the relationship impacting the characters' lives is also a good read.

PresentPerfect
Author Interviewer

Is relationship drama (misunderstandings, lack of communication, etc) fun or interesting?

Maybe if you can make it funny somehow, but really no.

Are relationship threats (someone/something coming between a couple, actual cheating, etc) fun or interesting?

Not in the least.

Are relationship transformations (monogamous to polygamous, couples adding a third, friendship to romantic, OR the reverse of any of these) fun or interesting?

Absolutely!

How important to you is seeing a friendship and/or romantic relationship develop over the course of a story? (ie: the relationship is fleshed out either as a primary, or secondary, plot vs just being told characters are friends/lovers/whatevers)

For main characters, I think it's probably more interesting to see the relationship develop. That being said, a relationship that's already in place can change and develop along the course of a story.

Having re-read your questions, I'd like to amend an answer I gave you on Discord:

Are relationship transformations (monogamous to polygamous, couples adding a third, friendship to romantic, OR the reverse of any of these) fun or interesting?

I'd be up for friendship to romantic, but I'm not into the other things.

Important points:
Each character must bring something unique to the relationship
Each character must have something they don't like about each of the other characters
A certain amount of romantic vacillation is fine. Having the Handsome Young Count and the Intelligent Young Governess waffle about their relationship and only fling themselves into each other's arms in the last three pages is a Harlequin novel from the 1980s.
Relationships vary, but they grow stronger with each wobble.

  1. Is relationship drama (misunderstandings, lack of communication, etc) fun or interesting?

Relationship drama sure maybe. But please no it's so tired and gross.

Are relationship threats (someone/something coming between a couple, actual cheating, etc) fun or interesting?

No...

Are relationship transformations (monogamous to polygamous, couples adding a third, friendship to romantic, OR the reverse of any of these) fun or interesting?

If the polyamory angle is written respectfully and realistically.

How important to you is seeing a friendship and/or romantic relationship develop over the course of a story? (ie: the relationship is fleshed out either as a primary, or secondary, plot vs just being told characters are friends/lovers/whatevers)

Extremely. Make me believe these characters love each other.

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