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    Default Battles in Fanfics

    So, I was kinda curious. I honestly find battles to be the one of the most boring and dull parts of fanfiction, unless they're written exceptionally well. I was wondering what you guys thought. Do you find them generally exciting to read, or do you tend to skim past them?
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    It depends on how they are written, but I personally don't like writing battles; I can never make it interesting.

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    I enjoyed writing battles; but then, I was one of those who write them exceptionally well

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    I have issues with making them too long (if you want to see what I mean, check out the prologue to the fic in my sig), but I like to think I write them well.

    I do enjoy reading and writing battle scenes though.
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    I try to make battles as detailed and interesting as possible. Check my SuBuWriMo submission to see what I mean.
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    Thanks for the answers guys. I like to write battles, but don't like to read them, strangely.
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    Quote Originally Posted by Pancake Mix View Post
    Thanks for the answers guys. I like to write battles, but don't like to read them, strangely.
    No offense, but... hypocrite!

    You should consider reading battles, though. Some writers put great effort into them, and some can even slip important parts of the plot into them.

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    Yes, that is offensive, considering battling makes up a major part of my fanfics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gym Leader Calvin View Post
    Yes, that is offensive, considering battling makes up a major part of my fanfics.
    I never said I didn't read them. I just said I don't generally enjoy them.

    No need to be offended. I never read your fanfic anyway. :)
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    They're that bad, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gym Leader Calvin View Post
    They're that bad, huh?
    You mean battles?

    I don't find battles fun to read because they don't generally advance the plot until the end. Like Kayi said, a few battles do implement important parts of the plot into them, and they end to be some of the more fun ones to read. The most exciting battles to read are the ones which implement unique or interesting strategies into them, without being too long. 6-6 battles definitely tend to be a drag to read, since they go on for so long, which is also why I prefer 3-3 battles or double battles.
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    No, I meant my fanfics in general.
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    I never read one of your fics, so I wouldn't know. But that's not the topic.
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    I struggle to make my battles as interesting as I'd like them to be... but I do love reading them... IF they are interesting. If it's just people smacking each other around with no advance in the plot I get irritated and skim it or skip it all together--but, if it's seriously a war and people are dying and there's major plot going on I'll usually enjoy it.
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    Default Re: Battles in Fanfics

    Contrary you, Pancake Mix (Ivysaur?), I find battles decent to read (provided they are good, of course) but I find them quite dull to write. This was particularly problematic for me in Rival's Story where since it was a pretty standard journey fic there ended up being more battle chapters than regular chapters. Was a bit of a pain.

    That's why my newer fics are less battle oriented. Of course, it wouldn't really be Pokemon without any battles...

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