I think it's better to do it in the story thread.
I just didn't want to have to make one of those threads :P You are tlaking about the Author's Atlas stuff, right?
I like the idea of having the discussions within the fic's own thread.
I also like the idea of stickying the thread for the duration of its time in the limelight.
I also like the idea of a certain numbers of chapters to read per week. Also, for people commenting on the fic because it's the "fic of the month" (and thus are only up to a certain chapter) should start their comment with FOTM so people know not to read comments that don't have this at the start for spoiler reasons.
Also, it might sound a little patronising but maybe someone could suggest a few discussion topics every week? For instance, if you were talking about Chapter 1 of Legacy's Pocket Monsters you could have at the start:
1) What do you think of Legacy's re-invention of the system of Pokemon battles?
2) What effect do you think the introduction had to the story as a whole?
3) Which characters, if any, do you think will feature heavily later on in the plot?
Obviously you'd be allowed to discuss things other than that but it might give people a good place to start =)
What do you guys think?
This allows for authors to keep track of discussions easier and keeps things organized. That FOTM thing sounds like a good idea.
Suggesting a few discussion topics every week can definitely stimulate interest and speculation for each fic.
"I never sleep, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death." - Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, N.Y. State of Mind
Member A: I think Milo would be great as a main character.
Member B: Really? I thought he was a bit of a stereotype, or a common build.
Member C: That could be true, but Milo's character is great for various kinds of interactions.
Of course, they will be more thought out, and better-written. I feel like set questions wouldn't lead to as much a discussion as we might hope for, and people might just answer them, and move onto the next like:
1) I like it.
2) Introductions are always important.
3) Milo, of course.
Again, they are likely to be better thought-out and more well-written, but I still don't see them creating a successful discussion, as they will constrict the readers' thoughts to just a few areas, while the other method of letting it flow naturally will allow for more ideas to emerge, and more responses to them.
But, I do fear that it might get out of hand, in both cases. The members could carry on the discussion even after it has moved on to different chapters.
To be honest, we're all pretty mature and well-spoken here, so I don't think having an intelligent discussion about a fic will really be much of a problem. I'm all for including some discussion questions though, to kick things off.
I have two suggestions/questions:
1. Are non Pokemon fics allowed to be entered into this?
2. Could we nominate/suggest which fics we'd like to be considered? Like some fics could already be popular or well discussed, or could be too early in the story for things to be clear enough to discuss, so we could say "I'd like this fic to be done, but not this one"
I was just double checking, though I doubt that many will proably be discussed.