Now I can see some contexts where a script-like format works. Heck, if you have two characters going back-and-forth with rapid fire dialogue, you barely need to tag it as is because the two characters are already established in the viewer's mind, the viewer knows that you're just alternating quickly between them. That kind of sequence is barely any different from a script-fic already....CHARACTER A: Says something.
CHARACTER B: Responds, then points to a tangientially related object in the background.
[Camera pans over and reveals a prop which somebody other than the scriptwriter spent several days building. The scriptwriter only has to know what it is and make a reference to it.]
CHARACTER B: Discusses how much work and effort went into creating it.
CHARACTER A: Snarks about how character B isn't the one who designed it.
This is why, when I write scripts, I put detail in the stage directions, so the audience has a mental picture of what is happening
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SuBuWriMo status: 28,103 words in all!
Based on what you said in the initial post of this exchange, it looked like you were calling out script/screenplay in general and then calling out chatspeak ON TOP OF THAT.
Yeah, now that things are clarified I totally agree actually. What a difference a few words can make, from me totally disagreeing with you to me agreeing in full!
Basically, if anyone out there is thinking about writing in a television or film format because you literally envision your story being told as a TV series or film, you may be on the right track to finding the right form your story should take.
But if you're thinking about writing something resembling a script because it seems "easier" to you than writing prose, or because you think writing a screenplay will allow you to tell your story using fewer words, less effort, or less attention to detail, you're setting yourself and your potential readers up for a very bad experience and should probably reconsider your motivations.
So I was just looking through this listing of "script/screenplay format" fics on Archive of Our Own and honestly, I'm just kinda shocked at what people will claim to be a "screenplay". Judging by some of the examples I saw at the place I link to, you’d think scriptwriting was an excuse to write as lazily and minimally as possible.
The overwhelming majority of what I looked through there, nearly the totality of what I've seen there in fact, reads as though they never even glanced at an actual film or tv script before in their life, which is a shame considering it's not hard to to find real scripts of fairly well known works online.
I know what I said before right here in this thread, but I think i now understand a lot better why this format has such a bad reputation in the fanfiction sphere.
As for my work, I'm trying to figure out how to even present it here on this forum.
the normal text posting interface actually can’t even handle the formatting for a “proper” screenplay, so I’m thinking I’ll have to create an very tall image file containing the script, and then post it behind a spoiler for each chapter (or episode in this case) so the page isn’t all stretched out, along with attaching a PDF as an alternative way to read it.
I think my idea will take months of development before I’m actually ready to launch my work here, but I do hope that when the time comes hopefully I can earn the format some legitmacy and introduce readers to a different kind of fanfic.