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    If you mean this forum.

    Then yes, there are very little readers here.

    If you meant whether people do read fanfics in general... well, I doubt you would ask something like this.
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    Originally posted by Eliar Swiftfire
    If you mean this forum.

    Then yes, there are very little readers here.

    If you meant whether people do read fanfics in general... well, I doubt you would ask something like this.
    no offense, just curious.

    and suet seung, do you actually really read every story and update around here? you very dedicated!

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    Originally posted by SkineePanda
    no offense, just curious.

    and suet seung, do you actually really read every story and update around here? you very dedicated!
    I read only when I have enough time, but mostly I'm too busy working on my own fanfics.

    What do you mean update around here?

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    Originally posted by SkineePanda
    no offense, just curious.
    None taken. Though I was rather taken aback by the question. Had no idea whether you were asking whether people read fanfics IN THIS FORUM, or whether people read fanfics IN GENERAL. Cos' if you meant the latter, then you obviously haven't been to fanfiction.net, schnoogle.net and the likes of high-traffic fanfic sites. But then, those don't allow fics starring chinese celebrities though. Har har har.

    fanfiction.net sucks.
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    I usually read fanfics that are here at SPCNET, because they are more of my type. The winglin fanfiction forum is too messed up now and over-dominated by bad quality stories as well as a bad delivery in words as well.

    Of course, I don't have the time to read everything now that exams are coming up, but I usually tune in ones that I have started in the holidays!

    And the stories that people recommend me to read are real jokes (esp. in the winglin forum)! I think people are playing tricks on me! I don't like porn!

    And most stories elsewhere are almost identical.

    Always, some nice girl working for a cool guy who may/may not be a playboy, and falling in love, then this crazy chick steps in splits them.

    Some rich girl in the ancient times falling in love with a poor guy, and after lots of obstacles, she is set to be married off to another rich guy/emperor/prince, and they elope wth/without premarital sex.

    And some, OMG, are like a group of girls, against a group of guys, liking and hating each other, then some other people come in between them and then girls start fighting over guys, guys marries/dates another girl, and then this never-ending lover multi-angle begins!

    I've even been recommended one of HZGG 4 where Zhi Hua dies with a very unbelievable plot and the main characters just repeat their actions over and over again!

    I really appreciate the original ones, which have:
    - A believable plot
    - Developed characters (at least main characters)
    - Deep motives for the villians that are worth the trouble they cause
    - Twist (if suitable)
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    Originally posted by Arashi
    That kinda makes the word 'fanfic' moot, doesn't it?

    Kidd - thanks for the url. I took a peek and umm, the whole thing reads like a bad radio talkshow. *cringe*

    I'm actually going through HK and Taiwan search engines looking under "wuxia" for a LWVB sequel. I figure that there's a higher chance of finding good calibre work that way. So far, no sucess. Part of the reason is because I have no idea what is 'fanfiction' in Chinese, lol.
    I just foudn one here:
    http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/lwvb2/
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    Originally posted by charbydis
    I just foudn one here:
    http://www.winglin.net/fanfic/lwvb2/
    Thank you for the url. However, I must agree with you that most of the new stories at Winglin are bad for the reasons you mentioned before. Some of my posts are way longer than what they write for a chapter.

    I'm still holding out to the fact that someone in this forum has to know what 'fanfiction' means in chinese, because I'm sure there has to be a worthwhile LWVB fanfic out there. Regardless of language, there will always be people who can't stomach a particular ending and seek to redress it.
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    Originally posted by Arashi
    Thank you for the url. However, I must agree with you that most of the new stories at Winglin are bad for the reasons you mentioned before. Some of my posts are way longer than what they write for a chapter.

    I'm still holding out to the fact that someone in this forum has to know what 'fanfiction' means in chinese, because I'm sure there has to be a worthwhile LWVB fanfic out there. Regardless of language, there will always be people who can't stomach a particular ending and seek to redress it.
    Actually, I think otherwise. Most Chinese people who watch it (esp. living in HK) can feel the ending is stupid, but most will only post up one or two lines going briefly over what they want (e.g. Rain dies, Michelle gets saved and marries Raymond), and not a detailed, deep piece like a sequel or alternate ending.

    The longest sequel I have seen of a series in Chinese is that Magic Warriors thing from Taiwan with Steve Ma.

    And they make up names for the sequels that it would be hard to guess the title, such as "Extended Fate"/"Back to Life"/"Love again", etc..., versus the simpel english "LWVB fanfic".

    But you can always try and guess.
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    So do you know what is the word 'fanfiction' in chinese? Can you tell me?

    I don't necessarily need to read fanfics for the TVB series because I've read Liang Yu Sheng's novel and felt the same dissatisfaction. Wuxia novels are now a rage in mainland China and the Chinese have a much higher literary standard than Hongkongers. Furthermore, novel readers tend to have a longer attention span and are more willing to expend time writing something about their favourite novel. I could try my luck in that direction, but I dearly need to know what 'fanfiction' is called to begin my search.
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    同人小說 = 'fanfiction' in chinese

    (not sure whether you peeps can read the chinese words...)

    Well, I believe the term is originated from the Japanese words. 'Fanart' is doujinshi in Japanese, and fanfic is um... doujin something, I think. And doujin is 同人 in its kanji form.

    If you can't read it.

    Go to http://home4u.hongkong.com/entertain...k/index-4.html

    Look at the Heading.

    That's it.
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    I've updated the Fan-Fiction Index with Helpful Writing Tips and sites. Check it out.
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    I saw this in the Fan-Fiction Index:

    #20 DECISION - riches-to-rags plot deals with the fall (destruction) of Protagonist due to dominating character trait that eventually destroys their success.

    Decision?
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    Main character's destroyed by the bad decisions he made?
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    wow, just visited winglin

    hmmmm.......having celebrities star as your characters sort of defeats the whole purpose of imagination isn't it? lol Everyone looks like edison, celia, jay chou, maggie q, ekin, etc.

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    Fanfics are like that. I mean, if you write an anime or game fanfic, you'll be using characters from somewhere else too.

    Unfortunately, unlike anime and game fanfics, people who write celeb fics usually won't bother to develop their own characters or add intriguing new self-created characters into it.
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    Originally posted by SkineePanda
    wow, just visited winglin

    hmmmm.......having celebrities star as your characters sort of defeats the whole purpose of imagination isn't it? lol Everyone looks like edison, celia, jay chou, maggie q, ekin, etc.
    If they don't use celeb their stories won't be called fanfiction.

    Fanfiction is either fiction that involves existing fictional character like Harry Potter, Buffy, Clark Kent, Legolas etc or celebs like the one in winglin.

    The writers may not exercise the imagination on the various characters' look, but they still need to exercise their imagination to create a good plot and characterisation.

    Btw having celeb stars in a fic also helps attract people to read it.

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    Originally posted by kidd

    Btw having celeb stars in a fic also helps attract people to read it.
    Yes. Most people would rather read a badly written fic with their idols in it than a well-written fic which doesn't feature celebrities they luv.
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    Originally posted by Eliar Swiftfire
    同人小說 = 'fanfiction' in chinese

    (not sure whether you peeps can read the chinese words...)

    Well, I believe the term is originated from the Japanese words. 'Fanart' is doujinshi in Japanese, and fanfic is um... doujin something, I think. And doujin is 同人 in its kanji form.

    If you can't read it.

    Go to http://home4u.hongkong.com/entertain...k/index-4.html

    Look at the Heading.

    That's it.
    Thanks, Eliar. I know what's the word you're talking about now. Didn't think it'd be the same as the Japanese 'doujinshi'.
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    No problem.

    By the way, love your review of Square Pegs. Heh heh heh.
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    Originally posted by Eliar Swiftfire
    No problem.

    By the way, love your review of Square Pegs. Heh heh heh.
    Glad you like it.
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