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Poll re FAKE First Year Together: Justice
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Okay, I did kind of screw it up down there in the title area. :P I had a paragraph which was way too long and didn't make it into the poll, mainly because it was in the wrong place. Anyway, what I wanted to say was that if I successfully posted this poll and it worked, etc. etc. , then I would feel confident enough to post another poll! Also, if you want to say something else about Justice that you feel was not addressed in my six m.c. questions, then please feel free to add it in the comments. Ditto if you're not a livejournal member, because I believe that one has to be a member in order to take the poll. I could be wrong about that. Anyway, please give me feedback because I'm really not sure if people are liking this story or not. It would be very helpful for me to know, one way or the other. Thanks!
Poll #1728549 This is my first ever poll, and I still can't quite believe it's going to work, so I shortened it considerably and made it just about Justice. If I successfully post this, and people are able to participate in it because I DIDN'T screw it up technically,
This poll is closed.

Which of the following best describes your feelings for the story Justice:

(a) I am enjoying Justice.
37(86.0%)
(b) I'm waiting for it to be finished before I read it.
2(4.7%)
(c) I read it from time to time.
4(9.3%)
(d) I have not read any chapters of Justice.
0(0.0%)
(e) I stopped reading it because I didn't like it.
0(0.0%)

How do you feel about the current length of the Justice chapters?

(a) They're too long. They should be shorter.
0(0.0%)
(b) They're not long enough. They should be longer.
3(7.3%)
(c) They're just the right length.
38(92.7%)

Would you prefer to see more frequent updates, but with shorter chapters?

(a) Yes.
10(25.0%)
(b) No.
18(45.0%)
(c) I don't know.
12(30.0%)

How do you feel about the plot of Justice?

(a) It's interesting.
39(97.5%)
(b) it's too complicated.
1(2.5%)
(c) Plot is not important to me.
0(0.0%)

How do you feel about the large cast of characters?

(a) I like stories with large casts.
17(38.6%)
(b) There are too many characters to keep track of.
9(20.5%)
(c) The size of the cast is not important to me.
18(40.9%)

How do you feel about the amount of sex in Justice?

(a) There is too much and should be less.
0(0.0%)
(b) There is too little and should be more.
18(40.0%)
(c) There is just the right amount for a story of this type.
20(44.4%)
(d) I would prefer there to be no sex whatsoever in this story.
0(0.0%)
(e) The amount of sex is not important to me.
7(15.6%)

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Hi! I couldn't answer the poll because I don't have a livejournal account... But I feel a bit responsible when you write people have been leaving fewer comments. I know I'm not always good at commenting.

So, for the first question, I'll of course answer (a). The story is engaging, the plot is exciting and I like the characterizations. You are definitely the best writer I have found so far in the FAKE fandom.

As for the second and third questions, I can't really say. I think you should work at the pace that feels best for you.

The plot is very good. Since I found this story quite recently, I have read all chapters so far in one go (well, I DID work, eat and sleep, too, but you know what I mean - I never had to wait for you to write so far). This has made it easier for me to follow the plot, no doubt. I don't mind a complicated plot as long as you manage to remember all the plotlines and give an answer to those things I'm now dying to know! It's always a risk to start reading unfinished stories. As a reader one can only hope the author knows how everything will end! It's always sad to finish a good story, but it's still worse if a story doesn't have an ending.

The large cast... Hmm. Sometimes it has been hard to remember everybody, but on the other hand, your original characters are engaging and well-written. They have added important aspects to the plot. I think it is good as it is.

The last question then: the amount of sex. I'm tempted to write that it should be more, because I enjoy reading it, but on the other hand I could give the same answer here as with the chapter length - write the way you think works best! Generally, I think it is important that the sex scenes and the plot work TOGETHER. If sex scenes are just put in randomly, without connection to the participant’s mood, personality and so on, it just disturbs the story. I don't think this has been a problem for you. In this story sex is an important part of the plot and character development, I think, especially for Ryo. In the beginning, he is insecure and rather passive, while at the same time he resents being passive. Is it degrading to be penetrated during sex? (I find this a very interesting and important political question, by the way, and a link between homophobia and contempt for women) In this context, Sweet Frustration and Stand-Up Guy are important to the storyline. Jackhammer's parole officer (I've forgotten his name now...) will perhaps play a part in resolving this question too? So in conclusion, I wouldn’t mind more sex as long as it continues to work as well with the story as it has so far.

Thank you for writing!
/Stina

Hi Stina,

You know, I just had to click on an option called 'unscreen to reply', which I've never seen before. But if I had to unscreen you, then that means that for some reason, your comment was screened so that I could see it but others couldn't. That never happened on any of your other comments, so I don't understand why it would have happened now.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I will reply in more detail tomorrow. Right now my body is insisting that I go to bed. First it was a long day at work, and then I went to a birthday party. I hope I can sleep deeply and not wake up in the middle of the night regretting all the crab dip!

Thank you very much for your long and thoughtful comment. I'm really sorry that you've caught up on all the chapters, because it must be frustrating having to wait now, when you didn't have to wait before. In a way, it kind of breaks the spell. And it does get more difficult to recall plot details as time goes by.

I can remember all the plotlines, never fear! Thanks for not minding my complicated plot. In future writing I'll try to make the plots less convoluted.

I acknowledge the risk that readers take when they start to read my unfinished story. Even if I stop writing fanfiction, I'll finish out Justice.

I so agree with you about sex scenes working with the plot! One of the things that I don't like about M/M fiction is the endless parade of sex scenes that seem just thrown in, and often at the expense of the plot. The authro could have written all those sex scenes separately, and then used them to pad out her very thin plot. The sex gets given 80% of the weight of the story, and it shouldn't.

Ryo is trying to decide if penetration is degrading, and so far it seems like society certainly thinks so, particularly if the 'penetratee' is a man. This is upsetting him, since it is a new concept to him. Most females, as they grow up and become sexually aware, expect to be sexually penetrated at some point in their lives, so they have a lot of time to get their minds around the concept. Ryo has come to it late, and as a man. The question of whether or not it's degrading for either sex IS an important political question, and thank you for being aware of it.

I'm so glad that you find this story engaging and exciting and that you think I'm doing a good job with the original characters. Thanks for all the encouragement and feedback!

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