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Poll re FAKE First Year Together: Justice
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brit_columbia
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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Hey there, Brit!

I have to admit, I'm one of those guilty parties that's fallen into 'Lurker' mode, I'm afraid. I read every chapter, usually within a day or two of its initial posting. Most of the chapters are very engaging, and I enjoy them immensely. A few of them leave me confused, though (part of that whole huge cast thing you've got going on, I think) and I have to backtrack to figure out what I missed the first time around.

I really need to go back to Justice Chapter 1 and start from the beginning, but I haven't had the time yet. I'm getting the feeling that I'm missing a huge part of the plot, so I have to go back and re-read. That's not a bad thing, though, and I'm actually looking forward to it. I'm one of those people that will read a story as it gets updated, but will then go back and read the entire thing all at once after it's been finished. It's amazing how much more sense the connections make when everything gets read at the same time.

Regardless, I am really enjoying Justice. And the little comments/updates you tend to make now and again (yeah, I read them, too, when I get an alert in my e-mail). The characters are well defined, and you obviously have a lovely, working method of keeping track of everybody and what they're doing, and why, which is very very impressive. I can't hold a large cast together for anything, so I'm always impressed by those who can.

As for the whole sex thing, I really enjoy it when Dee and Ryo are together, but that's not really the main focus of this story. If it was, I'm pretty sure the entire thing would have been finished by now. Besides, I've got Slave to a Gladiator for that. Lol! So you're doing just wonderfully there, too! Just enough to keep it entertaining, and to show that neither man has lost interest in the other (although I want to shake the insecurity outta Ryo sometimes).

Take whatever time you need between updates, I'll definitely still be here. I can't make any promises on my commenting consistency, though.

Hmm...re-reading this comment, I'm not entirely sure it answered any of your questions, but at the very least, you know I'm still here, right? Happy writing! :D

Thanks for taking the time to write this feedback for me. I appreciate it very much.

--It's amazing how much more sense the connections make when everything gets read at the same time.-- The main problem with posting a multi-chapter story with big waits in between chapters is that regular readers have plenty of time to lose the threads of the various sub-plots. It's a totally different reading experience for those who come later. I hope this story stands the test of time and is still getting hits ten years from now. It's designed to be read all at once, but it's the regular readers who keep me motivated.

Unfortunately because of all the plot details and the supporting characters, it means that regular readers do have to go back and re-read earlier chapters periodically, or else they find themselves getting thoroughly confused. I don't know if people who read the chapters all in one go also get confused. I would like to know.

I'm very happy that you're enjoying Justice and I'm relieved to know that you're still interested and still reading! Thanks again.

Haha. I find that usually, when I read it all in one go, I don't lose plot threads so easily, because all the connections are still there. It makes it a lot less confusing. I've had quite a number of stories that I've had to go back and do that with, and I find that I read parts that I didn't remember reading the first time, and that it pulls pieces together for me.

The only time re-reading gets really hard is when you have a 50+ chapter "novel", as I call them. I have one story that's on chapter 74, I believe. It'll be rather...daunting if I go back and read it all together later, because the author's still working on it.

I tend to prefer either: really short stories (5 chapters and under), or really really long stories. It's almost as if...the shorter stories are designed that way, so that's good, and it makes for a pleasant way to kill some time. After a certain point, though, I tend to feel that the fiction needs to be longer, because as the chapters continue, more plot is added, and if it ends too soon, there're too many loose ends. So most of my reading is long ones like yours, and then short ones in between the longer updates. I can have well over a dozen stories going at one time, but they're usually spread out among fandoms, so I can still keep the individual plots separate in my head. :)

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