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Guest
Posted: Monday, April 04, 2011 5:32:17 PM

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Believable, somewhat. That is, it has to start in some kind of world that I can recognize and with people who seem like the people I know. Then, I like these people to do stuff that is FUCKING FANTASTIC, stuff that I can only think about when I'm really getting towards my orgasm. The skill of the writer is to get me from point A to point O.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:38:19 AM

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Interesting question.....

Most of what I write is fantasy.... In that I've probably done what I'm describing, (not always) but perhaps not in the scenario of my stories....

Believable is important to me.... I need to know the characters' motivation and know about any inner conflict..... I'm interested in the character's mind-set.... Not just WHAT they do, but WHY they do it and HOW they feel about what they do....

I enjoy fantasy tales, but even then I require an arc or a 'hook' to get me into the story.... I need to feel involved....

Way-out-there stories can be fun, but I prefer a more realistic situation.... I like to think, "Well, that might really happen...."

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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:09:50 AM

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Personally I like to have some measure of believability in a story. You want the circumstance and the sex to be fantastical (since nobody wants to read about mundane or bad sex), but for me, I need the story line to have some level of credibility.

When I write, I also try to follow these rules, even if it means sacrificing a more outlandish plot line that some readers might prefer. Occasionally I'll get comments about why the other side-characters in the story didn't stumble in on the sex that was happening, pump their fists enthusiastically in the air and just join right in. As much fun as the idea of a random orgy might be for some readers, my answer is always simple... because *that* character simply wouldn't do something like that based on how I have written them.

The likelihood that someone would walk in on their cheating partner unexpectedly caught "in the act" and immediately rip their clothes off or whip their dick out just isn't realistic in my world, so I don't write it that way.



Guest
Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 3:18:24 PM

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Quite simply, Yes. While a story can still be fun to read, in my opinion unless it has a shred of believability it can't be an excellent story.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 5:24:04 PM

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Absolutely needs to be as real as it can possibly be to sell the story. Can't picture yourself in that spot if you can't even picture the people in the story doing it
dcd119
Posted: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:39:38 PM

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impo, I think that the story should be real, as well as the story line, and details.. I enjoy a writer that goes into details.. not a paragraph from ripping cloths off to having an orgasm.. have a good back story.. a side story and some layers..

honestly not every guy is built like ron the hedgehog jeremy with a 10 inch member.. sorry but lets be realistic here.. most guys wish they had something that big, but they don't. Most woman are not drop dead amazingly gorgeous.. thats just pure fantasy...

Yes I know this is imagination and make believe, but a level of realism in a story keeps people reading. As others have said, if I can not imagine I am one in the story or reading the story first person and imagine thats me.. it just don't fly.

if you go from a-z in a story in less then 500 words its not really a story.

But hey these are just my thoughts.

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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:25:30 AM

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Imagination is fun too ; )


The story starts on a street of gold. Was she dreaming? The world was animated. Multicolored steps at her feet vibrated making it hard to walk up..

Entering, she knew why she was there. Not human but alive, the tool it displayed brought peace and a softness to her face..

It's slime rubbed off on her fingers and palm. It was warm and then burned. She put it on her pussy and found it smoked in her wetness..

Standing facing each other, it lifted her by the ass and brought her down on to it's tool. The slime burned into her. Dark smoke rose with the penetration..

It was the mixture on their bodies that caused the fire. The water from her mouth burned and sizzled on the surface of it's skin..

Ripping into her, the screams echoed in a place made of melted steel..

It laid her out perfectly and found her mouth with it's pleasure. The taste woke her. She could not move. It entered finding it's way easily down her throat. Her body smoldered and shook with the pushes. It screamed and then burned, screamed and then burned..

Torture the data long enough and they will confess to anything.
thelometto
Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:04:47 AM

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to me, the more a story is believable, the better
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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 9:19:22 AM

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dcd119 wrote:
impo, I think that the story should be real, as well as the story line, and details.. I enjoy a writer that goes into details.. not a paragraph from ripping cloths off to having an orgasm.. have a good back story.. a side story and some layers..

honestly not every guy is built like ron the hedgehog jeremy with a 10 inch member.. sorry but lets be realistic here.. most guys wish they had something that big, but they don't. Most woman are not drop dead amazingly gorgeous.. thats just pure fantasy...

Yes I know this is imagination and make believe, but a level of realism in a story keeps people reading. As others have said, if I can not imagine I am one in the story or reading the story first person and imagine thats me.. it just don't fly.

if you go from a-z in a story in less then 500 words its not really a story.

But hey these are just my thoughts.


I am the opposite. I don't like to many details. If I wanted back ground, I'd read a novel. Don't care for perfect or conventional either. I like alternative and something new : )

Torture the data long enough and they will confess to anything.
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Posted: Thursday, April 07, 2011 8:34:45 PM

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I like both kinds, the real and the fantastic are equal to me. I enjoy good writing. Period.

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Posted: Friday, April 08, 2011 1:05:18 PM

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Is Harry Potter believable?

Of course not, but people eat up that shit anyway. So no, it doesn't matter if it's not believable.
dcd119
Posted: Monday, April 11, 2011 11:31:58 PM

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naughtyprincess wrote:
Is Harry Potter believable?

Of course not, but people eat up that shit anyway. So no, it doesn't matter if it's not believable.


I agree with the believability factor.. however if you can not at least describe something in more then 50 words its a waste impo..

Its better to have lushed and lost, then to have never have lushed at all.
Jane_Awsum
Posted: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 8:03:54 AM

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A story does not have be believable as a realistic event, ie fantasy, but the base emotions must allow me to buy into it. The essence must be believable. Often the wilder, more imaginative a story is, the more "truth" it reveals when from the hand of a great story teller.
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Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 10:35:04 PM

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i think a good story has to be believable so that you can really conect to it- far fetched and badly described scenarios which jump from point a to point z dont do anything for me.

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Guest
Posted: Sunday, May 08, 2011 11:20:54 PM

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it may not be real but it has to sound somewhat real and belivable
i think i havnt come across one yet that didnt do something for me
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Posted: Monday, May 09, 2011 2:44:05 AM

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There is a difference between believability and "suspension of disbelief."

If you read a story about werewolves it is in no way "believable" but, if the author tells their story well, you agree to join them in their fantasy, to suspend your disbelief and just accept what you are reading. It's a trick that involves creating rules which govern your scenario/world, presenting the unbelievable as normal through the actions and reactions of the characters, and finding ways to associate the unreal with the familiar.

Do I care that a story is believable? Absolutely not, well, okay, maybe a bit when it comes to the physically impossible. Do I care that the author tells their implausible story in such a way that I can suspend my disbelief? Yes I do.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:13:07 AM

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Mistress_of_words wrote:

If you read a story about werewolves it is in no way "believable"


Why wouldn't that be believable? Funny, I was just having this discussion yesterday on Facebook with a friend who is also a werewolf...I mean, also an erotic writer...

Btw, I told her she should write a story about a werewolf who is also a vampire, and throw some sex in it...it would sell billions...
Anyway, she was talking about werewolf stories and had this comment about the problems of werewolf stories...".but those fangs might cause a problem if I wanted to include any oral."

Hmmm...something I hadn't thought of before...If a werewolf is giving somebody vigorous oral, and the other person seems to be enjoying it...is that believable? Have to think about that one...


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DLizze
Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:37:30 PM

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I think that in reading, as in watching a film, there is a certain willing suspension of disbelief. However, that said, once the reader has engaged in the story, there must be a certain amount of consistency. It's no good, for example, to have the 16th centruy damsel in distress rescued by Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a Ferrari. If she is on a movie set, though, and Juan Manuel Fangio is played by Brad Pitt, then the whole thing becomes a picture within a picture, and could conceivably work. I guess what I am saying is, details. The writer has to pay attention to details. In the film, The Door In The Floor, the protagonist tells his intern, "It's no good to simply say she was wearing a sexy sundress. What color was it? Your reader needs enough detail to be able to visualize the scene and believe in it."

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dirtyoleman
Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:28:14 AM

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I enjoy stories based on "real life experiences" the most, however, I know some of these are pretty unbleinable also.
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Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2011 8:37:41 AM

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At times, I get really annoyed by wholly unrealistic events occurring in stories, especially when most of the rest of the story seems completely plausible. I much prefer being able to believe that it could actually happen because it makes it that much more erotic.

However, people are free to express their wildest fantasies and often bizarre plot twists can surprise you and spice the story up all of a sudden. It really depends what your mood is when reading these stories. Luckily, Lush caters for everyone.

[I assume that we aren't including the Supernatural category in this discussion.]

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Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 10:34:58 PM

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I find if the "idea" is unbelievable or too far-fetched, I ditch the story.

Embarassed

No amount of great writing will take me further along the story once my opinion has been made .....
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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 12:57:31 AM

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Mistress_of_words wrote:
There is a difference between believability and "suspension of disbelief."

If you read a story about werewolves it is in no way "believable" but, if the author tells their story well, you agree to join them in their fantasy, to suspend your disbelief and just accept what you are reading. It's a trick that involves creating rules which govern your scenario/world, presenting the unbelievable as normal through the actions and reactions of the characters, and finding ways to associate the unreal with the familiar.

Do I care that a story is believable? Absolutely not, well, okay, maybe a bit when it comes to the physically impossible. Do I care that the author tells their implausible story in such a way that I can suspend my disbelief? Yes I do.


This is what I stand by as well. I don't care if a story is written about something that isn't 'real', but if it's well written, the unreal becomes believable. I've read stories where there is a lot of unreal, unbelievable stuff, and the author's writing doesn't support it. If there's no set-up, no platform, no explanation of how or why the unreal is believable, I stop reading. I'm not going to double my mental effort at picturing a story by figuring out just how the unreal stuff should work, and trying to convince myself that it's possible. The writer should have convinced me already.

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Posted: Sunday, September 04, 2011 1:36:15 AM

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i find readng anything is good to read believeable or not people enjoy all types of stories Bio's, Sci fi, drama, romance it just how the mood hit you for that day is what you read
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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:52:12 PM

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it is nice to have a little believability but it's not essential. Most of what I write is probably complete twaddle, but it's my imagination and sometimes it does get a bit fucked up. Certain stories are more about the journey than making it believable, for example, my story "My Favourite Bitch" was mostly based in reality, apart from the bit where they fucked in the toilet, but at the time when I wrote it, it seemed right and erotic. I think that believability is in the eye of the beholder.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:15:37 PM

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Yuzar wrote:
Reading is an art.
Art is good or bad in the eyes of the beholder.
To each their own.


Yuzar,

You seem to "get" that listening is an art form. That's all I have to say really.

Answering the original question,

I need to have a 'grain of reality' to enjoy the story. After you have that bit of reality, I could care less about how realistic or fantasical a story is, and focus in other details.

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Guest
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 12:59:11 AM

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In my opinion as long as its well written it makes no difference. I like most all of them.
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Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:20:59 AM

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has to be believable for me can't read stories that have no element of poissibilty about them
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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 1:26:47 PM

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The only stories I will write are ones that may.. or may not have happened.
I get messages all the time from readers asking me if the story I wrote really happened.
Maybe it did, maybe it didn't... I'll never tell
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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 8:18:18 PM

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The more believable the better in my opinion.

It doesn't necessarily have to be real accounts, but if I don't believe something can happen, I tend to loose focus.



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Posted: Friday, October 21, 2011 9:52:50 PM

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I do care if the story is believable. If the story feels real, I continue reading and possibly am inspire by the story. If the story is not believable, I am not interested...Honestly, I feel most stories on Lush are pure fantasy!
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