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    What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    What specific factors make a great story, tale or series to you? I know it's a random question but i wanted to get people's views!
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Interesting plot with little to no holes. Unpredictability... relative fairness is strength and development
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Twists! Gotta have some
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Balance between all elements, proper pacing, character and plot development that isn't far fetched.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    If it wasn't so late, I'd take the time to properly post on this thread.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    I hate trite themes to be honest. It really depends what I'm reading those elements should strive in different stories.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Characters.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    A hero who dies at the end. Honestly, who wants to have a boring life after (for example) saving the world?
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Twists, good plot, an equal mix of characters, but between all this balance.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Deep story
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Quite like some, not all of the main cast being killed off, depending on the setting.

    I like a Epilogue to see what has happened after the story is done.

    Plot twists.

    A cheaky wee betrayal every now and then.

    Throw in a Plot No Jutsu, but not to many.

    Proper character development.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    all the factors naruto has
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    relationship and senses between sasuke and naruto
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    The whole moral of the story and little to no plot holes.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Funny story
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    What a brilliant thread.

    The thing that has always compelled me to stories are characters. It's the characters I will watch something for. Even with a show as narratively messy as Naruto I remain obsessed with because of how good all the characters are. Characters are more important and interesting than any scenario or world you put them in, I try reflect this in the short films I make.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    A good MacGuffin, great characters, perhaps a different world and uniqueness.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by numbers View Post
    What a brilliant thread.

    The thing that has always compelled me to stories are characters. It's the characters I will watch something for. Even with a show as narratively messy as Naruto I remain obsessed with because of how good all the characters are. Characters are more important and interesting than any scenario or world you put them in, I try reflect this in the short films I make.
    same here
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

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    Interesting plot with little to no holes. Unpredictability... relative fairness is strength and development
    Exactly this^
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    crazy twist but they havve to makes sense in the end
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Originality, various and interesting characters, twists, pacing, going into detail on certain matters but leaving a few mysteries for suspense, and of course for a series like Naruto awesome and well thought out fight scenes.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    First of all, no good versus evil. I love moral depth, like Death Note.
    Second of all, a Drama that's strong enough to bring or kick the tears out of you, like One Piece.
    Next, comedy. And lots of it. Comedy that's strong and present enough without harming the main plot development, like One Piece.
    Next, mysteries. Lots of them. Especially those which need like a hundred chapters to get even a slight hint. Like One Piece... Again.
    Next, friendship encouragement. Something that proves that a man can love another man as his friend and brother without it necessarily being gay or girly. Like what Naruto does for Sasuke.
    Next, that same friendship being torn between principles. Like in Naruto.
    Next, Love. Lots of love. Strong enough to be there without harming or slowing the plot development down. Like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, like Sword Art Online and like Bakuman.

    Next, battles. Action is very important. The more emotional, epic and exciting the battles are, the better. All emotional aspects of the series should be included in the fight, like The Straw Hats vs CP9, or Naruto vs Sasuke in the Valley of The End. That makes the battle something worth watching, and something people will keep doing Youtube Videos from. Over and over again.

    Next, a great animation with even greater music. Nothing like the shitty work Pierrot has done with Naruto. Something like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, where not even a single battle in the whole 64 episodes was badly animated. One Piece is a good choice, kind of.

    Next, all characters important to the plot should have a full character development, since the moment they were kids, to the moment they are now. Something like One Piece, where all the Straw Hats' history is known and helps us love each character.

    Lastly, what a great story really needs, most importantly, is being able to have a fulfilling ending. Harry Potter was something that ended an era, a whole phenomenom. And yet people still cling to it. Same with Dragon Ball. Full Metal Alchemist. Death Note, to some extent. A great story has to have a great ending. Usually, an ending that makes you A) Feel unusually happy about life, and B) Want to see the whole series again, or read the story from the beginning.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Let's see...I want a decent story with the following elements:
    -an underdog protagonist (ex. Naruto)
    -survival competition (ex. Hunger Games)
    -clashing personalities
    -flaws in characters
    -good vs. evil
    and so on. Too many others but what I listed down are the things I like in a story.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    It's not like DBZ where strength is determined by who has the most chakra, but who's the most skilled, experienced, and smartest.
     
         

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    Re: What factors make a great story/tale/series to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanderfee View Post
    Let's see...I want a decent story with the following elements:
    -an underdog protagonist (ex. Naruto)
    -survival competition (ex. Hunger Games)
    -clashing personalities
    -flaws in characters
    -good vs. evil
    and so on. Too many others but what I listed down are the things I like in a story.
    I agree with most of your points
     
         

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