4/27/13 EMCSA Update

WITHIN: Graded primarily on heat and narrative
WITHOUT: Graded primarily on narrative
Possible spoilers below …

WITHIN
Female Housemate Wanted (mc ff md) (new)  by Pan
–2.5/5 (not great, had some redeeming qualities)–

I must admit I somehow felt left out at the start of this. As a guy, reading it’s easier for two girls to live together than a guy and a girl is hard to imagine for lack of better words. I can certainly see two women living together, but when it comes to ease … Maybe could have used further description? To a lesser extent, I felt the same way with this interview process. Sure, it made for a fine episode of Big Bang Theory, but we already knew the characters by then. I hope I don’t sound sexist, but the ultimate problem I had was that this was just too girly for me, I guess, while it was written too conversationally for my tastes. While obviously a part of the MC, I suppose, it really lingered way to long on the movies thing. As a side note, I actually do know and understand the film Primer, which you can stream on Netflix last I checked … Definitely polished in its own style, but I just had trouble getting into this one.
(Readability: low / follow: no)

Next Generation (mc mf ff fd ft) (new)  by Latexthom
–2/5 (so-so, maybe a good story to others but didn’t mesmerize me)–

I’m not sure how necessary it was to have a disclaimer be a thinly veiled morality statement … :P Anyway, the start hits a personal taboo button for me narratively. Paragraph one, we are told a sob story about poor fictional Alexander, who I could never feel anything for him paragraph one. Written well enough, but it just didn’t pull me in. This being on the longer side, and rather slowly paced, I was skimming fairly early … Just not my thing, really.
(Readability: low / Follow: no)

WITHOUT
An Odd Job (mc mf gr) (new)  by RallyWeasel
~~3.5/5 (good, not quite earth shattering)~~

Starts with a bit of an annoying sob story like Next Gen, but it was a little more bearable here. OK, I do like backstory, but I usually think it just feels too forced when presented too early. The overall story does help itself considerably by being well described and polished. I guess this genre piece has its own charm, too. The premise did feel like it did drag a bit, but it was an overall enjoyable fantasy.
(ReReadability: low / Follow: no)

RANDOM COMMENTS
Overall, I’ve come to like female werewolf TF, not counting the common screaming during TF, which is not all that extreme or even present in all mythologies, including my own … shh *spoilers*!

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