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Military, war, apocalypse, dystopia...

#1 Post by leviathanimation » Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:57 pm

Which of these settings do you prefer? I know they often get mixed together in a story, but which individual one are you the most interested in? Mine is definitely military, a story from the perspective of an organized armed forces, with a good dose of psychology and drama...

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#2 Post by Imperf3kt » Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:14 pm

I'd have to say apocalypse myself.
Not a fan of war and dystopia as a setting has its limits.
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#3 Post by Mutive » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:09 am

I'll happily read them all, although military fiction tends to require more finesse. (This is partially because there are a sufficient number of real world parallels that, if it's not researched properly, it can feel really 'fake' to me.)

Mostly I care about the execution. Does it feel realistic? Do the societies make sense? Do the details feel believable? All require a fair amount of world building and research, I think, to not feel flimsy.
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#4 Post by jdhthegr8 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:59 pm

I'm a sucker for military and war stories; perhaps part of the reason is I'm a huge history geek and love finding stories with some unique parallel. There is a delicate balance to maintain though because I've found some stories just copy-and-paste an obvious real-world history and slap on different names in lieu of making a truly unique world. Writing a good story like this can be fun, but also intensive.

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