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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby PNWgal » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:13 pm

Now I have a question, and this may not be the thread to ask it - but when have I ever wanted to abide by the rules?

I think we're all clear now on that the rating of the story must be included in the fic title, as well as a short warning. Now, there's only so much room in that title bar - believe me, I know. I had to mess with a title of a posted story, so I could include everything that I was told should be in there.

I'm NOT trying to cause trouble here, truly. But I still don't get why a warning needs to go in the title. Again, I'd like to reiterate that we are all adults here and if authors are required to put appropriate warnings at the beginning of the fic, that should be enough. I like Phoenix's example; she put in a clearly visible warning at the beginning of the fic, but I feel strongly that a rating in the title should be sufficient. But - if it's going to be a requirement to post fic here, then I shall do it. I just want point out that we're limited in space in the title bar.

Another question I'd like to ask is about pairings. When I began moving fic into my offices last night, Lucky PM'ed me immediately after I put up "The Proposal". She asked me to put the rating in (a "DUH" moment for me - I completely forgot to add that), and she also mentioned I should consider putting in a pairing in the fic title. Is this going to be required? The only reason I ask is that GuardianAngel also was posting fic around the same time and she received no such request.

Again, if this is going to be a requirement, no worries. I just thing we shouldn't remove ALL the mystery of a fic!
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby redwinter101 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:18 pm

Rating in title - yes please

Other warning in title - not required (I've only done that once myself with a story I was particularly concerned about)

Pairing in title - I'll leave Lucky to come back to you as she raised it. (I've started doing that recently but it isn't in the guidelines anywhere so I would have gone with optional....)

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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby librarian_7 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:25 pm

My thought is, pairing is completely optional. I'd say, especially if you're trying to pull a surprise.

And I'm totally on board with Phoenix's suggestion of warning being more in the author's note at the beginning of the story...if needed.

I think the only requirement for the title line is the rating. And if we've missed anyone, we're working on getting it taken care of. At the rate fic is going up, here, there's bound to be a few that escape notice at first.

Valid questions, PNW, and I hope we've addressed them.

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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby PNWgal » Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:38 pm

Got it.

Just making sure the rules are clear in my head and I'm not crossing any lines.

And let me just add that it is SO REFRESHING to be able to ask questions and get straight answers, even when I think I'm being difficult.
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:49 am

You're not being difficult, PNWgal.

Rating in title line ~ mandatory.

Warning in title line ~ preferred if there is room AND the the warning is a strong one. However, a clear and concise warning below the disclaimer is sufficient.

Pairing in title line ~ purely at the discretion of the author. However, any slash story must be clearly marked as such, regardless of rating.

And I'm well aware that Red & Lucky already answered all the questions ... but people have been saying they've forgotten what I look like :lol: so I thought I'd add my two cents worth. :D
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby wollstonecraft61 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:54 am

Catmoon wrote:I always assumed a lot of writers used the "nookie" alerts to signify that the piece was actually a PWP (no plot at all, just sex). Those seemed to get the most comments and views. :? I actually liked it for a warning -- when I saw that I immediately... didn't even open the story! :lol: No offense to those who like to read PWP's, I just prefer a plot in my reading. Most of my stories are NC-17 as well, but sex is just a small part of what goes on. Recent discussions about ratings have also led to the discovery that some people think NC17 automatically means PWP. Just an FYI, it doesn't.


Amen, sister! I thought I was the only one who felt that way! If I see "Nookie Alert," most of the time, it's deleted. I'm with you, Cat. Give me plot and mystery any time and every time!
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:43 am

wollstonecraft61 wrote:
Catmoon wrote:I always assumed a lot of writers used the "nookie" alerts to signify that the piece was actually a PWP (no plot at all, just sex). Those seemed to get the most comments and views. :? I actually liked it for a warning -- when I saw that I immediately... didn't even open the story! :lol: No offense to those who like to read PWP's, I just prefer a plot in my reading. Most of my stories are NC-17 as well, but sex is just a small part of what goes on. Recent discussions about ratings have also led to the discovery that some people think NC17 automatically means PWP. Just an FYI, it doesn't.


Amen, sister! I thought I was the only one who felt that way! If I see "Nookie Alert," most of the time, it's deleted. I'm with you, Cat. Give me plot and mystery any time and every time!


Ah, yes. I've never actually read a story with the words "nookie alert" in the title. :? Personally, I find it off-putting.
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby cassysj » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:06 am

Catmoon wrote:I always assumed a lot of writers used the "nookie" alerts to signify that the piece was actually a PWP (no plot at all, just sex). Those seemed to get the most comments and views. :? I actually liked it for a warning -- when I saw that I immediately... didn't even open the story! :lol: No offense to those who like to read PWP's, I just prefer a plot in my reading. Most of my stories are NC-17 as well, but sex is just a small part of what goes on. Recent discussions about ratings have also led to the discovery that some people think NC17 automatically means PWP. Just an FYI, it doesn't.



I was guilty of thinking NC17 was PWP until the Moonlight fandom. I guess because most other stories I read were rated R even though same level as most NC17 I've seen here. I can read PWP but only if I'm really in the mood for it and it's a pairing I adore not just like. I didn't read many nookie alert stories, for the most part I like my stories with a side of sex.
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby librarian_7 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:07 am

Well, there's nothing inherently wrong with PWP...as long as one can manage to keep it in character.

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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby moonlight_vixen » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:16 am

This is refreshing, as well as interesting, to know! My current multi-chapter story is heavy on plot and minor on sex. If I've spoken to people about it I get a half/half response. They're either all excited for the plot of the story, or all excited for the smut. For a while I was confused, like "Oh, boy, what do the readers want more of, sex or plot? Hmmm." :lol: Finally I just thought to heck with it because I'm following the muse!

Not that I'm not currently writing some heavy smut, but.... :roll: ;)
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby PNWgal » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:08 am

librarian_7 wrote:Well, there's nothing inherently wrong with PWP...as long as one can manage to keep it in character.

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Agreed, Lucky. I just went through one where Mick was so off-character it was laughable and appalling. Wanna write PWP, fine...hell, I've written some myself - but let's keep our boys and girls within the realm of reality, please.
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby redwinter101 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:32 am

PNWgal wrote:
librarian_7 wrote:Well, there's nothing inherently wrong with PWP...as long as one can manage to keep it in character.

Lucky



Agreed, Lucky. I just went through one where Mick was so off-character it was laughable and appalling. Wanna write PWP, fine...hell, I've written some myself - but let's keep our boys and girls within the realm of reality, please.

God, I agree. With bells on. I like good smut (and try to write it from time to time too) but once the characterisation goes out the window, I give up completely.

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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby Fleur de Lisa » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:00 am

Agreed, Lucky. I just went through one where Mick was so off-character it was laughable and appalling. Wanna write PWP, fine...hell, I've written some myself - but let's keep our boys and girls within the realm of reality, please.


Hear, hear, PNW.
You know how much I agree with you on this.
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby PNWgal » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:02 am

Fleur de Lisa wrote:Hear, hear, PNW.
You know how much I agree with you on this.



Oh yes, Lisa - I know! ;-)
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Re: No nookie (kidding... don't panic, but please read)!

Postby GuardianAngel » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:22 am

I'm going to jump in here and agree as well. I think that there is some room to play in reference to how relationships would work. For example, once Mick and Beth become intimate I think they would act a little differently towards each other. There would be less hesitancy, hopefull more aggression. At least I like to think so. But they would not become different people. There are still some basic personality traits that wouldn't change. The ones that make them who they are. If they go out the window, the characters only have a name in common. Instead of being sexy, the fic becomes a flop for me.
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