Mystery Poll (up to 3 options for your vote) Also pls read the bit after the poll


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    It should be

    Option 6: "I prefer Mystery as the sub-Genre or Sub-Plot (The Mystery is not the focus or it is combined with another Genre like Supernatural-Mystery)"

    Option 8: "I prefer open-ended Mysteries (there are unsolved Mysteries)"

    Option 9: "I prefer closed-ended Mysteries (All Mysteries are solved)"

    I think the Poll function is broken since I keep getting messed up polls


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    For Traitor Mysteries, Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers is an example of this kind of Mystery


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    I like traitor stuff, but it's very predictable a lot of the time.

    Don't read if you haven't read your share of traitor manga / novels / visual novels:



  • @terrence gotta agree with that. Specially Rokka, it was so easy to guess who was going to be the traitor, I was actually expecting them to surprise me with the reveal, but nope, they had to go with that one. It's become such a cliche to have the most unassuming character be the traitor, while having the jerkass psychos be actually decent people. Shock value has become just another trope, so when you're expecting suspense, it becomes easy to figure things out.

    I believe that shock value only works nowadays if you misguide the whole genre of the series itself (like Madoka Magica). Once the reader knows the genre of your story, shock value doesn't work anymore.


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    @terrence Have you read Doubt if so what did you think of that one for the Traitor Aspect?


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    @drone205 said in Mystery Poll (up to 3 options for your vote) Also pls read the bit after the poll:

    @terrence Have you read Doubt if so what did you think of that one for the Traitor Aspect?

    It's good.

    (Major Doubt spoilers)

    The spiritual sequel disappointed me though (Judge?). It might be because the ending just made me mad, lol.


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    @terrence What happened at the end of Judge? I did start reading it but I just droped it part way through vol 2.

    Also, there is Secret that is the second sequel.


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    @drone205 said in Mystery Poll (up to 3 options for your vote) Also pls read the bit after the poll:

    @terrence What happened at the end of Judge? I did start reading it but I just droped it part way through vol 2.

    Spoilers:

    The initial twist is decent, if somewhat predictable (and a little cheap). It was the final little twist I was like "uhggg".

    (Major major Judge Spoilers! I'm going to spoil the whole thing; Spoilers)

    So in Judge, you know from almost the beginning

    ^ Whole work spoilers above. Rant over.


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    I'm just gonna bumpity bump this to mention mysteries I enjoyed and why (just one majorly spoiled in tags, Tohyo Game):

    Ever 17 - I had the main twist "ruined" because people compared it to another game. But there are still so many other twists surrounding it. Just great. A lot of little small twists.

    9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors - There's a good central twist to this one that I had to go on the forums to completely understand (this was, like, my first mystery and first Japanese literary work). I actually think it's more the product as a whole, all the bad endings and character stuff revealed that makes it though. There's some good foreshadowing and stuff throughout that isn't completely blatant. There's even a random book in the library you can examine that tells you a major spoiler about the next game if you read into it.

    Now another one that made me mad, lol:

    Tohyo Game - So there are a few major problems with this one. Heavy spoilers.

    Jury Still Out:

    Magical Girl Raising Project - I only started volume 1 (though I saw one death from the anime). I don't know how much mystery there will ultimately be, but it is sort of a death game, which I kind of throw in with mysteries. I hate when things like games or curses are just sort of there and left unexplained.

    Indifferent:

    Another - I think the characters that died just kind of made me angry, lol. The twist is probably decent, I don't know if it was better in book form or no (probably).

    Remember 11 - Most stuff is left open, at least for the casual reader. People that know more about it can probably explain stuff better. There's some profiles and such that add things that aren't in the story proper and a timeline the creator (?) posted that added things. The ending leaves you wanting, but there will be no more sequel.


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    @terrence I liked Magical Girl Raising Vol. 2far better than one and am excited to read 3 when my backlog dies down. 3 continues from 2 so there’s still room to screw the pooch on this though.