more importantly, by knowing who the foci of the story are [even if not explicitly stated in the summary or story itself], the range of possibilities becomes very limited, in that there is, for example, no question of story-Jaejoong wising up and leaving an abusive story-Yunho for someone else in the middle of a fic, which, personally, causes me to stop reading many, many posts in like communities because i already know how they're going to play out and that continuing will just get me really irritated with 1. how cliched and predictable everything is and/or 2. the absolutely ludicrous turns forced in the plot so that, despite everything, characters A and B stay together.
i can think of three different people who all posted stories with very similar reincarnation plotlines - and not "three hundred years ago, two people fell in love and died and have now been reincarnated", which, while also sort of annoying, can be pulled off, but "so things happened and character B died, but x [usually three, five, &c.] years later, character A meets someone just like B again, and it turns out that, factoring in ages, B's "reincarnation" had to have been born while the actual B was still alive, even though they are supposed to be the same person".
on the other hand, the very reason i am part of most of those communities is that i [only] really support the pairings in question, so when i try general communities, there is a sort of intrinsic feeling of wrongess that accompanies any pleasure that i take in the suspense or good writing or OHMYGODSOSATISFYING plotline that comes with the possibility of my OTP with anyone else :x i've seen and used quite a few different ways of overcoming this barrier, from supposedly-suspenseful-but-not-really love triangles to unnamed characters to just saying "fuck it all" and only writing pairing!times, but it can be incredibly complicated to write and still turn out like crap, so. it is time for stupid ideas :DDD
i have thus decided that, whenever love triangles/rectangles/polygons are needed involving, for example, A and B, each additional member of those polygons will also be A and B - that is, embodying different facets [which will be expanded upon], but still fundamentally the same character. they will not necessarily have the same names, of course - they may not be named at all - but enough clues of appearance and personality will be written in to give a fairly decent idea of who, exactly is who: thus, OTP sanctity can be preserved and romantic uncertainty is viable!
note: i am 76% joking, but also 90% sure that i will indeed being using this system in at least one story :D so if it seems like people are falling in love with the same person over and over again, there is a reason. hahaha. ha. ha.
god this can't turn out well.
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