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LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Does anybody else ever get that slightly depressing feeling when you just finished a really good story? Whenever I finish a very gripping piece of fiction for the first time, I usually have a moment or two when I realize "Damn, no more of that universe" and I reflect on what else there could have been. Although, later, I usually feel refreshed with a new perspective, but that does little to quell the feeling for future stories.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:17 pm
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lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

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Lallapalalable wrote:Does anybody else ever get that slightly depressing feeling when you just finished a really good story? Whenever I finish a very gripping piece of fiction for the first time, I usually have a moment or two when I realize "Damn, no more of that universe" and I reflect on what else there could have been. Although, later, I usually feel refreshed with a new perspective, but that does little to quell the feeling for future stories.


Stories leave much to the imagination. Therefore the more you read, the more possibilities you encounter.

If a story ends, your imagination takes over, therefore you can superimpose a possible sequel or continuing events to that which is finished.

You can always choose to continue the story and thus make the original better or worse, depending on how you wish the story will come to pass.

-oOo-

Take it to another level, because a good story will lay the foundation to that which you must discover on your own.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:23 pm
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Oh, always. Ive written my fair share of fan-fiction :P

But it usually pales in comparison to the original, and its just not the same. Besides, I see that feeling of sadness as part of the author's work, therefore intentional and just something I accept. It is the mark of a good story.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:33 pm
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lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

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Lallapalalable wrote:Oh, always. Ive written my fair share of fan-fiction :P

But it usually pales in comparison to the original, and its just not the same. Besides, I see that feeling of sadness as part of the author's work, therefore intentional and just something I accept. It is the mark of a good story.


I am persuaded that this is how you view a good story. Therefore, it is something that either limits the beauty of a story or enhances the entire experience. Break out of it, when the need arises, nevertheless, have fun. :D There are so many good stories out there and that's good news.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:41 pm
NetheralianUser avatarPosts: 357Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:13 pmLocation: Underwater world Gender: Cake

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I know what you mean. There is then extra sadness when the Author of your books dies. Not just no more of that universe, but no more of the imagination that spawned the universe in the first place. Douglas Adams, Arthur C Clarke, David Gemmel, Robert Jordan (although in the case of Robert Jordan, the whole Wheel of time thing really needed to be finished)...
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:50 pm
lrkunUser avatarPosts: 3831Joined: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:37 pmLocation: R. Gender: Tree

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Netheralian wrote:I know what you mean. There is then extra sadness when the Author of your books dies. Not just no more of that universe, but no more of the imagination that spawned the universe in the first place. Douglas Adams, Arthur C Clarke, David Gemmel, Robert Jordan (although in the case of Robert Jordan, the whole Wheel of time thing really needed to be finished)...


When the author dies. That's another situation. I infer from the thread starter's opening that when the book ends. Therefore when the author dies, to me it is a great tragedy >.<;
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TheFlyingBastardUser avatarPosts: 787Joined: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:17 am Gender: Male

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Netheralian wrote:I know what you mean. There is then extra sadness when the Author of your books dies. Not just no more of that universe, but no more of the imagination that spawned the universe in the first place. Douglas Adams, Arthur C Clarke, David Gemmel, Robert Jordan (although in the case of Robert Jordan, the whole Wheel of time thing really needed to be finished)...


Frank Herbert. I hate him for dying before he finished Dune 7. Dune 6 had such an open ending... And then his son and some other guy who writes crappy Star Wars novels took over. So much for that.
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LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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TheFlyingBastard wrote:Frank Herbert. I hate him for dying before he finished Dune 7. Dune 6 had such an open ending... And then his son and some other guy who writes crappy Star Wars novels took over. So much for that.

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About the same as my reaction.
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Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:39 pm
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TheFlyingBastardUser avatarPosts: 787Joined: Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:17 am Gender: Male

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Lallapalalable wrote:About the same as my reaction.

I imagine. I have actually actively refused to read the sequels by BH&KJA because I've read their stuff in The Road to Dune (appalled and disgusted) and I've read what they have made of the Butlerian Jihad. It made me nerdrage. They dragged my beloved Duniverse down into the most cliché of Sci-Fi territories.
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Duvelthehobbit666User avatarPosts: 1136Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:39 pmLocation: On a pale blue dot Gender: Male

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Lallapalalable wrote:Does anybody else ever get that slightly depressing feeling when you just finished a really good story? Whenever I finish a very gripping piece of fiction for the first time, I usually have a moment or two when I realize "Damn, no more of that universe" and I reflect on what else there could have been. Although, later, I usually feel refreshed with a new perspective, but that does little to quell the feeling for future stories.


I suggest reading Dragon Lance series. Its huge and it does not rely on one author. There are many many books and the stories span over many many years in that world. There are I believe more than 100 books within the series so that is a lot of reading for you.
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DEXMachinaUser avatarPosts: 28Joined: Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:08 pmLocation: Planet Earth, Sol System, Milky Way Galaxy, Universe Gender: Time Lord

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Duvelthehobbit666 wrote:Lallapalalable wrote:
Does anybody else ever get that slightly depressing feeling when you just finished a really good story? Whenever I finish a very gripping piece of fiction for the first time, I usually have a moment or two when I realize "Damn, no more of that universe" and I reflect on what else there could have been. Although, later, I usually feel refreshed with a new perspective, but that does little to quell the feeling for future stories.


I have had that happen to me quite alot, in both books and TV shows/movies. I end up making endless sequels running through my daydreams for days, maybe weeks after, (most of them involving a new character based on myself :) )

I guess that explains why I don't read or watch too many new stories these days...
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Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:11 am
LallapalalableUser avatarPosts: 1205Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:35 pmLocation: That place between childhood and adulthood Gender: Male

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Duvelthehobbit666 wrote:I suggest reading Dragon Lance series. Its huge and it does not rely on one author. There are many many books and the stories span over many many years in that world. There are I believe more than 100 books within the series so that is a lot of reading for you.


Ive read a few series where a number of authors worked together to build the 'canon' of a universe, and they do have their strengths in that. However, the one was good in the beginning, when the original group was doing it, then later it just became a clusterfuck of different stories that had no relation to each other written by fsm knows how many people. But yeah, the original sagas were awesome (like, 15 books long in a single story arc, then a number of antologies of background stories with history and mythology), and I sure felt that pang of loss when the original universe became forgotten.

DEXMachina wrote:I have had that happen to me quite alot, in both books and TV shows/movies. I end up making endless sequels running through my daydreams for days, maybe weeks after, (most of them involving a new character based on myself :) )

I guess that explains why I don't read or watch too many new stories these days...

Happens to me a lot, Futurama is one example. Then, the movies didnt meet my expectations, and I still have yet to watch any of the new episodes because Ill probably just be disappointed. But, you should try to embrace new stories; yeah, there are some that leave a lot to be desired, but you will every now and then get the ones that just have a nice, smooth finish.

PS-welcome to the forums, and I believe you are fromt he Virgo Cluster?
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Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:30 am
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