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Old Today, 00:57   Link #1
Marcus H.
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[NEWS] Short Story Contest Bans 'Traveling to an Alternate World' Fantasy

Short Story Contest Bans 'Traveling to an Alternate World' Fantasy

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One currently running Japanese short story contest, a collaboration between Bungaku Free Market and Shōsetsuka ni Narō, has apparently seen enough. The contest has announced that it will not be accepting any submissions with plots about "traveling to alternate worlds" or "being reincarnated into other worlds." According to the contest website, any genre is allowed, including fantasy, horror, and drama, but only alternate worlds are banned.
Has this happened before? And was Re:Zero the straw that broke the camel's back?
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Old Today, 02:46   Link #2
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Isn't the entire Syosetsu's top novels are these reincarnation one?

I agree with the decision taken by the contest organizer. As it is right now, the premise ended up as a crutch for writer to write boilerplate story which doesn't sound interesting. If one serious about writing, a limitation or two in writing should not hinder them in writing good story.
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Old Today, 02:57   Link #3
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Based on the discussion on ANN, Narou already started dealing with isekai by excluding them from the default ranking page. Same person also stated that isekai (the exact tag, 異世界) counts for 56,000 search results out of ~400,000 entries total, and that the yearly rankings for Narou (as of last month) had 100 of the top 140 consist of isekai stories.
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Old Today, 03:07   Link #4
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Good, not like I mind the genre overall but it reached a saturation point. The problem was not the genre itself, but the lack of quality of the stories inside it. And the protags were often defined by the waifus around him and whatever cheathaxxcode he have (to have a sample of it, the webnovels subforum is a start). Other than the occasional sleeper hits like Konosuba, seasons and future announcements felt like publishers were scraping the bottom of the barrel.

I'll elaborate a bit: while many feels it looks like outright censoriship, it may be more like "Hey guys, try SOMETHING DIFFERENT instead of the story inspired by this story that have been inspired by THAT story inspired by the story from back then!" The problem is that it seems that many writers in young adult literature, which is what light novels are, cant seem to do research outside of their comfort zone and think outside the box. Their universe is mostly fed off gaming, anime and those light novels.

Unfortunately, this may mean that the aspiring authors will turn to the other hot thing that sells like hot cakes: battle harem in magic/mecha musume highschool where the MC is different or have SOMETHIGN SPESSHUL!

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