It’s kind of weird. When I saw that I wouldn’t have class on Monday (yesterday), I was stressing out. 6 days at home with nothing to do?! I tried to watch some anime but like always, I found it hard to decide what to watch (and so I ended up watching nothing, LOL). Instead, I found myself on AO3 and before I knew it I was reading some really long stories. I actually wrote about one of those stories the other day (Hey Lover by wasterella). Then yesterday (and the day before) I was reading Catch me, sweetheart by punk_mikasa and it got me thinking about incomplete stories
To be honest, I hadn’t realized this story was incomplete but even when I did realize (about 4 chapters in), I continued reading it. And then I began to wonder, do people still read stories on AO3 even when they see it hasn’t been updated in X-amount of years?
I tend to avoid stories like this because I hate getting attached to a good story (like I did with Catch me, sweetheart) but I’ve also read stories I know are discontinued. For example, I read Alexithymia by DrigtingGlass knowing it wouldn’t be done. I mean, it said it in the summary, but I guess I thought it was worth checking out? I had already read a lot of their other stories like Before Midnight (a story I had originally dropped but that I am SO GLAD I picked up again), Oubaitori (hasn’t been updated since June 2018), and Lex Talionis (no update since May 2018), and I loved the ideas, the writing, and just everything.
But Catch Me Sweetheart was different. I hadn’t read any of punk_mikasa’s work before but because I hadn’t found a female Eren story that satisfied me yet, I thought I’d keep reading. While it had a ton of grammatical mistakes I just enjoyed the story so much I overlooked them. It was an old story and as someone who also had cringy writing a few years back, I didn’t mind. And I also “don’t mind” that the story is incomplete because…well, I have a ton of stories that are incomplete so I can’t really judge right?
But now I’m heartbroken! The story was progressing so well, I loved the flirty banter that was happening, and then it was over. It was last updated in 2016 so unless they suddenly get inspiration to keep writing three years later, I don’t think there will be more (I also read in the comments the author had a baby so maybe they got busy with their kid). This is why I avoid stories that haven’t been updated in years…
Sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself. I must seriously be a masochist, lol!
But what about you guys? Do you read stories that haven’t been updated in a long time? Why or why not? How do you feel once you’ve caught up and realize there won’t be more? What about from a writer’s perspective? How do you feel about stories you wrote and dropped, especially if you’re still getting notifications? I always feel bad and wish I had the energy to go back and finish them but usually, I’m no longer in the fandoms and feel I can’t get into a character’s mindset anymore. Also, I know I’m talking about fanfiction but I imagine it also happens with original stories like on Wattpad (and other writing sites IDK about)