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So thanks to ldybastet, I found out the new Kink Bingo prompt list was out. She wasn't happy about it. I took a look at it, and I wasn't happy about it either.

My biggest problem with KB last year was there were far too many Vague Prompts Are Vague. Well, this year they just put in more of them, and took out some very specific and very write-able kinks - like Collars and Oral Fixation. (I have a Byou muse now. I kind of was hoping to get that square). But the worst thing of all is they said they took out any kinks that were "too penis-y" - like Double Penetration (another one I was hoping to get, dammit!) - and yet, they kept Pegging/Strap-Ons, which is a kink specifically geared to f/f and f/m pairings.

Too penis-y? Really? On a community that claims to be open and tolerant of all forms of sexuality and all kinks? Sounds to me like they're kink-shaming penises. Not a very good thing for those of us who write exclusively yaoi.

So, yeah, I am very strongly considering giving this thing a miss this year. I had a lot of fun with it last year - the prompts inspired me to write a lot of things I wouldn't have otherwise (like a fractured fairy tale take on Cinderella). But this year? If I have to struggle to come up with things to fit a lot of vague and "not my bag" kinks, that's not really FUN, is it?

Hopefully, some alternate kink/porn challenge community will come along that would be more along the lines of what I'm looking for.

(Also, I've started a new fic tonight, and it will be released on a specific day next week. I would have started it last night, except I kind of had a slight adware problem with my laptop. Took something like five programs to remove all the junk. Word to the wise, never download HJSplit from anywhere but its own web site).


Jun. 29th, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
The irony of what they take out is they keep removing things that have broad appeal and a lot of uses, and replacing them with things you have to struggle to use. I got Fucking Machines on my card last year and it was in line for a planned second bingo (which I never finished), so I couldn't avoid it. I really, really had to struggle to come up with a plotline for it, and I was never entirely satisfied with the end result. So if you're reaching to the limits to fit the prompt, and you can't take pride in what you come up with, what's the point?

They don't realize that with some of these very, very specific prompts, you have to start asking yourself, would anyone in my fandoms really be into this? If you come up with a no, you're stretching things again - either warping the prompt or warping the characters.

I love a good challenge, but there's a difference between being challenged by a prompt and struggling above and beyond to meet it.
Jun. 30th, 2013 06:12 pm (UTC)
I have a nasty history with the Fucking Machines square. The first two years I played, it came up on both of my cards, and I was just so... not even squicked, more scared by the thought of having to write for it that it sent me in a total tailspin and completely ruined me the second year. I think I might have got enemas on that card as well. XD I'm better with the kink now, but I was so relieved when I could start opting out of it and then actually started to manage to do bingos. It's so specific, that there's no way around it! And that's exactly the problem with a lot of the extreme categories they've introduced. I don't think they realise how much of an impact that kind of thing can have, or how much fun gets sucked out by it happening to you.
Jul. 2nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the problem - when you get kinks that flat-out make you uncomfortable, it starts making the challenge stressful instead of fun. And then it defeats its own purpose, because the whole reason you're participating is to have fun!

One thing I've always throught the KB mods should do is allow you to set your kink preference level - Mild, Moderate or Extreme. Mild would include common kinks like spanking and bondage. Moderate would take it up to the level of things like whipping/flogging and double penetration. And they could put stuff like fucking machines and queening in the Extreme category. Make sure everyone can enjoy it, no matter what kink level.


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