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Wattpad Books: Hit or Miss?

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Now, I know you’ve read the title and gone, “Really? Big no”. BUT HEAR ME OUT.

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I’m from the OG Wattpad era. Before the fanfics (yes, there was a time), Wattpad was a platform for some very good unpublished authors to get their writing into the world. It was heaven. However, after logging back on after years without being on the app, it’s evident that the books have gone rapidly downhill since my time.

Does anyone on here use Wattpad? If so, opinions, thoughts, concerns?

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This is keeping me up right now, I need to know what people think! Also, I’m super procrastinating an Economics essay due tomorrow so what else would I be doing?

-E

11 comments

alisaaa

I write a fanfic on Wattpad, actually. It recently hit 2K reads, and i don't even think it's that great. A lot of bad fictions get so many views it's ridiculous. I also used Wattpad during the good old days, and now it's trying to be so modern that it's ruining itself. Oh well.

23rd Aug, 19
eriinfisher

I've never spoken with a fanfic writer! Nice to meet ya. I'm sure yours is good, trust I'm not against fanfic, I just feel like Wattpad is literally just fanfic after fanfic now and it's clearly bothering me :(

25th Aug, 19
ellipsis

Haha, that last gif's Natalie Tran, isn't it?
I used read a few odd books on Wattpad but I think the standards have lowered too much and it's no longer worth it.

23rd Aug, 19
eriinfisher

Sure is! I definitely agree, what do you think caused it though?

25th Aug, 19
ellipsis

In reply to eriinfisher

Good question. I have no idea what the answer is, though.

25th Aug, 19
sylvs

I haven't used Wattpad that much but whenever I log on I get these "books" recommended to me and whenever I click on it I discover it's just a list of tags taking over multiple chapters. There's also the whole thing about really poorly edited and written work. Some of them have such bad grammar I have to groan at the page. I can handle bad grammar but if you have incorrect tenses, incorrectly capitalised or not words or just bad wording in general MULTIPLE times in MULTIPLE chapters I will scream.

23rd Aug, 19
eriinfisher

I can't read any that don't space dialogue correctly and don't use correct grammar. I used to edit for a few Wattpad friends and it's honestly astonishing how some people don't know what a full stop is! The education system is failing us.

25th Aug, 19
bookwithbane

Whenever I go on Wattpad, I see really bad fanfiction and badly written work. Most of the fanfic is really bad...

23rd Aug, 19
eriinfisher

I feel like we should write a fanfic. Just so we can all cringe together.

25th Aug, 19
imosshelf

I'm not the biggest Wattpad fan but I've found that some of the books with less reads or some of the public vote competition winning books can be quite good. It's very hit or miss.

26th Aug, 19
eriinfisher

Very!

26th Aug, 19