Gabriela covers the story types in chapter eleven in her DIY MFA Book. Just click on the image for the book.
In this prompt: “Are you like me and a sucker for underdog stories? Do you love that classic boy-meets-girl Rom-Com formula? Are you crazy for epic quests about heroes saving the world? For today’s prompt, tell us which story type you love and why.”
Oh, this one is so tough as I enjoy all of them! My writing background, so far, has been horror short stories (where many times the protagonist does NOT survive or win in the end), dark poetry, and dark fantasy stories (these would include the epic quest types). Now that I’m thinking of it, for some reason, I’ve yet to complete a fantasy story. Well, I do know the reason. The stories tend to grow too big, too complicated, and overwhelm me to the point that I stop writing them. These have all been written in the serial-format. I’ve come to a realization that perhaps serial fiction may not be for me. Not at this time anyway.
The only romance story I’ve written is a screenplay (“Storms of the Heart”) which I will be converting to a book this year. This one has comedic scenes throughout, but probably not enough to be truly called a “rom-com.” There are dramatic parts, and suspense too. The heroine has both internal and external conflicts to wrestle with. It’s a love story, and it’s a survival story. It’s a story that keeps pestering me since it’s birth back in 2008. It’s a story that will deal with PTSD. And losses.
It’s the type of story that has won my heart. And it is the one I will write in the coming months ahead.
So, to answer the prompt question above. The type of story I love most is the survivalist kind, the underdog where the conflict/antagonist that the protagonist has to face is so much stronger than she is, but she’s determined to survive. And this particular story also has a love story intertwined which makes it all the more endearing since I love watching something bloom between two people in-spite of all the roadblocks standing in their way.
Why this type? Probably because I consider myself a survivor. I’ve been an underdog all my life. And I’m still fighting, and I suppose I always will, but that’s fine. I don’t think I would have it any other way. 🙂