This is an expansion of a previous rant on Wattpad. You can find that here.
Wattpad has got to be one of the only writing sites on the internet where your stories can become popular with atrocious grammar, one diminsional characters, and POVs that change at neckbreak speed. Type in any popular phrase like “Bad boy”, “geek”, “vampire”, “One Direction”, etc., you’re going to get a top page of mostly junk. Trust me. And yet, they’ve got millions of views and thousands of likes.
Why do these types of stories get popular?
Well, it’s simple really:
Wattpad’s readers are mostly preteens and teenagers. They don’t care for basic punctuation, or the fact that dialogue usually needs to be in quotations. They don’t care that the main boy character’s only action seems to be smirking at the preferred lady/man of their choice. None of that stuff matters.
What matters is the “plot” and how likable(?) the characters are. The best way to turn heads is write a cheesy romance story that takes place in highschool. Bonus points if there is a love triangle.
It’s kinda like the billionare and shifter plots that seem to be in demand on Kindle right now.
You don’t need some plot with alot of symbolism, alliteration, or any other type of figurative language.
You just need a hot guy and girl (usually) and bam! You’ve got the interest of many.