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What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
If someone could point me to a standard definition CYS uses to define what makes a story Grimdark, that would be helpful. If there is none, if someone really bored or really passionate wants to explain it to me in depth, that might be any better.

I did look it up, but most of what I found was pretty unhelpful or just a debate on whether it was actually a separate genre.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

Well what were you planning on putting in your story exactly?

If you're going with an anti-hero to straight up villain protagonist route and the world is generally brutal with a lot of corruption, then you're probably on the grimdark path.

If you're familiar with the Witcher or Warhammer Fantasy (The old version, not that Age of Sigmar shit) those would be examples of Grimdark fantasy. Everyone is just living a shitty life for the most part. Even if you're a king, you're probably going to be assassinated soon. Impending DOOM of the world (by whatever forces) is usually going on in the background and it isn't a certainty that the "good guys" (Who are probably a bunch of thieves and murderers themselves) can do a damn thing to stop it and even if they can they're probably going to die in the process, along with 90% of the world anyway.

Whether its "High" fantasy (Lots of magic) or "Low" fantasy (Magic is rarer) doesn't matter too much, since it's more of the tone of setting rather than the content.

Low fantasy is probably easier to turn grimdark due to the lack of magic being able to come in and save the day for the good guys. But you can easily still turn a high fantasy setting grimdark.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
There’s beginning to be a glimmer of understanding in my mind.

I suppose the bit that I’m particularly interested in is how a character with genuinely good intentions affects this. If I am understanding it correctly, it is mainly the setting and situations that makes up the bulk of the classification while the characters are terrible merely by being products of their environment.

I guess I’m curious as to whether a true hero with pure intentions is a glaring anomaly in a grimdark world even if they end up falling, or if playing fast and loose with nature vs. nurture is a decent play

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

I believe you're getting it. A true hero with good intentions wouldn't make a grimdark story NOT grimdark. In fact it'd just make it hilarious if he fails.

I do think you're overthinking it honestly. I don't think anyone ever went and made a list of requirements for a story to be grimdark.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

Always felt Ned Stark from Game of Thrones was a good example of a fantasy story hero who didn't realize he was in a grimdark fantasy setting.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Make it grim. And dark.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Seriously though check this out: An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

“'Horror is a story where the protagonist is helpless in the face of a supernatural threat. The protagonist seeks to destroy the supernatural threat in order to save themselves or others, but only when they are forced into a confrontation.'”

"'Dark fantasy is similar to horror in that it is a story where the protagonist is helpless in the face of a supernatural threat. Unlike horror, dark fantasy tends to have a thread of hope running through the story. While at times being helpless, the protagonist generally wins in the end; although the cost (loss of friends/family or even their own innocence) will be great.'"

"'Grimdark is a story where the protagonist faces a supernatural threat, but s/he isn’t helpless against their adversary. Rather than run from the supernatural threat, the grimdark protagonist actively seeks to subvert or control it.'" [...] "One reason grimdark stands out from other subgenres in speculative fiction because, 'the antagonist can be as relatable, or if not more so, than the protagonists. And, you never know if the villain is going to be defeated or the book will end with the world in a worse shape than when it first started.'"

"In all, grimdark can be summarized as: 'a subgenre or a way to describe the tone, style, or setting of speculative fiction (especially fantasy) that is, depending on the definition used, markedly dystopian or amoral, or particularly graphic in its depiction of violence. In most grimdark literature the supernatural is a passive force, controlled by humans—unlike supernatural horror where the preternatural forces are most often an active entity with agency,' (Frohock, 2015). It should be mentioned that the violence depicted in grimdark include: rape, dismemberment, death, torture, all types of abuse, sacrifice, regicide, dark magic, vengeance, etc. This subgenre is not meant for everyone. If you cannot handle more than a few scenes of this sort of violence, then grimdark is NOT for you."

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
"Dystopia but fantasy" would've been a much easier way to say all that. It's a recent enough term that there really is no set definition though, it's mostly about tone which is pretty subjective and requires a level of skill on the author and a level of comprehension by the reader to be consistently identifiable.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
That’s what I had assumed. I do think that what was described was helpful though. It kind of outlines the classic “hero’s quest” idea in a grimdark setting. I don’t think the story I am currently writing would fit in to the category, but it just got me thinking. Unfortunately, I get kind of guideline obsessed sometimes and want an algorithm rather than vague attributes, but I’m pretty sure most genres are vague on purpose. I am also reading a couple of examples from the genre to further my enlightenment. You’ve all been very helpful.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
I feel like there's a bit of a blur between the more "adult" side of traditional fantasy and grim dark. Some overlap. But I think one should be careful to get sucked into tropes. For example, don't make every town a place where poverty, depression and disease rule the land. Maybe have the occasional leader of a city be a good and wise ruler, but just not powerful enough to prevent the exploitation of his/her people.

It's got to be "grim," but you ought to have some trope-control in there, for lack of a better term.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

I’ve never been under the impression that any of those three genres requires a supernatural threat.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

"Dark Fantasy" sort of has another meaning on the internet since it can refer to a story revolving around some sort of hardcore sex fetish. (Usually of the rapey variety).

Hence why we changed the Dark Fantasy name to Grimdark because we started getting degenerates coming around asking for shit like cuck stories.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
"Dark Fantasy" as far as I understand it now is just code for pedo shit with 'dark' aspects (as opposed to the normal multi colored hair Japanese kind.) They stole our term from us. :(

People who want cuck stories don't need a euphemism, they just ask for cuck stories. They aren't capable of any form of shame they can't get off on, it just goes with the territory.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

Of course then you have the retarded spinoffs and "opposites" since people think there's gotta be a 4 chart spectrum for everything.

So you'll see shit like Noblebright, Nobledark, and Grimbright along with Grimdark.

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/SoYouWantTo/WriteACrapsackWorld

There's a bunch of classifications of what all these supposedly mean, but just write whatever the hell you want and if you label it wrong, we're just going to put it in the appropriate category anyway.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
“But if you play this completely straight - you don't include the slightest ray of sunshine, everyone is just so friggin' serious! and people make decisions that lack logic and reason for the sake of being dark - then you're not writing grimdark, you're writing grimderp and drown in autoparody.”

If ever a name-change is needed (perhaps from new degenerates perverting the name), I think the article has a good idea.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
In one, the soldier is slain by a deft swing of the sword and falls to the ground so that our hero may pass and complete his journey.

In the other, the hero repeatedly bashes the soldier's face with an iron fist until the nose, skull and brain become one bloody, purple mess and the soldier gurgles and suffocates in his own blood.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

If the hero rapes the soldier as he suffocates on his own blood and then eats parts of the corpse due to food being so scarce then you start going beyond grimdark and into edgelord territory.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Normal Tuesday night for Shia LaBeouf.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Commended by EndMaster on 8/28/2022 6:59:56 PM
what i did to your mom last night qualifies as grimdark

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Not horror?

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Hey @Petros, I noticed you forgot to reply to this.
I'd like to remind you that commendations reflect high-quality writing and advice, so you'll no doubt miss something critical if you fail to analyze Dark's response closely and learn something from it.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago
Ah, yes. My ignorant eyes at first did not see the dazzling brilliance hidden in the comment. Surely this contains the wisdom that will guide me to create a successful first story.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

A wizard that is a racist, rapist, and also has genocided in the past, but is too old now to do so. You can also make him someone that diddles kids for an extra layer of coal to the character. Also he still wants to do the genocide, the king knows but damnit this is our greatest wizard. The wizard however has a secret class of sorts that he teaches these ideas to, and now you have a small faction of racist wizards in your story. Usually such characters would wear white hoods, but since this is fantasy they become your wizards that wear spooky black hoods that block off their faces and stuff.

 

All Done.

What is grimdark enough to be grimdark?

3 months ago

This thread is way too good now to stay in the noob forum. Moved to the center stage.

Probably should be in the writing forum, but lol, who reads anything there?