I’ve been wandering around the Forums for inspiration, mostly what other peoples stories do or don’t have. To say that relationships pop up a lot would be an understatement, it would seem that they are in all the stories I’ve perused, which would suggest that they are a mandatory (or at least expected) feature for any decent story.
While I could easily incorporate this into stories I’ve already written, I can’t help but wonder just how much stock people expect from it. Most of what I’ve written is almost exclusively plot driven, rather than character driven. Focusing more on large groups or small parties rather than a singular main character.
Then there is romance which brings it’s own complications and controversial implications.
So do you consider Relationships to be the crunch of the story or added fluff that may or may not be appreciable?
I understand that some stories are nothing without their relationships, making them a requirement rather than a feature, this thread isn’t about those stories.