Story Brain Storming Sunday: High School! Low School!

It’s that time!

I give a  prompt, and people come in with stories they’d like to see.  You can do anything from a full polished story to a sentence on what you’d like to see.

I encourage people to give suggestions to mine or any story posted.  If you think somebody’s idea totally rules or totally sucks that’s cool. BUT you have to give at least one reason why.  I will probably be doing some playful devil’s advocate all over the place.  Hopefully we can have fun and learn about writing from each other.

It won’t have to be BL orientated, but combating beaten to death cliches will give you major bonus points.

This week prompt is: High School Romance.~

If Johnny doesn’t ask me to the prom I will just die! So notice me senpai or I’ll post so much angst poetry on Deadjournal!  This is one of the most beaten to death, and irritating plot lines to me.  So pull out all the stops to impress me internet!

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23 Responses to Story Brain Storming Sunday: High School! Low School!

  1. wanda says:


    *every high school story ever*

    Bonus if the jock guy extorts/blackmails/threatens the mc for sex.

    Won’t anyone ever write a romance between a nerd and a goth or something? LIKE DOES THAT EVEN EXIST?

    • I’ve seen a few that are like, “Me and this dude are best friends but now I’m getting boners for him and he’s getting boners for me but we can’t be honest with each other. UH OH! WACKY STORY ENSUES!”

      I don’t think I’ve seen hot nerd on goth romance. I WOULD LIKE TO THOUGH!

      • Wanda says:

        Uuuugh, those “miscommunication” stories in which the miscommunication goes on for chapters upon chapters drive me crazy. THERE IS ONLY SO LONG YOU CAN ARRANGE TO MEET AT A RESTAURANT BUT THEN HIS CRAZY IDENTICAL TWIN SHOWS UP AND YOU KISS HIM AND HE’S LIKE “WHOA DUDE” AND YOU’RE LIKE “WHACKY ~*~MISUNDERSTANDING~*~!”

        I have a story about an effeminate ex-theater nerd and a metalhead named Omar, but it’s not in high school. Now that I’m 23, I’m so over high school. XD NEVER AGAIN.

        • Yeah my high school time was not fun, and don’t understand why people think it’s sooooooo nice to write about. I don’t think I’ll write a high school story either to be honest.

      • Anonymous says:

        Unfortunately I can’t find the title, but I read a novel where the main couple is an incredibly awkward chubby goth teen and a super flamboyant camp-loving humanoid alien…

  2. RayneofCastamere says:

    If high school romances MUST be overdramatic, then go all the way. Take it to the next limit. Make it so over-the-top that it becomes AMAZING.

    Jock dating the head cheerleader starts to become interested in nerd girl? Play that shit up like he’s Henri of France and the girls are Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers.

    I’m just saying, if these stories HAVE to act like love high school is akin to being in one of those backstabbing medieval or early modern courts, they may as well go the whole hog. Like end of Blues Brothers insane.

  3. Stardigrade says:

    Being a native of the UK, I have never been able to relate to high-school dramas and romances or any of the classic cliches you see in American media, they are just totally alien compared to my personal school experiance.

    I cannot even speak on behalf of the majority of UK schools because I was sent to a London Jewish school – I can’t think of a position more distant from American schools in the media.

    I would say the closest I have come to relating to any high-school based media is with Azumanga Daioh, but even then just barely (obvious culture differences xD)

    • I’ve had a hard time relating to high school romance stories and hell I went to a regular public school in America! I mean it could be argued that I don’t related because 0 romance happened at me during high school.

      I would say the only teen romance I can relate to and one of the best on the net would be Prince of cats.

    • Wanda says:

      Yeah, the media totally lies about the American high school experience. For some reason a lot of non-Americans think girls can wear bras and mini skirts to school because they saw it in a Hollywood movie once. Ummmmm, no. And one person from the UK writing about American high schools said that everyone had a gun and that school shootings happened all the time. Like, are you kidding me?

      Mostly it’s just a bunch of kids who hate each other shoved into a small room and forced to learn a subject they don’t care about. Also, no sex ed. Well, not where I went anyway. Basically they were all “DON’T HAVE SEX UNTIL YOU’RE MARRIED” and then proceeded to show us pictures of herpes-infected vaginas. So basically how it went down in Mean Girls. SEX. IT’S A KILLER.

      But honestly, I had zero drama in high school. All my friends got along and I did well and it was totally boring. *shrug*

      • Stardigrade says:

        We didnt have a social hierachy as of such, the way it worked in my school seemed to be based on how social you were. The most social kids were friends with everyone right across the year-group (there were over 150 kids per year-group.

        Safe to say, romance was also completely absent from my school experience. I watched other people pseudo-experience it Kids would “go out” with each other just to explore bodies of the opposite sex but I never saw anyone truly in love, except this one girl who’s boyfriend went onto become a sex offender.

        Surprisingly for a faith school we had a very thorough sex education experience. They taught us about all the types of contraception available, which is more than I can say for my friends who went to state school – One of ‘em didn’t know about The Pill until aged 18, when I told him and he was just completely bewildered such a thing existed.

        • Stardigrade says:

          I’m sad to say that I did experiance drama at my school amongst my own teeny tiny social circles.

          In American teen dramas, everyone is so chemically-balanced and the only traces of hormones are seen in the raging teen-libidos.

          They never depict teenage irrationality in it’s full form, how other teenagers can be so cruel to their friends completely on a wing.
          I experienced bullying in different forms and the worst was under the hand of different “best” friends who enjoyed pushing power dynamics, but at the same time could not live without me.
          The closest trope you’ll get to this is you’ll see a bully with some cronies tagging around with them, but in my experiance it could be the most harmless person, or even the most popular person who initiates this kind of abusive friendship.

          But heaven forbid a protagonist be played in a negative light in American media.

          • Stardigrade says:

            Tell a lie, sometimes you do see the main-man have a friend or best friend who’s the butt of every joke, but it’s usually played with a wah – wah-waaaahh mentality and that character isn’t usually developed beyond a punchline anyway.

        • Wanda says:

          Yeah, I had about 110 kids in my grade, so everyone knew each other and stuff. I was probably a lot more social in high school than I am now, just because I was surrounded by people I’d known for years and years. Even though I hated at least half of them. DX

          I had no high school romances, and my one friend had one junior year going into senior year, so it came on the latter half of my high school experience. It definitely happened AROUND me but never actually concerned me, so I was saved from all romantic drama for the most part. Funnily, my college experience was even MORE chaste. If someone came to me with a romantic problem, I wouldn’t be able to help. I’d just, like, blow a foghorn and then dart away.

          Yeah, half of America seems to think that if you don’t tell kids about sex, they won’t have it. LOL. Half of the kids in my class had failed the course twice and boasted about having sex with their girlfriends right before they taught us about abstinence. YEAH OKAY SCHOOL. YOU PUT THOSE FINGERS IN YOUR EARS.

          • Stardigrade says:

            I really envy that you managed to not let it phase you xDD
            I remained a virgin all through my school and 6th form years and watched all my friends flump and fuddle through failing relationships.
            For many, I made it my effort to offer advice. I tried as best as I could with the little knowledge I had to comfort and console because I thought the pain they experienced mattered.

            But one kind friend swiftly pushed me in my place, and told me that my complete lack of experiance made any advice I gave moot.

  4. Wanda says:

    Also, Faps, here’s my rendition of the slash world’s typical high school romance.

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