Originally Posted by TempOcean
Thanks Scyther. The war thing is to just make this story different than just a random Gym/ Elite 4 quest, and I'll try and write it well. I'm going to have the Intro posted by Saturday and maybe Ch. 1 as well.
One great rule of breaking cliches: don't do something different just for the sake of "being different." Better to use a cliche than break it for the sake of breaking it and nothing else.
Now, that being said, it doesn't seem like you've entirely done the war thing just for the sake of being different. I would hope not. My opinion on war? Eh, I'm partially with Giratina in that I like the charm of Pokemon, but mainly because I think people try to make Pokemon "mature", again, just for the sake of "being different."
However, if the concept of war really fits in your universe, if you're not just being different because you think it will make your story better, and you make it well-written and make sense, it could be awesome. Just don't think that doing something different will automatically make your story better. Really, it's the quality of writing and characters that make a story good or bad. If you do a "generic" trainer fic, but write it really well and have very well-crafted characters, it could be awesome. It's all about the quality of writing and the characters. That's what makes your story a hit. Not different cliches or anti-cliches.
Overall, good luck with this, and I hope it turns out great.