When you look at the What’s Hot section of any genre on Wattpad, you might notice that originality doesn’t equal popularity. In fact, very often the most popular books have a similar storyline and even similar characters. Some frustrated Wattpad authors say that these books are just replicas of another poorly written fantasy of a teenage girl. True or not, they’re still the ones to have millions of reads.
So what’s the problem? Should Wattpad change its algorithm and find a way to give more exposure to undiscovered gems and more original stories? In a way, they’re already doing that and I personally think they’re doing their best to widen literary diversity on their platform. So is it maybe the readers? Are they the real issue? Is it our ignorant generation that chooses to read these empty, superficial books that are poisoning their minds and killing their creativity? Or is it the writers’ fault? Are they the ones who started this trend of wish fulfilment and basic plots with no substance? Or is it just the Internet?
I don’t have the answer to these questions, but there’s one thing I’m sure of. If you’re a writer, especially on Wattpad, you shouldn’t care about any of this. Write what you believe in. Write something that you know no one else will be able to write the way you do. Write the story that can’t be silenced in your head even if you want it to. Write the story that burns and burns inside of you, the story that perhaps you’re too afraid to share. Don’t try to copy every trend and cliché in order to get popular, but don’t try to defy them either. Just write the story, your story. It’s not about being edgy and going against the crowd. It’s not about popularity. Be sincere in your writing and the world will notice.