Heyo. I have yet ANOTHER new idea. It's under the second collapsible in my sandbox. Any feedback would be great. Keep in mind, VERY rough draft.
Total noob speaking, but I think there's something there. Writing needs lots of work, but it seems to me the central mystery of the object is whether it is criticizing the reader or whether it causes the reader to criticize him- or herself, and working on that dimension will give you your emotional hook. Cool picture, too!
One more thing. Lots of these items cause suicide. I've read maybe a quarter of them, and suicide comes up quite a bit. Maybe this one causes self-doubt, timorousness, substance abuse, people to quit their present employment and take low-pressure jobs that they're overqualified for, or something else short of death?
I feel like I've seen this before.
Gosh dangit. I was hoping have it not actually be an enforced effect would be unique.
Nooow I remember. This vaguely reminded me of that website that showed people what they could've been, making them depressed about their real life. That might be part of why I don't like this draft; the website was neither malicious nor compulsive, meaning people viewed it because they both liked an hated what they saw at the same time. Your idea is just an bully book that you could literally jus shut, walk away, and forget about entirely.
I don't think I've properly elaborated my original idea. Basically my idea is that the book tells you precisely how badly you've screwed up, what you could have done better, and precisely why you are such a screw up. I'm sure a person with a lot of self-confidence could brush it off, but most would be traumatized by it.
Sorry to say, it's sounding more and more like the website.
Well this is a look at your past, not your future. I do see your point however. Any suggestions on how to make it more unique?
Maybe change it so that instead of showing how the subject fucked up, show how the subjects close family and friends lied o them and betrayed them.
As in, it lies and makes up plausible sounding scenarios, or it actually tells them things like that that happened?
Probably a little of both. People lie all the time to each other, so it would start small, with just a dollar or two that a friend never paid back, to bigger things like cheating on your spouse. While not all of it would have to be necessarily truthful, enough of it would be to the point that it makes every statement in it seem plausible as a whole. Along with this, the lies would have to be crafted in such a way that the victim wouldn't be able to disprove them.
Like, it starts out with small things that never happened, and then moves up to "Your spouse never loved you." Conceptual things.
It's shorter than my thumb.
Book that guilts you to death. I would like to see a another interesting book SCP— but this effect has nothing to it, as is. Plus this feel similar to an anomalous website-profile-something that was written recently…