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Over at Crappypasta, we’ve been trying to find our footing in regards to how to categorize the submissions that end up there. We’ve been getting a lot of helpful suggestions, but one in particular gave us pause. Shogunfish suggested a ‘Ripoff Rituals’ category – you know, for those rituals that are all risk, no reward – which we liked, until it occured to one of the admins that… you know, we barely get ANY ritualpasta submissions anymore.

If you plunge really far back into this site’s archives, you’ll notice that for awhile, ritualpasta was probably the most common style of creepypasta – to the point where readers were actually getting understandably cranky about all the ritual spam – yet it seems to have fallen completely out of fashion lately.

In fact, almost every submission we get lately falls into one of two categories: Beings/Entities and Dreams/Madness, usually mixed in with Murders/Deaths.

Poor Locations/Sites, Rites/Rituals, Artifacts/Objects and Strange/Unknown get just about zero love from today’s Creepypasta writers – at least, those writers that are submitting to us.

So after this realization, August’s discussion post topic was born: Which of the Creepypasta categories is your personal favorite, and which would you prefer to see significantly less of – and why do you feel that way?

  • ThatOnePerson

    I simultaneously love and hate the Dreams/Madness category of creepypasta.

    I love it, because especially if it’s kind of mind-fuckish, it’s the kind of pasta that stays with me the longest. I hate it because so many people seem to dive into this particular genre with the same old tried premises and outcomes.

    There are definitely gems in this category, but I think its boom in popularity has led to a plethora of mediocre or just plain contrived and un-readable garbage.

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  • Eyes_of_Fire

    My favorite category is Dreams and Madness. Not only is it almost always interesting (hello, Psychosis), but it is the category most of my own horror stories fall into. Sorry about that.

    My least favorite category is Artifacts, simply because I’m tired of all the haunted games. Don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic stories to be read in this category (Ben Drowned), but most of them aren’t Creepypasta-worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Honestly Rites and Rituals and Strange and Unknown are my personal favorites! <3 they always are more interesting to me,though Dreams/Madness are also up there because they always seem to keep my interest

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  • Colin

    Hey, can you guys add a page just for new stuff?

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  • M’aiq

    I think locations and sites are the most interesting. They kind of make me want visit the places in the story.(if they exist)

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    • Tadhg

      You are lying M’aiq didn’t you see some dragons recently?

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  • Miss.Blake

    I would prefer less dreams! and much more objects

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  • http://www.kittensclaws.tumblr.com Kittens Claws

    I love Madness. It’s probably due to my obsession with abnormal psychology, but the fact remains.
    My least favorite pastas are Rituals. I mean, why would I want to do that stuff again? Is it really worth a fate worse than death to be able to see whatever or to get a gold ring that might not be worth a whole lot out of a toilet?
    Locations can be a little tiresome, but there are some good ones there.

    Creepypasta helps me get through my work day, so keep it up!

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  • Len Lye

    Strange/Unknown.

    At their best they are utterly unpredictable and the uncertainty of it all leaves a haunted aftertaste of truly magnificent pasta.

    At their worst is the usual horde of cliches, yet still interesting as they leave you still with a yearning to know… well… what the fuck is happening.

    Yes I am aware the abrupt and “it’s up to you” endings can be used as a ‘cheat’ of sorts for lazy writers who can’t quite capitalize on their ideas, it just comes with the territory.

    But in my humble opinion “Strange/Unknown” contain the most interesting and engaging pastas I’ve yet sampled.

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  • AthenaH2SO4

    I’m rather fond of the Beings/Entities category, as well as Strange/Unknown. I have to admit that the Rites/Rituals category almost invariably bores me to tears…heck, even the famous Holders Series bored me to tears. I’m not sure why, really.

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  • S&D

    I agree with most the people here; dreams/madness is an absolute favorite. It mindfucks you because in real life, it always has the potential to turn into a thing. Maybe not the scientific experiments, but that would only happen to a handful of people anyways… Unless it was a mass-population experiment?! Dun dun dunn! [You're welcome for the story idea.]
    My least favorite is the beings/entities [except for Slendy, of course]. I guess because there’s no possible way to go about the whole “I see spirits” angle without a.] turning cliche, or b.] sounding like a tool. Also, artifacts/objects are a real piece. Reasons a and b apply for this category as well.
    Everything else I didn’t mention is a-okay and doesn’t need any special treatment.

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  • marlikins

    My favorite is dreams and madness, and my least favorite is rites and rituals. Rites and rituals got way too repetitive.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mylesd98?feature=mhee mylesd98

    i prefer beings/entities and strange/unknown
    but like athenah2s04 said
    rites/rituals bore me to death.

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  • PastYourBedTime

    message here if you waana collab with me

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  • Athosismyhero

    Locations/Sites and Beings/Entities. Most of my favorite pastas are in those.

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  • ReDdevil

    dreams&madness are the best one.Also beings&entities are good Knowing about something which u never hav thought of but seems logical real…… scares the shit out of u

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  • Simon

    Can anyone explain why all the new creepypastas suck like shit?

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com/august-discussion-post-bestworst-creepypasta-categories/ Blarg? Blarg!

    I hate the “stupid parents” thing. No one is THAT stupid, like Jeff the Killer’s parents. I hate to hate these types.

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  • corpulent

    Well, fornicate the haters then because, while I’m not decided on a *favourite*, Rites and Rituals is way up there for me. I mean, yeah obviously there are plenty of the formulaic, cliched, poorly written boring pastas for it just as there are for the other categories, but back in the golden age of creepypasta there were also plenty of absolute gems like the Gallery of Henri Beauchamp which were, uif not creepy, at least intriguing and mysterious and presented pretty damn interesting mythologies. To those that say “why would I do that…”, are you honestly going to tell me you wouldn’t be the least bit curious about the bizarre, paranormal, forbidden knowledge that is being offered? It’s this morbid curiosity at the heart of human nature that such a legend of the works of Lovecraft, and you’re fools to deny it.

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  • I Like Noodles

    My favourite is Strange and Unknown as it has a lot of great stories in there.

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  • The Five

    The Five believe Artifacts/Objects and Strange/Unknown are the ones more deserving of intelligent content.
    At the same time, The Five believe that Haunted Games don’t belong on Creepypasta, rather, Crapypasta. They aren’t remotely creepy.

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  • Witch King of Angmar

    I like a lot those Pastas about ‘Lost episodes’. They usually mess up with our memories from some old animated tv show. I loved ‘Candle Cove’, ‘Squidward’s Suicide’ and ‘Chukie’s Mom’. I would like to read some more ‘lost episodes’ pasta!

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  • Reika

    Murders/Deaths is my favorite category as my fear of death has no bounds, with murder being at the top of the ultimate fear list. Unfortunately, my favorite category has so few good stories in it. Most are overdone and cliche. But the scarce good ones never fail to keep me up at night.

    Least favorite is probably Artifacts/Objects. While there are plenty of well-written stories in that section, I don’t think I’ve ever been creeped out or scared by them.

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  • Frosty

    I enjoy the Rituals because they approach the ‘horror story’ in such an abstract manner. The rituals were like the obscure foreign films of creepypasta. There were some very well written ones, as someone mentioned, Gallery of Henri Beauchamp, and they provided such a random tour into weirdness. I’d hate to see the category go, and I’d love to see a revival!

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  • CreepyCupcake

    I really like the Strange/Unknown category. I can’t really say why, just some of the pasta’s give me chills. Im not really into the Artifacts/ Objects category, because of the haunted game pastas the creep up way to much. Now if people would write about actually scary games like Silent Hill, then you might have an actual hit with me.

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  • Aleron XIV

    In my opinion, every category has potential. As such, I have no one favourite section. However, I don’t have much fondness for Artifacts/Objects, mainly because of the possessed games and poorly written pastas about objects I would never come across in the first place.

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