We all write our stories in a word processing program, I assume. I suppose you could use the BBCode while writing to format what you've written but I do it by hand, too. And yes, it's a bite tiresome and sometimes, one misses things.
I'm with you on the "universe in peril" stories. I find it's a bit of a cliché by now. I'm also more interested in stories that are engaging and yet kind of everyday life stories in the sense that it feels as if they could realistically happen (sci-fi has a bit more leeway, obviously
). But it's more difficult to make something like that into an appealing movie, I guess.