Aug 10, 2008: It certainly has some excellent writing and the characters are realistic and gripping. It makes me almost want to sympathize with the narrator right from the get-go. It’s written in such a way that the university she writes about could actually exist. The attention to detail of the school itself proves that the author lived it firsthand (college in general, I mean).
On top of that, the fantasy element brings an intriguing breath of fresh air to the mix. What’s going on with these people/things and magic is normal in this world and downright shocking to us. It’s like Harry Potter on acid, but a good acid trip. The magic makes it interesting and not just another coming-of-age-in-college story.
I also like all of the spins she put on the implied fraternal organizations and school clubs and such. They’re really inventive and fitting to the world. I was laughing at a few of them. The satire playing here is subtle but poignant.
A couple of the parts I read were a bit dragging. While it seems, in part, to be read like a diary (the first person past tense POV, to me, makes it read like that) and while the description can be fine in-head, on paper it can get a bit rambling. The descriptions of all the characters in the meeting room, while interesting and seemingly written to prove the diversity of the school, got to be a little much.
Also, the story as a whole is extremely slow-moving, the focus being more on the characters instead of advancing the plot. Readers should be aware of that going in. There are five books and hundreds of chapters total but, like the other reviews have pointed out, only a month has passed in story time. Personally, if I were considering reading on, it would make me wary of excessive overwriting simply because those are a lot of words to push through such a short amount of time in-story.
This is completely personal and has nothing to do with the writing; it kept reminding me of high school more so than college and the last thing I want to do is remember high school. I guess it’s due in part to the age of the MC since she’s only months out of high school but I just can’t and don’t want to relate to the angst she has. Bad memories.
This isn’t something I would read because of that high school connection. Yeah, it was that bad. Not that I haven’t read other high school/college aged stories but this one just struck a nerve. It’s one of those things that you can’t pinpoint but you know it’s there. The fantastical elements make it amazing but I just can’t relate to the MC for purely personal reasons. I tried it because one, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about (worth the fuss, let me tell you) and two, it just looked fun. It certainly followed through on both but again, it keeps hitting that nerve and it’s keeping me from reading more.
I’m not one to deny a person has writing talent even if I’m not going to actively read the work. From what I have read, it is a really well-written piece that deserves the attention it’s been getting. The girl’s got talent, that’s for sure. This is a miss for me but I think every serial reader should at least give this story a try. It holds standards for what serials should be (quality-wise) and I think it could be considered a major movement to the positive in the web serial world.
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