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WORM

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By yaywona, member

Nov 10, 2013: Have you ever reached a point in a story where you realize you have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but it’s too late to go back and reread because things got weird a million pages ago?

Yeah. That’s what Worm is to me in a nutshell.

From the very beginning I was in love with this story. I was in love with the idea of a heroine that pushed herself through obstacles and developed herself into a different person (I didn’t care whether or not the end journey would have her become a villain or a hero, I was just impressed by the fact that she was changing and the fact that it was believable). Life was not sunshine and rainbows. The death count started ticking higher and higher with every subsequent arc, but I stuck through because I believed it made things realistic (especially in the context of the plot). It’s amazing how suckered I was into the "grittiness", the "edginess", the "realism" of the plot, because I actually 100% believed that the protagonist would end her story completely changed.

I can’t pinpoint exactly where I felt things were going wrong, because I literally have zero patience in sifting through the technical jargon, incomprehensible plot points, all the people that were introduced in one line and killed the next, and emotional disconnect I started to feel with the entire story itself. Technical jargon is all well and good for those who are deeply involved in figuring out the science behind things, which I must admit I have never had the stomach for. The plot really started getting incomprehensible with the sheer amount of new characters and how the old ones slipped from the radar and were disposed of. There’s nothing wrong with killing your characters, especially if it evokes some kind of emotional reaction from your audience. A great character death is one you wish never happened, but at the same time you feel sated—because that character would have never had an impact on the plot or on you otherwise. A bad character death leaves you staring at the screen in complete bewilderment and whispering "but you could have done so much MORE with that." An especially bad character death is an IMPLIED character death, one that forces you to scroll through the entire chapter again just to see if the author explicitly stated whether or not the person died (and if it’s merely implied, then chances are they’re coming back).

The biggest problem I have with this story is that I feel absolutely cheated with both my time and attention. The protagonist’s fate inspired absolutely no reaction from me, because it’s been something I’ve read many times before. It’s not new. It’s not emotional. It would have been maybe twenty arcs back or so, but it’s not anymore. If you like your characters to end up with some kind of substantial development that manages to draw you in until the very end, then I have to say that Worm is an especially poor choice. The writing style that I found so refreshing started grating on me too. "He stood. He looked. He ran." Everyone has different reading preferences, sure, and mine just start to glaze over whenever I read a single sentence.

I still recommend readers to read the beginning arcs, only because I feel that the story is still at a level that’s easy to understand (one that involves the protagonists specifically). I encourage stopping before the story starts broadening it’s universal (multiversal??) focus, unless you have the steely determination to stick with ever changing plots and characters. Which if you do, then thumbs up. But if you don’t, then I highly suggest looking elsewhere.

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