The last few weeks have been hell & I already feel like I need another vacation.
*lemongrab voice* ONE MILLION YEARS BALL PIT
how good is this game?
I only hesitate to recommend it because in my experience you either love or hate otome games.
Also keep in mind that Voltage games are phone apps so there’s… a certain level of quality that is different from other otome games.
Personally I really like Serendipity Next Door, I think it’s one of the more mature voltage games available. (Two Bedroom Story is another one of my favorites right now)
I’ve only played through all of Shinobu’s stories for Next Door. I usually only pick the characters I know I will like, which is why I recommend just reading through the prologue + first chapter of characters because then you can get a good idea if you’ll like the character or not. It’s a little easier on the pocketbook too ;)
Holy *too shocked to finish that sentence*!
Wow Keiichi’s story, or rather stories are coming out in September!!!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I hate the term Mary-Sue. I think I’ve been around the internet as long as it has or close to it and I didn’t really question it at first because it seemed to be doing a good job of describing a phenomenon in geek culture.
But with a lot of life and writing experience, I’ve realised a couple of things:
- Despite people trying to use Marty/Gary-Stu (the male equivalent), it’s something that’s applied mostly to female characters and more often than not it’s to do with regulating acceptable forms of behaviour. If a female character is too feminine, she’s a Mary-Sue. Too bold and brash? Mary-Sue. Competent at whatever martial practice? Mary-Sue! Genius or jerk, despite the plethora of male characters in popular media who embody these traits? Mary-Sue.
- The fear of creating a Mary-Sue can restrict and even silence writers. One of the side-eye worthy things I’ve seen on the internet - and this is mostly in fanfiction circles - is people who are college age or older actively go out of their way to pick on people who are in their early teens because they’ve written a self-insert that involves their fandom. (For the record, I’m not talking about constructive criticism but the good thing to remember about that is 1. not everyone is asking for criticism, they just want to blow off steam 2. if they are kids, puberty is a quite frankly horrible and difficult time and they’re probably using this as a way to cope and 3. if you don’t like something, you can not read the thing.)
And because of the first point:
- Even if you take the time to create and write a well-rounded character, someone who doesn’t like your writing for whatever reason can justify their dislike by using labels that shouldn’t even be relevant any more.
What was once a useful term to describe too-perfect characters (which in a fairer world, shouldn’t have been split into a gender divide) is now overused, along with close contender the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
I think one of the best pieces of writing advice going around these days is to write good characters irregardless of their gender but keep in mind how men and women are socially conditioned differently.
And we do have links about writing realistic characters and how to write strong characters.
My other advice is to go forth, be amazing, and tell anyone who insists on making a cliche out of a cliche to go and shove off.