I just got a 24-Hr Free Pass for this story and I previously played a few chapters of the original, so I thought why not?
I don’t remember a lot from reading the original but the intro for the featured is so lackluster compared to the original. For starters, MC is, no joke, supposed to be the Normal Girl, while in the original she has a much more interesting background of a disgruntled actress/model (if memory serves). She is also a former hairdresser-now-turned-(pick whatever), which may be nice or not depending on whether you usually like MCs to be blank slates.
I get that the story is compressed to allow more gem choices or simplify the plot focus (since the original story isn’t even finished), but the other stuff Episode removed and/or changed are not for the best. For instance, we don’t get a mention of the other contestants’ names until the first fashion show challenge. And it’s obvious which one of the bachelors we don’t get a chance to be with due to how inconsistent each character introduction is.
The CC templates are, surprise not surprise, so limited save for the hairstyles. And like the original, some of the character designs are also questionable.
To look into positives though … I liked Savannah’s ‘frizzy’ hair, and choosing between a straight and bi branch is interesting, though I don’t know if the latter means we get to romance some of the broke girls or some of the bachelors are turned into girls. And Episode kept in the part where MC DIYed her runway outfit when you don’t choose the gem choice to get a spectacular looking gown, which cool. But I didn’t like how the choice bubble straight up lied about ‘letting Xiomara win’.
So yeah, pretty aight imo. If anyone else has read this, please contribute!