LOVE & WAR (stylized like so) is Episode’s latest featured story, written by Sandra.G.
I first saw this story last night, when I was browsing Episode nonchalantly, looking for something to read before going to bed. Of course, something popped up advertising the new story, so I decided to check it out.
The description is most like almost every other Episode story about a bad boy, so, I wasn’t expecting much. But I decided to check it out, anyways.
I won’t spoil too much of the plot, so I’ll go through the motions and point anything out that bothers me or needs to be commented on.
I read the first three episodes.
- Nothing too special or amazing - I did notice a small error where the speechbubble wasn’t reset, but that’s about it.
- Saw another error when the best friend says “Max is staring at you.” To which it cuts to a… blank zone. With nobody in it.
- End of the second episode, it shows a black screen instead of the end card.
- Eyy, I did like that part with the frog, though. Made it the episode feel more alive.
- Typical bad boy plot you see on Episode, really, nothing new. Not sure if we should have expected anything new from Episode.
- Nothing really that special, though it has no grammatical or spelling errors, so props for that?
- The MC is customization once again, which I don’t have a huge problem with, but, I know people really want to see some non-custom MC’s every now and then. The next story, perhaps.
Negating the few special characters (love interest, best friend, etc), a few of the background characters seem to be default. It’s a tad bit distracting once you realize it.
- Bad boy love interest is both a jackass to the MC and the staff at the school, no surprise here. He has no regard for MC’s privacy and is like every god damn bad boy in every story on Episode.
- MC’s best friend is MC’s best friend, acts like most other best friends you see in Episode stories. Nothing new here.
There’s no popular girl with bleached blonde hair and lip injections for an enemy, so that’s pretty nice, for sure.
- Never mind about the popular girl thing, I spoke too soon.
- Bad boy spouted ‘you should stay away from me’ line. You know, at least he isn’t rich - that would make this even more cliche.
- I don’t mean to be that person, but when the girls (MC and best friend) pull up to school and one of the boys says ‘Hello, ladies!’ he gets slapped by the girl next to him. Played off as comedic. I don’t care if that girl was his girlfriend or his best friend or whatever - you do not slap someone like that. Yes, assuming that the girl is his girlfriend, he shouldn’t have said that. But that doesn’t give her the right to slap him! I know people might say it’s just for comedic purposes, but, I’m tired of this double standard. Would you be laughing if it was a man hitting his girlfriend? No. It’s the same god damn thing when a girl hits her boyfriend.
So… It wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t that great. Ready it for yourselves and give it a shot! I’d love to hear your thoughts.