Post Plot-Twist Praise
Most readers of this story will likely agree on one truth of this comic above all else- the twist at the end of Part 1 was a complete and total shock. For some, it was a Wall Banger
, and the abrupt, seemingly out of nowhere Genre Shift
that accompanies it were just too much, and they stopped reading. But... really, was it all that bad?
First of all, it was intended from the very beginning
. There's a lot of stuff that actually makes much more sense, like Lia's reasons to not be with Fiona and Conscience's (Or shall I say, Mary's)... entire existence.
And that's before you even get into the amazing Character Development
that happens post-twist. We learn that there's more to each and every character than meets the eye. It adds depth by simply showing who they really are underneath the surface they (willingly) hid under for all of the first part. Enemies become friends, friends become... not friends, and we still don't know the fate of a certain character that we're all on the edges of our chairs for.
Sure, there's still a lot of stuff that doesn't make sense quite yet. But that's because it's a story
, and one that still isn't finished at that. It'll inch along at it's own pace, allowing us to take it all in slowly as the characters grow and develop, one Monday/Wednesday/Friday at a time.
And isn't that
what all webcomics, regardless of plot or lack thereof, are all about?
So please, read it. It hasn't gotten any worse, in fact, I'd say it's an improvement. If you still dont' like it anyway, that's cool. You certainly are under no obligation to. I'm just saying, it's likely worth it.
It also helps if you think of Part 2 as an exploration of what happens after you find out it was all just a dream.
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(Same UT as above) I'm part of the Fan Dumb
? I don't have any problem with other people not liking YU+ME, or not reading it anymore after the plot twist. Some people just can't connect emotionally to certain types of stories, and if they like realism and can't stand fantasy, it's not like a moral failing as a YU+ME reader. Hopefully they won't think the story is horrible, but why read it if you're no longer into it?
My point was that it wasn't horrible, regardless of whether people are still into it. Megan Rose Gedris did a good enough job writing it so that the plot twist makes sense, especially on a second readthrough. It's obvious it was planned all along, and not just an Ass Pull
(although I'm not quite convinced that the Mary arc was planned, and I still enjoyed it). While the nature of The Reveal
is shocking, anyone more genre savvy than a grapefruit could tell a reveal was coming because Lia's mysterious problem was still a mystery.
The idea wasn't inherently bad, and the writing got really good as the story went on, and the story had a lot of other good things going for it too, like the treatment of a lesbian love story as more of a love story than a very special issue.
I don't like military stories, for example. You could present me a very well written military story that, by the standards of military stories, did everything right. I wouldn't really be interested in reading it, because the subject matter just wouldn't appeal to me. But I shouldn't say that it's bad, just for being a military story, if that makes any sense, and that's the context in which I'm defining YU+ME. If you like what it is, you'll like it. If you're neutral toward what it is, the good writing and pretty art could probably draw you in. If you don't like what it is, you won't like it, and that's okay
— but that doesn't mean it sucks, either.
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