I'm a lazy writer so I'll break this down into dot points: Pros: - All the characters are well though out, complex and interesting. Dickheads are redeeI'm a lazy writer so I'll break this down into dot points: Pros: - All the characters are well though out, complex and interesting. Dickheads are redeemable and the good guys do some terrible things. I especially love the main characters Yuri and MC (jaerome? I cant remember his name). Despite Yuri's character being very mature for his age, you can still see his youth and inexperience reflected in the way he deals with emotionally complex situations. MC on the other hand is petty and has a bit of a 'victim' attitude at times, but he cares deeply about what he perceives as justice and fairness, especially when people he loves/weaker than him are involved. The complexity of these characters amaze me. They are hands down some of the most well written characters I have read in this genre. - Unlike A LOT of gay mangas/manhwas/webcomics Out of Control avoids the dramatic stereotype of internalized homophobia/the main characters having to accept their 'immoral ways' if they want to be with the same sex partner whom they love. Instead, it takes a "just because I don't like it doesn't mean it is unlikable" approach. - It shows a relatively health relationship and generally accepts sexual consent (no = no). This is often overlooked in YAOI which grinds my gears. Normalizing/romanticizing sexual assault and emotional abuse gets no one anywhere. - It's super adorbs <3 <3 <3 both characters make a genuine effort to fight for their relationship, albeit in different ways. I think they way Bbong expresses this is especially great because she shows how two people in a romantic relationship can have completely different needs/ways of showing love, but this doesn't mean the relationship isn't viable. I thought this was super realistic. - It shows how bullying can create a circle of continued/mimicked behaviour, which I suppose ties into my first point. - It presents mental health issues in a way most of the romance genre fails to do. It highlights the damage that can be caused by avoiding problems (bottling it up), but also how talking and communication can be an excellent way to heal (over time). Love does not cure PTSD, but it can create the safe space required for you to begin the healing process. - Out of Control also shows how the intimacy and vulnerability of opening up and sharing our demons can act as a glue in relationships, strengthening even the strongest.
Cons - Yuri's circumstances seem unrealisitic... but the way Yuri reacts to his situation is very relatable... this is to say: unrealistic situation, genuine/realistic reactions - it is a REALLY slow intro (but the intro explains so much about our characters) - a few plot points seem angsty and melodramatic... but then i realise that they are emotionally insecure and vulnerable. I constantly felt like the world was ending when I was 16, and I barely even had a crush, let alone any of the greif/emotional distress Yuri experienced in his teen years. - This is a Gayniverse: everyone with a name in this story is either openly gay, falls for someone of the same sex, is pursued by someone of the same sex, pretends to be any of the above, or is suspected to be in any of the above situations. In reality the reverse is quite a bit more accurate (unfortunately for the gay community :'( )
Overall this is a great story which I would 100% recommend if you like romantic comedies and/or great character design (both in drawing and writing)
Ok, so this book was super weird, but in a good way (kind of). It is about a girl who is an amazing drawer and has a very unconventional family. She isOk, so this book was super weird, but in a good way (kind of). It is about a girl who is an amazing drawer and has a very unconventional family. She is dealing with her ex (who can't get a hint), and trying to hide the fact that her comic series about chimeras is actually the real events of her family (who live in another dimension... kind of). The first half was amazing, and then it just got frustrating. Everything is great (the plot, the characters, quite good writing (almost poetic at moments).... But then the structure of the flashbacks was not done well at all... Which is why the second half of the book left something to be desired. Because a good 75% of the second half is flash backs, which just gets annoying after a while. I understand it is quintessential for the plot, but please, be creative... And the end was a tad... well, not predictable but it wasn't a massive shock. But still amazing. :)...more
**spoiler alert** It was a good story with a pretty cute premise. I love Greek-Mythology and thought this was adorable :D And Triton and co. (especial**spoiler alert** It was a good story with a pretty cute premise. I love Greek-Mythology and thought this was adorable :D And Triton and co. (especially Dionysus) sounded supremely gorgeous. However, there are just two things which irked me. 1. The heroine had a tendency to think the worst about Triton. Constantly. Even after he'd proved himself a thousand times over. My conclusion: she either had a severe case of bad self-esteem, or she was just annoyingly, irritatingly, i'm-about-to-punch-you-in-the-face-ingly bad case of close-mindedness....And due to this her character had a questionable amount of growth... which was not helped when, at the end of the day after all love has been declared - her input was 'what about when I'm old and wringled. You won't love me anymore' - Puhleeeese. 2. There seemed to be a repetition of phrases. This is a more technical issue, but it annoyed me how there would be one pretty, unique phrase - completely unique to the author - and it'd be used a few time... eg. 'My heart pounded a tattoo onto my chest' -> pretty and individual the first time, but unusual enough that one notices it being used repetitively. Another example of repetition of phrases was pretty much every revelation had by Triton was worded the same/very similar vocab was used. Overall, cute plot, cute characters - which, despite their annoyingness, had realistic flaws with realistic back stories - but could have used a bit more editing perhaps?...more