Monthly Issue - January
Written by Mae
Fireworks, festivities, celebrations, resolutions, and most of all: NEW YEARS! This special time of year is all about new beginnings and fresh starts. "The Lovely One" by @emily.loreign fits perfectly with this theme. This beautiful and heart-warming story is about an exchange student who makes a courageous decision to leave her hometown in Germany and venture out into America. The author of the story, Emily, has drawn on her own personal experience from when she was an exchange student which makes this story so unique. Emily has converted her classic story into ink also, so people can read whichever style they personally prefer. In the classic version the main character's name is Emily Loreign - however, in the ink version you can pick out your name and customize how you look.
“The Lovely One *CLASSIC*" starts off with Emily living in a host family’s house. A host family is “a family consisting of at least one parent and one child under the age of 18 that invites a pair from a foreign country for a specified period of time”. In other words, a host family is a guardian for a certain amount of time. Emily lives with a host family who is harsh and puts Emily into labor, making her do many chores.
During her time in America, Emily meets many new people. Her acquaintance (but becomes her friend), Breana, is a very outgoing girl who loves to have fun. Emily also meets Paul. He is a cold hearted person and did not speak much when you first meet him. But, as time passed, his relationship with Emily grew. Paul turned into a sweet, caring, and a respectful gentle man. Now, we cannot forget Jon. He is a party animal and is very outgoing, which adds a little spice in the story! Mrs. Japan is the host mother. She personally gets on my nerves. She used Emily as a house cleaner, while her real daughter gets treated like a princess. She made Emily work for four hours straight doing gardening outside. Lastly, the real daughter of the host Mom, Candy. Candy may seem to be rude at times, but when you want some real advice, then she would be perfect. Candy is as sweet as candy!
What makes this story so unique is the fact that “The Lovely One” is based on real occurrences. Yes, many stories have real life events, but this story sounds believable and true. The other stories sound too good to be true. Another way what makes this story so fantastic is Emily lets you customise your own character and other characters. Furthermore, you are able to change your hair, makeup, and outfits. My absolute favourite part of this story is the diversity that is included. If you do not know what diversity means; diversity means different nationalities, skin tone, etc.
Next, Emily made your choice actually count towards your story outcome. Her choices have a huge impact in the story. For an example, one choice given was to tell Mrs. Japan the truth about a party or to lie. The readers get to a valuable say on what path they want to see the story take, thus resulting in different outcomes for the readers.. Various authors do not make as many choices as this, which is why it is a very special story.
If you like stories that are romantic, full of drama and yet still amusing - I am positive that you will love this story! If you do not like ink you could read the classic and visa versa. I would personally rate this story a 10/10 and can’t wait to see what Emily comes up with next!
Epy Wired is a monthly publication, initiated by the Epy Awards Management Team and Magazine Team of 2017.