BEST FANTASY STORY
First thoughts on Stairway to Heaven
Title and Summary
The title was very well thought out as it brings out an air of fantasy feel and can easily be understood by readers. It stays true to it’s storyline, while still being unique. The summary effectively summarises the whole idea and plotline of the whole story, while still not giving away too much, arousing a reader’s curiosity. The cover art is pretty simple, but it’d be better if it showcases more of the story’s elements. Overall, the title and the summary was nicely done!
The plot of the story is very unique, original and has a nice complexity to it. The storyline may be confusing at first, but it develops nicely as the story progresses, eventually becoming a very solid plot and storyline. Not only is the main plot fantastic, the side plots also deserves a standing ovation. The side plots (especially the friendship/romance/family dynamics) are very well thought out and adds so much more to the main plot!
Story content and flow
The story content is spot on with music effects and backgrounds that effectively adds so much more to the story. The characters were very enjoyable and as each of the characters are very unique in their own way, it makes them feel very real. All of the characters, even minor ones, have their own personality, making the story so much more interesting to read! The once in awhile humour is very clever, making me fall in love with the story even more. Although the story content and storyline is very well thought out, the true main stars of this story is the branching. Unlike some of the stories on episodes, this story has a very detailed and complex branching that includes effective choices that actually impacts on the story and leads readers to different paths and endings in the story. The length of each episode is perfect as well, as it’s not too long and not too short. Although, the flow of the story may not be as perfect, as at times, different scenes appears randomly, causing a very messy flow, causing confusion to readers.
There aren’t any major errors that bothers me, except the flow of the story which I’ve mentioned before.
Impact of the story based on the genre submitted
The story has a very interesting fantasy element to it, as there’s so much going on. The author also manages to include beautiful ( but at times emotional ) bonds between a character and another character. It also shows the complexity of the main character and the struggles that she is facing with in and out of the fantasy world.
I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who is interested in reading a high quality fantasy story with a strong plot and unique characters. And also for it’s complexed and effective choices! Basically, even if you’re not a huge fantasy reader, this story is able to change that.
Note that this review has been edited and proofread by Aisha.