Wasn’t sure what I was going to blog about today, when I noticed in my inbox that Webcomic Overlook had tagged some of the pages on Xylia- meaning that it been reviewed. I started to read the review and I could tell it was not going to be good. At all. Actually, it’s a blood bath panning of the story. Scrolling down to the end, I noticed it got two of five stars, and the last sentence was enough to keep me from reading the review.
Were I made of tougher stuff, like Bobby Crosby perhaps, I could maybe handle it. But since my ability to see worth in the project hangs by a tenuous thread at times anyway, it seemed wise to avoid it. The bits I read seemed less constructive and more just an assault of the blandness and predictability of the story, and those are things I can’t really change- at least not without completely overhauling the entire story.
To read the review, please go here:
I know many folks just wave their hand upon receiving such reviews and will tell you they dismiss them as ‘one guy’s opinion’ – but I also know these same people retreat to their studios, gnashing their teeth and pummeling the sides of their head. (Much like I’m doing..right now) The difference with me is that I am honest about it. life blasted apart by a liar has forged me to be this way. I’m cut down by this. Not sure what to do. Really feeling like a literary wast of time. That’s the reality. That’s my honesty.
To this reviewer, Xyliatales is a bit of fluff with over-romantic, simplified characters, and a ‘bland hero’ who put him in a diabetic coma. Most of what I read of the review were things I have always worried were true about the story, but had never been said by anyone else. But for me, the biggest problem is the reviewer finds Xyliatales sappy. And he is right- in our cynical, dark, electronic high speed world, is there really a place for old fashioned silly romance? Maybe not, but I wish there was. Call me a dork if you like, but it is what it is.
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