Anyone who hasn’s read Myex, get out of here.
I swear people read stuff only for what they want and not about what authors want to present.
Oh wait, the last one was by the same guy who complained on reddit, couldn’t take it that people disagreed with him, deleted his post, came to Novelupdates just to post this silly review, and even upvoted his own review. (btw I responded, but I didn’t bother to upvote mine)
I know people read for the sake of entertainment most of the time, but these hot takes make them look like they’re on First Take or something.
First, what is their definition of a cliche?
So again, what is it that is cliche?
Is it the totally non-contrived coincidences that resulted in 4 of our characters already being involved beforehand?
Is it the romcom hijinxes of Yume wanting to woo Mizuto into getting him to confess to her? (Yume-sama wants to be confessed to)
Is it the romcom hijinx of Isana having her bra snapped?
Is it the totally non romcom hijinx of Mizuto having social anxiety and not wanting to fit in?
Is it the totally romcom hijinx of the bakaneighbors who say they hate each other and act otherwise?
Is it the totally romcom hijinx of the bakasiblings when one try to woo the other while the other is clearly still in a twice-shy phase?
Or is it the realization of these characters realizing why things didn’t work out?
I mean, if these cliches are boring as per definition, then why do authors keep including them?
If we’re just looking at volume 7, fair enough, that’s meant to be a breather volume as per the afterword, since the author did mention that the prior two volumes involved themes he had to think hard about (which is more than the readers who read the story for romance and call the acts cliche when there isn’t any significant progress).
If we’re looking at the entire series thus far, I’m sorry, but clearly your criticism is simply because you’re reading with a different expectation.
People criticize for the sake of wanting to look smart, as you can see from the prior snapshots. See, my main gripe is that people are criticizing these stories for what they are not, that they want the characters to act like this instead of letting the characters, flawed as they are, be who they are.
In other words, they just want romance for the sake of romance, and fail to notice that their (characters) romances failed because they wanted romance for the sake of romance, without understanding each other properly because they were too enamored until it was too late. Even Yume, who has been the most aggressive character, is doing so because she wants to surpass her old self. Personally, I feel that in her mind, her surpassing her old self means getting Mizuto to confess to her, which is something her old self hasn’t done.
I also do feel that people who look at characters as plot devices rather than being characters do treat people in real life as plot devices to advance their stories. Tools, as what Ayanokouji would say. How you interpret a story depends on the quality of the story (which Myex isn’t) and the lens of the viewer, who in this case probably read so many romcoms and stories with OP characters/winners that their expectations of a character is what they want in life, rather than let the characters be themselves. Thus their outcries, calling stories cliches when the resolution isn’t as satisfactory as they’d have liked.
For me, while I will defend the series I have, I’m not going to be blind to the faults of these series. I’ll be honest. Myex isn’t a literature masterpiece, far from it. For me, it’s just an entertaining read. The only reason why I’m doing this is because someone owes me a bet and I ended up picking it up somehow (Looking at you, Dreamer). This isn’t the first time I’ve berated my own series. I’ve complained about tenshi for being nothing but boring sweetness especially after the confession, about Infinite Stratos, about SAO, and even about 86, but I do try to complain from the perspective of what I assume the novel is, rather than what I want the novel to be.
(How’s that supposed to be different, I can’t really explain, but I suppose it’s just me wanting to show a more objective opinion rather than have all the hot takes like people complaining about Genshin anniversary rewards 5 WEEKS BEFORE THE ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY – How many gachas announce their anniversary rewards a month before the actual anniversary?)
On a side note, I’ll really have to give a shout out to user Exfernal for pointing out the typos and errors in the Tenshi tls