Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review - Turning of the Screwball & Screwball Mio Amore


Hello all! Are you ready for a review? Are you ready for my first review? Because I sure am! Let's see if I can get this right.


The Turning of the Screwball - The Strange Case of Button Stitch after the break!




Review: The Turning of the Screwball – the Strange Case of Button Stitch by Warren Hutch

The Link:

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/10/story-turning-of-screwball-strange-case.html


The Story:

It begins with Rarity and Sweetie Belle visiting a bedraggled Button Stitch, an original character that is written to be extremely uptight (makes Twilight look like Pinkie Pie) and careful with everything, at her notions shop a short time after Discord's defeat and a bout of mysterious and random events going on in town. After one involving buttons at Twilight's Library, she makes a possible connection to Button Stitch and visits her to find the shop in disarray and Button miserable in the center of it. In an attempt to comfort her, Rarity brings her to Twilight, but in the process it is revealed that under certain circumstances Button turns into Screwball! It then becomes the problem of the Mane 6 to solve the problem and, for sake of avoiding spoilers, I will go no further than to say it does get solved spectacularly. You should read how though, for it is amazing.

The Characters:

Button Stitch and Rarity take the lead in this one, with Pinkie Pie playing hero, Screwball the mysterious villain, and the rest of the Mane 6 on support. As an OCD OC, Button takes the cake for consistency and I honestly wanted more from her in the story. Apart from her all of the characters are very well written, but personally I felt they were just slightly off from how they are portrayed in the show, particularly Pinkie, but if you accepted the slight shift for story purposes they all worked fine and were consistent from start to finish, even Screwball in her randomness.


Execution:

Overall admirable, but one or two references a bit forced. Another issue I had was that the chaos ended up feeling, at least from a narrative perspective, very formulaic, and it isn't a good thing when you can see chaos coming a mile away. It also didn't quite feel random enough, but true randomness is so difficult to create that that is easy to let slide. While I'm at it some character stuff came right at the end of the story that could have been placed earlier and felt awkward when it showed up, but now I'm just being a harsh critic and nitpicking. Despite these minor complaints the story was very technically sound: no typos or misused words, no grammatical errors, and for what the story was it certainly pulled it off with an aplomb.


Enjoyable?:

Oh yes. The story was light and silly and fun, with an interesting enough hook both with the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde version of Screwball's origin and its events to keep one invested throughout. Not the very best story I have ever read, but definitely one to read if you have the chance.


In Conclusion:

It's good, technically sound, and while the characters are slightly off normal, they aren't at all bad. ~Medicshy Recommended!


But we are not done here, my friends! A special bonus to you all to celebrate my arrival to the site, you get a double review with the sequel: Screwball Mio Amore!

Review: Screwball Mio Amore by Warren Hutch

The Link:

http://www.equestriadaily.com/2011/12/story-screwball-mio-amore.html

The Story:

On a night after the events of the first story, Rarity is working in her shop when Button bursts in, extremely giddy about being asked out by Davenport, but unsure about how to date, so Rarity plays matchmaker. They have a lovely evening, but eventually nerves get to Button, causing her to abandon the date and, more importantly, relapse into her previous chaotic form, forcing the others to try to stop her new, more powerful chaotic rampage both through town and the Everfree Forest. She is saved, but goes back to find that her efforts have made her out of favor with Davenport and... well, that's for you to read, but let me just say that the ending is very reminiscent of a certain movie and very good for the story.


The Characters:

Again, Rarity and Button Stitch take the lead, this time with Davenport as Button's romantic interest. The rest of the Mane 6 as well as Zecora take on supporting roles. Button herself is the hero as much as Pinkie this time, with her counterpart Screwball still being the antagonist du jour. Characters are consistent with the previous story, though something about the writing makes me like Pinkie more. I suppose its many things, including references, not being nearly so forced. Davenport is less interesting than Button as far as OCs go, but reading him nerd on about sofas was surprisingly fun, and I really felt for the guy, as one nerd to another...


Execution:

There was a pep talk from the Mane 6 to Button, which I didn't like AT ALL just because it was sort of shoved in there it seemed, like a bit too much moral at one point, but otherwise its execution was far better than the first story. Not much forced down our throat, references were tactful, chaos was more chaotic, characters strong, grammar fine, and really it was stronger than its prequel!


Enjoyable?:

Highly. Even more so than the first! You have to deal with a fair bit of shipping in the beginning and at the end, but if you can do that, the rest of it shines through! Definitely worth the time to read.


In Conclusion:

It's very good, technically improved from the prequel, and characters seemed to have improved with the time as well. Definitely worth the read.

~Medicshy Recommended!


There we are my friends, I hope you enjoy the review, and if you have anything to say or any disagreements, feel free to comment or email me, it's in the Admin page under my dossier.


Your faithful writer,

~Medicshy

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