I was comparing it to the entire OG, both as separate complete games, though not necessarily a complete narrative, which I guess isn't a fair comparison at all. But the ending of the remake makes me nervous about what lies ahead, especially considering that my favorite parts of the remake were the ones they didn't change.
I was just comparing Square Enix's approach to Disney's in a conversation with a friend today and talking about how similar they are. Very appropriately written to appeal to masses at each point in time.
And part of me wonders if it's because the mass appeal factor just doesn't stick to me well as an adult as it did when I was a child.
This novel sure is deeply disliked by a lot of fans.
I'm not saying anything profound when I assume it's because the new material contradicts their own headcanon and/or makes it more difficult to argue that their own preferred interpretation is the canon one.
Ah well, to each their own.
What exactly is the feedback or is it twitter chatter?
Are there reviews on official sites? I cannot imagine it being more hated than FFX 2.5's Eien no Daishō, cos the Japanese folk really DESPISED that one.
I saw a couple of one star reviews for Trace of Two Pasts on Amazon.jp, but it was more of people being super angry at the crappy packaging and swearing off Amazon.jp - not the actual content
From reading Twitter, it does seem that a certain portion of the fandom isn't really happy with this book. I don't really think their opinion count though, as they are also trying to prove Cloud didn't expect more in ALone at Last (and was let down) despite the Ultimania claiming the contrary
On the other hand, I’m personally at a point where deaths are so predictable these days that I actually get relieved when a story doesn’t go for the most obvious emotional manipulation (looking at you, TLoU2…I still like the game though lol)
Over the years, I’ve found comparing new stuff to what I enjoyed in my childhood to be fruitless as there’s no way to adequately recreate the conditions in which I experienced those things (namely the “being a child” bit)…nostalgia really makes the present less enjoyable as we become more jaded adults I’m afraid
1. Aerith had never thought of the possibility of having children and passing the white materia on to them until Tifa mentioned it. The very concept seems to come as a surprise to her.
"I haven’t even thought about that before.”
There might come a day where she would no longer be ‘the final descendant of the Cetra’. She imagined that scenario in astonishment and fixed her eyes on Tifa.
I have to say I love the "they objectified her and took photos of her chest" bit. A not so subtle dig at those fans who see Tifa as nothing but her chest. The thing about "they saw her as a prize to be won" makes the same point.
I also really like the important distinction being drawn between a crush and love.
Cloud and Tifa's love always reminds me of the Yeats poem, "When You Are Old". (very short poem, don't worry)
So Tifa does own 7th Heaven? Of course nothing in the Remake suggested she didn't, I guess I'm just surprised she doesn't live on the premises if she owns them.
I'd love to know the details of the Marle story. I mean, it's not out of order for surgeons to show potential patients photos of their work, so there must have been something gross in their manner of doing it that made her angry. Did she then deliberately seek out Tifa to inform her that the doctors were scumbags and protect her from further exploitation? She can't have known Tifa before this incident, since it says they met because of it.
Is there a single doctor anywhere in the world of FFVII who honours the Hippocratic oath? They all seem to be unprincipled money-grubbing quacks.
I’d go for this new route... Aerith lives, Zack and Cloud die, Aerith and Tifa fall in love and save the world. Sure it’s fan-fic as hell but I’d get a weird sort of satisfaction watching the shippers explode.
Yes, please. I'd love to read all the thoughts that have been shared on the topic, but I'm afraid since it's off-topic here, it will get lost in the thread eventually. I simply can't keep up at the moment.
Bring back to the novel... I know we didn't see much of the other slums but I sincerely liked getting a peak as well as the Gainsborough family running and/or being part of this construction mob. I'm glad to see relationships beteween the Plate-folk and the Slum-folk develop - which, to my knowledge, was a core part of the original FF7 design.
While not necessarily canon now, the idea that Shinra released monsters into the Wastes to keep the Slum folk in (and working) is just so icky capitalist I thought it was diabolical and amazing. So this has me all sorts of excited. That said...
I can't imagine Don Corneo in Wall Market and the Gainsborough fam never had run ins of any sort. Especially with people starting to kidnap young girls.