I love FFX, and I chose to tell a story very similar to the one the video game provides. There are two main reasons behind this choice. The first reason is I love that videogame franchise and Last Dream is meant to be my personal tribute/retelling of it. (of course, I can never compare to Kazushige Nojima, Daisuke Watanabe, Motomu Toriyama or Yoshinori Kitase).
The second one is a vast spoiler, so read with caution!
Second, SECRET reason
The second reason is I WANTED to tell a story that LOOKs like another famous one, so people will “expect” the SAME behavior/ending/character development that happens in the “famous” story.
Well, this won’t happen.
The more people know about FFX, the more they will expect “something” to happen in the end. Last Dream, on the other hand, will have very different endings/finals/character developments/NPC developments compared to FFX.
That’s what I want to do: shock/surprise the FFX fans (those who have EXPECTATIONS on the story) and amuse/entertain people who don’t know anything about it (zero expectations).
Of course, the shock/surprise will happen gradually: the more the story develops, the more different it becomes.
I hope I will be up to this incredible task.
Please, don’t tell anyone about this spoiler. The fewer people know about it, the more “useful feedback” I will have in the end.
Anyway, I feel honored and humbled to be compared to the great storytellers of FFX. I genuinely hope my tiny, personal retelling of that immortal masterpiece will entertain you.
Thank you for the advice on the “personal feelings descriptions.” I never realized I loved them until now. I’ll seriously consider your suggestions, although I love writing “how your character feels” cause IMHO it provides “direction” on choices.
[For example: if the author writes your MC feels he can trust Mr. X and there’s no other reason for you as a player to mistrust him, probably trusting Mr. X will turn out to be a good idea]