Sunday, December 23, 2012

Old World Charm

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 6:11 PM

Old World Charm by Quill-and-Blood
The first thing I noticed about her was that she looked like a tragic heroine of a black and white movie. She was so stunning that it astounded me that I was the only one who even gave her a look.
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Annie Thinks: This one-shot is the essence of cliché. Obviously, that can be said for almost every story on ADoR, and it is by no means a bad thing, as demonstrated in Old World Charm.
Old World Charm is about a new guy at Wilson High, Terrence Rawlings. Terrence is instantly popular--and, complete with tattoos, piercings, a smoking habit, and man-whorish tendencies, it's no mystery as to why. Despite this, he finds himself exasperated with high school and everyone in it. That is, until he spots the beautiful, vulnerable, shy wallflower Stephanie. The "tragic heroine of a black and white movie," Terrence is instantly drawn to her, but she keeps herself just out of his--and everyone else's--reach, despite his best efforts.
If you're not a fan of clichés, then a. why are you on this site? and b. steer clear of this one-shot. If you can't get enough of them, then you will fall in love with this one-shot just as deeply as I did. I'll be honest, I was not a huge fan of the story when I first started it. It was cliché to the point of being annoying and Terrence seemed less like a mysterious guy who is angry at the world and more like a big baby. Wilson High was painted as this awful school full of idiots, but, let's face it, the same could be said for most public high schools. Old World Charm really started to grow on me towards the ending, which was sweet and honestly the best way to end the story. The characters really came to life at that point. Quill-and-Blood is a really beautiful writer, knitting an insightful, original narrative as well as well though-out, deep characters that grow on you. If you're a fan of clichés (and, really, even if you're not) then I wholeheartedly recommend Old World Charm.

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