SO I’VE BEEN DEVELOPING The Hand of Rel for awhile. It’s a story that I’ve been trying to write for years. The story follows Rel Rel. She makes a wish and is pulled into the Muse Realm. She needs to find her way home or will be stuck forever. She meets different Muses (Writers, Chefs, Musicians, Artists, and Creators) and they tell her that she must find the Book Keeper if she hopes to go home.
REL REL FALLS INTO the world of Chefs, a world made of fire and sand. She meets two Writers, and then a Chef that helps her into the World of Writers. Muses have origami figures, called Galafolds, that turn into living creatures when they blow on them. The Writer’s world is made of just letters, which create everything (trees, rocks, etc.) and flows like a river.
I RECENTLY FOUND OUT about a game called EPISTORY. I don’t know too much about it, but it’s about a girl that rides an origami fox. But what caught my attention is that the tag line is “Be the muse, awaken the story.” I was like oh geez, be the muse? And then there are origami creatures? Crap.
IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT the girl being lost in darkness, and there’s a moment when Rel is lost in literal darkness, as well. Now it might be two totally different scenarios that each character goes through, but I couldn’t help but note the similarities.
NOW IT ISN’T REALLY similar to my story. I mean the idea of writers and muses isn’t new, so there is that. And like they say, there are only a few types of stories in the world. The difference is the characters and how it’s told. For instance, there are a bunch of stories about wizards, vampires, and elves, but they all have something that sets them apart, despite being about the same source material.
ALSO, EPISTORY DOES SOME pretty amazing things in the game. Based on the trailer, the world pops to life while you type, there are insect type enemies, you defeat them by typing, and the world is made up of nothing but folded paper? I don’t have that in my book. I mean I have origami creatures, but that’s it. Oh, and Chefs turn into hairy beasts that Rel Rel rides around, so I suppose that’s similar to the girl riding the fox, but that’s only a small segment of the overall journey.
AND TRUTHFULLY BOTH STORIES are very different (aside from both being about a girl, writers, muses, and origami creatures). I’ll have to play the game to see if the similarities end there. And see if this world is written literally to life, like my world of writers? Or if it has a giant Library? Cause that would kind of suck. If anything, this is just more motivation for me to finish writing! If I ever finish. If not, then I guess it’ll never really matter?
AS ALWAYS, like my posts about Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games (which I learned later is unfounded) and Lily Looking Through (and the Developer’s Reply), I just want to write about these stories that are similar to mine so that if the time ever comes that I finish writing Hand of Rel, it won’t look like I ripped them off. I have a story that I have been writing for years, and my ideas about muses and writers date back to 2012.
ASIDE FROM MY WORRIES about the similarities, the game does look pretty awesome! I think it’d be good for me to play something like Epistory for inspiration, and just the visual spectacle and imagination that went into it. I definitely plan to pick it up and give it a try! The only thing that worries me most though is that I am terrible at typing (despite writing all the time and being a writer) so this game may be a bit of a challenge. But I’m so down to play it!
PLEASE GIVE THE GAME a look! You can visit the Epistory website here:
AND HERE’S THE AMAZING trailer for the game! It looks awesome, and the world that they built in Epistory is truly breathtaking. Very beautiful, and extremely unique!
THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading! I’ll be back with another entry next Monday. Keep that imagination kicking! Please take care all, you all rock. Cheers!