100 Days Dream

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100 Days Dream

A young girl has learned to fly, moving from place to place and meeting interesting things. First she observes a bird and chats with it, after which she communicates with a solemn tree that is rooted in the ground, unable to have the freedom that she has found. But ultimately, the girl will have to return from whence she came...

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Nothing really happens here. You get from the start she's dreaming, so you know that anything happens shouldn't be taken literally but symbolically. Early you already suspect she's disabled (why would she say "I don't even have to move my legs" while flying not for the first time? who would think that?) or she's in a coma and you are about to follow her pre-death travels. You know in the span of 2 pages this ends with her waking up in a sad situation or dying. So the ending is not even a plot twist, because you can see it coming miles ahead. Considering the ending is the major plot point, this says all. About the character, of course there's no development, because the story is stating a situation that doesn't change. The protagonist is stuck. About her, she's nice. We understand she's lonely, needs love, and she's kind. The dream shows us her vulnerabilities and true nature, but it's pointless because the story ends the moment we could truly know her situation. This story just presents a sad trapped person, but in any way talks about mental or physical health. If the purpose was to raise awareness, it's weak at it. If the purpose was to make naive readers say "oh no!", well, good job. And last, there is the inconsistency of the kid with the baloon. Is the girl dreaming, or is she developing superpowers so while she's asleep she interacts in a supernatural way with real wake people? Because if the kid with the baloon is a real person just walking near the hospital, this isn't anymore a story about escaping sadness in your dreams, this is Doctor Strange. The art was generally fine, but the girl's face wasn't great. I admit this is not my favourite style, so I'm not able to be objective about it.

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