Re:Write

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A serial web novel by Who Cares?

If you were ridiculously powerful, would it really be as cool as you imagined?
If you could you do whatever you wanted to, would you?
Would you find happiness? Would you find love?
Or would you end up realizing that…

Absolute power is pretty depressing.

Fed up with a world where science has made every fantasy a reality and people don’t care about stories, Kai, a video game developer, uses ancient black magic to transport himself into one of his games.

Disturbed by his powerlessness in the real world, Kai makes sure to give himself the ability to change this new world as he sees fit, literally.

Plagued by insecurities, making some very unusual friends with stories of their own, questioning morality in a world where there is no right or wrong and slowly descending into the trappings of power, Kai’s journey is riddled with problems that make him seem vulnerable in a very different way.

Please note that this story contains mature content, swearing and violence and is not recommended for people looking for a lighthearted fantasy story. Sex will only occur off screen (if at all), however, the romance is intended for mature audiences. If you’re unsure about whether this story is okay for you, ask for advice in the comments below.

Special thanks to Ia shub-Niggurath and 28th00 for proofreading, editing and support!

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  1. I came because of the really interesting premise (reminiscent of One Punch Man), only to find the super edgy as fuck Gary Stu ‘young genius’ protag named Kai Zero… that was a fast 100 to 0.

    Rest of the summary is fine but it’s just too much of a turn off.

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    1. Definitely not One Punch Man. It would be more akin to following the tale of a god and his first interactions with his creations. The world building is actually pretty nice, though there isn’t really any dramatic tension.

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      1. Yep, it isn’t One Punch Man (or any other story for that matter) and it isn’t exactly a tale of a god interacting with his creations. I find that a lot of people immediately assume the story is following something along those lines because they have preconceived notions of what a story like this is supposed to be about. But, I recommend throwing those preconceived notions out the window! This story is completely different. For one thing, it isn’t even a true ‘re:’ story because the characters aren’t reincarnated. For me, the ‘re:’ tag simply denotes a second chance; a rebirth not on a physical level but a metaphysical one. Also, I will have to humbly disagree with you on the dramatic tension bit. There is a lot of it. As well as a lot of dramatic irony and other literary devices, elements and techniques that I made sure to add healthy doses off to the story at various points. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you continue to enjoy it! ^_^

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        1. Of course it’s “not exactly” that. But the creator of this world comes down to visit only to find he doesn’t really know as much about it as he thought. Now he struggles to figure out what to do with his nigh unlimited power. It’s also hinted that he feels a bit responsible for tying the game world’s resident to their fates as evidenced by his description of monsters as unfortunate souls forced to attack people.

          I Just saw the title as a reference to his power.

          And yes I’ve seen several literary techniques in the story. The tension bit is sort of diminished, because Kai can put a stop to anything at anytime, or even turn things back if he really wanted to. Of course his motivations and aspirations are still unclear (except that he wants to learn more about the world). So you never really know whether or when he’ll step it.

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          1. Oh I see, well that’s a very respectable way to interpret it. I personally believe that art, in whatever form, should be open to several forms of interpretation and all of those are valid. Especially for the ‘story within a story’ and other similar parts of the story, I believe that you could look at it from a variety of different angles and no matter how you saw it, it’d still be right. Thanks so much for reading but even more importantly, thank you so much for thinking! ^_^

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    2. I did a Gary Stu test for Kai btw, it ruled that he wasn’t one 😛
      The young genius tag is just to explain why he was able to make an uber popular game at such a young age and his maturity is related to other factors (in his personal life and character) and not his ‘geniousness.’ The story is not meant to be a One Punch Man copy because why the hell would I write something that’s already been done before? This isn’t the story of someone who has more power than he knows what to do with, it’s a story about a flawed human being trying to use his immeasurable power for a not yet defined purpose that is purposely hidden from the audience. Although yes, a lot of the fights end in ‘onepunch’ so to speak 😛
      Thanks for checking it out! If you didn’t actually read it, I recommend reading up to (or specifically) chapter 18 to gauge whether or not this story is for you.

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      1. Question: If he knew enough to make a game and has the ability to change anything, why not change himself? If there are limits, I’d imagine it wouldn’t be hard to change thing so that they are not significant or just erasing them.

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        1. He does change himself in the chapter 1 but if that’s the question you’re asking, then you’re missing the entire point of the story. The idea isn’t what he can do but what he should do with his power.
          p.s.there are no limits. The entire story’s a philosophical argument about the nature of power and how it should be used. Among other things of course ^_^

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  2. This may be the sleep deprived mental state of mine, but I must comment that you do a great job of leaving the storytelling open ended enough, even with a structured plotline, to make the reader think and draw conclusions based on limited information. I’ve only read through the first chapter/mini arc, and can’t help but have a nagging feeling that you write in a segmented encounter-based fashion, which would give the overall story more of an episodic feel rather than one cohesive story. I like what I’ve seen so far, and hope that those creative juices flow throughout the remainder of your story.

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    1. Yep, most of the story is episodic in nature. Most chapters are, in fact, self contained and I frequently experiment with varying styles and ideas. Glad to have you along for the journey! Thanks for reading! ^-^

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  3. Umm, hey ReWrite… I am currently reading your story Re:Write and I am liking it very much. I like your witing style and most importantly your ideas. Absolute power is depressing! I never thought like this. A big fan of yours… Actually I am currently writing a story (fiction) too. Can you help me with your ideas?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading! And yeah, that was a catchy tagline I came up with back when we were starting out. Which story are you writing (do you have a site or something?) drop me an email or something and we can talk there. Oh, but if you’re calling me “rewrite” and not “whocares” then I’m guessing you’re from royalroadl. Just send me a pm then 😛

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      1. Ummm, sure but Ill prefer to mail than to PM as I am quite not that much familiar with Royalroadl… I am not very good with this site too so please can you give me your email…
        Thanks 🙂

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        1. Sure! I’m currently working on around 5 other projects but I’ll be building up a backlog of chapters before I begin publishing them. I’ll be sure to tell you as soon as they see the light of day! ^-^

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          1. well if you can email me if you cant give your email my email is ~ dangerdragonz@yahoo.com
            Also I am not on chatango and I dont have a site…
            Though I am writing the story in a partnership and you can read it on RoyalRoadL. It is named Akumi no Hono. This is a basic fiction story. If possible pls reply in my given e-mail… thanks a lot 🙂

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