Dreams Come True

by Parky

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy Psychological Sci-fi Magic Male Lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Reincarnation School Life Slice of Life Supernatural
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In a futuristic world of superheroes and supervillains, the ability to dream of another world doesn’t seem that applicable nor useful. But for Demund, who has recently sent off his best friend to the superhero training grounds—the Preliminary Islands—it was nothing but life-changing. For him, a rejuvenating vacation to a world of magic is now only a good night’s rest away. 

As Demund explores his new world, reality around him begins to change. How will he manage to balance their existences together?

 

0 - Prologue

1 - Summer Break

2 - Starting School

3 - Changes

4 - Growth

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Utekishi
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As off 3.8 - may contain minor spoilers.

While browsing Royalroad for some evening read, I came across this little gem. I was about to turn around, not really in the mood for another story where MC dominates his evil peers witch cheat abilities.

There was a promise of cats, and that was what convinced me to check it.

Story starts commonly an underdog Protagonist from a working class family try to fit in the society where your superpower makes you worth. Fresh out of junior high is when your power awakes, while others get cool powers like speed enchantments, ultra-realistic illusions our MC gets a power to dream a life. There is no immediate power creep, MC stays as weak as mortal - his body not affected by his power, only mind.

Like in all self inserting stories our Protagonist has a big plot armor, his carelessness goes unpunished because of a fortunate chain of events, not once, not twice, but a couple of times. His not mature enough actions can be explained by the naivety of a teen but he will get older and such excuses would not work anymore. If it’s keep happenig later in story Character Score will be adjusted (severy lowered).

Other characters are better defined than our protagonist. About MC we know absolute minimum, it’s sometimes hard to understand his reasoning. As already said, side characters are quite well thought, they are a bit templateish but have their own unique flavor. If you are expecting retarded dolls, that are here only to show how cool our MC is, you will get severy disappointed.

Story is best part of this series, world is consistent and ruled by rules, government for once has it shit together. There are no major plot holes that are jarring, or not foreshadowed plot twists.

The world is believable and that's what most important.

About the style, show not tell is realized quite well, grammar keeps the high level. Thought for me story is a bit to fast paced, there is no need to rush. Firstly build solid foundations then progress the story.

Using a change of perspective and unimportant characters to explain why Protagonist naivety haven’t brought problems, gets rid of possible plot holes but leaves a bad taste.

Use the perspective of side characters only when they are important enough and revelant when you want to tell their story not to path your main story. In self inserting stories is also acceptable to use unimportant characters like Villager A to show of our Protagonist after major power up.

Our MC gets madly in love with the red girl, how cool, how sweet, how beautiful she is, in the track suit, in school uniform, in the autonomus car. There is no need to repeat it chapter after chapter.

Writer creates the story for himself but the moment he shares it, we all - the readers live the story.

Keep this in mind.

Nat Lim
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Not your typical isekai

Quite a pleasant surprise in store for those who read ahead. At first I was skeptical, as it begins like many other reincarnation stories out there, but the plot twists leave a good impression on me. Overall, not a bad story.

Beyogi
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An unusual Genre for RRL

Overall this is a decent story. It's about a teenager in a super hero world awakening the power to dream himself into a fantasy world. A rather unique setup, especially since the powers from the fantasy world don't influence the super hero world so far.

While this may just seem like another take on a reincarnation or VR story the really outstanding part of this story is that it reads very much like a children's book or a young adult novel. The protagonist has barely escaped childhood and this shows. His problems are very teenagerish, his challenges are appropriate to his age.

This means he largely worries about grades, sports competition, romance and personal tragedies. I'm not too fond of the latter since the major example of that seemed like drama from the box, but generally this makes the story quite unique for royalroad where a majority of readers seems to lust for hack-and-slash (Lit-) RPGS.

Quite appropriate for royalroad, but I'm not sure if it's actually appropriate for the chosen genre the MC is going for the good at everything approach in the fantasy world. It's not enough that he's an overpowered mage, no he also needs to be an overpowered sword artist (cultivator?). That sort of thing seems to be more motivated by the rule of cool than sensible IC decisions.

I guess somewhat appropriate especially since I'm not sure he'd actually learned much if he'd trained as a mage, but the IC motivations weren't that convincing to me. More like swordmage is cooler than archmage or something.

Overall the author could improve his pacing a little. It's okay for a frequently released web novel, but if he actually wants to write young adult or children fiction he should probably figure out how to progress things in a more compact matter.

It's a nice read and I can very much recommend it if you want a break from RRLs usual fare.

TheGreatOne
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Great binge and even better all caught up

I've never read the story that the author draws inspiration from so my review may be a bit biased, but I think it's an original and entertaining story that has potential to go on for a long time and become exponentially better as the plot progresses.

Not to mention that I have a lot of fun lucid dreaming so reading a story about dreams is totally up my alley.

Bored Smile
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An Interesting story with a unique Premise

In the story, the MC's world is filled with magic and super-powers, where people are mainly judged based on what power you're born with. The MC, instead of being born with a overwhelming super-power, is instead born with the power to dream a long time in one sitting. While not exactly exciting on it's own, the dreamscape he's in is a a world filled with magical beasts, swordfighting, and you guessed it, magic. Obviously better then his slightly-above average life, right?

Due to this over time the story shows how he becomes less and less detached with the real world, in the end only a crush on a girl really keeping him connected with the real world as he stops playing games, talking with his family, and doing extracurricular activites. At the same time the Author makes us truelly care about this by making the characters feel real, with real personalities and feelings, and not filling the cast with Couragous-spiky_haired-kid#20145 or Quirky-pink_haired-schoolgirl#901543.

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This is emphasized in the story when he loses one of his legs in the real world, disconnecting him from it even more.

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Athough admittedly slow-paced, I feel it works with the story because it shows much better his slow descent into indifference to the real world than any fast-paced story could. In the end due to all this I believe this story at this moment deserves to stand with some of the best in Royal Road.

Irrational
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Great story, but two tags are missing

The story started off strong, but the only villain in the story just happens to be a cute female the same age as the MC, she also doesn't do anything but threatening thoughts.

Not too many cliches exist in this story, but the author clearly takes after Japanese Light Novels, especially of the Isekai genre. There's no grand plot outside of the female villain who again; Exists to be a waifu.

This story is missing a Romance tag, likely because the author doesn't believe it fits into the criteria. But unless you're going to change everything drastically, this is definitely romance. The story also requires a Slice of Life tag, it focuses on interactions and the day-to-day life than the plot. It has a story, but it's slow enough to be Slice of Life.

A good story and it's interesting, with excellent writing which is rare to find. If you're looking for a Slice of Life with fantasy elements this story could be for you, the author does have an idea of what they want and it's an interesting story, but it moves slowly with my deal killer being predictable cliches. 

I marked the overall score as 4 stars for reasons described above. Breakdown below.

Style score is 4.5 as I don't need to know about breast feeding and what it tastes like, the rare sidestories seem to exist to remove mystery and the author has a few POV switches that don't add much.

Grammar score is 4.5 as I've only encountered a few rare typos and with the overuse of periods. Some of the sentences were also awkward and could have been rephased to better flow smoothly.

Story Score is 4 as there's as of 3.7; no actual plot. There's a story, but no plot. This is an Isekai story, there's no greater cause.

Character Score is 3.5 as the villain and her father are 2D characters, the fantasy mother is intended as a cute waifu that's a mummy to the MC. And yet, as a surprising counter most characters seem fleshed out with realistic interactions.

Vuollie
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Greetings, Parky. Really enjoyed your work. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Short spoiler free review: really good slice of life story, much more lifelike and realistic than most. And although some of the problems, that mc faces, cant be solved, character still does not give up in true shounen fashion (unlike shounens though, caving someouns skull in isnt your only problem, which is a plus in my book). This combination creates very light and inspiring picture. 

Warning: as of ch 3.8 there is no central plot, hence "slice of life". For me it is allright, especially since "sliceness of life" is of good quality. Some other readers though may find it "too boring".

Some of my thoughts after reading (spoiler warning):

- Actually (and to the contrary to the more prominent opinion, expressed in reviews), I like your "Demund" chapters much more than "Shaden" ones, because, although there is much less action (in the broadest sense of the word), but it is in those chapters where the real character development pivot points occur (I wont name them cause it is too spoilery).

- The little things that I did not like were some immension braking phrases in the beggining, like calling Shadens mother a milf. Imho did not like it, although it may be because I am from less sexualized culture than in the west. Thankfully, it completely disappears later in the work.

- Shadens mini arc, where he went to the market alone, felt to me off somehow. Like, it is perfectly reasonable from small childs point of view to do that. But from Demunds? What was he thinking? That there is no crime at all (which on the second thought can probably be the case, cause Demund is from futuristic society where there is almost no crime, or at least I got that impression)?

- Did not enjoy Demunds "confession" mini arc very much (although the unexpected endind was really enjoyable in character development kind of way). Probably, not because author wrote it badly, but because I am too old to enjoy teenager romance anymore. I do hope that other teenage readers find this arc more enjoyable. 

- Really liked changes, that happened to Demunds/Shadens character. They felt slow and gradual, like a real growing up feels. Personally, I think that character development is the strongest point of this story.

- Pacing feels a little strange. Not because it is slow or anything, but because imho it feels like Shaden ages a little too slowly, when compared to Demund and mental challenges that he overcomes. It is not anything immension breaking, just a little bit strange. This problem will probably sort itself out naturally as story unfolds though.

In conclusion I want to say, that although, as stated by the author, it is his first fiction, I do believe that he chose the right direction and I will gladly follow this work in the months to come. Thank you for your time!

bloo233
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I have to say, this is an incredibly written story. You can really tell the author put some thought into the characters. Not to mention the fact that the english actually being readable already puts it above 90% of the stories on this site.

That's not to say that there isn't any negatives though. For one the gimmick is that the MC here is living two lives at the same time.... It's a pretty cool idea, but the execution wasn't too great here.

The dreamworld is perfect, the issue is with the real world. It's incredibly boring. The entire thing is about some kid who goes to school and is trying to ask out his crush... What happened to the super hero story? It was incredibly difficult to care about anyone or anything in the real world. The story is set up to make it seem like a huge mistake when the instructer rates his power as completely useless for anything practical, but that's actually the truth here. What's the point of making this setting and putting so much effort into it, when the story would've been the same if it was about a guy from our world living in a dream fantasy world.

The entire 'super hero academy' thing is not used at all. I found myself skimming through the real world sections. Sometimes I even felt like I was reading two different books at once, one incredibly boring and one looking incredibly interesting. It was jarring.

Maybe others will like that style, I personally didn't. But, even if like me that doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy, I still say give this story a read. The dreamworld alone can carry it.

Tranquilmoth
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I can't for the life of me, remember something quite like this. Nowadays I read alot of stuff that I can remember something similar to it being done. 

Even then original stuff isn't gauranteed to be good, but in my opinion this is fairly good. Not great mind you, but better than most(myself included).

I've enjoyed the concept for it so far, it's kinda like reading two stories at once and I'm looking forward to seeing how they continue to further interact with each other.  Worth the read. 

p.s. I don't normally review but I felt that you earned it, other people have too, but I guess I'm in a good mood.

Shio
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Unlimited Potential

This is exactly what the world needs. More stories like this and more writers like Parky. 

While this story starts off with what seems just like any other shounen and isekai story, this one puts all the rest to shame. The plot twists, original story line, and great characters grip readers, not allowing them to rest their eyes for one second. 

The flowing language used by Parky also allows readers to imagine the beautifully detailed world in such an easy way. It doesn't even feel like reading, your eyes just float over the words and the whole scene just comes into your head. 

Absolute 10/10, I hope they make an anime adaption soon, but then again, it would be incredibly hard to do this fascinating story justice. 

Can't wait for more chapters to come out.