And You Thought Your World Was Harsh! Vol. 1

by KlaashD

Original ONGOING Comedy Contemporary Psychological Satire Multiple Lead Characters Slice of Life
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

Take everything that you know about this world. Now turn it upside down.

Welcome to Harshtown, United States Inc., where everyone things life is swell, and society is a utopian paradise-a world where people are run over and punished for it; where opposing junior football teams beat each other up in a bid to win; where policement arrest innocent men- where saints are sinners and sinners are saints.

Set in this dystopian reality, readers are presented with the interlinking stories of some of Harshtown's key players, which deftly paints a portrait of a society in ruin-a society that isn't too far off from our own. Many of Harshtown's citizens want to help, while others want to remain neutral-and others believe every moment is an opportunity for exploitation. A story within several stories, readers are able to look through a fictional lens to discover and explore many of the current issues and controversies we face today.

And You Thought Your World Was Harsh is a satire on the nature of our current society-and the potential absolute devastation we're capable of creating for ourselves if no one takes a stand and figureso ut a better way.

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Fascinating, Different and Wholly Unique

AYTYWWH reminds me of a dark comedy and complete reverse of WWJD. Contrary to a slice of life story, vingettes of happy times and moving stories AYTYWWH is like a pot of nihilistic chili.

I'm going to reference some stuff, but here's the TL;DR:

It's a series of dark comedy stories and vingettes that amount to a shitstorm of tragic stories about genuinely decent people. There's some great continuity and it takes the existing tropes and idioms of modern life and shows a negative result. Not quite cynical, but it depicts a different view of certain pieces of "life advice" and "good habits".

 

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Black mirror, Grim Dark, Punishing, unforgiving, and Bennett Foddy's "Getting Over it" video games are things I would compare it too. I like my title of a nihilistic pot of chili as a good contrast to chicken noodle soup for the soul or something like a cold chowder serving of reality as a contrast. As I noted above it's a story subverting common tropes in such a way similar to how simulacrum adapts common tropes, this is definitely a satire about "life lessons", "life advice", and certain ideas from self help books. It's an original and unique idea portrayed on the characters written.

 

Enough about the plot, the things that make the writing great is the continuity between characters, the world is kinda cookie cutout, but the characters are who we really care about. It's well woven and thought about, there's not a main character but a slew of lessons similar to storytales like anasi the spider or aesop's fables. For those into tragic stories, nihilism, ennui and existential stuff when reading this book is for you. There's plenty of witty moments and commentary and it's very straightforward. The grammar is easy to comprehend and the dialogue flows well. Due to the size of the stories there is so sense of time continuity or world building, but it's fine as is.

The ending after each story is great and I'll let you read it. I hope more people find this and the author has plenty more to write!