Adventures in Hollywood

Player Rating3.14/8

"#715 overall, #45 for 2018"
based on 87 ratings since 04/04/2018
played 968 times (finished 116)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level2/8

"choking hazard for children under 4"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 6. To compare to the movie rating system, this would be G.

You are a new actress that moved from Texas to California to make it big. You thought it would be easy, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Between life, work, and making a mark in the big city, you’ve got your hands full. But will it all slip through your fingers?

Good luck!

 

Player Comments

The first page description was rather barebones, but I saw a link for more information, so I figured that there was enough information about the character to warrant a second page.
But the two lines that I saw could have easily gone on the first page and I doubt anyone would have noticed.
It's not that the "optional information" tool here is a bad one - I quite like when it's used - but you need to judge the amount of information for there to be a page dedicated to it.

The rest of the pages seemed to continue this barebones format. Not necessarily a problem, but a little more flavor text would have contributed to the tone a little bit.

Your spelling and grammar were good (thank you). I did notice one typo on the page titled "Room 17". It didn't detract from the story in any way, it just might be something to fix in a later edit.

All of the links about the hotel/restaurant after the plane ride weren't needed and could just as easily be replicated in one page.
The burger death link was kind of annoying. I just wanted something to eat!
In a similar vein, I don't understand why it matters which song I pick. I'm not given any context for which song to pick, such as something along the lines of: "After a quick look at the sheet music, you see that one is comfortably within your vocal range, but the other would be much more impressive if you did it right."
That context was, however, present in the other important choices (a bit less so in the maple syrup one).

I didn’t really care about the character the story is portraying. They are clearly a different person than the reader, so perhaps include a bit more of the characters’ emotions. In the humiliating failure ending, you could have written something like:
“While performing your dance routine, you trip and fall. You feel mortified, and the feeling only worsens after the director informs you he’ll be telling everyone he knows about how bad you are.” Even just one sentence can get people more invested in the story.

Overall, I feel like this story could go somewhere if you added a few more choices that matter, make us care about the character, and minimize the instant death links and false choices.
-- Cupcakitty__13 on 1/5/2021 10:38:57 AM with a score of 0
Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the first page. I realize that page may not be a big deal, but for me it really sets the tone of the entire story. On that page it starts out putting me in the starring role of the story. That immediately sets me up and gets my mind focused on me being “you” in the story. The second line supports that idea. But then the third line just throws me for a loop because the first “you” is the me in the story, but the second “you” jumps out to refer to ME outside the story, giving me directions on how to navigate the links on the page. Suddenly I’m back out of the story, and I think one link it going to take me back in, while the other will continue along somewhere else. If you want to have some “out of story” information like a character sheet, I’d suggest you do all that first, before the story even starts. That way when you’re in the story, you stay immersed in the story itself.

The next page gets confusing, too, because it mentions that I walk back and forth to the curb three times. Why did I do that? Am I drunk? I wonder if you could shift that around so the walking back and forth is part of the thoughts that I have as I remember things my dad told me. I like the idea of the options and different directions for the story here, just the presentation was a bit confusing, at least at first. That continues if I visit places out of order. For example, if I go to Simon’s office first, after they throw me out I get a link for Room 17. I have no idea why I would go there because I don’t know what is room 17. I guess I was supposed to go to the Lillypad first, but if I don’t, well, the link shows up anyway.

I like the ideas here. The story, to me, has a good deal of potential. I just think it could be more detailed and more interesting in a number of different ways. The character could develop more based on choices (yes, I realize that can be difficult). The choices could have a greater effect on the overall story. And as others have mentioned, this is quite a bit short when there are so many different, other directions the story could expand into! Good luck on further writing!
-- Ogre11 on 4/27/2018 4:59:35 PM with a score of 0
Interesting plot, although some deaths felt forced and unexpected.
Keep up the good work, author!
-- PerforatedPenguin on 11/19/2020 9:28:44 AM with a score of 0
The character bio includes this little nugget:

"Your father, Thomas, was a bank teller ... Your dad helped a lot by using his connections to get you some helpful services."

Really? Those entry-level bank positions that on the verge of getting replaced by ATMs have a lot of Hollywood connections, do they?

Next time I deposit a check, and the teller asks if there is anything else they can help me with, I'll say sure, I'd like a part in the next Scorsese flick.
-- Bill_Ingersoll on 12/6/2019 5:51:47 PM with a score of 0
It's a good story I just wish there was a couple more options for some of them and ending when you do something wrong.
-- Lily on 4/27/2019 11:53:57 AM with a score of 0
The story is rather short, other than that it was pretty good.
-- Francesca1986 on 10/3/2018 5:33:41 PM with a score of 0
This was fun
-- MusicalNerd7 on 6/5/2018 8:07:06 AM with a score of 0
Possible bug: Room 17 shows up before you go to the Lily Pad, if the first place you go is the talent agent (my experience)

For the choice of song, there should have been some kind of description of the songs, all there was were the title. I know the protagonist didn't know the songs but I think it would have been better if she just asked to hear them before deciding, or something.

It's short and simple but I guess it was good for what it is.
-- jodithewitch on 5/12/2018 4:16:46 AM with a score of 0
I see you love Fallout Boy. That was probably the climax of the story for me....

Not because I love Fallout boy, But because of the personal flair you added. You need more of that, Add more you to the story.
-- AtikRaOips on 5/2/2018 9:13:58 AM with a score of 0
Wow, that ended pretty quickly. The writing style is excellent but it really needs to be longer. 4/8
-- Xerxes on 4/17/2018 10:26:53 AM with a score of 0
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