The Raven

a Fan Fiction by Romulus

Commended by BerkaZerka on 9/21/2019 9:13:04 AM

Player Rating5.76/8

"#140 overall, #15 for 2015"
based on 134 ratings since 12/17/2015
played 1,924 times (finished 146)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level5/8

"aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG-13.

Inspired by the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, 'The Raven' tells the sad and dreadful tale of a man torn apart by his love for his lost love. However, the past does not rest easily and the arrival of a shadowy messenger unlocks memories the heart desperately tries to forget.


Player Comments

Though not as good as the original, this is a worthy tribute to Poe's masterpiece.
There are a few spelling/grammar mistakes, and the imagery can get a little repetitive. Overall, though, it's interesting to see such an excellent poem expanded into a piece of prose in which the reader steps into the shoes of the grief-stricken narrator. You even included a bit of backstory for how all of this came about; however, I admit that I would have preferred a more specific flashback.
The description of the creaking raven's voice is amazing!
-- JeffreyJabs on 8/14/2017 4:57:58 PM with a score of 0
Fantastic: you have caught the tone of the poem really well and the writing flows wonderfully making the story seem just like a troubled dream or a nightmare. I often think Edgar Allen Poe was a guy who literally lived his nightmares and to try and get rid of them he'd write them onto paper or try to drink them away, this story captures the dark and mysterious tone of unavoidable and inexplicable sorrow really well...
please write more :D
-- Will11 on 12/19/2015 1:10:39 AM with a score of 0
A story, shrouded in mystery. A tale that may never again be told.
This is what true storygames are. Choices, well detailed, but not too over the top. A step into the protagonist's shoes, makes it forever more interesting. It was great. And I'm glad to have read it :)
-- Shadowulf on 12/18/2015 2:19:27 PM with a score of 0
This story turned me gay. I'm so glad I found it. Good work and I am 50 years old
-- I am 50 years old on 3/12/2020 1:10:09 PM with a score of 0
Warning: Spoilers Ahead

For such a short game, it's definitely got a wide diversity of endings. (I've found at least three). I also like how you put an interesting twist on the poem - I wasn't expecting some of the routes to involve the murder of Lenore. It made the characterization of the protagonist more interesting, in my opinion. I still think my favourite route was the initial one (where the protagonist never committed any foul play -or at least, not as revealed in that route - and refused to run away from any of the scenes).

The writing itself flowed very nicely. It was obviously heavily revised and edited; I only spotted a few minor typos, through all the pages I read. I do like how you incorporated some of the poem's original lines. However, I felt like the rhyming scheme of these poetic lines didn't fit all that well with the non-poetic nature of the rest of the story. I think if this were written in prose, with a style more similar to the original poem (but with multiple routes to be explored), it would be improved.

-- Reader82 on 12/12/2019 9:07:57 AM with a score of 0
Loved the original poem, loved this narrative take on it.
-- llImperatorll on 12/27/2017 6:35:21 PM with a score of 0
Totally standing behind my opinion, it brings u enlightenment. and other things, but I guess you have to read it to know!
-- blackcigarette on 12/13/2017 3:48:37 PM with a score of 0
made me cry
-- blackcigarette on 12/12/2017 4:50:18 AM with a score of 0
Very beautifully written. Very true to the original source. Thank you.
-- SamuelWong100 on 11/6/2017 12:26:06 AM with a score of 0
It was amazing and it also made me look within.
-- Landen on 10/6/2017 9:18:48 AM with a score of 0
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