Username: Evie (Username, #1)by Joe Sugg Published 22 Sep 2015
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Like anyone who feels as though they just don't fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself.
Despite his failing health, Evie's father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it's finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app... and the power to cause trouble in paradise.
"Username: Evie (Username, #1)" Reviews
I usually don't do this. usually I just use this site as a personal blog for the books I read and want to read. I log a review simply to have it marked for the yearly reading challenge. But this is a special case. I picked up the book in my local bookstore, not knowing who the author was. I just decided I liked the look of it and it's rare that a graphic novel has a female lead (with few notable exceptions). A few pages in and I got worried, the art was flat. Each character seemed wooden and unresponsive, the panels on each page seemed to have no real flow and later, once I reached the 'action scenes', the art took on a new level of ugly. Whoever drew this clearly understands basic drawing ability but this must be their first foray into comics. This was bad, a true disaster with uninteresting character designs and action so laughable in their framing and composition that it looked more like the jerky spastic movements of marionettes. Still, as terrible as that was surely the writing could not be so bad? It was worse, far, far worse. The story was quickly paced with no real time for us to get to know anyone, the main character was bland and uninteresting with nothing to her, reduced to a cliche of outcast. No character traits exist within her, none. She is a shell. The antagonist is, again, as simple, a spoiled popular girl trope but again with no actually personality. The plot of the story is a formulaic piece of prose that hits all the key points of a coming of age outcast story like a bullet point list. There is no feeling of artistic expression just of a soulless committee driven tale to have mass appeal but no texture, no identity. The dialogue spews the usual "you are special" message but does it so poorly and bluntly that it feels like the author just repeating that over and over instead of have his characters actually interact. *spoilers; you have been warned* the ending also suffers from this. The action comes to a head with the two main characters fighting each before basically deciding that actually they don't hate each other and all this was silly. They just do this for no reason, there is no character arc or personal growth for either of them. It seems as if the author just couldn't think of a way to end it and just said "meh, I'm bored". Well, I'm bored, bored of this tired and insipid story that fails in every level of story telling and comic structure. Reading the author's note I found that this is his first r and that his real profession is a YouTube star. Fair enough. I know that a large audience of teenagers will read this and if it gets them into graphic novels then I can't complain. Anything that gets people to enjoy reading is not a bad thing but this comic might just be the worst I have ever read. I hope the people who pick this up as their first graphic novel do not judge the genre on this. It would be like judging the entirety of cinema based on Manos: hands of fate. Though, at least that had an identity.
Joe Sugg is a YouTuber whose videos I never saw until after reading his utterly craptastic comic, Username: Evie, but it turns out that he makes unwatchable videos as well as unreadable books!
Well, let’s amend that: he came up with the story but other people actually made this. I’ll credit them here because their names aren’t on the cover of the book they created: Artist: Amrit Birdi, Writer: Matt Whyman, Colourist: Joaquin Pereyra, Letterer: Mindy Lopkin. Joe Sugg just watched The Matrix, thought “Me too!”, and these guys brought his “vision” to life.
I’ve never seen a female character literally fridge herself before but that’s one of the first things our main character Evie does! The story is riddled with high school cliches: the mousy wallflower girl, the geek guy, the jock, the mean girl.
Then we get into the garbage story: Evie’s dad somehow creates (for want of a better word) the Matrix on his PC - right, because that’s possible for one seriously ill guy to do something that staggeringly technical! After he dies, he leaves Evie a laptop which is the gateway into the Matrix. All she needs to do is click the desktop app, look into the camera, and she’s PHYSICALLY transported into the Matrix! So idiotic. Mentally would be less stupid but physically?? And time passes far more slowly in the Matrix just because.
Evie’s mean girl cousin gets into the Matrix as well but her mean girliness infects the NPCs (Non-Player Characters), turning them evil so Evie has to battle them all. What are the stakes? No clue. Maybe if you die in the game you die in real life but that’s never established so there’s zero tension in what’s happening. Cheesy, totally uninteresting good vs evil battle ensues.
What was the geek guy doing in the Matrix? Was it him or just another NPC? How does her dad live forever in the computer??
The story is derivative rubbish that’s irredeemably bad all the way through - Username: Evie is like a bad CBBC show for 10 year old dullards. Avoid it like you’re probably already avoiding Joe Suggs’ terrible YouTube videos!
Nice Story, but I hated that Everything was happening so fast.
No this graphic novel was beautiful. Not only was the story emotionally gripping but the graphics were beautiful. Just stunning. I can't remember how this graphic novel was brought to my attention and I had no idea what it was about but I was willing to give it a try and I'm so glad I did.
This book had a great message about learning to be OK with yourself and understanding what your influence does to those around you whether it be positive or negative. It talked about loving yourself and becoming aware of love coming from other places. It was such a great positive read. Evie was a great main character. Once she learned to trust herself more and recognize the love that was alway around her she just blossomed and so did the people around her. Mallory was Evie's psycho cousin and she was a piece of work. It would have been interesting to see where her negativity stemmed from and maybe that will come in another volume. I hope there will be more. I also loved the character Unity who was designed to represent every man and woman in the world. I loved this concept of just embodying humanity. It was beautiful to behold.
If you are looking for a great uplifting read then take a walk through this book. It's truly awe inspiring. Just breathtaking.
It was alright.
I felt like the story was poorly developed and wasn't very well planned out, compared with other graphic novels i've read this books didn't really have a chance!
i didn't attach to the characters at all. And i felt that inspirational stuff i.e. be yourself yada yada was just thrown in there to make the book seem more emotional.
This book has only gotten three stars because the artwork was pretty cool and one or two lines did make me chuckle (only a smidge)
Joe Sugg's debut into the graphic novel world has arrived... And it is, by all means, spectacular! The art was absolutely captivating, the story well-executed. Watching Evie develop into a better character was so enjoyable as was the cute little romance going on.;) This novel was so creative and modern, with a huge technological twist making this book super unique. I can't wait until Joe Sugg's next book!