By D. Kase
Magnificent Mile is an interesting take on what’s important in life, what is beauty, and what is perfection? I think my favorite part of Magnificent Mile is its touch on society’s view of perfect, and the extent to which we go to reach perfection for everybody else. We see this in several parts of this story. The most clear instance is when the main character, Scarlett, is describing her social media following. She has hundreds of thousands of followers that all tell her she’s perfect, and her legs are long, and her hair is silky. But, Scarlett doesn’t see herself this way. She wants to look in real life like she does with a filter on. Then, and only then will she be perfect. But, we see this again when she calls the building she’s going to be staying in beautiful and the man greeting her, Mr. Lexington, says he wouldn’t describe it as beautiful, in this snobby way. But he does say it is, “a magnificent piece of pristine and advanced architecture.” Which, is a great counter to the story’s theme of perfection, and is a great metaphor for how Scarlett sees herself.
Another good thing about this story are the characters. Kase does a good job building the characters and giving you a good sense of who they are. The story uses a small amount of dialogue, but the dialogue that’s written is purposeful and keeps the story moving forward. Kase continues to build the world and the story through the dialogue so we aren’t left in stagnant conversations.
There was one scene I want to touch on. In Scarlett’s room is a rotary phone, and at first Scarlett tries to press it like a normal button. Then she recalls those movies from the 90s and remembers to turn it. After a few unsuccessful tries, she manages to dial “0” for the operator. This scene has so much potential for growth. I would love to see this scene expanded on.
But, nonetheless, Magnificent Mile is written very well. The characters are built well and the dialogue is fresh. I would rate this story 3 out of 5 stars. This story has about 800 words left to work with to fit the word constraints. This story ends with a cliffhanger, which is fine. There is a lot to be said in that final note, and it plays a major role in how we view Scarlett’s life. Her dad was pretty worthless and she was raised by her mom. We also get a dark side of the Cesto character, the one leaving his company to Scarlett. I mean, he tells her, “I told your mom to abort you.” I don’t mind that the story ends on a cliffhanger. I just don’t like where it ended. Those 800 words could have been used to build more tension and suspense into the following stories. But, the writing is excellent, and I will definitely be looking forward to Part II of Magnificent Mile.
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