LONG POST AHEAD (that turned into a rant) So, here goes.
I love transmigration/reincarnation stories but every time I read one, I always take a break from reading it because:
* Too much inconsistency
* "Same-not-same" plotlines
* Too cliché, WTF scenes
* Too many questions from the reader (a.k.a. me)
* Too many rants from the reader (a.k.a. me)
So, I asked myself, "Why not create a story that can be good enough for you?"
And, I did!
I created a story with:
* FLAWED MAIN CHARACTER who is not a "santa-santita" (I don't know the right English term for this. It's someone who acts like a saint but isn't really.) Iris is neither a white nor a black lotus. She's not overpowered. She's not likeable, really. Because I want her character to grow and I want the readers to be with her as she grows.
* SOMEWHAT REALISTIC TRANSITION. People get dprssed. Not all, but they’d be scarred. Transimgration and reincarnation means that the character had died. That the character had abandoned their lives. No matter how lonely and hurtful that life is, there’ll be regrets. They’d be paranoid for days at least, not full on “Maid, dress me, I’m gonna slap sumbitches.”
Also, I don’t think that the first thought that the people who go back time would be, “I went back to when I was 7?! OMO!” They’d be, “what is that dream? Weird.” Then, they’d go do their usual routine and then something would happen that they already saw in their “dream” and they’d be like “Deja Vu” and then another and they’d be like, “holy crap.” And then they’d ponder on things. They’d think it’s nothing, and sometimes they’d think they’re getting crazy, or maybe they’d think that they acquired some powers. People tend to overthink, and people would overthink. They don’t just go, “Oh sht I reincarnated.”