· 12 reviews · [ Original Fiction ] · by Wildbow
mature · completed · 1680k words · updated 5 years ago
An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and frustrated civilian life. Her first attempt at taking down a supervillain sees her mistaken for one, thrusting her into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals. As she risks life and limb, Taylor faces the dilemma of having to do the wrong things for the right reasons.
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Escalation
dmantisk | 4 months ago

One of the prominent themes of this webseriel is escalation, and because of that the story only gets more intriguing as it progresses. Admittedly the beginning can be a little underwhelming, but it does improve later on (It's the author's first story). The characters are complex, and well written. The super powers themselves are well designed. The story follows a teenager who ends up becoming a villain in order to do the 'right' thing. This trend of doing the wrong thing for the right reasons is prevalent throughout the story. The last I wish to say is to at least finish the first arc of the story before giving up.

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A really good take on the superhero genre!
Slytherclaw | 4 months ago

Worm is a really fun story set in a superhero based world that turns the vague "superhero stuff" of most stories into a codified soft science sort of thing. It's really fun to read, has a lot of really good world building, and is a gateway to a lot of amazing fic! That said, it's also crazy long and desperately in need of editing, and should contain a wealth of trigger warnings for body horror, power abuse, bullying, and a bunch of other things. The world is a bit grimdark, the main character's power has its own personal set of squicky horror moments, and a consistent theme in the story is that nobody in power is actually useful--so it can be disheartening to read, but the eventual power struggles are very satisfying. Still, if body horror isn't something you can handle well, this might not be the best story for you.

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Great deconstruction/reconstruction of the superhero genre
BadSpeiling | 5 months ago
Spectacular world; characters with hidden depths.
effulgent_dawn | 5 months ago

It's hard to pick a specific strength of Worm. This web serial has many strengths, from in-depth world building to characters that yank upon one's heartstrings. If anything, the sheer length could be a weakness, but I never lost interest as I waded through chapter after chapter. A masterpiece that will stand the test of time.

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Super powered world with all too human characters
clerical_error | 5 months ago

What I love about Worm is the depth of the characters, their growth, and their interactions. The events and plot devices are meaningful and thematic, and the whole thing is a wild ride to the finish.

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a wonderful, original reimagining of the superhero genre.
SufficientGravitas | 5 months ago

started in 2014, Wildbow kicked off Worm, a down to earth, grounded superhero webserial, with a protagonist that felt like she was a person. what immediately attracted me to the story was the dual sense that the characters actually cared about achieving their goals, while at the same time being imperfect, flawed, both in their capabilities, powers, and their mental process. while the story is long, I have little problem with that, and find that Wildbow's writing, for the most part, is engaging, though he had some pacing problems throughout the story. I'm desperately trying to not spoil this piece of fiction for those who have not read it. if you haven't do. the first 8 arcs will give most of all the grounding you need for all the worm fanfiction on the website

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MultiplyByZer0 | 3 months ago

Why is the title "Worm: Parahumans" and not simply "Worm"? Worm's official website, and the rest of the world as well, just calls it "Worm", without any mention of a "Parahumans" suffix. Same for the sequel "Ward: Parahumans".