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What Makes A Fantastic Antagonist?

To me, a villain can make a book as much it can break it. A horrible villain is one whose motivations are nil, or are just plain horrible. Or if it passes the logic test, simply doesn’t have any reason to why he would pursue it. 

My favourite kind of villain are those who simply use the wrong methods but have a dream that could have been achievable. Or really makes the protagonist doubt himself and his beliefs. 

A villain should simply stand on the other end against the protagonist. He should always have a goal. He should always have a real motivation, and one which can be explained through his back story. 

So, here are some of my tips when it comes to making a villain.

#1 Figure Out His Personality

This is the first and foremost you should do, a villain can be extremely sympathetic should he be characterized well enough. Such as his motivations for it sometimes he could also be seen doing something good. Sometimes he has pity, because the person reminded him of someone who showed him warmth in the past. Their personality can also be what pushes them onto the dark path in the first place. 

#2 Linking His Back story to his actions 

Each one of us sometimes does decisions because of something we have experienced. And most of us have certain traits that we picked up from our past selves. So, this is important. A logical motivation can be supported by his experiences and push him to the brink. And at the same time make it plausible that he could have become a hero instead, or he could have chosen not to do all the horrendous deeds he has done. 

Motives are everything basically to a villain. And they should justify what they have become, and why they became like that. Their personality is one driving force, and their backstory simply justifies the rest. 

#3 Include Some Redeemable Traits 

This is important too, since no one can be completed black or made of nothing but the black abyss. There has to be something good about them, even if it is only a semblance of it. But it is still good. And that is important to making a villain more believable, that they simply made the wrong choices at the wrong time. 

This are all my tips on making a fantastic villain. And really, it all comes down to personality and backstory in my opinion. Even the opposition of beliefs too. But if you have any other opinions, leave it here. I would love to hear from you about what you think makes a fantastic villain. 

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The Glass Sentence 

I would say that the drawing point of this book lies in its premise and worldbuliding. The way the Great Disruption affected the world, had been fascinating to read since it threw the entire world into completely different ages and possibly different times. 

Also, all the while introducing many points about the side effects of the Great Disruption. People who came back to see that their age is lifeless and completely abandoned, and people who do not believe in the current world. 

That is really what made it for the book. Even more than the characters honestly, since they weren’t as unique as other characters from other books. But the worldbuliding is really good and level headed, with plenty of history. 

The only thing I would have wanted to complain was that I wanted much more. And how the worldbuliding was executed needed a lot more work, I was bored to tears on so many of the pages. 

The characters are okay, their interactions many a time quite dull and uninteresting. And the only thing really interesting about Sophia is her lack of having any sense of time. The rest you can find in almost any other female main character if you ask me. 

Same for Theo, Uncle Shadrack and almost the other cast of characters which I barely have an impression on. They simply didn’t compel me, and the dialogue at times was shallow and quite simplistic. It didn’t have anything really thought provoking in it, or any quotes which I would have wanted to read about. 

That is the real issue with the book. The characters are bland, the worldbuliding was basically dumped onto me. The only thing that redeemed this has to be the worldbuliding, which was fascinating to read about and the plot which was fine, giving Sophia an actual motivation to go in a journey to find her uncle.. But the rest could be done better. 

So, I would say if you want to read this, just keep in mind that you need a lot of patience and a lot of love for finely crafted worlds. If you prefer characters, I would say just move on. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Awesome Blogger Award 

This in an award for the absolutely wonderful writers across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add to happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. This is what truly defines an awesome blogger. 

Here I am being nominated for my second award. I never expected that I would be nominated for another award so soon, thank you ceolsige for nominating me. Your blog is awesome too. 

Also, credits to the creator of this award, dreamingofguatelmala.  

Here are the rules: 

Thank the person who nominated you 

Include the reason behind the award 

Include the banner in your post 

Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward 

Answer the questions the nominator gave you

Nominate at least five awesome bloggers 

Give your nominees ten new questions to answer 

Let your nominees know they have been nominated 

Her ten questions:

1. For me, it would be a mix of music, anime and books. But mostly it’s a lot of anime and music. On the occasion will books give me some weird ideas, but it’s mostly anime which piqued my creativity and drove me to creating and a lot of what I consumed eventually worked its way into my work. 

2. The fact that I always never stop thinking about the next idea, even if I do not immediately work on them. Sometimes I would end up discouraged, but quickly pick myself up. Since I tend to forgive rather easily and just move on, rather than harp around the past. I can see that it is another of my strength seeing that this is where it brought me. Also, the belief that whatever I do is right, that helped in maintaining this blog and writing as much as I do. 

3. My most favourite author so far, would probably be Kirsten White for the time being. Mostly because of how And I Darken impacted my life, as it was the most perfect sort of book. And that became a reason why I loved anti-heroes and even complex characters. It had been pulled off so well by her. I still cannot wait for the sequel to come. 

4. On some level, I think I’m actually most similar to being like my zodiac animal. A real snake. I strangely like the cold, even if I live in a humid country. I am also pretty lazy if you ask me. 

5. Still teleportation, there is nothing more useful than that. And really, all I want to do is to go into fictional worlds and try and understand them on a deeper level. Also, maybe I would try going back into history, then it would make research so much easier. 

6. My favourite character that I have written so far is Wu Cai Lin (from Hidden Within Dawn), since she is a girl who counts on her intelligence, and wits above anything else. And well, I like her for how comfortable she is with herself, that she likes playing puzzles, but still able to scheme, outsmart when it is necessary. Another reason why, is that she is a verbal badass. 

7. I blog because well, I wanted to find a place for my thoughts about books which are all over the place. And well, it did contribute to the blog name after all since it’s mostly my thoughts and feelings about writing, books, anime or any storytelling medium really. 

8. Being able to successfully draw something, other than stick figures and barely understandable drawings. It is the one talent that I would love to have, yet still hasn’t even shown a miniscule of talent for it. 

9. It will be pop ballads, I rather like tragic music sometimes. And it inspires me quite a lot to write. And that I love them with a slightly darker theme added to it. So mostly music with really dark and tragic overtones, I always end up loving that mind of music. 

10. Trying to finish a novel(which I am so close at, just 13 more chapters of a really massive work) after nearly two years of promising myself that I will finish something(it has a lot to do with the story not working out in the least). Trying to balance having a blog and school, since this year is extremely important to me(O levels, not a fun thing to have). 

My five nominees:

AMBradley-Your blog has been really insightful about writing, not just about the craft aspect but also about the more social and getting themselves known 

Glenniswritingabc-the tips which you offer are helpful and clearly very insightful towards the craft of writing. 

Natashasapienzablog– I really like your blog for its tips about writing and how it really is spot on. 

Novelty Revisions– it is the blog for writers who want to become freelance writers, and offers a lot into blogging as well. 

Rantandraveaboutbooks-a place with a lot of book reviews and also discusses trends within books usually, and the common tropes. And I really like their style. 
Ten questions:

1. What do you think is your best traits?

2. What inspired you to start a blog?

3. What do you tend to do to get inspired to write a post?

4. If you had the chance to tell something to your past self, what would it be? 

5. What is your favourite meal of the day?

6. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

7. What is the one thing that you are thankful for?

8. Would you move out of your home country if given the choice?

9. What is your favourite song?

10. What is your ideal vacation 

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The House Of The Spirits 

It does live up to expectations of a saga. As this story slowly unravels and balances the first person narration and mostly third person narration so incredibly well. The main narrator of the entire story is Esteban, who at times disgust me of the way he thought that Clara was his. And that she should be willing to share everything with him. 

As for Clara, in her own right, she is a strong woman. She would put her foot down and leave him, which she does in this book for her own daughter. The way that she is always so incredibly wise and aware of the world, and how she is portrayed is like a clairvoyant sometimes. Where she doesn’t try to speak. And her abilities really quite magical, and the way it is presented places this book into magical realism. Where sometimes certain events barely have any explanation, and this does pass due to the way Clara appears so incredibly aware. 

As for the family, which they are all rather crazy. Esteban with his obsession with Rosa and became a reason why he married Clara in the first place. Clara with all her abilities yet choosing not to interfere in many of her fates. Blanca, and her eventual life working hard and doing what she likes. All the while giving birth to a daughter. And Jaime and Nicolas, both of which finds their own strange path. Nicolas moving from one point to another without much thought, Jaime and his constant need for helping the poor. 

I really liked how their entire family became part of politics eventually. Such as Esteban running as a conservative, Jaime standing on the opposition side. As for eventually what happens to Alba and her, I would say that another party has come into power and one that is indeed a cruel tyrant. 

As for the story slowly beginning and ending, it all ends with Alba. And this saga has been quite entertaining really. Such as Clara deciding once and for all leaving, even though they still kept up appearances. Blanca and her affair, Jaime and Nicolas where both their paths diverged so incredibly much. And Alba, who grew up in this ridiculous environment.

So, this is a good book. More in the part that it developed characters over the years, and yet still kept their essence in the way that I could still recognize them. All the while spanning years and years with three generations of the family. And well, this books handles it all well. With how bizarre some of them are, and eventually having Esteban realise that he on some level had faulted. And Blanca deciding to let her first love go, after seeing that he was unwilling to be chained to her. 

And the way Alba views the world at the end. I would say that all this took a lot of work and planning, given how each character eventually had their own role to play and their own role to fulfill. And even seeing Esteban begging on his knees was nice indeed, and the way that he simply wants Alba back is really heartwarming too. 

So this is a family saga, and centered about their entire family and lives. And the way that somehow a lot of things eventually come back to them, and a lot of times there aren’t a lot of answers seeing as how Alba changed, and how mysterious she was at the epilogue. So, I would say that this book is more about the family than anything else. And each character was handled well for me, at least within the Trueban family. 

Rating: 4 out of 5′

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How to break rules well

To me, there are no hard and fast rules about writing well. It all comes down to the fact on how you break those rules. And how you make it work into the novel. 

I have a personal belief that all writing rules are meant to be broken, and they are merely guidelines for us to follow. Most of this guidelines at the beginning would help our work. But one of these days, given that we as writers would always think out of the box, we would eventually break them one way or another. 

I’m fine whether you are reading this while working on your first work, or how many manuscripts. Since I’m giving you a few tips on breaking rules well, and making it work cohesively with your story. 

So, here are some tips on how you should consider breaking rules. 

#1 It must be necessary 

If it is necessary, by all means break it. If your feel as though your story could do with that twist, by all means use it to your advantage. But do note that there might be better alternatives, and should it come to seeing which is the alternatives is better, I would suggest you take everything into account first, and consider other alternatives before doing this. Since it isn’t as easy to break rules than following them, as you need to understand the craft very very well. 

#2 It must have a good reason 

This is above all, everything must come with a logical and good reason, you can break all the rules and no one can tell you not too. But you have to know whether it is the logical way to go, or are you simply doing it for the sake of unpredictability, which can backfire quite badly. Since readers are smarter than that, and they will know whether it was broken because the author simply wanted it to be complex or whether there is a logically good reason behind it.

#3 Execution 

You must execute it well, how you break the rules has to be executed well in the book. Otherwise, it feels sloppy and cheap rather than anything else. And execution can make or break a book usually, either where the book always have characters saying things at the wrong time. Or where it feels so cheap to have pulled it off or have a happy ever after when it was feeling like a tragedy after it all. That kind of thing. 

So, here are my tips on what you should consider before breaking a rule and making it work. If you feel as though there is more to be added, leave a comment below I always greatly welcome comments. 

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Daughter Of The Pirate King

This was one funny book, especially with how Alosa was both hilarious and at the same time utterly brutal. Well, she is like a pirate with a really good sense of humor. And she doesn’t shame them either, she doesn’t shy away from having brutal fights or killing. Or even resorting to underhanded means to survive.

Even though there are many places where it could have been better but there was one thing certain I really liked how Alosa doesn’t try to think of herself as a man or even a woman. Just a pirate King who loves her father, and uses any methods necessary to finish her task. Exactly like a pirate. 

Alosa is enjoyable because of that. And also because despite her father having a lot of children, yet choosing her to claim, there is a good reason why she was chosen. And a good way to insert magic, and to even suggest about her father’s personality. Even if I would doubt it a little, but for me it is certain that it would become very important in the subsequent books. 

I do like how Alosa isn’t able to see certain betrayals coming, and that even for something as important as retrieving a map leading to precious treasure, her father treats her as a capable person and that eventually translates to a plot twist of its own. 

Though, I would have preferred Alosa to have resorted to it faster. And not just be seen walking around the deck and enjoying being captive. Even though she does constantly think of various ways to do it, and various ways to get the map. And when she does make her move, a hell of a ride ensues. And well, I could see her skill and her talents as a pirate. That she wasn’t just only telling us that she was a pirate, she had also been trained in the skill too. And wasn’t someone who tried to rationalize her profession or make it less grim about how pirates treat women. Though I did like the use of a female crew, even though they don’t really have much appearance. But I do want them to have a larger role in the later book. 

I really enjoyed how this book was handled in terms of plot an execution and how Alosa was portrayed as a pirate. She is one except that she also has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to resort to seducing men to get her way. So, I would recommend this to ya readers who long for a pirate who acts and even thinks like one and isn’t simply a really whitewashed version of them. And also ya readers who really want to see a good female main character, who isn’t too affected by romance and even despite that would still put her goal first in front of romance. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Kuroshitsuji 128

What is revealed here can say that it can be his twin. It’s really the only reason why Ciel looks so incredibly frightened, why Soma recognized him and why Lizzy chose to stay at the music hall.

And how the message is veiled subtly. “Who stole the candy from my tummy?” These does suggest that the candy is the ring, and it was taken from his stomach. Well, this is beginning to hint more obviously at the twin. Which I am fine with the twist as it is, as it brings a completely different kind of subtext to the story. 

What did Ciel do? He probably sacrificed his own brother. And his reaction subsequently make me think that he is afraid as he is guilty, and that he had wholeheartedly sacrificed his own brother. 

For this story, I won’t expect survivor’s guilt, since it is one of grey morality from the very beginning. And Ciel barely has a shred of humanity left in him, and we don’t know how their relationship had been. But I can say that the younger twin must have been jealous. Because in Victorian Era, primogeniture was the thing. And so, it makes sense why he would be jealous. He wouldn’t have been accessed to a single cent of the fortune. 

He all the more suffers from asthma, which is something that has affected him quite badly when he was a child. So, what could this mean? He could have a real reason why he would have sacrificed his brother, out of fear and eventually tried to rationalize it as everything would be for himself. 

And really, it does make the most sense among all the other ideas. So, I am more or less ready for the reveal of the twin this arc as it was suggested. 

But I would also expect the twin to be mentally unhinged and rather unstable. And with Sebastian’s reaction, it suggest that he has died and really was revived as a bizarre doll. 

But this is all my speculation and how likely it would fit if the theory is true. There is still that chance there is a completely perfectly good explanation which doesn’t include a twin(Victoria and John Brown deciding that this is the perfect chance to strike back at him, and reveals the twin.)

Or that John Brown and Victoria also has something to do with the Blue Sect(Even though that pointed to Undertaker more due to the Campaigna and the blue star liner), but I think that Victoria closing her eye to this and only bringing up now has a point, and Ciel to her isn’t of the best image. 

So, I think that this chapter revealed a lot and made me think that it’s the twin theory slowly coming to life. But I don’t know, maybe there are other explanations. Maybe there is a whole new twist. But I would expect a brutal faceoff should the twins meet each other again.