but i liked this book

the most unrealistic thing about carry on is how simon barely/never says “mate” even tho they live in london, i mean?? have you ever talked to a british person??

A successful novel should erase the boundary-line between writer and reader, so they can unite.
When that happens, the novel becomes a part of life – the main course, not the dessert.
A successful novel should interrupt the reader’s life, make him or her miss appointments, skip meals, forget to walk the dog.
In the best novels, the writer’s imagination becomes the reader’s reality. It glows, incandescent and furious.
—  Stephen King, preface to The Lord Of The Flies

anonymous asked:

hi!! im curious cause i know you dont really like mc in a lot of the routes but i was wondering if youve played other otomes and how you feel in general about the mcs there? i feel like most mcs ive encountered are very cringeworthy so i was wondering what your thoughts are in general for mcs in otomes? lol sorry this is not exactly slbp related but i thought id ask anyway

I’ve played quite a few otome in my time… LMFAO. Plenty of it’s been mobile apps, just because there’s more in English, but I’ve gotten some console games that I enjoy quite a bit–though I’ve played a couple of the Japanese versions (since luckily, Vita games aren’t region-locked LOL). 

And mm… I think it really depends? In my experience, I’ve generally found MCs from bigger console games to be far more enjoyable than those in mobile apps (I like Chizuru from Hakuouki and Cardia from Code:Realize a whole lot, for example). The problem with quite a few MCs, I feel, is that they tend to try and make them very blank slates–vague personalities that you can attempt to mold to how you choose. But I feel that’s detrimental to the story, because 1) MC is a character, and thus needs development to actually be good, and 2) … How many of us actually like to read about the same no-name, unskilled, common kind of person you could think of? There’s nothing wrong with a character possibly being soft-spoken or passive–that’s fine if you’re willing to let her be more than that and show us about her past, her goals, and how the people around her help her change. Layers to a character can do wonders to her initial impression. But when you leave her static throughout the entirety of the story, reading about it is both boring and irritating after a time.

I think the reason I prefer some MCs like Chizuru or Cardia is because they feel like characters. I am reading their story, watching them struggle with their own personal conflicts, and at some point, falling in love. They feel whole, they feel like characters I can relate to. The problem with say, SLBP MC for example, is that I never feel like I can empathize with her story–she rarely ever changes, she does not have to reap any consequence for any mistakes she makes, and there is never really a time where I feel she is a product of her time–she doesn’t seem to fit the setting she is in. This isn’t to say I haven’t liked Voltage MCs in the past, though–Finally, in Love Again and Kiss of Revenge have some pretty solid leads, for example.

I also feel one of the biggest downfalls of MCs can be the fact that the romance comes before the story–it might just be personal preference on my end, but I feel like a romance is only good if there are other factors to the story you’re reading. Having an MC fall all over a guy without any thought as to what’s going on around her, or her having no ambition outside of that can be kind of boring and eye roll worthy–not to mention that world-building can play a huge part in reader interest. (Though that’s not to say having a hopeless romantic of an MC is inherently bad–but again, the story is only as good as the thought you’re willing to put into it).

So tl;dr There are a lot of cringe-y MCs out there, I can wholeheartedly agree with that. But while I think that’s a pretty common element in a wide range of otome, there’s also plenty of good and interesting MCs out there as well. It’s just like any other novel you would read–they’re really just going to be hit or miss, and a lot of them are going to have tropes you’re probably gonna find super cliche lol.

My mom just got back from a business trip to China, and she brought me presents and I love them!

So it looks like it’ll be staying steadily above 40 from here on out, as such I’ve started working on the garage apartment. 

Yes, same one I lived in when I was 18 - 20. No, trying not to think about that time too much. I am ten years older and wiser and better at keeping as house. 

It will be good to have space again, limited though it be. I won’t be able to keep/prepare much food over there with the mice we tend to attract, and it’s not zoned for plumbing. But still. My own place to tend again, to have privacy. A door that latches :P For temporary living while I save up for Canada, is very good.

I have a crockpot and an electric kettle, I’ll be just fine.

Now, I just need a damn job to call me back. I’m hoping the job fair mid-April will be fruitful.

wow straights don’t know how lucky they are. they are literally represented everywhere. u listen to a song on the radio ??? s t raight. u watch a tv show ??? 3 wild straight couples appear. u watch a movie ??? there is always a straight love plot squeezed into the story. u read a book ??? hello™ there are the straights again. like they don’t even have to search for things ??? while i need to graduate lesbian detective school to be freakin able to find one decent piece of lesbian fiction that i haven’t read 39290480939 times already because there are literally no alternatives ??? straights just need to open any book in the bookstore and there is already a straight romance flourishing on page one. imagine what that must feel like ?? can’t relate


now feels like an appropriate time to post this

a star was falling outside my window
and I almost made a wish for you

and then I laughed
because I remembered

all the times I prayed on my knees
for your return and I decided

something as beautiful as a shooting star
does not deserve to think of you

—  shooting star by shelby leigh

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