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I’ll just start this off by axing off a HUGE group of characters right off the bat: the traitor is not a teacher, has to be from class A and cannot be from any other class, and is not a “minor” member of class A, such as Mineta or Sero. I am assuming that those characters who have been somewhat involved in the main plotline of the story are those that have the potential to be the traitor. After cutting it down from that, I’ll just run through specific instances.

Of course it’s not Midoriya, or the story would make no sense; same with Bakugou due to having been kidnapped. I’m cutting out Iida, Todoroki, and Momo for their involvement in helping to rescue Bakugou in the AfO arc, and also because they all have a family history in heroics.  Froppy I’m cutting out more because of the way the story is written makes her a really awkward fit as traitor. Denki is one of the theories I’ve seen floating around, but I think that from the most recent arc, there’s a little too much leaning away from Denki having the capacity for being a traitor.

Kirishima, although I definitely wouldn’t be too surprised if it did turn out to be him, still doesn’t fit the bill for me. My initial reason was that Kirishima obviously wants to save Bakugou from the villains during that particular arc - he initiates the entire thing. While even despite on that, I was open to the idea of Kirishima being the traitor, but thinking on it there are two other reasons I can’t sink my teeth in. The first is that Kirishima is just… so honest?? and also Bakugou’s kinda-probably best friend? If the villains really wanted Bakugou to join the villain side, Kirishima probably would have known, and also he could have easily spoken to Bakugou about STUFF and weeded out whether or not Bakugou was really villain material. He also strikes me as honest enough to bide his time with Bakugou and then when the time came, literally just saying ‘hey, Bakugou join me on the villains’ side.’

My second reason is crucial: Kirishima is just not AS close to Midoriya as pretty much every other main character. While I’m sure Midoriya would be upset if Kirishima was the traitor, it wouldn’t have the same effect as a lot of the other main characters in the series. The shock factor for Midoriya, appropriately, would be more like “oh no, how could you?”  and I don’t think that’s what Horikoshi wants. Good traitor reveals are big, painful, and close to the heart. They’re someone who the main character trusts, and a lot of the time, a character who’s been there from the start.

So who is left?

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Why you should all read the Skulduggery Pleasant Series by Derek Landy

Okay you sorry lot, sit down and shut up. You are all about to get EDUCATED on the magical world of Skulduggery Pleasant. 

((So I am currently suffering through some terrible “the skulduggery pleasant series is over, I have read every book, short story and companion novel, my life is over why” feels and I think the way to make me feel better is to make everyone else suffer the same feels as me. So here you go.))

Learning Objectives for today: 

  • Learn about the Skulduggery Pleasant series
  • Go out and buy the Skulduggery Pleasant Series
  • Read the Skulduggery Pleasant Series 

What is the Skulduggery Pleasant Series all about?

“Stephanie’s uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn’t fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.”- Goodreads

The main protagonist is a girl called Valkyrie Cain who mistakenly discovers she has magic, she is mentored by a living skeleton called Skulduggery Pleasant. They are a crime fighting duo who save the world on multiple occasions. 

There’s nine regular books, plus a short-story collection and a spin-off.

The world-building is magnificent (and one of the things I love so much about it), almost every character is likable, the twist are mind-blowing, and you will bawl your eyes out or want to fling the book into a corner on multiple occasions.

There are a lot of strong female characters, even though not always in the traditional sense, many characters are very much queer (it’s only hinted at in the earlier books, but as the series goes on, it’s heavily implied, and the author himself has confirmed the “queerness” of many characters).

Also, the titular character is a skeleton who likes nice suits, fights with magic and drives in a Bentley. What more do you need?!

I’d recommend it if you like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and/or the Mortal Instruments. Or action in general.- kitsunetook

“Her parents wanted her to find her own way in life. That’s what they’d said countless times in the past. Of course, they’d been referring to school subjects and college applications and job prospects. Presumably, at no stage did they factor living skeletons and magic underworlds into their considerations. If they had, their advice would probably have been very different.”

What does the Skulduggery Pleasant Series mean to me?

I started reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series when I was 11 when I was going through a really traumatic period of my life. Not great things were happening in my life at that time and I had to move away from home to stay with foster parents. The people I was staying with had a son who had the book and I read it.  I literally relied on Valkyrie’s strength to help me to get through this time. I really found a lot of solace in Valkyrie as she was strong and fierce and indestructible. And I got through it, with Val and Skulduggery by my side.Since then, every year a new book comes out and every year I am the same age as Valkyrie. I have spent the past seven years of my life with Valkyrie, Skulduggery and all the rest. I really feel like Valkyrie is a close friend and the parallels I draw from her life and mine have really helped me with teenage struggles. Whilst she was fighting soul snatching remnants I was fighting nasty girls at school etc. It cannot be understated that the series has played a massive part in my adolescence and has literally saved my life. Thank you Derek Landy for creating this magical place, it will live on inside me for as long as I live! Until the very end.. 

I first read this book seven years ago when I was twelve: when the protagonist, Valkyrie Cain was also twelve. At the time I first met Valkyrie/Stephanie I was going through I very troubled time in my life and was staying with a foster family, their son lent me the book and I found great solace in it. If Valkyrie could cope with such a big change in her life so could I. Every year when a new book came out I grew a year older with her, and she has been a huge comfort in my adolescence. The end of the series has marked the end of an era, the end of my teenage years, and the beginning of adulthood!

Why should you read it?

  • Because it is quite literally THE best series ever, yes that’s better than Harry Potter.
  • SP has the best written female protagonist of ANY book I’ve ever read, all the other characters are also amazing! You find yourself becoming attached to psychopaths and murderers. 
  • The story world is epic, magic, richly detailed and literally awesome in every way. 
  • With a lot of middle grade/ YA fantasy it can seem like a simple good vs bad battle but it is anything but that, each character is complex and has good and bad points.
  • The writing is amazing, with serious poetic bits that make you cry and then parts where the sarcasm levels are through the roof and you are literally LOL’ing at a book by yourself.
  • The story line is always fast paced and exciting, just so good in every way.

I have never met another person who has read the series and gone “meh it was alright” it’s always “OMFG THOSE BOOKS ARE MY LIFE” and I think that sums up just how good the books are.

I might host a read-a-long at some stage this summer if it is something people would be interested in, let me know!