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When you are reading a phenomenal book but you don’t want to continue because then it will get to the good parts and you want to enjoy the good parts as much as you can, you want to absorb it via osmosis but you know you are too tired and you also don’t want to continue because then the novel will end and you’ll have to face the fact that it was, after all, just a novel.

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Name 10 Favourite Characters from 10 Different Things then Tag 10 people

Thank you for tagging me, @omgellendean.

Ladies, first:

  1. Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
  2. Eowyn, TLOTR
  3. Catelyn Stark, ASOIAF (I wish I could list more from this fandom)
  4. Jerusha ‘Judy’ Abbott, Daddy Long Legs
  5. Katherine Ann Watson, The Mona Lisa Smile (the academic in me fell in love with her character right away) and Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail are tie on fifth place


  1. Faramir, TLOTR
  2. Ben Solo, Star Wars
  3. V, V for Vendetta (never a dull moment with a man like him)
  4. Jaime Lannister, ASOIAF
  5. Vincent Law, Ergo Proxy (Ben Solo reminds me of him a bit)

Tagging: @lost-inthesunlight, @hagenshall, @fawnilu, @cafeleningrad, @janiedean, @weirwoodtears, @ceridwenofwales, @pansikoser, @kieraembers, @pierrotdameron, @astrallady, @mysticaltora8276, @persnickety-pen, @kylosren, @kateofthecanals and everyone who is interested to participate.

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Grabbed this from @actiaslunaris

Name ten favorite women characters from ten different things (books, tv, film, etc.), then tag ten people.

  1. Kenna Rys - The Crown and the Flame, Choices
  2. Fujino Junko - Tokkei Winspector
  3. Mele - Juuken Sentai Gekiranger
  4. Utsumi Kaoru - Galileo 
  5. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
  6. Luka Millfy - Kaitou Sentai Gokaiger
  7. Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice
  8. Lois Lane - anything Superman including Smallville
  9. Jyn Erso - Rogue One: a Star Wars story
  10. Sunny Kim - Goblin
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Vote 2020: The polls have now closed as of this very hour and when all the votes are counted, Sarada Uchiha from Naruto/Boruto will take Round 2 of the Group A Stages in the 2020 Battle of the Week Voting Tournament, defeating Nezuko Kamado from Demon Slayer 5-3. 5-3 as the final score.

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A Word About Character Development: Invisible Villain

So for certain types of fiction, especially whodunits, you want the reader to be able to peg the bad guy before the hero does. (just not too much before or it looks lazy ok?) This can actually work to build tension even in stories that don’t necessarily require it since the reader is constantly willing the hero away from a character the hero thinks is harmless.

The question of course is how to do it well. There are a few requirements to know you’ve got it right.

1. Not too soon

If I know who the murderer is on page 2 kor even chapter 2 really) (yes both of those have happened) it had better be intentional and the murderer had better be the protagonist. Otherwise it’s just annoying.

2. It doesn’t matter that you know

The best example I’ve seen of this was in a thriller where I knew before the halfway mark who the villain was, but it didn’t matter. In that case it was because the clues were subtle enough I felt like I’d been paying really close attention to catch them, but there’s other ways to pull this off.

3. Whisper of doubt

It always helps if there is the little voice at the back of the head saying “maybe I’m wrong”. Any kind of subtle misdirection is your friend here. Never let the reader be more than 99% certain of their guess.

So there are 3 requirements to make a good villain a reader can see but the protagonist will miss, and I’ve also touched on how to do it. Slow character reveal, subtle clues, and misdirection are all great techniques, but the really easy way to blind your protagonist to the villain?

They must fill one of the protagonist’s basic needs.

I’m not talking about the guy who fulfills your need for tacos by selling them to you at your local Mexican restaurant. He’s probably okay. The best villains will meet a need the protagonists doesn’t want to / can’t admit. Protagonist thinks no one notices them? Villain always calls them by name (just not in a creepy way or you’ll tip your hand). Protagonist believes they are ugly? Villain gives platonic confidence-boosting compliments (or non-platonic ones if that’s what works for your plot).

Whatever area in which the protagonist secretly and desperately needs affirmation the villain provides it. In this way the villain moves themselves into the unsuspectable in the protagonist’s mind because this person fulfills a part of them at a subconscious level.

As a bonus this makes the moment when the protagonist’s does learn the truth all the more intense because it is such a deep betrayal.

If you use these 4 techniques in conjunction your readers will come to realize who the bad guy is while the hero still trusts them. The reader will feel savvy for figuring it out and sorry for the hero because they know what pain is coming. Trust me, it’s much more satisfying than thinking the protagonist is stupid for not pegging the villain right off.

Hope this helps!

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