T5W – Favourite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

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This week’s T5W prompt was “‘Unlikeable’ protagonists – People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!” It turns out that this was actually quite a challenge and we are not ashamed to admit we thought about taking the easy way out several times. However, after doing a little bit of digging into who is thought of as unlikeable characters by others, we found some opinions we definitely disagree with.

Jude St. Francis – A Little Life
Chosen by Inchwyrm


The reason I chose Jude is because I see a lot of hate directed his way for being unsympathetic, hard to relate to, too perfect or simply “not gay enough” and I rooted for him because I think that’s an entirely unfair assessment. The author deliberately wrote him to be an imperfect person with many flaws; at the end of the day, he is a victim of…

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The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

After seeing Mud and Stars post on the Unpopular Opinions book tag, I thought it would be a great way to finally post something after a bit of a break. In between getting over my post-uni depression and trying to combat my writing anxiety, I have not had much confidence to write anything. But oh boy, can I write a ranty post! So bring in the unpopular opinions and let the words start rolling.

A popular book or series you didn’t like


This one was super hard because, as it turns out, I seem to hate a lot of books other people seem to love…. In the end, I settled for anything written by John Green, but honourable mentions also go out to Ready Player One and Girl, Interrupted. Although I did use to really love John Green and owned all of his books, the more I read, the more I began to really not like any of the books. The Fault in Our Stars was the final nail in the coffin and I don’t understand why there is so much hype around him when his characters all suffer from a chronic case of Samey Mc-Sameface.

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What I’m most excited about at E3 2017: Xbox Conference

Anyone who knows me will know that I am not a massive fan of Xbox, and their presentation at E3 did nothing to change that, even with their announcement of their new Xbox One X console which they dub “the most powerful console in the world”. Whilst I admire (and snark on) their enthusiasm and release of a diverse array of Xbox “exclusives” which suit a wide range of audiences, there is nothing in there makes me gasp and go “I must immediately sell everything I own to get me the new Xbox One X console”. So, whilst I have provided a list below of the games that excited me most at the Xbox One X conference, it’s good to bear in mind that these are ‘Launch “exclusives”‘ aka we just got to announce the game, or ‘Timed exclusives’ meaning that they will be quickly available on other consoles, if they not immediately.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

From the moment I saw the figure of a young girl smoking a cigarette and the photographs on the wall, I knew immediately that it is was something to do with Life is Strange and let out an excited scream. Having finished playing LIS only a few months ago and now owning my own ‘Arcadia Bay’ t-shirt, I am still riding the LIS high and was sooo excited to see Xbox drop this trailer for Before the Storm. Debuting this summer, Before the Storm will be a 3 episode prequel to LIS which follows a younger Chloe and her best friend Rachel Amber, allowing fans to return to Arcadia Bay but this time see it through the eyes of young Chloe. Having been wondering how on earth LIS will continue on given the decision to allow players to choose between entirely different endings, Before the Storm provides a great opportunity to jump back into the game without forcing players down one consequence track. Given that this game focuses on a younger Chloe, there will of course be differences to the game. First and foremost, given that Max does not exist in Before the Storm there will be no re-wind powers meaning that you will have to live with the decisions you make. And secondly, Ashley Birch will not be reprising her role as Chloe, given her younger age, but instead will be joining the writing team and will be replaced by actress Rhianna DeVries.

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What I’m most excited about at E3 2017: EA Conference

Watching E3 every year has become somewhat of a tradition in our house since we first discovered it just a few years ago and I’m super excited to be able to live tweet my reactions and compile all these emotions into blogs this year. This years E3 is running from Saturday 10th June until Tuesday 13th June 2017, kicking off tonight with the EA conference. So, without further ado here are some of my highlights from the EA conference and what I’m most excited about.

Star Wars Battlefront II – The Major Attraction

Of course, Star Wars Battlefront II is one of the biggest attractions for many at this year’s E3 conference following the resounding success of Battlefront launched in 2015. Since then, it appears that EA has been playing close attention to the concerns of fans and has actually (shock horror) addressed some of these! As a massive fan of the entire Star Wars universe (owning all of the films, various books, and playing a multitude of Star Wars games across a number of platforms) the trailer actually gave me goosebumps watching it which were only intensified during the conference.

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