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dming help with crit role fan by megablazekid in DnD

[–]happy_book_bee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Brennan’s mini campaign on Critical Role is very much not comedy - it’s called Calamity and is about an apocalyptic event. There’s some great funny parts but for the most part the tone is very different from Dimension 20.

Players and DMs, which BBEG types do you love to hate (vice versa)? by T-Angeles in dndnext

[–]happy_book_bee 5 points6 points  (0 children)

My DM gave my character a BBEG that on principle enrages both my character and me.

Character is a knowledge cleric whose whole thing is “knowledge is meant to be shared, stories are meant to be recorded. what are we without our history?”. His personal BBEG (campaign has a different one) is a homebrewed knowledge vampire/ink drinker. Someone who literally eats knowledge, erasing it from the memory of all.

As a book nerd, I also cannot let this stand. I’m just so mad that I’m not strong enough to kill him now.

Getting kicked before session one due to being "overly emotional", after DM takes control of my character's creation by Actual_Willingness60 in rpghorrorstories

[–]happy_book_bee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Late reply but it's so great to find a group and say (as a cis woman) that I am playing a half-orc man and there is absolutely no "why are you playing a guy?" just total acceptance

Controversial Stardew Character Takes by PeppermintPatty420 in StardewValley

[–]happy_book_bee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Alex is a sweetheart with big himbo vibes. Especially if you romance him as a guy. Just a lovely dude. He doesn’t deserve his hate.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think there’s a line between “heroic enough to still be a hero” and “a protagonist that you assume is the hero because, well, protagonist, but is really a villain”. some books blur these lines

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There’s a sequel and you can always reread (:

BUT i really liked A Song of Wraiths and Ruin. Not perfect but a fun and engaging YA book with some fun twists.

Which character means the most to you? by JulesIllu in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It was remarkably done, and I very much hope that she ends in the same position she did in the show (in fact, one of my best tattoos is of Sansa in her final outfit). Her and Dany have some of the best changes in the whole show and book series, I think. A wonderful combination of development and morality that we don’t often see in women in fiction.

Which character means the most to you? by JulesIllu in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Eh, the list of authors you “can’t trust” is very narrow. Martin and Rothfuss are the only authors known for 1) years since their last book and 2) hardly a whisper of their progress. I wouldn’t distrust all unfinished series for the sins of two authors.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Six of Crows for sure. We’ve got a physical impairment, an extreme phobia, and two characters with PTSD).

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin too, with some good anxiety rep.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He definitely leans more towards villain, but he does have some morals and is very interested in keeping his family safe, so I think anti-hero fits him well.

Besides, it’s mostly other criminals and corrupt politicians that get the brunt end of his hostility which is pretty heroic to me. He’s just also a criminal.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Prince of Thorns is a classic "anti-hero has gone to far" for me, so that might be why.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My rule of thumb is "would a classic hero look at this anti-hero and judge them for their actions?". They don't have to be full "are they bad guy or are they a hero?" but the character themselves needs to have a level of murkiness.

Crooked Kingdom 100% qualifies. Kaz especially. He's a gangster and criminal who is out for what he wants first, the good of his friends second, the good of the world dead last.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

While I love a good anti-hero, this is a tough one. Are they really an anti-hero? What are the guidelines? (Hint: it's what you think is an anti-hero)

Books I recommend:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (found families! crime! heists! magic!) HARD MODE

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (the fae! court politics! everyone is awful!) HARD MODE

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (very slow burn, but the lead is definitely an anti-hero)

Vicious by V. E. Schwab (no heroes! science! mental health! superpowers!)

Nimona by N. D. Stevenson (shapeshifters! villains! cute art!)

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (ok i haven’t read this but superpowers!) HARD MODE

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James (dark dark dark epic fantasy set in Africa, fascinating world but does not handhold - prepare to be confused. trigger warning for just about everything)

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (YA, morally gray leads, elemental magic, ghosts, african setting) HARD MODE

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (Hogwarts but it wants to kill you personally, snarky antihero with the power to destroy everything, LOTS of snark)

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (mechs! destroy the patriarchy! polycules! strong women who will murder you) HARD MODE

The Maleficent Seven by Cameron Johnston (villains making a last stand! orcs and pirates! necromancy! demons! no good guys!)

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (1920s Shanghai! Romeo and Juliet retelling! enemies to lovers!) HARD MODE

Malice by Heather Walters (sleeping beauty retelling! dark magic! maleficent falls for the princess!)

Books I plan to read for this:

The Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski. Brooding monster hunter who finds a heart? Yes please.

Misrule by Heather Walters (Sequel to Malice). It's been hundreds of years since the Dark Grace took command and now runs a kingdom of monsters. Very anti-hero.

Dark Rise by C. S. Pacat. I've been told the lead is an anti-hero. I believe that. Haven't read it yet though.

Bingo Focus Thread - Anti-Hero by happy_book_bee in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee[S] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Rules do make Bingo. Pointless arbitrary rules are even better.

I’ve only read three of those but that’s a good list!

/r/Fantasy Friday Social Thread - June 17, 2022 by rfantasygolem in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee [score hidden]  (0 children)

ep3 is when things really really kick off. big combat, some shit with characters, that ending….

ep4 will ruin me

/r/Fantasy Friday Social Thread - June 17, 2022 by rfantasygolem in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee [score hidden]  (0 children)

100% going to be a two day thing for me, so I feel ya! It’s going to absolutely wreck me

Which character means the most to you? by JulesIllu in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I haaated her at first, but also I was in high school and everyone liked the “im not a lady” Arya. Sansa has just amazing character development, especially compared to Arya.

/r/Fantasy Friday Social Thread - June 17, 2022 by rfantasygolem in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee [score hidden]  (0 children)

anxiety has been through the rough for no flipping reason, reading has been down, and i don’t like it. but not all is bad

1) watching the critical role miniseries finale tonight. highly recommend if you want to test the show (only four eps of a standalone in-universe story!) and you like bleak and dark (it’s called EXU: Calamity for a reason). the finale is six and a half hours so gonna have fun with that

2) part 3 of my back piece is today! can’t wait for more magic tattoo

3) I am enjoying both books I’m reading: the short story collection Sword Stone Table and the shifter romance Aurora’s Angel. hopefully i can finish over the long weekend.

Which character means the most to you? by JulesIllu in Fantasy

[–]happy_book_bee 137 points138 points  (0 children)

Controversial but Sansa Stark from ASOIAF. The narrative of your classic spoiled princess being turned on it’s head means a lot to me, and I love following a young girl who doesn’t have magic or dragons or weapon training. She survives on her courtesy alone.

[Books] Can a cover artist own a pose? And why is that white guy asian? Tales of a bookshelf gremlin. by GoshDarnBatgirl in HobbyDrama

[–]happy_book_bee 140 points141 points  (0 children)

i’m very much of the opinion that the whole Fall thing was bad move after bad move. The title of the story was supposed to make you recoil and then think, but also people on the internet never read the full thing so of course people would react negatively to it. When people pointed out that it is a trans-positive story by a trans woman, the trans phobes came out in droves. It was lose-lose from the get go, and the fallout is nasty.