I can’t wait to write my review on Captive Prince. I’ll give you a first look, though: it’s amazing. I’m reading the sequel right now, but then I have to wait until February for the next book. Can’t wait to suffer for four months!

Writing has been slow, basically only during the weekends. However, once I’m done writing this, I’ll be submitting Death Defiant to the bisexual book awards! I made just enough on my GoFundMe to send an old version of the book, so it will have to do. Thanks to J.P. Crawford for the donations!

Had a work holiday on Monday, and have fall break for school after this. Maybe that means I’ll get more writing done? Who knows.

Trope of the Week: Brat Prince

He’s entitled, spoiled, and an all around brat. This prince is constantly inconsiderate and rarely does anything for anyone but himself. If he does you a favor, expect to be indebted to him for a long time. And if you’re rude to him, expect him to raise hell.

brat prince

Why this can be bad: While this character type certainly has a place in reality, some writers will use this as the end-all, be-all for his personality. He’s a brat prince — that’s it. However, this is just generally poor writing. Without something to motivate him to act this way, your character is behaving in a two-dimensional manner.

How you can fix it: Don’t stop at brat prince when determining your character’s personality. Make sure you go about fully realizing him. Lestat (The Vampire Lestat) and Laurent (Captive Prince) are great examples of this trope being used well, as while each seems like just an entitled brat on the surface, they’re both complicated characters with histories and motivations that make them more than just spoiled brats. This also invokes sympathy in the reader and gives the reader a complicated relationship with them as the reader both hates and loves them.

Bottom Line: His lineage should not define his personality.

Review: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel [5/5]

fun home“Grief takes many forms, including the absence of grief.”

Title: Fun Home

Author: Alison Bechdel

Genre: Graphic Novel, Autobiography

Rating: 5/5

Blurb:

Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter. Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, we are drawn into a daughter’s complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned “fun home,” as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books. When Alison comes out as homosexual herself in late adolescense, the denouement is swift, graphic — and redemptive.

After the musical came out, I figured it was finally time to read this book. I’m mad I waited so long. Fun Home was just as amazing as everyone made it out to be. It’s received numerous awards, and for good reason.

Bechdel is amazing at telling her story. There’s more text in this book than you might expect from a comic, which means it will take you a little bit longer to read. But everything is poignant and well thought-out. Bechdel doesn’t completely understand herself, and she doesn’t pretend she does. She is brutally honest about everything, and she pulls no punches. It’s a beautiful work, and the expressiveness of her characters strongly roots you in her childhood.

I don’t know what else to say but that it was amazing. I wish I had read this as a teenager because it would have helped everything make more sense.