The Happenstance Hero

The Happenstance Hero

I’ve talked, in brief, before on the character type I call the Happenstance Hero. It was when I was talking about tropes I like. However to reiterate, in short what the Happenstance Hero is, is as follows.

In novels there are Chosen Ones. These are characters selected by fate or by the people to save the world, whether they want to or not. These are the Katniss’ (Hunger Games) and the Anakin Skywalkers (Star Wars). There tends to be a prophecy, a need, some sort of decision that is outside the control of the characters.

Then there is the Happenstance Hero, which is a type of chosen one. This is a person who falls into becoming the hero of the series, not because of fate or destiny or because they were chosen, but because they fall into the role. This is Katsa (Graceling) and Falcio (The Greatcoats). They happen to become the hero and it could have been anyone but there is no fate that decides it. There is no great prophecy for them either and they happened upon it.

In the end, a Happenstance Heroes can become Chosen Ones and vice versa is true.

The best examples of this are Frodo and Sam from Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter from Harry Potter. Frodo and Sam are, or rather Frodo is, Chosen and then Happen to become heroes. Harry happens to fit the bill and so he is chosen. Now for Harry this may seem like he was Chosen and then Happened to be, but he was Chosen by his enemy, and it could have been him or Neville. In the end he Happened to become the hero because he was born on a date with specific conditions for his parents, and then he was Chosen.

The largest distinction I can give you between Chosen Ones and Happenstance Heroes, is that one happens by fate and the other happens by chance (respectively).

When Katniss’ sister’s name was chosen, she was destined to become a symbol.

When Mare found out she had powers she was destined to become a symbol.

When Anakin found out he had powers he was destined to fall and then rise again.

Katsa happened to help someone.

Falcio happened to meet the right person who cared.

The two are intertwined often enough, and you may be asking yourself, why is this so important for you to have a whole post about it.

Because I think the distinction is important. Not all Chosen Ones are the same and not all heroes are the same, so when I use the phrase, I wanted it to be easier to find for you all. That’s basically it.

This is a fate vs choice argument. Or a Destiny vs Chance, one. I like both character types, and characters can be multiple types, and sometimes I think it’s important to remember that.

Until Next Time,

MM


2020 Reading Challenges Final Totals: Finishing the Series

2020 Reading Challenges Final Totals: Finishing the Series

Series Finished:

– Lorien Legacies (3 books) – Started in 2012 ?

– Secret Histories (4 books) – Part of the Lorien Legacies, so 2012

– The Negotiator (2 books) – Started in 2011 ?

– The Missing (5 books) – Started in 2010

Books read:9

Series Complete: 3 (i’m counting the Lorien Legacies and Secret Histories as one series here)


LOL I don’t know what else to say for this. Yay? I read more past series to completion this year? Not sure. Is that the correct response? Maybe lol. Who really knows. Not me. I can tell you that much.

MM


2020 Reading Challenges Final Totals: You Read How Many Books

2020 Reading Challenges Final Totals: You Read How Many Books

January

Guest by Mary Downing Hahn

Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

The End And Other Beginnings (Stories From the Future) by Veronica Roth

Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Total: 9


February

The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown

Hidden by Helen Frost

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

Grandmaster by David Klass

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Love Boat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (first 200 pages or so for a reread)

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Reread)

Total: 12


March

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

United as One by Pittacus Lore

The Legacies by Pittacus Lore

Secret Histories by Pittacus Lore

Hidden Enemy by Pittacus Lore

Rebel Allies by Pittacus Lore

Zero Hour by Pittacus Lore

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Refugee by Alan Gratz

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Total: 15


April

Heart of Stone by C.E. Murphy

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Most Likely by Sarah Watson

The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

The Rivers Between Us by Richard Peck

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Total: 12


May

A Game of Wings and Marks by Rebecca Crunden

Incarnation by Alice Hoffman

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City 1) by Sarah J. Maas

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

House of Cards by C.E. Murphy

Hands of Flame by C.E. Murphy

Total: 8


June

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

One Of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManns

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

All For the Game by Nora Sakavic (reread)
– The Foxhole Court
– The Raven King
– The King’s Men

Total: 13


July

The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
– The Enemy
– The Dead
– The Fear
– The Sacrifice
– The Fallen
– The Hunted
– The End

Everworld by K.A. Applegate
– Search for Senna
– Land of Loss
– Enter the Enchanted
– Realm of the Reaper
– Discover the Destroyer
– Fear the Fantastic
– Gateway to the Gods
– Brave the Betrayal
– Inside the Illusion
– Understand the Unknown
– Mystify the Magician
– Entertain the End

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frost Bite by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kissed by Richelle Mead

Total: 26


August

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers

The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo

Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano

Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell

Dead of the Night by Jonathan Maberry

The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

100 years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Slay by Brittney Morris

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Wave by Sonali Deraniuagala

Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries

Total: 16


September

The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Total: 3


October

Crave by Tracy Wolff

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

The Eternal Kiss by Various Authors

City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab

The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn

Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J. Smith

Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith

Horrid by Katrina Leno

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Seven Devils by Laura Lam

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Evernight by Claudia Gray

Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Revelations by Melissa de la Cruz

The Van Alan Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz

Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz

Total: 24


November

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Andersen Fairy Tales

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Berne

The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Total: 9


December

Bound by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

Pursued by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

Loved by a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

Dance with a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

Forever a Dragon by Linda K. Hopkins

Dune by Frank Herbert

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

The Book of Dragons (Compilation)

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Total: 9


Grand Total: 156

Comp Goal: 156 (YA)

Big Goal: 180

Completed Comp Goal: Y/N


And so here ends this challenge. We have more posts to come. See you soon.

MM


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2020 Reading Final Totals: Webnovels and Manga

2020 Reading Final Totals: Webnovels and Manga

Webnovels Ongoing

The Beginning After The End (Chapters 0 – 243)

The Second Coming of Gluttony (Chapters 0 – 217)

The Reincarnation of a God Level Assassin (Chapters 1-339)

God Level Summoner (Chapters 1-143)

Monarch of Evernight (Chapters 1-174)

Nurturing the Hero to Avoid Death (Chapters 1 – 29.3)

Forced to Marry the Enemy Prince (Chapters 1-31)

Transmigrating into the Reborn Male Lead’s Ex-Boyfriend (Chapters 1-94)

The Strongest God (Chapters 1-6)

Glory [e-sports] (Chapters 1-100)

The Return of the King/ The King’s Return (Chapters 1-220.2)

It’s Easy to Take Care of a Live-in Hero! (Chapters 1- 55pt2)

RPG (Chapters 1-46.2)

The Wife is First (Chapters 1-72)

The E-Sport’s Circle Toxic Assembly Camp (Chapters 1-47.2)

2013 (Doomsday) (Chapters 1-41)

Fei Pin Ying Qiang (1-66.1)

Total: 17

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Books I Did Not Review: A Collection of Quotes (2020)

Books I Did Not Review: A Collection of Quotes (2020)

Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn

“You hit like a flight attendant. I was in tougher scraps at Walmart Black Friday. ” – pg 54

” ‘It’s always fucking raining,’ I say to her. ‘ When does this stop?’
‘Sometimes it seems like it never will,’ she says, and puts the car in drive. “But then, all at once, summer comes. Wait until you see how it feels.’ ” -pg 342


Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

“To die would be an awfully big adventure.” – pg 102


Frankenstien by Mary Shelley

“We are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves — such as a friend out to be — do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures.” – pg 15

“The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine.” – pg 24

“The same lulling sounds acted as a lullaby t my too keen sensations: when I placed my head upon my pillow, sleep crept over me; I felt it as it came, and blessed the giver of oblivion.” – pg 81

“I am full of fears; for if I fail there, I am an outcast in the world forever.” – pg 118

“Are you mad, my friend? Or whither does your senseless curiosity lead you?” – pg 194

“Despondency rarely visits my heart; a high destiny seemed to bear me on until I fell, never, never again to rise.” – pg 196


Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

“Isn’t it a beauty? Yes; splendid! Did you ever see such a binding? Doesn’t the book open easily? Yes; it stops open anywhere. But does it shut equally well? Yes; for the binding and the leaves are flush, all in a straight line, and no gaps or openings anywhere. And look at its back, after seven hundred years. Why, Bozerian, Closs, or Purgold might have been proud of such binding!” – pg 7


The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love by 颓 translated by reika

“When a reader likes a protagonist, does it need an explanation?” – Chapter 91

“How can you be sure … that you’re not in a novel?” – 96


Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard

“We are all god’s chosen, and we are all a god’s cursed.” – pg 468


Wicked Hearts: Fairyloot

Second box for today. I do cry that I still have not gotten my tarot cards for September, and am waiting for the new box subscription to drop. LOL I am about to go a full year into Fairy Loot and I do not regret it. I sometimes get some questionable things that I could care less about but HEY it’s okay. I’ll sell them one day. HAHA Anyway! box

October 2020 Fairyloot Box: Wicked Hearts

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