LoveHacks & It Lives!
Awww thanks so much for the ask! And sorry if it took so long! I tried to answer this once before, but Tumblr wouldn’t let me upload my answer. So I’m rewriting this. 😪
Anyway, here are my answers! =)
It Lives: Do you prefer one-offs, anthologies or series?
All of these can be amazing. It really depends on the writing, but in general this is the order: (top to bottom)
I prefer series over one-offs because it lets you get more into the story. You get to spend more time with the characters, so you get to know them and their personalities better. (Plus, it gives you more time to write slow-burn characters, like Beckett, really well. Without rushing.)
I prefer anthologies over series because:
1. Series can drag, even if they’re written well. Anthologies, on the other hand, give writers a lot more freedom to work with, so the chances of them dragging are much lower.
2. All the similiarities, and yet differences. Just look at It Lives. From the beginning of It Lives Beneath you can see the similarities, but you don’t find out till the end of the series the true similarities and differences between the both of them. It keeps you guessing the way.
3. I love cameos, and anthologies have a much higher chance of cameos! ;)
Lol those are the main reasons.
And now… =)
LoveHacks: Who’s your favorite LI?
I am head over heels for him. He’s perfect in so many ways, but here are two traits that I think really stand out in him:
He gives to everyone, without expecting anything in return.
Ernest is amazing in that aspect. Just look at book 1, when MC follows him to the alley:
He gives these women so much, even if Mr. Richards uses that to ruin his reputation. And instead of explaining what he’s doing in these “houses of ill repute”, Ernest hides it. Because he doesn’t want the attention or credit.
But these aren’t the only people he helps, ones he doesn’t owe anything to. In book 2, Ernest admits that he passed by Grovershire (in the first chapter of book 1) because he was delivering a letter for his steward. The guy literally works for him, but Ernest still took that small detour because it was on his way. How amazing is that?
And there’s another moment, in a diamond scene in book 2, when Ernest admits that he doesn’t like to shoot birds, but when he does, he gives the meat to his servants and their families. Instead of taking it to himself, he brings to people he owes nothing to. How amazing is that?
You can learn a lot about a person from the way they treat people “beneath” them, and Ernest proves here how amazing and pure he is.
Just as he says in book 1, in one of the most amazing lines ever:
Ernest completely respects MC.
Let’s face it: there aren’t many LIs that respect MC the way Ernest does. He never forces MC into anything she doesn’t want to (even in book 1 he apologizes for “taking liberties” with her). And he never looks at her in any way he shouldn’t, which is amazing.
One of my favorite Ernest lines shows exactly that. It happens in book 2, in his first 30 diamond scene, if you choose to cuddle with him:
Instead of saying “oh, well. We’ll keep it for later, I guess” he lets MC know that it’s completely okay without pressuring her at all. In those words he says this: “I don’t care if we’ll never do that. I love you and even if we never will do that, it’s fine.”
How many LIs will be like that?
Anyway, thank you again for the ask, @starklinqs! Hope this was interesting and not too much. Lol Ernest will never get only a few words from me. I can’t help it. He gets me like that. XD