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Valentine’s Day Manhwa Pick: Villains Are Destined to Die Vol. 1

1 Feb

Isekai manga and light novels have exploded within the last year or so. In almost every genre now, you can find stories where the protagonist is transported to another world through various means and circumstances. High among the isekai boom has been within the shojo category (comics geared towards a female audience) under what is becoming known as “Villainess Isekai” in which the protagonist finds themselves in the role of a ‘villainess’ from an otome game (game involving a romantic story arc) and they must use their wits and knowledge of the game to avoid a deadly ending.

One such example of this is the manhwa (Korean comic), Villains Are Destined to Die by Gwon Gyeoeul and SUOL. Starting as a popular webcomic on Tapas, it has only grown in popularity due to the Villainess Isekai boom. 

With just a few glances at the pages alone, it’s easy to see why readers have taken so quickly to this story. The art by SUOL is gorgeous, every page filled with eye-catching art of the characters and the setting of the world. 

The story itself follows the above mentioned pattern, a girl wakes up in the world of an otome game and finds herself in the role of the villainess, Penelope Eckhart, whose route also happens to be the most difficult in the game. One of the takes on this plot that  makes it more unique is that our protagonist actually empathized with the villainess due to her own circumstances in the real world and thus she wanted to see the character find happiness.

Volume one does a remarkable job of setting up the stakes for the characters and the plot, introducing us to the characters of the story and the game within the world of the manhwa. Penelope is shown to be quite the sympathetic character, but the actions that made her a villainess to begin with are actually acknowledged within the story rather than just having her actions be misunderstood like you might find in some variants of Villainess Isekai.

One of the other interesting parallels is in regards to the girl who awakens as the villainess is that her own past is actually mentioned quite frequently. Other versions may have a brief flashback to their former life, but for the case of the protagonist who becomes Penelope, we get tidbits of her backstory that connects her to the villainess and that there are hints of a mystery regarding her family from that life.

The other interesting take we see is that she is determined to escape the world of the game and go back into her reality. More often than not, the usual take on this genre is that the protagonist died before awakening in the game world. 

For those seeking to dip their toes into the Villainess Isekai genre or for anyone curious about this manhwa, Villains Are Destined to Die Vol. 1  is an engaging and fun read that holds much promise for future volumes.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Information and Digital Services Assistant

Make 2023 a Great Year!: New Year’s Resolution Resources Pt 2

18 Jan

Last week we shared ebooks and other eresources to help with resolutions related to Getting a Job, Exercise, Dieting, and Saving Money. This week we are sharing suggestions to help with resolutions including starting new hobbies, improving mental health, and organizing your home.

Learn a New Skill or Hobby
Blog for Bucks
Jacqueline Bodnar
A how to guide on generating blog posts ideas, tracking your blog’s success, and connecting with other bloggers. This helpful guide will teach you how to create, promote and profit from your blog.

Crafting with Digital Cutting Machines
Libby Ashcraft
Digital cutting machines are changing the way people enjoy their favorite hobbies such as sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, etc. This complete how-to manual includes instructions on cutting different materials, technique tutorials, etc.

Craftsy Videos from Hoopla
Get quick how to videos on a variety of topics including crochet, knitting, baking, candy making and more!

Universal Class
With Universal Class you can take a variety of online courses with instructor feedback. Learn everything from new computer skills, candle making, floral arrangement, gardening, photography and many more (over 600 classes in all are available)!

Mango and Rosetta Stone
Want to learn a new language or improve your English? We have two language learning services Mango and Rosetta Stone that allow you to learn at your pace and using the method that works best for you.

Need help with your learning? BrainFuse’s HelpNow Adult Learning Center offers skill building and test preparation, and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. The Adult Learning Center offers both live writing assistance between 2 PM-11 PM and an intensive writing lab to help users produce business letters, term papers, and other writing. Plus kids and teens get homework help!

Decluttering & Getting Organized
Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff
Matt Paxton
With empathy, expertise and humor, this book helps you sift through years of clutter, let go of what no longer serves you, and identify the items worth keeping so that you can focus on living in the present.  

Declutter Like a Mother
Allie Casazza
A guilt-free, no-stress way to transform your home and your life from a successful business entrepreneur. A proven method for clearing the clutter in our minds by first clearing the clutter in our homes, where transformation begins.

Life in Jeneral
Jen Robin
A joyful guide to organizing your home and creating the space for what matters most. An emotionally engaged approach to decluttering that empowers people to re-envision their spaces to suit their evolving needs.

Sandra Goldmark
This guide takes readers on a quest to radically reimagine what a healthy relationship with our stuff might look like. Learn how to adopt more thoughtful patterns of personal consumption and businesses can develop healthy models for growth.

The Home Edit Life
Clea Shearer
This is a no guilt guide to owning what you want and organizing everything. The Home Edit mentality is all about embracing your life and knowing how to set up a system that works for you. Learn how to contain the chaos and organize every aspect of your life.

Healing & Mental Health
The Grieving Brain
Mary-Frances O’Connor
A renowned grief expert shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens to our brain when we grieve through storytelling, accessible science, and practical knowledge that will help us better understand how to navigate loss.

Living Untethered
Michael A. Singer
A profound work that provides clear guidance for moving beyond the thoughts, feelings, and habits that keep you stuck. By understanding people, behavior, and ourselves, learn how to heal the pain of the past and let your spirit soar.

Set Boundaries, Find Peace
Nedra Glover Tawwab
Discover simple yet powerful ways to establish healthy boundaries in all aspects of life to help identify and express your needs clearly without apology.

What Happened to You?
Bruce D. Perry
With powerful insight, this book’s exploration of trauma allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey
This beloved classic presents a principlecentered approach for solving both personal and professional problems, revealing a step-by-step pathway to integrity and human dignity.

The Body Keeps the Score
Bessel Van der Kolk
New insights explain how trauma affects one’s capacity to concentrate, remember, form trusting relationships, and even to feel at home in one’s body. Discover the power of our relationships to both hurt and heal.

List Compiled with Staff Recommendations
by Ethan Galvin, Information and Digital Services Librarian

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