Review: Noble Doubt – Gen 1 – 3

*Credit: Image in header taken from Chapter 1.1 – Dear Diary, I’m Memphis of Noble Doubt by Rosemary Castevet

Warning: Possible spoilers ahead

Noble Doubt is a dramatic SimLit story told by the main character through a series of diary entries. Every 30 chapters, the diary is passed on to the heir of the next generation.*

If you haven’t started reading Noble Doubt (I’d be surprised if you haven’t), then I’m telling you… You’re missing out. I don’t know if words in a review can even do this story justice. It really just has excellence written all over it – from the website, the photos, the editing, the writing… The writing! I absolutely adore Miss Castevet’s writing. I especially appreciate the distinct voices of each of the story’s heirs – of which we have three so far.

But enough gushing… These are my thoughts on Generations 1 – 3 of Noble Doubt.

*Taken straight from Noble Doubt’s About section. 

My Thoughts on Generation 1

We start with Memphis Noble, the founder of this legacy. She starts out a scrawny, insecure, antsy young woman with quite an interesting past, a controversial present and a rocky future. Memphis is a beauty, but she’s not quite the model-like, confident young woman we so often see in founders. This girl has issues.

BUT Memphis is so fricking lovable! And many of the side characters in this story – especially this generation – are. Which is why when the drama comes in, you find yourself completely gutted, because why?! Why?! Why is life so unfair?!

My heart broke several times in this generation, but the way the characters are developed in these situations is where Miss Castevet’s strength lies. The way conflict is handled screams realism. You find yourself nodding even as your heart breaks as Memphis’ family try to gather themselves together amidst horrible tragedy.

Prepare a box of tissues. You may need them at certain parts of this generation. Rosemary has a way of endearing you to these characters, because they are quite well-developed and then… well, you’d have to read to find out.

My Thoughts on Generation 2

When I read the first chapter of this generation for the first time, my jaw dropped. To say that it started with a bang is an understatement. I have to admit that while reading about him in Generation 1, I didn’t immediately warm up to Leo, but as he got more developed as a character, he easily became my favorite.

It’s amazing to me that he was written as this adorkable rockstar. How someone so famous, talented and accomplished can be written as socially awkward and sometimes clueless – and have it be believable – astounds me.

Leo doesn’t quite live the stereotypical booze-guzzling, drug-snorting, womanizing rockstar lifestyle. He is broken and conflicted in so many ways because of events in Generation 1, but what Leo has oodles of (other than his music and his love for his daughter) is heart. 

It was fun for me to guess at the surprises presented in Gen 2. I was able to see several coming (unlike the ones in Gen 3, which completely swept the rug from under me). Not to say that this gen was predictable. If anything, nothing here becomes predictable. Again, a testament to the story-telling skill of the writer.

My Thoughts on Generation 3

It’s hard to say anything here without spoiling how Generation 2 ended. All I can say is that I spent the first few chapters of Generation 3 annoyed with the heir, Blue. I understood her motivations and why she was acting the way she was, but darn it! I was so invested in Generation 2, it was difficult for me to swallow what she did. And that’s all I have to say about that.

That being said, Generation 3 is a testament of the writer’s skill to take a flawed – even unlikable – character and write her in such a way that we may not like her, but we’re still drawn to read what happens to her. There are so many surprises in Generation 3 that made me go “awwww… what?! I didn’t see that coming!” at my computer (like a crazy person).

I started off not liking Blue at all, but by the end of the generation, I just loved how she developed as a character. How she was molded by her choices and the people that surround her. I can’t say much more other than this story really is a must-read!

Final Thoughts

I don’t know if I’m writing this review like there’s a lot of sadness in this story, and I hope I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. This story isn’t all sadness, drama and tragedy. Not at all. There are bright moments that make your heart swell. The family values are particularly strong here. At some point, you kinda just want to take parenting advice from Memphis and her husband (I’m looking at you, Karri). They’re not perfect parents. Not at all, but one can see they’re trying their best.

Again, I need to emphasize how excellent overall this story is. If you haven’t read it, read it. If you’ve read it, read it again. As of the writing of this, an heir poll is going for generation 4. Vote now! I voted already after going on a crazy binge read that sometimes I got details mixed up – I actually thought St. Cyr was the island, and Winchester was the family. BUT well… excellent… just excellent. Go find out more about Noble Doubt here.

I Volunteer This Object As Tribute…

As I mentioned in my last review, these reviews are meant more as a tribute to the hard work and effort writers put into their stories, so I want to include some sort of download or whatever that can be added to the game.

I admit with this one, I was a bit selfish, because I really wanted something like this in my game. Since I am quite a fan of Leo’s generation and how wonderfully the author wrote his career success via his band, Accidental Therapy, I made Accidental Therapy tops for my our sims!

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The shirts are base game ones with the Accidental Therapy overlay, so I think anyone should be able to use these even without expansions. These shirts are recolorable and can be used by teens and adults, male and female. Here are some more photos:

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Now my our sims can gather together and start an Accidental Therapy fan club. Blue will be mortified! Good thing my sims (dunno about yours) have no plan whatsoever to live in Winchester.

UPDATE THAT JUST MADE ME GO OMG@f(g&#g#*g(e&@a&e^w#w&@*! Rosemary posted the last chapter of Gen 3 of Noble Doubt and featured the shirt in the story, and I’m geeking out like a crazy fangirl, especially when this photo came up, featuring each of the heirs:

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Blue is wearing blue. At least she doesn’t look too unhappy wearing a “napkin” in this photo. Head on over to Chapter 3:30: Dear Diary, to Pass the Torch to see how Blue reacted to seeing her daughter wearing the shirt. I was grinning from ear to ear reading it. Thanks, Rosemary! I so appreciate the gesture!

*Photo posted here with permission of the author. Can’t even… I’m all sorts of happy. ❤

*Note: Credit goes to Christopher Hansen for the font, Got Heroin?. He so graciously gave me permission to use his fonts on my website and on the CC. The shirts are base game objects. The guitar images are from my stock repository.

Also, I’ve decided to post reviews on Thursdays, same time as other scheduled posts. It won’t happen every Thursday, but whenever I decide to post one, it’ll be a Thursday Review. That way, my posts won’t just sporadically spawn into your Readers. 🙂
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32 thoughts on “Review: Noble Doubt – Gen 1 – 3

  1. What a lovely review once again! ❤
    Everything you said was right on point! Noble Doubt is such a fantastic story, and it's amazing to me as well how thoroughly developed the characters and plot are. You can actually feel the personalities shaping by little choices or moments that feel so real and well thought! Overall, an excellent read like you said! And an awesome review as well! 🙂
    And uh-oh… I'm next? Do you take bribes? LOL!!

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    1. I still really can’t get over how amazingly done that story is.

      Ah, but well… Yup! Your story’s up next! I dunno actually… Does the bribe involve mozzarella cheese? LOL

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  2. Oh. My. Goodness. This review brought me to tears. You are so kind to have written such nice things about Noble Doubt and the way I write. Honestly, I’m just so very moved. Thank you, thank you. ❤ ❤

    And the shirt! OMG! You know that's going to be on my next heir's profile pic, don't you? Thank you for this! You are truly amazing!

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    1. Thanks for writing such an awesome story! Can’t wait to read Gen 4!

      I’d probably have a mild freak out if I ever see the shirt in your story. Haha. I was all giddy when I got Dom to wear it. Oh my gosh… I’m an Accidental Therapy fangirl. Hahaha…

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      1. Hahahahaha! Leo thanks you and sends you a signed guitar! lol ❤ Except I don't know how to make anything, so, we'll just say that happened. 😛

        Honestly, I'm giddy to see our heir wearing it! :O :O 😀

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      2. Why thank you. *curtsies* I accept. Oh, it totally happened. Haha… If only real life rockstars send signed guitars to their fans. Not that I’m a huge fan of any real life rockstar. Ah, I digress…

        *huge grin* Can’t wait!

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  3. Memphis and Leo were hard not to love but to be honest, Blue is my favourite character so far. I think she is most real in her thoughts and feelings and because of that, I know my new favourite will be Susan. The other girls are definitely interesting but I think Susan will possess the same deep character that Blue does (and it has nothing to do with the fact that she named Susan after me, or that she looks so much like her mother)

    Great review! I appreciate that you didn’t give any details away for future readers. Plus that shirt is fantastic!

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    1. I think Leo would still be my favorite, but I definitely agree about the realism behind Blue’s thoughts, feelings and motivations. I really appreciated her character growth in particular. The way she matured.

      I voted for Susan too! Well, Susan and Marty. It was hard for me to choose.

      I tried hard not to spoil anything. 🙂 Thanks! I’ve dropped by your site a couple of times while reading Noble Doubt. Your poses are amazing, btw. And I’ve made a mental note to catch up with your stories at some point. 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

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      1. I’m feeling really nostalgic for Memphis and Liev… and Keniesha, too, right now. I really miss them. (I’ll probably start a new save and play them again! haha)

        And Leo … I just love that you love him. I’m going to have a hard time seeing him go.

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      2. Thank you! I work extremely hard on the poses and many have been inspired because of Rosemary and a few friends. Yes, please come by! I alway love new readers!

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    2. Seconded. Blue was the bane of my reading existence when Gen 3 started. But then we got to see her morph and grow and learn from her choices and mistakes. And it was such a gradual change. It wasn’t “and suddenly this character isn’t an ass anymore, please love her!” It was a slow, brutal crawl and it was amazing!

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    1. Totally agree with it being a top read! Yours was one of my first and it was such an amazing introduction to this community, and now I can’t get enough. O_o

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      1. Oh my Gosh, mine was amazing? I am afraid I can’t even kiss Kym’s feet and tell her how inspiring her story was to me. But because of Leo I gave up my earlier thought to make Dellie a single father O.o

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      2. Of course it is. 🙂 You start out great and it just gets better and better. 🙂

        Noble Doubt is just really on a league of its own. I think of it as a different genre or something, so I don’t end up comparing my story it. lol

        Haha! Seriously? Leo’s story changed several of my plans for Dom too. Especially since they have the same career path. I mention this in a much later chapter in my story.

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      3. Noble Doubt should get a different genre, so we can all feel less insecure about our writing, lol. Oh yup, I don’t want my story to be too similar to Noble Doubt. Gosh, I even panicked over naming my girl Rachel, even though she was a much earlier sim, lol.

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      4. I agree on all your points here. Lol.

        I remember your note on that! I haven’t read Noble Doubt at that point yet though, so I couldn’t really relate then, but now I definitely do. :

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  4. Ooo! Oo! Oo! These words! Perfectly describe all the feelings I was feeling while reading Noble Doubt! That story! Is so good! And the character development! Like, damn!

    Beautiful review! *continues to clap spastically*

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  5. Aww yes! I totally agree with this review. Noble Doubt never ceases delight me, break my heart and make me fall in love with the characters, all in a wild yet very well written rollercoaster. These reviews are such great reads because they express my own feelings about the stories perfectly, I’m looking forward to Sempriviva’s one! And nice work on the shirts!

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    1. Whew! I’m glad that other readers share how I feel about these stories! I do enjoy writing the reviews and making whatever object I can cobble up for it.

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