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!
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!
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:
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:
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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