Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top 10 Books on my "World-Building 101" Syllabus!

Hey, y'all! So, for the third week in a row, I'll be participating in Top 10 Tuesday, hosted on The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is actually partially self chosen. The idea is to choose your top 10 books you would include on your _______ 101 syllabus. And you fill in the blank with a topic, which could be something general like "Fantasy" or more specific like "Magic Schools." Since I'm a huge stickler for world-building, I decided that I would make my class World-Building 101. This week, my list starts with the examples of good world-building, and then the last three are ones I'd use as not-so-great world-building. Also, HP is not on the list, because I'd just assume that everyone already is aware of its perfection.

1. The Merchant of Death (Pendragon #1)
by DJ MacHale

I've talked about this series quite a bit as far as world-building goes. The problem here is that I would want the class to read all 10 books just to understand how great all of the world-building in this series is. Especially since I think that some of the best world-building is in some of the later books. Either way, I just really love the world-building in the series and think it's a great example.

2. Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

I think that this one would be really interesting because I feel like this would bring some good discussion to the class. The vast majority of people seem to love this book, but the biggest dissension between people's opinions seems to come from their opinions on the world-building. Some people seem to think that it's a bit info-dump-y and some people really enjoy it. And since I think it's really great world-building, I would love to see debate on how it's set up and what makes it great or questionable. 

3. Across the Universe (Across The Universe #1)
by Beth Revis

I think I'd actually prefer for the class to read all three books, because I feel like the thing that makes this world-building so outstanding is that it's really spread out across all three books as the world changes and develops. Across the Universe is some of the best world-building I've come across in YA literature, and I think that this would be an outstanding example.

4. The Body Electric
by Beth Revis

Once again, a Beth Revis novel on the list! Can you tell that I really respect her world-building? It's amazing how quickly and subtly that Beth Revis can present a world to you. It's so well done, non-invasive, and un-complicatedly constructed. I can't imagine her ever being accused of info-dumping.

5. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1)
by Patrick Rothfuss

THIS BOOK. The world-build is phenomenal. Everything from the magic system to the history of the world is incorporated into the story in a non-invasive way. It's just so well constructed and I give him mad props. 

6. The Bone Season (Bone Season #1)
by Samantha Shannon

I guess this is more of a magic-build than a world-build but when it comes to fantasy, I feel that the magic-build often is the way to go about the world-build. Once again, some people think this is info-dump-y and confusing, and some really love it so it would once again make for some really interesting discussion.

7. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
I mean, honestly, how could I make this list and not give Brandon Sanderson at least one slot? The scene in this book where Vin learns about allomancy is one of the best scenes in the entire trilogy, and the world-build cannot be touched. 

OK, so now on to some that would be great for learning how NOT to world-build.

8. The Giver (Giver #1)
by Lois Lowry

Now, I'm not saying that this is a bad book by any means. I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. My problem with the world-build in this is that I just think it's an underdeveloped world. The reader doesn't really know much about the world outside of the immediate things facing the main character. I just feel like the world-build has tunnel vision, and I'd prefer to see the whole picture. 

9. Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

My reasoning for this one is pretty much the same as with The Giver. The world-build is very tunnel vision. Books are burned because freedom of thought is not allowed. OK. Got it. But there needs to be more to the why. How did we get to this point? What else is incredibly restrictive about the world? I just need a broader view. 

10. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi

Full disclosure, I really don't like this trilogy, especially this book. I would've gotten rid of my copies if not for the pretty covers. I do understand that the trilogy is a romance first and a dystopian second. However, I do still feel like this is a great example of how not to world-build. Because Tahereh Mafi was focusing almost solely upon the romance, the world-build is almost nonexistent. It's a generic dystopian society. How/why did the society get to this point? What is the society like outside of the very isolated settings in the novels? No idea, because it's not addressed. Yes, I think that Tahereh Mafi did exactly what she intended to do with the world, and I understand that (although I don't really respect it, per se). However, if you want to write a book with a fully developed, fleshed out world, Shatter Me is a great example of what not to do.

So, that's it for my post on the books that would be on my World-Building Syllabus! There were definitely several books that I had to cut (both good and not-so-great) so maybe I'll end up doing a part 2 to this list!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Top 10 Auto-Buy Authors

Hey, y'all! So, last week I started participating in Top 10 Tuesday, hosted on The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to keep on participating. This week's topic is top 10 auto-buy authors. Now, like I said last week, I typically don't get incredibly attached to authors, because I tend to focus more on whether or not individual books interest me. I have a small number that I really love, and then a bunch that I barely pay attention to. So, I'll try to compose a full top 10, but I may end up running out. So, the first few are the most important, and I'll let you know if some of them are just kinda add-ons.

1. Cassandra Clare

I mean, this is the most obvious one here. She's one of my absolute favorite authors, I've read almost all of her books, and I plan on reading all of her Shadowhunter books and (possibly) beyond. And I also plan on purchasing (and reading) the first 2 books in her Magisterium series (co-written Holly Black!) very soon.

2. Agatha Christie

Now, this might be an odd statement, since Agatha Christie is not alive and has not been for nearly 40 years. However, what I mean by this is that even though I do not currently own all of her books, I do intend on purchasing all of her books, and don't care too much about the premise of each of them individually. I know what to expect from her books, and I know that there's a very high chance that I'll enjoy them. 

3. Brandon Sanderson

This is a recent addition! I've recently started reading Sanderson's books, and have enjoyed all of them. I don't own all of his published books, and I haven't read all of the books of his that I own, but I definitely plan to read all of his books, and plan on getting all of the ones I don't own. And, of course, fitting the criteria of this list, I intend to buy his books that come out in the future. 

4. Beth Revis

Unless I've missed any, I've read all of Beth Revis' published works. And I've really enjoyed all of them. She writes really cool sci-fi/dystopians and I really respect her world-building and writing style. I've devoured everything of hers that I've read so far, and I can't wait to devour whatever she comes out with next.

5. Ernest Cline

Ernest Cline just tends to write stuff that interests me. He writes books aimed towards geeks. I mean, Ready Player One was basically a geek's ideal novel, especially if they're a geek who loves the 80s (AKA me.)

6. Jay Asher

Jay Asher is one that I'm very torn on. I loved his first book, Thirteen Reasons Why, but I wasn't such a huge fan of his second book, The Future of Us. However, both of these books had really intriguing concepts and at least had really great starting points. 

7. Victoria Schwab

This is an extremely recent addition to this list, because I hadn't read any of her books at the beginning of August. However, now that I've read both Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic, I think I'm going to be keeping up-to-date on her new releases and buying her books when they come out.

OK, so this is the point where I'm really running out of authors because I honestly don't have any other authors whose books I buy automatically, so I'm going to go for authors whose books I'm going to be buying immediately after their release because they're continuing an ongoing series that I'm invested in. So I'm not invested in all of their books, just in the series they're currently publishing. 

8. Libba Bray
Libba Bray was a no-brainer here. First, she's continuing a series (The Diviners) that I'm extremely invested in, and I want to read one of her other series (The Gemma Doyle trilogy), so I could see her becoming an auto-buy author if I enjoy the rest of her books as much as I enjoyed The Diviners.

9. Samantha Shannon

Right now, she's 2 books into a 7 book series that I really enjoy, so I'll obviously be buying all the books of that series as soon as they're released. So, until she finishes The Bone Season series, she'll basically be an auto-buy author.

10. McFly

You're probably wondering what my favorite band is doing on this list. Well, I was running out of people and they have published a book, so I figured they should go on the list, because I'm obviously going to buy any other books that they publish. 

So, that's it for my post on my top 10 auto-buy authors! Next week's topic is a really interesting one that I really want to do, but I'm not sure how I'm going to approach it... so we'll see!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top 10 Most Read Authors

Hey, y'all! So I recently (as in a few hours ago) discovered that this weekly series called "Top 10 Tuesday" exists. This is a weekly series created by The Broke and the Bookish (link here if you want to check it out!), where each Tuesday has a certain "top 10" topic attached to it. 

This week's topic is Top 10 Most Read Authors, which was actually kinda difficult for me. I'm not sure how this works for y'all, but I definitely get more attached to genres than I do to specific authors. While there are definitely some authors that I get attached to, in general, I tend to focus more upon the book descriptions that interest me or on the genres that interest me than upon certain authors. So, because of that, there are a very small handful of authors who I've read a lot of books from, but past that, my reads are stretched across a very wide range of authors. So because of that, you'll see some authors where I've read a lot of books by them, and a lot where I've only read a handful. That being said, let's jump into the list! 

10. Peg Kehret
# of books read: ???

OK, so I honestly have no idea how many Peg Kehret books I've read. On this list, I tried to exclude authors I read when I was a kid, because I read so many books, and I simply just can't remember all of the books I read. However, I was getting to the point where I'd only read 4 books by an author, and I didn't want to get to any smaller numbers, so I just decided to talk about Peg Kehret. She was one of my favorite authors, and I read a ton of her books. But I just can't remember how many. Oops. 

9. Stephenie Meyer
# of books read: 4

She's tied with the next person on the list, but I've only read one series by her (Twilight, obvi) so I decided to give her the lower spot. Plus, I don't like her books as much as I like the books by the next person. 

8. Brandon Sanderson
# of books read: 4

This is a recent addition to the list, because until June, I hadn't read any of his books. But I fell in love with his Mistborn trilogy and really enjoyed The Rithmatist, so I completely expect him to move up this list very rapidly. He'll probably be up in the top 5 by the end of the year! New favorite author, for sure. 

7. Beth Revis
# of books read: 5

I've read almost everything (if not everything) that Beth Revis has published: her Across the Universe trilogy, The Body Electric, and The Future Collection (a collection of her short stories). I may be missing a few short stories, but that's it! She's one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to read whatever she publishes next! 

6. Joe Hill
# of books read: 6

I actually forgot about Joe Hill until I looked at my "most read authors" on Goodreads and saw him on there. The 6 books I've read by him are the 6 books in his Locke & Key graphic novel/comic series. Not sure I'm going to be reading any more books by him, but I did enjoy the series!

5. J.K. Rowling
# of books read: 8

The first seven books that I've read by J.K. Rowling should be pretty obvious: the Harry Potter series. Although I probably should've read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them & Quidditch Through the Ages by this point, I haven't. The only other book I've actually read by her is The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I might read some of her Robert Galbraith books, but those are probably the only other books by her that I would actually read.

4. D.J. MacHale
# of books read: 10

The books I've read by him are the 10 books of the Pendragon series, which is one of my favorite series of all-time. I don't plan on reading any more of his books, mostly because they're middle grade and don't really interest me, but I do really enjoy the ones I have read by him.

3. Cassandra Clare
# of books read: 10

Cassie Clare is most definitely among my favorite authors. I love her Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy, and I also enjoyed The Bane Chronicles... or at least most of it. And I also plan on reading the rest of her books as well. I also plan on reading the first two books from her Magisterium series (cowritten by Holly Black) very soon, so she'll be moving up on this list really soon.

2. Agatha Christie
# of books read: 11

Once again, Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors. My favorite stand-alone of all time is her book, And Then There Were None, and I've also enjoyed (almost) all of the 10 books that I've read from her Poirot series. And I do plan to read many, many more of her books in the future, so I expect her to stay up high on this list, if not all the way at the top.

1. Lemony Snicket
# of books read: 13

Lemony Snicket is, of course, the pen name of Daniel Handler, but I haven't read any Daniel Handler books, so I decided to name Lemony Snicket. I almost didn't include him in this list, because I consider these books as ones that I read when I was a kid (I think I read them mostly in elementary school). However, I was running low on people, so I decided to include him and he ended up at #1! Now, I'm sure there are authors that I've read more from than Lemony Snicket, but they're all among the authors I read when I was a kid and (as mentioned earlier) I'm not including those on this list. 

So, that's it for my post on my top 10 most read authors! I definitely plan to keep doing the Top 10 Tuesday series in the future, mostly on here, but possibly on my YouTube channel as well if I decide that the topic would work better in video form. My YouTube channel is linked below, so feel free to check that out if you want to!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Project Runway Season 14 Cast Overview & Predictions!

Hey, y'all! So, every time a new season of Project Runway rolls around, I declare once again that I'll be blogging (or attempting to blog) the new season, but after a few episodes, I give up. But not this season! Because I'm not even starting. Seriously, I'm not going to be doing weekly recaps!

However, what I AM going to be doing is running through the cast, talking about my first impressions. I'll also be giving these predictions:
-how well each person will do in the competition (out early [first 3/4 boots], middle of the pack, long-term [top 6ish])
-the 3 4 people that I think will make it to the finale (because let't be honest, it's not 3 anymore at this point)
-my dream top 4 (because this is probably different from who I think will make top 4)
-the person I want to win
-my way-too-early official winner pick (AKA the person I think stands the best chance of winning)

*Also, as a side note, this will probably be going up after episode 1 is aired, but I'm writing all of this before watching the episode and without looking up spoilers to see who was eliminated first* I say this because I've both been scarily correct (All Stars Season 1- pegged the first like 5 eliminations either on the nose or like 1 off), and incredibly incorrect (Season 12- pegged Miranda as the winner... yeah you probably don't even know who that is because she was eliminated like FOURTH).

Edit (right after first episode): As I said, sometimes I'm really right, and sometimes, I'm really wrong. I thought about editing my choices to make myself seem less dumb, but I just decided to leave it because it's honestly how I felt about things going into the season. So enjoy laughing at my FAIL, at least for this first episode...

Amanda Perna

So, I actually didn't recognize her until she started talking about being cast on season 9. I remember being slightly annoyed by her. Everything about her seemed too happysunshinerainbows. I do think that she shows some very obvious and considerable improvement. I thought that her clothes seemed really cool and interesting... for the most part. However, one thing that seems to have stayed consistent is that she seems to be a little too trendy. Last time she was on, her clothes seemed pretty trendy, and I kinda felt that again this time. Pretty much everyone showed one or two elements that other designers showed (high/low seemed to be the biggest commonality), but it seemed like Amanda had the most overlap. (I hope this makes sense...) That being said, I do like her clothes a lot more than last time and she seems to have grown a lot.

Prediction: Middle of the pack.
I could definitely see her being a late middle boot (as in top 7ish), but I'm not sure I could see her going much further, and I don't think I really see her winning it. 

Ashley Nell Tipton

I really like Ashley! She seems super nice and lots of fun. Aesthetic-wise, however, I have worries. I just kinda feel like it's been done before. I mean, obviously, a lot of stuff is reminiscent of other stuff, but I just feel like the clothes we've seen from her so far don't feel fresh, new, or unique. Not to say that I don't like the clothing she showed, I just feel like I've seen it before. And I do worry that because she designs for plus-sized women all the time, she might have trouble designing for the "model" size. Because I feel that designing for a different shape than you're used to designing for is difficult, but she seems extremely confident in her ability to switch over. We'll just have to see.

Prediction: Middle of the pack. 
I could see her as an early boot, but she strikes me as someone who's going to be middle or early-middle.

Blake Patterson

Half of me likes him, and half of me hates him. I think he's adorable when he keeps his mouth shut, but I think he can definitely become really obnoxious really quickly. I also don't see him lasting extremely well if he keeps up this bubble thing. If he keeps up the bubble stuff, I can see Nina haaaaating him. He also mentioned that his aesthetic is really over the top, and that usually doesn't go over well with the judges. The only person who's really lasted long like that is Joshua McKinley, and he still got constant comments telling him to tone it down. I think Alison Edmond pegged it in the interview. He seems to have two different things going on, and I think that his success on the show is completely dependent upon which of those he ends up going after. 

Prediction: Middle of the pack.
This is a very hesitant middle of the pack. I don't think he's going to make it incredibly far, and could definitely see him being out early. However, I think that if he heads in the right direction, he's good enough to make it through the first few eliminations. 

Candice Cuoco

I'm not sure which vibes I'm getting more from her: Elena (PR 10, All Stars 4) or Maya (PR 7). She also reminds me of Mila (PR 7, All Stars 1) and Helen (PR 12, All Stars 4). All of them are strong women with bold POVs who have done very well in this competition. It also means that I have about a 50/50 chance of liking her, depending upon which one of these women she ends up being most similar to. Right now, I like her and I think that she has a very strong aesthetic and will do really well.
Prediction: Long-term.

David Giampiccolo

I'm very torn here. I just... don't get it. There's one every season where I just don't understand their aesthetic. I think David seems like a super nice guy and I think I'll like him as a person on the show, but I just really don't understand what's appealing about oversized quilted coats. At all. Obviously, I don't mean this as rude or derogatory, because everyone likes different things, but this is the one that I just don't get. Also, almost everything we saw from him was outerwear, and I feel like most of the outerwear designers that we've seen on the show just don't do extremely well because they typically don't have time to get to the outerwear. 

Prediction: Out early.
I could also see him getting a bit further as well, and this makes me sad because I really like him as a person, but I'm not sure the judges are going to get his aesthetic either, and the outerwear thing doesn't have me extremely optimistic about his chances. 

Duncan Chambers-Watson

Duncan was the one person who stood out to me throughout the show personality-wise. Regardless of whether or not he ends up doing well in the competition, I know he's going to be one of my favorite personalities on the show (if not my definite favorite). I loved the jacket that he showed. Like, possibly my favorite item of clothing shown all episode. Overall, I just really liked his aestetic as well as him as a person. Two thumbs up.

Prediction: Long-term.
I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't do as well as I think he will, mostly because I'm really biased. However, regardless of how I felt about his personality, I really like his aesthetic and think he has the talent to do well. 

Edmond Newton

Personality-wise, I really like Edmond. He seems like a really down-to-earth, chill guy. However, I liked very few of the clothing he showed. Maybe he has other, more cohesive stuff to show, but I just didn't think he had a very clear POV and I'm not exactly sure what his aesthetic is. On top of this, I also know that whenever someone tries over and over and over, it's typically for a reason and they don't do extremely well on the show (with the exception of my all time favorite PR contestant EVER, Seth Aaron Henderson, who tried out starting in season 3 and wasn't cast until season 7. Which he, of course, eventually won. Also, All-Stars 3.) Anyway, I digress. I'm not sure where to put Edmond. On the one hand, he doesn't seem to have a strong POV, but everyone also said that about Michael Costello, who has become one of the most commercially successful PR alums ever.

Prediction: Middle of the pack. 
I'm not sure I'd be surprised of his placement regardless of whether he goes early or makes it all the way to the end. He seems really tenacious, which could take him far. But, I'm also extremely unsure of his POV, which is usually seen as a weakness on PR. So I'm going to put him in the middle and just see what happens.

Gabrielle Arruda

Ugh. I think my negative opinion of her as a person is clouding my judgement of her designs. I just got a very "spoiled rich girl" vibe from her, but perhaps without the rudeness/cattiness (but I mean, who knows, maybe we WILL see that!). Anyway, apparently she graduated first in her class at Parson's, but I'm just not sure she has a clear POV. 

Prediction: Middle of the pack
I don't have too high of hopes for her, but I think she can last a few weeks.

Hanmiao Yang

I'm surprising myself by really liking Hanmiao. I think it's because usually the people who are these oddballs with really quirky personalities also have these really quirky/odd aesthetics that I just don't understand. But Hanmiao's strength (in my opinion) is that instead of channeling that quirkiness into crazy color schemes and odd shapes, she seems to channel it into really modern, interesting designs and patterns. And if there's one aesthetic that I appreciate above all others, it's androgyny. 

Prediction: Long-term. 
I might be biased, but I see a lot of potential in her, and can see her doing really well. 

Jake Wall

I don't feel extremely confident about his chances. Originally, I thought he might do well, but I think that might just be because he was so confident in his abilities. He seems like he's stuck in a bit of a polka-dot rut, also. He seems to rely heavily on his team, and a lot of the clothes he designs are things that take longer than a PR day to make. However, I also see him as someone who could float by in the middle for a while without getting much screen-time and then would suddenly re-appear because they ran out of obviously sub-par people to eliminate. 

Prediction: Out early.
I'm not 100% confident about this. However, I definitely don't think he's making it past the halfway point of the competition. Those dual-fabric jackets he showed were really cool, but I don't think he can make anything that outstanding within the confines of the competition.

Joseph Charles Poli

I think Joseph is going to get on my nerves. Maybe not as bad as some of the other people on the show, but unless he's just really funny or something, I'm probably not going to be a big fan of him. However, his clothes do seem to be really sophisticated and his construction seems on point. Even though he does seem to be a bit full of himself, it doesn't necessarily seem undeserved (if that makes sense). I'm not sure he's going to win, necessarily, but I can definitely see him sticking around for a long time.

Prediction: Long-term.
I'm not totally sure of position. I could see him making it to the finale, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he only made it to top 6.

Kelly Dempsey

Yikes. Mondo and Dmitry (the two PR alums who were in her casting interview) are two of my favorite contestants EVER on PR, but I just don't know what they were thinking. Kelly strikes me as being that contestant who will use fabric-like material in the unconventional challenge... if she even makes it there. Like, I just think she's going to be in way over her head here. I don't think the judges will get her aesthetic and I think that her clothes can turn tacky very easily. If I were to pick a "most likely to get kicked off first" contestant (which, I guess, is what I'm doing right now...) it would definitely, without a doubt, be Kelly. Also, on a personal level, I know she's going to annoy me. I can spot it from a mile away. She's going to get on my nerves.

Prediction: Out early. 
I just really can't see her lasting very long

Laurie Underwood

*Sigh.* I'm not a fan. Of anything. I feel like her designs, rather than being inspired by time periods in the past, look like they were dragged out of that time period or (even worse) look like costumes representing that time period. And she doesn't even seem to have nailed down a time period either. Like, some of her stuff looked really 40s, some looked like it could've stepped out of the 70s, and then there was like one lone dress that actually looked pretty current. And I'm not a huge fan of her personality either. She's one of those "too nice" people and people like that annoy me. Either way, aside from my personal dislike, I'm not sure the judges will like her designs if she keeps making stuff that looks so old.

Prediction: Out early. 
I'm sorry, I just can't see her doing well. 

Lindsey Creel

I'm going to just say it outright. I like Lindsey, and I think that she will do well. She has a very clear aesthetic that is very clean and minimal, and has shown to be very successful on the show. (Ex: Gretchen S8, Anya S9 and Sean 13, just to name a few, all had very well defined, clean aesthetics. And look where they are now.)

Prediction: Long-term.
Her POV is clear and she seems to really know what she's doing. 

Merline Labissiere

She didn't exactly make much of an impression on me. My impression of her clothes is that they look like they belong in a dystopian film because they're just so incredibly minimal, both in design and in color. I'm just not sure how well she's going to do. On one hand, I could see the judges thinking she's too minimal and sending her home early, but I could also see her designs not making huge waves and allowing her to slide through the first few eliminations without much trouble. 

Prediction: Middle of the pack. 
I see her as someone who's not going to get a lot of screen-time until a few episodes in, when the editing inevitably suggests that she's probably going home that episode. 

Swapnil Shinde

Y'all. Y'all. The second I saw his designs, I thought I heard angels singing. This was the first designer (halfway through the Road to the Runway episode) who really, truly, impressed me. I don't think that I saw a single design of his that I wasn't incredibly impressed with. However. His stuff is very intricate, and I'm worried about how well he will do within a short time-frame. I'm also getting shades of Christopher Palu (PR 10, All Stars 3) and Van (PR 10) in the sense that he does seem to use one specific design feature/pattern quite heavily (for Chris it was a V shape pattern, for Ven it was putting a rose into everything) and I worry that he could be someone that the judges are impressed with, but where they say "Hey, we've seen this a million times. Show us something different."

Prediction: Long-term.
I was really impressed, Y'all.

Prediction for the Finale!
(These are the ones I think will make the finale, not necessarily MY picks)





I think these four stand a really great chance of making it to the finale because they have really strong aesthetics, and that has shown to be a huge advantage on PR. They all seem to have a very strong drive to win, and I think that this is the most probable finale.

My Finale Picks!
(AKA the designers that I subjectively think are the best)





Now obviously, I've only swapped out two people. And it's not that I don't think that Duncan and Hanmiao can make it to the finale. I absolutely think that they have strong aesthetics and will do really well. But, I also have a tendency of being somewhat blinded by my own like or dislike of people, so I worry that I see them as better than they actually are. Does that make sense? Anyway, I think that this is also a really viable option for the finale. In my opinion, this would be a really strong finale, and these are the four designers that I personally think are the best.

The Person I Want to Win!


I just really think he's a cool dude and I really like his aesthetic. I'd be really happy if he were to pull out a win. 

My Official Winner Prediction!


I was just really, really impressed with his designs. Out of anyone, he seems to have the best chance of winning.

So, that's it for my Project Runway Season 14 cast overview and predictions! I can't wait to look back in a few weeks/months and see how horribly wrong I probably was on a lot of these... or, ya know, in like 5 minutes when I look up a spoiler to see who the first person to go home was. 

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