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Anyone Can Write! Annulling the Engagement!

Good friends and readers, y’know how ‘Annulling the Engagement’ stories have been so in lately? And so! Today! I bring you an absolutely serious…… yes very, very *cough* serious oneshot by momoyama-sensei, who writes short stories on Syosetsuka ni Narou. Let’s learn how to casually write an engagement annulling story! There’s also a short story near the end!

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Avant-Garde Noble Villainess
Anyone Can Write! Annulling the Engagement! by momoyama


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This time, having written numerous noble villainess stories, I will be introducing how to write ‘Annulling the Engagement’-type works that are currently the fad.

As I am only writing casually, out of hobby, as expected I am incomparable to those mainstream people. However, in my own capacity as a casual writer, I believe I am able to introduce you to a casual way of writing.

I can write ‘Annulling the Engagement’ works immediately after reading this! … I do not know whether you will be able to do that but, well, please be lenient.

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 In the first place, why is ‘Annulling the Engagement’ such a boom?

 Individually, as both ‘Annulling the Engagement’ and ‘Reincarnating with a Cheat’ have a『the strong protagonist punishes evil』kind of morality play side, a『the strong protagonist (or the hero who saves the protagonist) plays an active role』kind of “That person is cool!” side, a『the reversal where there’s a sudden transformation from a low status to a superior position』side, I presume that may be why a similar boom is appearing.

 Somehow, perhaps the things that males and females think about are more or less the same.

 Well then, what should you do to write such a story?

 If there is a need for『the strong protagonist punishes evil』you will need two major characters at the very least. If there is a need for『the strong protagonist (or the hero who saves the protagonist) plays an active role』, you need a development for the protagonist or the hero to play an active role. If there is a need for『the reversal where there’s a sudden transformation from a low status to a superior position』, you need a development for the protagonist to gain a superior position and for the enemy to fall to a low position.

 Organising what is necessary in this manner, what you have prepared in prior… is a『template』. Thus, allow me to present 5 templates that have been efficiently made from the above developments.

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  1. Major characters fundamentally includes the prince・noble villainess・heroine・someone who holds a strong position. Capturable targets if you would like. And also the masses. You can think of it as【Good(noble villainess・strong people) and Evil(prince・heroine)】, you know?

 Firstly, the noble villainess. It is the standard for her to be the protagonist, huh. By the way,『noble villainess』is like a byname so it does not matter if she is actually a kind girl. Being called a villainess despite being kind, that is the kind of character she is.

 Next, the prince. He is the villain.

 Heroine. The recent trend is to write her as the true villain, isn’t it.

 Someone who holds a strong position. The kind of person this is changes depending on the author but it can be the king, the noble villainess’ parents, the crown prince and so on. If it is the crown prince, you may be able to re-establish the romance. The future reversal will be easier to write by having this character.

 The other capturable targets are basically spice. You can add them as you prefer but they may not actually be needed.

 By the way, there tends to be the masses in the surroundings when the engagement is annulled, but you can think of them as the background and it is probably okay to not mobilise them in detail.

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  1. First of all, start from ‘Annulling the Engagement’.【Bring Forth the Incident If You Have Time to Write Tedious Things!】

 The beginning is important for the thing called a ‘story’. If you have the time to tediously explain circumstances, you should just just express it through some incident. And hence, why not annul the engagement from the start? You can also disclose the reason for annulling the engagement or what happens after that.

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  1. Drop a bomb and reverse the positions.【Grasping A Cinderella Story】

 What the readers want to see in ‘Annulling the Engagement’ stories are “Serve you right, damn prince and heroine!”, this kind of reversal. Of course, there are also readers who anticipate other things.

 In any case, in order to produce a reversal, do drop something to weaken the prince’s or the heroine’s position.

 In other words, a bomb. There are various contents in a bomb but the standard one is『You said the noble villainess was being a bully, but that is the heroine’s fabrication. And I have evidence of that.』or a bomb-like statement like that. At any rate, bring out something conclusive and make the prince and heroine go “Grrrr”.

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  1. Let someone who holds a strong position intrude and convict the prince.【Minus Points For the Prince!】

 Regardless, there is a limit to what the noble villainess can do. With that, it’s difficult to bring about the “Serves you right” development. And that is where someone who holds a strong position comes in. For example, if you let the king appear and say『This King has seen your actions up till now! You are unsuitable for the royal family!』, it will be perfect. It may also be good to promote the noble villainess on the side. Another way is to let the person who holds a strong position supply the bomb above.

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  1. “This isn’t how it should have been!”【Finishing Touches】

 Well well, finally, it is the ‘Serves you right!’ development that the prince and the heroine have to face. Make the heroine say “This isn’t how it should have been!” after bestowing the prince and the heroine some sort of punishment. Depending on the situation, there are also cases of the prince saying that, huh.

 Simply by saying this line, the ‘Serves you right!’ sensation will further heighten.

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If you have your grasp on these 5 developments, you will be able to build developments similar to the ‘Annulling the Engagement’ works nowadays.

As there is a chance that there will be an overwhelming number of similar works if you simply use these as they are, you can skillfully add details, or modify whichever one of these 5 developments and create a work full of originality. Also, plagiarism is bad!

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Well then, let’s try to create a small work from these templates.
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“Someone like you, I’m annulling our engagement! Got it!”
“Sure man! I’ve been waitin’ for those words, pal!”

 At the same moment I hear the annulling of our engagement that I’ve been waiting eagerly for, I materialise a bomb. [1]

“Eh…”
“My ability is to turn the annulling of engagement into energy and use that to create a bomb! Come, let’s get the party started yoー!”

 Using my ability, I begin to blow up the party venue.

“Wa, wai…!? Guards, guardsー! Hurry up and capture that guy! She’s starting to terroriseー!?”
“Gyahaha, it’s useless, prince-san! Mere guards are unable to stop my ability!”
“Prince, this is the time to use my power!”

 Niina who’s beside the prince suddenly shouts out.

“Ni-Niina, what are you planning to do?”
“Mottana・Kyominai・Shitakuuna[2]… Appear! The Venerable Evil God!”

『◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆!!!!!!』

“Somehow, something awfully grotesque came out!?”
“Now, Evil God! Discipline the noble villainess!”

『◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆』

“Eek, eeeeeek! It’s coming to attack hereー!”
“How, how can this be! The magic power is going berserk and is trying to convict the prince!”

『◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆!!!!!!』

“This isn’t how it should have been! After marrying the prince, I planned to secretly dispose of him using the Evil God but, at this rate, the order is completely messed up!”
“Eh!? You were nonchalantly trying to assassinate me!?”

『◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆◆!!!!!!』

“H-help! Someone!”

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 And thus the country is destroyed.

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 How was it? The major characters are basically 4 people (prince・heroine・noble villainess・someone who holds a strong position(Evil God)), beginning with the annulling of engagement, then dropping the bomb, having someone who holds a strong position intrude and convict the prince, and “This isn’t how it should have been!”. The templates have all been thrown in.

 Everyone, too, do make good use of these templates and create new noble villainess works. Whether it will turn out interesting or not depends on you!
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[1] Cough, I thought I was seeing things, but this character uses ‘ore’ and speaks in a very manly way. I guess it’s up to our own imagination…
[2] Her ‘chant’ doesn’t really mean anything the way it is, but the author probably wants to allude the words to “mottai nai” (what a waste), “kyoumi nai” (I’m not interested) and “shitakunai” (I don’t want to do it).

T/N: I added more paragraphing cos the original was wayyy more wall of text-ish than this. Also, I guess I better run before I get flattened for trolling… but hey, I’m only translating! I’m innocent! Probably. 

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