I read the 3rd volume of 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった over the past two days. While it may sounds like a speed record, it’s just a really quick read, since the same story is shown from the perspective of multiple character, giving copy/pastes of some of the dialogs.
What’s interesting is that this book was not originally planned by the author. The initial idea was to simply publish the web novel with some improved editing and nice illustrations (and they are quite nice too!), which should have ended with the previous volume, when the
MC protagonist not only survives the game, but even gets the “reverse harem” ending. That was supposed to be it, but since sells have been actually pretty damn good, well, the publisher asked for more, so here we are… uncharted territories!
That brings a major change to the premise too: so far, the protagonist had the advantage of knowing (more or less) the future, since she had played the game herself, quite extensively. However, she now has no idea of what is going on. That lead to a slight retcon where “nah, it’s okay, she has crazy charisma, she can just keep doing the right things even without knowing what she is doing”.
Also interesting, the relations between her friends are getting more tense as they get
more hormones increasingly jealous of each other (can’t really blame them). The statu-quo was utterly broken due to three (!) characters confessing to her. In pure romcom tradition, she misunderstood the first 2, but the third one really did an effort to make himself clear (by kissing her). That’s not something I’m used to see in the middle of a romcom, so it got my interest
Also, there’s a little bit more of world building with the political game for the succession of the king becomes relevant.
Overall, I’d say the writing got better, even though it still has the issues I mentioned. I’m about to start volume 4, we’ll see how it goes.