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There are a lot of books that talk about things like this,

where there are two people who are "chosen", and they're kind of opposites,

So I guess that opposites is actually a good thing to write a book about.

Some Ideas Never Fail,

especially when it comes to writing.

In this book, there's a

benevolent tyrant,

an insane old man,

a girl,

and a boy,

who are opposites, but still work well together.

Note:

Despite my past riddles, this is NOT a series that I've already written about… Also not sure bout the wordplay tag.

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  • $\begingroup$ What is the question? Guess the book? $\endgroup$ – leoll2 May 17 '15 at 14:52
  • $\begingroup$ Since you're a fantasy-novel buff, what do you think of this puzzle? Every number except one has been found correctly - maybe you can fix the one mistake in alexwlchan's and Michael Edenfield's answers? :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 17 '15 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ If there are a lot of books with these characters and themes, doesn't that mean there are lots of equally-good answers? $\endgroup$ – A E May 17 '15 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ @AE , good point. My answer below was given without knowing about the answer which was added later. Both answers match the clues. $\endgroup$ – Prem May 18 '15 at 7:37
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The book (series) is

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

There are a lot of books that talk about things like this,

Yeah, it's a common fantasy trope.

where there are two people who are "chosen", and they're kind of opposites,

The Twins of Legend: silver and gold; one to save the world, one to destroy it.

So I guess that opposites is actually a god thing to write a book about.

Some Ideas Never Fail,

especially when it comes to writing.

More about how it's a common trope.

In this book, there's a

benevolent tyrant,

Aten was the overlord of Danu Talis, a tyrant in some ways, Macchiavelli's Elder master, but actually not a Dark Elder.

an insane old man,

Nicholas Flamel?

a girl,

Sophie Newman.

and a boy,

Josh Newman.

who are opposites, but still work well together.

They stay together almost all the way through the books until the very end, when he destroys a world and she saves another. (Not too spoilery, I hope! It was certainly one of the best endings I've read - especially < SPOILER > Josh's transformation < /SPOILER > - although the books did lack something in consistency.)

I actually guessed beforehand that this was going be the subject of the OP's next riddle, having had a look at her profile page. This is the first puzzle on SE that I could have answered pre-emptively before it was even posted!

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  • $\begingroup$ Aww snap, ninja'd $\endgroup$ – AJL May 17 '15 at 18:25
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose it WAS too easy... $\endgroup$ – Gracelyn Rioux May 17 '15 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ @GracelynRioux Only given that I'd already guessed what the answer to your next riddle would be! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor May 17 '15 at 20:40
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Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are "chosen" to fight to the Death (Some Ideas Never Fail == this concept is very common) . . . . "still work well together" == both survive . . . .

MORE INFO :

benevolent tyrant == Haymitch Abernathy
insane old man == President Coriolanus Snow

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