Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Some like it... bad...

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
 Who are your favorite literary villains/antagonists, and why?

This one got me thinking... in a my head hurts kind of way. I discovered I am rather... um... judgemental with my villains. If they are bad then i dislike them. And that works for, say, Harry Potter where Voldemort is pretty straight evil. But then I thought further and thought of Snape. He's a villain for much of the books but that twists and turns.... and makes him appealing. So i think he'd not only rank as a fave but a prototype.

A villain i like needs to be well motivated and can do 'bad' things as long as they're ultimately.... good.
Note: I am much less picky in movies or TV... them bad boys often look so fine!

What about you? Any fave villains? Does it matter if you can see their hotness?


  1. I know some people really don't like them, but I'm particularly fond of the totally evil, rotten to the core, irredeemable villain--as long as they're complex. Like the Mayor in the Chaos Walking trilogy, President Snow in The Hunger Games and Wirtz in RA Nelson's Throat.

    And the hot bad boys too ;) But I'm more of a nice-guy girl.

  2. I like the line in The Dark Night about true evil:
    "Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

  3. I agree--snape made a good villain because of his complexity and the uncertainty of which side he was on. He was one of the most compelling HP support cast member because of it.

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  4. Rhiannon - President Snow? You scare me... he was evil!
    i think i like a nice guy too.

  5. Kathy - awesome quote. I have a character in the WIP a bit like that.

  6. Angela - You're right, and i guess it's something to remember about secondary characters - that they can be pretty complex and interesting.


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