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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for Villain

We all know who they are and how delicious it is to hate them. Just think of Snape and the awful Dursleys in Harry Potter. Or Ambrose in The Name of the Wind (oh, how I despise him). Or Nailer's father in Ship Breaker. There's a villain in just about every book I've ever enjoyed from whatever it was that held Charles Wallace in A Wrinkle in Time to the twins, Jaime and Cersei, in A Song of Ice and Fire. Villains give your hero someone - or something - to fight against, a way to prove themselves, and often the means to evolve.

who - or what -  are some of your favorite villains?


Unknown said...

Oh, I just HATE the Dursleys! And Snape and Dolores Umbridge, too. ;)

And let's not forget Jane Eyre's horrible Aunt and cousins and the evil Rebecca. I could list them all day.

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Bob Scotney said...

So many books,so many villains. It's too difficult to pick just one Will Mr Jingle from Pickwick Papers count?

Chrys Fey said...

I think J.K. Rowling did so good with her villains. It was fun to hate those characters. I also agree with Kathleen's comment for Jane Eyre.

Darla M Sands said...

Wow. I was just reading a blog about undertakers that made me think of the Tall Man in the old movie "Phantasm". It's a low brow reference for this purpose, but I really get creepy vibrations off that villain!
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Liz A. said...

Without a worthy villain, there is no story for the protagonist. Not really.

N. R. Williams said...

Villains are an essential part of any piece of fiction. But they rarely view themselves as the bad guy. This aspect makes a three dimensional villain so much better. Since I am in the throws of edits, I like my villain, Renwyk, Lord of the Symberveen and his son in book 2, Sinon. I haven't given the villain a name in book 3 yet.

Lidy said...

Dolores Umbridge, Snape, the Malfoys, Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort from Harry Potter.
President Snow and Coin from The Hunger Games.

Sharon Himsl said...

Well since you mention it, I do like Snape a lot because of the good that is also there. Can't remember name but also the creature in Lord of Rings that calls the ring 'my precious'