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This week’s topic is favorite villains and we were advised to exclude anyone from the world of Harry Potter. This actually wasn’t too difficult for me because (and please don’t hate me forever) I have never read the Harry Potter series. I’ve seen the movies but not the books and I probably will read them but a part of me wonders if it’s too late. But anyways back on topic, we were discussing favorite villains and boy did I enjoy searching through my book memory to find my top 5. Before I officially begin I do want to warn that this post contains Spoilers. I repeat this post contains Spoilers. Now with all of that out of the way we can begin
The first dastardly villain is Lord Khasar from Book of a Thousand Days written by Shannon Hale. It’s been a while since I have read this book so my memory might be slightly fuzzy however, the one thing I do remember is the way he made me feel. Lord Khasar was everything a villain should be, cunning, smart and absolutely terrifying. And in the end when he is revealed to be so much more than human you can’t help but realize there were so many levels to his character. The build up of horror I felt as the story unfolded was unparalleled by most of the books I have read since. Now this may have been because I was listening to the audiobook in the dark in the middle of the night but still, it was pretty horrifying.
If you haven’t yet read a book by Jackson Pearce I would highly suggest you do so. Her modern renditions of fairy tales is unique and well written. The villain in this book is actually villains as they are more of a collective unit. The they I am referring too are the Fenris from her Fairy Tale Retelling series. The Fenris are similar to werewolves but are different as well. They have no soul and are very predatory creatures, known for preying on young women especially if they are wearing red. I believe these villains stood out to me because they could be anyone, well any man. It might just be me but I felt they represented a metaphor for the predatory nature some men have towards women and how women are often blamed for being attacked and assaulted based on their clothing choices. Now I know that alone is a topic that could be delved into much deeper but this is neither the time or the place right now. That may be a post for later. Even though the series is a fantasy the villains still terrified me because of how relatable the situation was.
Left behind is another book that has been absolutely butchered by the big screen. The book series which is so much better than the movies, was written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins and based on the biblical apocolypse. The main villain is the Antichrist who reveals himself to be Nicolae Carpathia the literal devil incarnate. He is vicious and highly intelligent and it doesn’t hurt that he has the power of mind control. He is the embodiment of evil and I don’t know if he could be more villainous if he tried.
If you haven’t noticed I tend to lean towards books with a darker premise and the Gemma Doyle series is quite dark and the villain darker still. Like Book of a Thousand Days its been a few years since I have read the book but it has stuck with me as one of my favorites. The Tree of all Souls was a sly creature that convinced us and the protagonist that it was benevolent and kind but in truth it was vile and stole the love of the protagonists life. I feel that it was a plot twist that I at least, did not see coming and it made the villain so memorable. I felt all the destruction and pain it caused personally and not all villains are able to make me feel that way.
This last one might contain the biggest spoiler of them all. It is a villain that I was actually slightly attracted to. That’s not too bad right? The attractive, psychotic, and epically dark villain in question is none other than the Darkling in Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. My oh my is the Darkling an interesting character and I know we were supposed to hate him but I felt like there was real chemistry between him and the protagonist. I mean I liked who she ended up with but everyone likes a bad boy right? I enjoyed this because the revelation of his true character came as a surprise to me and I do love a good surprise. I completely missed the signs. In the beginning of the book he was all mystery and was later revealed to be a force more evil and ancient than anyone could have imagined. Please keep in mind that I have only read book one so I don’t know what else occurs the rest of the series but I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him.
Thank you so much for reading this all the way through. I didn’t realize this post would be quite so long but I appreciate it all the same. As I was writing I thought of a few honorable mentions such as Sauron and even President Snow but I felt they were too well known and I wanted to think outside of the box for this topic. Did you agree with my choices or did you have your own top 5 villains you want to share? Let me know, I would love to discuss them with you.
I hope you all have an amazing rest of the week guys. See you soon!