In fantasy, you've got to have a foe. I mean, how do you become a hero without a bad guy to provide some conflict?! Villains can easily become caricatures - so evil that they don't even seem like real people. But the best ones have layers and dimensions to them... leaving you with moments where you question your feelings for them. Today, Alexa and I are discussing this classic, complicated fantasy character!
What villain do you love?
SNAPE from HARRY POTTER SERIES | Poor, misunderstood Severus Snape. Well, I can't deny that I loved this villain! Some may argue that he isn't really a villain because he does have some redemption in the end, but I think he still counts. He makes some poor choices and has to suffer the consequences. And, let's be honest, he's pretty awful to Harry. Either way, I still love him. This is a great example of a complex character!
What villain do you hate?
THIAGO from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE SERIES | Oh my goodness, I hated Thiago! Laini Taylor did such a masterful job creating this character. His total power and control was intimidating, as was his utter lack of compassion. He could be charming, but knowing how ruthless he was at his core... terrifying! I listened to this series on audiobook, and my stomach was in knots anytime he was in a scene. What would he do next?!
What villain do you love to hate?
UMBRIDGE from HARRY POTTER SERIES | Yes, you've read that correctly. I hate Dolores Umbridge more than Lord Voldemort. My level of hate for this character is so strong that I almost love talking about all the reasons why she's THE ABSOLUTE WORST. Whether I'm watching the movies or reading the books, my eyes see red when Umbridge enters. She represents such an abuse of power, and UGH DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED.
What villains do YOU love and hate?
And who is the villain you just love to hate?