Top Ten Tuesday | The “Almost” Villain Squad (and the Dudes We Love to Hate)
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was a tough one for me. The reason being I detest any and all villains.
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All About The Villains
I don't think we've done a villains topic since back in November 2010 so let's revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite tv villains, favorite comic book villains, ten "villains" of contemporary lit.
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For me, villains are the worst of the worst in terms of characters. True some of them might be kick-butt characterizations, but I don’t think I can remember watching or reading something, and forming any kind of like-ship with one. This is why - with exceptions to character numbers 9 and 10, I went a different direction with today’s topic.
I decided to feature some characters who could have been villains, and instead, exercising their gift of free will, chose a nobler path. Let's have a look.
1. Black Knife from The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | I don't remember this novel in vivid detail but do remember enjoying it and feeling a constant sense of uncertainty about Black Knife. Amazon | Goodreads
2. Evan Walker from The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey | This is again another character I've only met "at the movies," but golly, the dude baffled me! I liked him from the moment I met him, but as he and Cassie traveled together, I grew suspicious: is he friend or foe? Amazon | Goodreads
FILM REVIEW | The 5th Wave (2016)
3. Kahlan from The Siren by Kiera Cass | I started reading this one earlier this summer and found it interesting. It walks the edge of good and evil, and the ramifications of the latter. Kahlan (because of the curse) is trapped in this world that requires sacrifice even as she fights against it. Amazon | Goodreads
4. Kendra from Bewitching by Alex Flinn | When I read about this novel, I wasn’t interested for a few reasons. But when I read the book, I was so impressed. I liked the journey and backstory the author explored for Kendra (who we met in Beastly) and the pivotal moment when Kendra chose good over evil. Amazon | Goodreads
5. Logan from the X-Men Series | I know, this one is a film character, but since technically he first appeared in comic books (or they are comic book characters even if they didn't originate there), I included him. He's a tortured character without question who very well could have gone bad. Fortunately he didn't, and I love him all the more because of it.
FILM REVIEW | The Wolverine (2013)
6. Natasha Romonov (from Marvel’s Avengers) from Black Widow by Margaret Stohl | I’ve not read this book, but it’s only a matter of time before I do. It sounds fabulous and I adore this character (from Marvel’s MCU). From the little we know of Natasha (aka Black Widow), she has a checkered past so her backstory would be interesting to explore. Amazon | Goodreads
7. Peter from Divergent by Veronica Roth | Peter is an interesting enigma. Perhaps if I read the book I’d understand him more, but for now I’m interested in puzzling out Miles Teller’s version. So far, there’s been little success. Amazon | Goodreads
8. Rogue from Rogue Touch by Christina Woodword | Even though I'm using this novel (it is on my shelf), I'm putting this character on the list in consideration of Anna Paquin's portrayal in Marvel's films. In them, Anna makes Rogue a complex character who has to look to the best memories of herself as a "normal" person because of the guilt and conflict she feels over her powers. (Plus, I adore the bond between her and Logan.) Amazon | Goodreads
9. President Snow from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Yeah, the dude's just, plain and simple, evil. Amazon | Goodreads
10. Valentine from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | I've not read this book - I know, what else is new!? *she asks with sarcasm* - but Jonathan Rhys Meyer's portrayal in the film!? *shudder* Creepy. (Yeah, TV Valentine doesn't come close TBH.) Amazon | Goodreads
FILM REVIEW | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)
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That's all for today! What dasterdly villains made YOUR lists? Comment down below with your thoughts on the line between good and evil some of these characters toe, or what makes a good villain. Basically any bookish thoughts you want to chat up! I'd love to read all the thoughts.
(And toss out YOUR Top Ten Tuesday links; I'd be glad to visit your awesome blogs.)
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