I have never been someone who connects more with the villains (or anti-heroes) of a story than the heroes. Honestly, I have a hard time enjoying a book when the main character is an anti-hero. If they don’t have redeeming or relatable characteristics, then it’s tough to relate to them and books are so much more meaningful and impactful when you put yourself in the shoes of the characters. I had a tough time coming up with these answers this week.
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Villains More Interesting Than The Heroes:
Nova from Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Going into the story we are met with the typical good versus bad guys plot – yet we discover that there is a lot more to the story and nuance involved with characters, so those that we may have originally seen as the villains become intriguing and dimensional.
Legend from Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Legend’s whole appeal is that he is mysterious and magical, so we spend both books just attempting to discern his true identity. That’s so much more interesting than our heroes!
The White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
While I love the characters from Narnia as we met them in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – I was always so curious about the White Witch. What was her backstory and motivation? How did she come to be that way? Yes, we learn more about her but I always wondered and so I think maybe that makes her more interesting than the heroes?
Loki from Thor
So it’s not a book, sort of.. (comic book characters count, right?) but I’ve always found Loki so much more nuanced and dimensional than Thor. Yes, he’s a trickster and sometimes he goes a little too far (waaaay too far really), but you can see how his tragic backstory led him down that path and how there’s just that little sliver of redeeming qualities in him that you wonder if maybe he could change his ways? Probably not, but the curiosity I have for that journey makes him much more interesting than Thor.
Hades from Hercules
This is 100% not a book, but Hades is hands down my favourite Disney villain. He is hilarious and you just cannot help but love his character. As much as I love that movie, Hercules, Pegasus, and Meg – he’s just so much more interesting than him. The drama between the Olympians, Hades’ angst over his brothers and desire to rule because ‘technically’ he was the oldest of his siblings and had been cheated out of his birthright.
Do you tend to love villains more than the heroes? I don’t, but I can appreciate a good villain! Also, did you notice a little element that I added (photoshopped) into one of my photos? It’s a little tough to see, but if you did let me know in the comments!