V is for Villains!

Posted April 25, 2014 by Sophia Rose in Challenge / 6 Comments

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V is for Villains

funny-Disney-villains-poker-crazyLet’s hear it for the bad guys (or gals, don’t want to leave anyone out or they might hex me)!!!!

Gotta tell you, people, that I think I have issues sometimes.  I have these odd urges to *whisper voice* like and cheer on the antagonists of the story.  Yep, a few times it’s happened where the villain was the most fascinating person/monster/evil being in the story.  I have had dreamy thoughts of that wicked guy and how I totally was in sympathy with him.  It began when I fell in love with the Phantom in Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera and cried over the Frankenstein monster from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in junior high.  Am I alone here?  I don’t think so.

Now don’t get me wrong.  There are a hulking ton of them that I loathe with a passion.  These also interest me too because they were written well enough to engender such a response.  I mutter to my book ‘die already you loathsome beast’ who may be an actual beast or just some skeevy jerk in a suit who acts like one.

Spiderman2-Doctor-OctaviusSo really?  The only villains that I don’t have an attraction to are the mediocre ‘not worth the ink on the page’ ones that are just so wimpy, ineffectual or laughable that I ignore them.  Villains serve their place to make stuff hard for those awesome protagonists- our heroes- so that we are impressed with their hero-ness and to keep stuff interesting with the plot and pacing.

Vile Villains I have encountered in my books who will remain nameless because…well sometimes they like to work from the shadows and jump out late in a book or series.  Notice I am including different types of villains here or should I say different motivations.

  1. Cecy Robson’s shadowy villain in her Weird Girls series (I’m not talking about the up front ones that get vanquished in every book, but that horrid power tripping thing orchestrating stuff in the background.
  2. Rebecca Zanetti’s vamp villain through much of her Dark Protectors series and shucks lets just throw in for free that military torture type and his experimenting scientist pals in the Sins Brothers .
  3. Let’s not leave out our villainous vixens.  How about Law’s Ex in Love on Mimosa Lane?  She wrecked a wide trail of havoc.  Yeah, must keep an eye on the Exes; they get vindictive and Lord have mercy.

Loki-Thor-2-loki-thor-2011-35584736-500-800But in the end, most of the stories I read, don’t have a real villain.  Sometimes the characters in those books are their own worst enemies, right?

Name me some villains, please, or at least a book with a great villain(s).

Notable V Words I Considered

Vixen – a female fox or a foxy female bent on trouble
Value – We take care of who we value- or we should
Vile – Some of my less successful experiments in the kitchen
Venture – Nothing ventured nothing gained.
Verisimilitude – because I can spell it without checking-  True dat!
Vacation – something we all need to rejuvenate
Vibrator – a woman should own a few of these *wink*
Viking – I want to read a Viking book now…hey Loki and Thor can you hook me up?

What’s your V word of the day?

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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I’ve found a lot of villains fascinating. Especially if they pull a lot of slick moves that make the hero/herione look like an idiot. Must be the evil side of me 🙂

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That’s just it, Brenda! You’re so right. Sometimes the villain is the cool kid and I have to remind myself that hey girl, he’s the bad guy.

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I have a thing for Orks, from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I think they are awesome at being the mean creatures they were raised to be.

Nana Prah

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Orcs are great villains. My husband cracks me up when he quotes them from the movie, ‘Looks like meat’s back on the menu, boys.’ I just roll my eyes when he says it at dinner.

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LOL oh you are too funny. I don’t know that I’ve ever cheered a villain on. Hrm. Though I do love a villain to semi-hero like Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s series.

And omg that is one of my favorite images. I don’t think it transfered over when I got the new computer though. So clicking save! 🙂

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Now see, Lothaire is a great example of a villain I could get behind. Even in his own romance he carves his heart out to send to her when he gets mad about her leaving him. Kresley Cole writes some great ambivalent characters look at the Sorceri particularly Sabine, who became a heroine. Next we’re getting her sister Lanthe and Thronos’ story who have both been on both side of the line a few times.

For me, my thing with the villains is that many times they can be more memorable than the heroes. Some authors