(Oh, that was bad. Let’s try this again.)
Pleasant morning, my wild herd of minions! (Except it’s technically afternoon.)
I hope you’ve noticed the snazzy new graphics around here. The beautiful logo and newsletter button are courtesy of Kendra Lynne, who deserves a massive huzzah for her efforts. Can we take a moment and give her that?
Kendra, you’re a dear.
Also, shout-out to all the NaNoWriMo loonies embarking on their month-long journey of stress-induced baldness! Coincidentally, I’m actually joining that rank this year. I know, I know–
I recognize all of those (entirely credible) negative points, and given the massive logic behind each of them, I’m not deluded enough to think I’ll actually complete this thing. But hey, I’ve always wanted to at least try, and I’d rather try and fail than not try at all.
Also, for the poor uneducated souls who don’t know what Nanowrimo is: November, being National Novel Writing Month, is when a bunch of mentally ill people ATTEMPT to write 50,000 words (a full length novel) in thirty days. No, I’m not starting a new book, but I thought I might try it on my already-in-progress story and see if I can’t get this thing done by the end of the year.
Yes, I’m an overachiever. What of it?
That being said, it seemed only fitting that we start the month off with a nerdy and bookish blog post. (The inspiration for which I happened to steal, but shhh, let’s not talk about that.) Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present–
The Villains Award Book Tag, by Paper Fury.
Let’s do this.
Villain You Absolutely DESPISE And HATE.
Have I ever hated a villain?
I’ll admit, I had to think about this one for an uncomfortably long period of time before I came to an even more uncomfortable conclusion:
I’ve never hated a villain.
Villain Who Is Entrancing
You know who I’m going to say. Come on. Deep down inside, you know it.
Yep. That guy. He’s horrible, but for some strange reason, I like him. Maybe it’s the tragedy of his past that captured my fascination. Maybe it’s his charisma. Maybe it’s the sheer unpredictability of his moral alignment — is he good? Is he bad? Is he misunderstood?
Is he going to stab Thor within the next thirty-five seconds?
Book You’d Like To Read From Villain’s Perspective
Except this time, it’s called Murtagh.
And instead of suffering through 500+ pages of whiny hero stereotypes, we get to read about someone who’s actually interesting.
What a novelty.
Worst Antagonistic YA Parents
All the YA parents I’ve read about are dead, so…
I mean, hey, I consider death antagonistic.
Antihero Who Is a Little Bad, Little Good
Dustfinger from Inkheart. I’m not entirely proud of myself for liking a faithless coward, but there’s something incredibly heartbreaking about this guy, even if his moral standards aren’t completely… admirable. He got locked out of his world for ten years. He takes care of hapless little orphan boys. He speaks to fire.
Yep, I’m sold.
Villain Made From Tragic Circumstances
Logically speaking, 90% of villains actually consider themselves victims, so…
(Yes, I know what you’re thinking — Why do I even bother with tags when all I do is make fun of the questions? Sorry. I’ll attempt to be more serious.)
*tries to be serious*
Anybody who says Smeagol isn’t a tragic villain clearly has never been kicked out of their village and possessed by a maniac piece of metal. I mean, the poor guy! All he did was sort-of accidentally throttle someone to death. The other hobbits were totally over-reacting.
(Yes, I’m joking. I don’t condone sort-of accidental throttlings.)
Antagonist Who Gets In Hero’s Way But Isn’t Necessarily “Pure Evil”
Imma gonna steal this one from Kendra Lynne (who, coincidentally, I stole the tag from) and say Thranduil. Sure, he can be annoying, but he’s not necessarily trying to be horrible. All he wants is to incinerate the entirety of Dwarf kind.
Plus, the guy’s got great eyebrows. Believe it or not, a character’s depth of evil is considerably reduced depending on how cool their eyebrows are. Observe:
Villains, all of ’em. Eyebrowless, all of ’em.
A Non-Human Villain
“She’d like us to believe it,” said Mr. Beaver, “and it’s on that that she bases her claim to be Queen. But she’s no Daughter of Eve. She comes of your father Adam’s—” (here Mr. Beaver bowed) “your father Adam’s first wife, her they called Lilith. And she was one of the Jinn. That’s what she comes from on one side. And on the other she comes of the giants. No, no, there isn’t a drop of real Human blood in the Witch.”
I’ll admit, there was a… *cough* phase of my life where I was convinced I was the White Witch. I’m… not proud. I obviously didn’t get the memo that you are NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES supposed to emulate the baddies.
Villain Who You Think Is Wicked But They’re Intriguing
Honestly? Mairon. From Middle Earth. Otherwise known as Sauron before he got obsessed with jewelry. The way he managed to deceive an entire civilization of humans who were, by all rights, considered the “smarter” ones of Middle Earth is impressive, to say the least.
Though let’s be honest, every character in the Silmarillion is essentially a villain.
Antagonist Who Gets A Redemption Arc
Kylo Ren. Why are you staring at me like that? IT’S GONNA HAPPEN, OKAY???
Even if he did kind of… you know… blow up planets.
If you’re in the tag stealing mood, like I was, here are the questions:
1.) Villain you absolutely DESPISE and HATE
2.) Villain who is entrancing
3.) Book you’d like to read from a villain’s perspective
4.) Worst antagonistic YA parents
5.) Antihero who is a little bad, little good
6.) Villain made from tragic circumstances
7.) Antagonist who gets in hero’s way but isn’t necessarily “pure evil”
8.) A non-human villain
9.) Villain you think is wicked but find intriguing
10.) Antagonist who gets a redemption arc
Have at it! And good luck to my nanowrimo buddies. You lot are insane.
(Yeah, yeah, look what that says about me. Get over yourself.)