Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.
This week’s TTT is: All About Villains – 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. Because I’m not someone who actively looks for villains or likes/hates them I’m going to give out top six villain superlatives! I’ll be giving each villain/book a superlative for what they really excelled at as I read them. I loved how Hannah used superlatives for recent TTTs. I’m also going to share four punchable characters from books I’ve read. Yes, I ran out of villains and needed to fill the space but whatever okayyyy?
Six Villain Superlatives
Most Likely to Fall in Love With // The Darkling
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo • I feel like most people loved The Darkling even though he was pretty evil, and clearly the villain of the series. I have such a bad bookish memory but I know I wish he had a different ending (I just don’t remember what his ending was to be honest). I know there were a lot of Darkling-Alina shippers out there, so I know he’s most likely to make the reader fall in love… despite his villainous ways!
Most Likely to Change Your Mind // Ignifex
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge • I was annoyed with Ignifex when the book first got started because he was a bit too aggressive for me. The love in this story (like a lot of Beauty and the Beast retellings) can involve what feels like stockholm syndrome, but I can’t decide if this one is. In any case, he grew on me quite a bit as I learned about his past and some other ~things~ I won’t spoil.
Most Likely to Creep You Out // AIDAN
Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman • I was not as obsessed with this book as other people, but Gemina definitely changed my mind a little bit. I was so creeped out by AIDAN and all that he could do. It was like some serious Big Brother shit. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it gave me the willies.
Most Likely to Make You Want a Backstory // Levana
Fairest by Marissa Meyer • I know I wanted to know way more about Levana and how she came into power (and also her evilness), so Fairest was (kind of) an interesting story. I wish there was even more to actually make me feel bad for her, but I totally didn’t. It was cool to learn more about how she grew up and gain some insight into why she did the things she did.
Most Likely to be a Worse Villain than the Actual Villain // Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling • Literally everyone I know basicaly hates Umbridge more than Voldemort. Any time there’s a question on a book tag or TTT about worst villains, she makes everyone’s list. Ya know, the side villain from one Harry Potter book instead of the actual terrible villain in the rest of the books! I can’t lie… she was utterly terrible.
Most Likely to Give You Trust Issues // *Spoiler!*
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard • Obviously I can’t name this person because it would be a big spoiler for the book, but the words: “anyone can betray anyone” are repeated SO many times that you KNOW there will be some kind of betrayal. Who does the betraying, however, is where the twist comes in. The series itself lost its luster for me once the reviews for book two came out, so I haven’t continued even though that cliffhanger was a doozie.
Four Super Punchable Characters
Matt from Game On by Michelle Smith • This was a classic example of a dickhead ex-boyfriend going to far. I wanted to throttle him every single time he appeared in the story. I’m happy with how things turned out for Eric and Bri (childhood best friend romance for the win) but I wish Matt disappeared forever, ASAP.
Everyone from In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch • I’m always bummed when I book I’m super excited about is… not great. All of the main characters in this story could have used a swift kick to the shins. The three girls in the story were so selfish and annoying. I didn’t mind the two guys, but they weren’t even anything to write home about. I can’t even remember anyone’s names from this book, so…
Piper from Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton • I like Piper less and less the more I look back on this story. I don’t know how she thought she could get away with anything. It was infuriating to read about her because she stopped at nothing to get what she wanted, never used common sense, and hurt people without caring.
Everyone from The Royals series by Erin Watt • The two books I’ve read so far have been utter crap and utter crack at the same time. I’m dying to see where the series goes in the final book even though everyone is terrible. I don’t like any of the characters and the way they behave, but I can’t stop reading. I didn’t mind the main character, Ella, as much as the boys. God-awful.