Writers are fascinated by anti-heroes- people who fight for the good guys without being a great person themselves. If they’re intrigued by a sliding scale of heroes’ morality, it only follows that they should be just as interested in many shades of villain.
And that’s what anti-villains are for.
Anti-villains are like anti-heroes, but come from the other side. The website TV Tropes defines them as “a villain with heroic goals, personality traits, and/or virtues.” Here are five anti-villains, and what make them so great.
In honor of Father’s day, here’s some of the best fictional dads out there. None can compete with MY dad, of course, but these eight try.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is one of my favorite books ever, for many, many reasons. The writing, the characters, the story… and yes, the romance.
For a book to be listed as a favorite of mine, an honor I bestow on very few works, it needs to be of excellent quality. But not only that, I need to enjoy it. I need to have fun reading it. In Jane Eyre, a lot of that fun is seeing Jane’s strength and passion. And, I must admit, a lot of that fun is seeing the romance blossom between her and Rochester.
So I was cleaning out my Google Drive the other day and came across this gem. I have no idea how old it is, but I’m glad I kept it. I’m sharing it with you, my followers, so you know how I’ll be contacting you when I want to stage my revolution (because what writer doesn’t have plans for a revolution?)
My revolution will be later entitled as: The Revolution of Justice. My followers will be called the Judges. I want that established before we continue. [In retrospect, you all will be called the Jury]
Gregor and the Code of Claw is the fifth and last book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.
I love this series (if you couldn’t tell…). Eight years ago, I had stopped rereading Chronicles of Narnia, my first book love. I wasn’t read much fantasy at that time- sticking mainly to mysteries or other ‘real world’ genres. But then I got this entire series as a birthday gift and devoured it in four days. Continue reading
Gregor and the Marks of Secret is the fourth of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.
In Gregor the Overlander I talked about how focused and subtle it was in its war themes. By the fourth book in the series, the message is much blunter, with Gregor outright questioning the place and necessity for war. Although this approach probably wouldn’t have worked in the earlier books, by now the series has built up to a point where it can support a harder look at the issue. (Spoilers ahead)
Back when the Hunger Games was big, I remember a friend complaining about Prim’s character. She said Prim was a prop because she and Katniss never talked to each other ‘like real siblings do.’ Just recently, my sister was complaining that siblings are too friendly in books and talk to each other too much. I happen to think Prim and Katniss have a super realistic relationship, and agree with my sister on the state of siblings elsewhere.
The art I’m using is killing me because I own different editions, but there’s no high quality image of them.
Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods is the third book in the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins.
It’s rare to have prominent toddlers in fantasy books, especially when there’s a quest involved. 99.9% of the time, it’s unrealistic to have them there. After all, who would take a toddler on a dangerous journey? But having such a dependant character along adds an interesting dynamic. (Spoilers ahead)
The Beast of Talesend is the first book in the Beaumont and Beasley series by Kyle Robert Shultz (here’s his blog). It’s hilarious, and I can’t wait for the sequel.
Normally I’m not big on the secondary, comic relief character. They’re usually not as interesting as the main characters or as funny as the author thinks they are. In The Beast of Talesend, though, I love Crispin, Nate’s lazy younger brother.
Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, the second of the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, is just as good as the first (which is saying something). (Spoilers ahead for the whole series)