Thoughtful Thursdays

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AFTERNOON,

Feeling a little villainous here on mylittlebookblog; okay lies I’m way too nice. But, I do have another question for you to answer! The question is…..

Favourite fictional villain?

I think mine would have to be Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist but then there are so many! What about the truly wicked Lady Macbeth or Cruella De Vil or Voldemort…goodness there are way too many to pick from! Answers please?

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16 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays

  1. mushypeasonearth says:

    Pinky from Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. You can slightly excuse him because he’s so young but he’s an awful, awful person.

  2. Andrew Clayton says:

    Sudden realisation – I read too many books where the villain is fate, ennui, the Man, or whatever. There are so few books where the bad guy is clearly defined and I actually bother to finish the book. Is this a cultural thing whereby I prefer narrative of overcoming the status quo or ethereal malignancy and dislike direct conflict? Or am I just swayed in favour of revolution over vendetta?

    It’s definitely not Voldemort, that’s for certain. Maybe it’s Kenneth McHoan.

  3. Christopher Chinchilla says:

    Ukko Jukes, the corporate tycoon from Orson Scott Card’s First Formic War series. His son, Lem, is also a prick, but (so far in the series) is changing his ways. His father, Ukko, however, is still up in the air. We don’t really know what his motivations are. We think Lem might be fighting against him the way a son can unwisely fight against a wise father whose wisdom he doesn’t understand. Then again, Lem might be totally right to fight his father. (This fight, by the way, is all amidst a battle for Earth against an alien invasion, and these two tycoons–father and son–see different ways of using their vast fortune for the benefit of humanity. The question is, which of them is really working for the benefit of humanity?) It’s gripping!

  4. Shannon Bradford says:

    I think I like when the villain is a little less obvious. Some of my favorite books have had the villain actually be the hero, whose own actions lead them to destruction. It is fascinating to realize how often a person’s own choices can cause more devastation than anything anyone else can do.

  5. AmiMcD says:

    I love Miss Havisham from Great Expectations, because she’s wicked and cruel but she also isn’t. Also, Rhett Butler, because by the end of the book you realise he’s more Mr Darcy than anything else.

  6. S.M. Stevens. says:

    I’m going with Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights because he’s complicated. He’s the closest thing the novel has to a hero, because there are no heroic characters in this one! I find him fascinating even after 3 reads of the book over the years. Can you forgive him his villain-ness because of the wrongs done to him? I want to, but just can’t. In the end, he’s truly a villain. Yet a somewhat sympathetic one.

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