It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This Week’s Topic is: a Top Ten Tuesday rewind!! So I went all the way back to 11/16/10 so I could talk about…. Villains/Criminals/and other Nasties!
Halloween is coming up (shamless plug for the Halloween event that Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I are planning and want YOU to take part in…) and I want to go back through and talk about my favorite villains. Villains make for great Halloween costumes and go along with the perfectly wicked Halloween theme. Here are my choices (in no particular order):
1. Professor Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series: I have a love/hate relationship with Snape. He’s a great villain mostly because as the series progresses, he grows more and more dynamic and we see the good AND the bad side of him. Snape’s got sass and snark! Plus, Snape is mean with a vendetta, but not really malicious. Although this list is in no particular order, I still think Snape is my number one villain!
2. Prince Humperdinck from The Princess Bride: Oh Prince Humperdinck. You down-low dirty dog, you. Humperdinck is an EASY villain to hate. He’s a liar. A cheat. A con man. A murderer. He wants to marry the most beautiful girl in the world just so he can kill her – in order to start a war. What is with this guy? I’m saying antisocial personality disorder. I was also tipped off by the creepy-ass zoo that he keeps in the dungeon (yeah, that’s the book, not the movie. Go read it!!!!)
3. Housemaster Vaughn from the Chemical Garden trilogy: I don’t know why but this guy just creeps. me. out. I’m sure for most, he’s probably not one of the worst villains out there. For me? Totally. It was a combination of mad scientist, skeevy old guy, and sadistic prison guard. *shiver* He’s old-guy skeeving on Rhine like he’s nice but kind of hitting on her at the same time, and oh wait, we also want to dissect her body too! Ew.
4. The baddies in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Okay, if you’re one of the people who hasn’t read the book, just in case, I won’t spoil the end for you – but it’s no secret that the villains in this book are more than just villains. They’re MESSED. UP. The book was so good, but so bad at the same time – I loved it, but it was kind of like watching a horrible accident or something. I was horrified, but I couldn’t stop wanting and needing to know more. But don’t let the popular ratings fool you – It’s no feel-good book. There are some sick, sick sickos in this series.
5. “The Authority/Society” from any dystopian: One thing I love about dystopians is putting myself in a future world. The other thing is the classic story of hero/heroine vs the authority. It’s one of those things that are impossible to get away from. It’s all around you. All the time. And generally these are the people who have the power to track you down and make sure you succumb. Creepy.
6. Prentisstown in The Knife of Never Letting Go: Now, I’ve only finished the first book in this series so this is all I know so far, but man, those guys are creepy. There’s always something just off enough that you know something’s up but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Obviously these secrets are revealed later in the book (no spoilers), but I couldn’t help but just be freaked out by this weird town the whole book! Definitely creepy…… Especially Aaron.
7. President Snow from The Hunger Games series: Another seriously creepy old man/authority figure (do I have a problem with old people and/or authority? Maybe I do……) and why does he always use roses to cover up the fact that he smells like blood? And his mouth smells like blood. What is he doing?! Even though it’s not the case, I had the smallest thought of cannibalism which it the worst possible idea to pop into my head, and then I couldn’t shake it.
8. King Randa & King Leck from Graceling: Ugh, what creeps. I hate when villains make the characters do something totally against their will or blackmail. Ew. Not all of the kings are bad or corrupt in Graceling, but apparently a fair few of them are.
9. Dexter Morgan from the Dexter series: Okay, so I confess. I only read the first book in the actual series of books. It was too similar to the TV show (which I had already seen) and I was bored reading the book. Ahh, I hate to say it, but it’s true. Anyway, from what I know of the show, I love Dexter. This is one of the only times I’ve actually rooted for the bad guy! How did they do that? How did they make a serial loveable?
10. Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series: I just had to include Bellatrix, and Helena Bonham Carter nailed this role in the movies! She’s bad and just deranged. I love it!
Okay, so those are my choices for my top villains. That was actually harder than I thought!
Like I mentioned above, Alyssa and I are putting together this series of Halloween posts starting probably next week sometime and ending on Halloween day. We want YOU guys to help us out. It’s not just us putting up the posts, but we’re sharing anything and everything we can collect from our fellow blogger friends and we’re putting in your thoughts, quotes, and opinions. Send us your favorite Halloween movies, TV episodes, villains; any real ghost stories you’ve experienced, creepy places you’ve been, true facts about Halloween, favorite villains, even guest posts if you have a great story or Halloween event – and of course, any Halloween related book reviews! Either leave me a comment or better yet, send me an email with your Halloween-related ideas! I can be reached at bookaddictsguide(at)gmail(dot)com. We look forward to your contributions!!!