Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is All About the Villains. Thinking about it, although I read a lot of thrillers and a lot of quite dark books, very few of them actually have a villain as such, or not one that I admire in any way. Maybe I’m just not reading the right kind of thrillers!
Amy from Gone Girl
I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a character quite as messed up as Amy. She is so cleverly constructed by Flynn, that we expect her to be anything other than slightly annoying and that’s what makes it all the more shocking when we find out what she really is, AKA. pure psycho.
Death from The Book Thief
I never viewed him as a villain, but I’ve seen the character described as such in a number of reviews. I suppose it’s impossible to view death as anything other than the ‘bad guy’, despite the beautiful and regretful way he is portrayed here.
Snape from Harry Potter
He is a villain, and always will be. Despite his ability to love, he still chose the Dark Arts, his affiliation was always with Voldemort, he was just blinded by his love. In fact I’d go as far as saying it wasn’t even love, it was a deep obsession and infatuation. He cannot be labelled as ‘good’.
Javert from Les Miserables
Although I’ll admit to never having read the book, despite it sitting on my shelf for far too long, I have see the musical a number of times and Javert is by far my favourite character. Unlike Snape, Javert isn’t actually a villain. He is a policeman, who is sometimes more concerned with doing his duty than doing the right thing, and that doesn’t make him bad at all. I hate when people boo him at the end, it makes no sense to me.
Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events
As creepy as a children’s villain can possibly get. A perfect balance of humour and horror, he is truly chilling, and so brilliantly played on film by Jim Carrey.
I’m really clutching at straws here, so that’s only five rather than ten. I’m looking forward to seeing who other people’s favourite villains are, to give me a bit of inspiration!