Top 5 Villains more interesting than the hero

Thanks to Joe at JW Martin – Storeys of Stories, this topic came to life! A few weeks back I asked for suggestions of future top 5 topics and this was one of them…. and it spoke to my dark and evil soul *mwhahahaha* There are a few times where the classic “good VS evil” trope is presented and the evil side ends up being more interesting than the good side. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re choosing the side of evil (though if you did, I wouldn’t judge because you’d be joining me on the dark side), it just means that sometimes their plot line and character arc ends up speaking to you more than the hero. I honestly couldn’t wait for this topic!!! I’ve had these books on my mind for a while….. so here are the top 5 villains that I found more interesting than the hero…..

***NOTE – I just had a small surgical procedure done yesterday so I probably won’t be taking the time to comment today. I’m still a little sore and a lot a bit tired. I do promise I have read all your posts and will add you to the list ASAP!

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Renegades

RENEGADES by Marissa Meyer

This is possibly one of the best examples of good vs evil, along with blurred lines of morality. There are two very different sides fighting for very different things; both sides doing what they think is right. Society considers one side (The Renegades) to be the hero’s of the story while the Anarchists are considered evil. While each side had times where I felt they were right, it was the Anarchists that I loved the most! Their super powers were way more bad ass too!

A thousand pieces of you

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray

I can’t go into detail about good and evil without bringing out spoilers. All that you need to know is that this series has a villain – many in fact. These villains aren’t just random people on different sides of the moral line, they’re actually different versions of themselves that came from a multiverse……. mind blown, right?! Just trust me, it gets crazier as the series goes on!!

carry-on

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

Number one case where I loved the villain WAY more than the hero!!! The hero in this story is Simon Snow and, for the most part, he bored me to death. He was so insecure and confused. He just fell flat for me. But then there’s the villain Baz……. LOVE HIM!!! Everything about him! He was so bad ass, strong, fearless, determined, and layered. I will be reading the next book just for him!!

Vicious

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

Want a book filled with grey lines… look no further! This was all about hero’s and antihero’s and, to be honest, I couldn’t keep them straight the whole time I was reading! Both were evil really, but at times one seemed to be more evil than the other. It actually reminds me a lot of Renegades where you have two different sides fighting for what they think is right and neither is willing to compromise. Instead, they aim to kill. In this case I kind of liked them both!

you

YOU by Caroline Kepnes

Not entirely sure that this book applies……. because there is NO hero! We just have the main character Joe (who is creepy as all hell) as he stalks women and murders them. But here’s the thing – you sympathize with him! I ended up falling for him so completely that I was rooting for him and his happiness! It was such a crazy mind game scenario!! It made me feel dirty, but I still loved it; and Joe!

Arrow

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Arrow

Thanks again to Joe for this topic! I had so much fun thinking of all the bad guys that I love to hate! Who would make your list?

Until next time, happy reading!

 

55 Comments Add yours

  1. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery!

    My friend has been gushing about Vicious for weeks! I haven’t read it yet, but your description makes me want to go get a copy IMMEDIATELY!

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    1. Thanks! Feeling pretty good today! I struggle a bit with V.E. Schwab’s writing style but this one is worth the read for sure! It was so dark and confusing – by that I mean it made you question your judgement and the characters actions. Hope you love it!

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  2. All of these books are on my tbr!!

    Also, I wish you well on your recovery!

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    1. Feeling good today! And hope you love these when you pick them up 🙂

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  3. Oh my goodness I LOVED reading Vicious!! Glad to see it made your list!! (And fantastic topic by the way!!)
    I hope you feel better soon! ❤

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    1. Feeling pretty good today thanks 🙂 vicious was really great! I hope to pick up the sequel. It should be interesting to see where the story goes 🙂

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      1. Yay! I’m glad to hear it! And I’m really interested to see what happens next as well! 🙂

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  4. Oh, I hope your recovery goes well!!

    Great choices!! You know, I think you’ve convinced me to read me to read A Thousand Pieces of You. To Goodreads!

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    1. Thanks! Feeling pretty good today 🙂 I finished book two in the firebird series in the hospital yesterday and it was just as amazing!! Hope you love it!

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      1. I’m glad!! And thank you😆

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  5. Alex says:

    Some really good and interesting choices here! And I hope you have a speedy recovery too.

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    1. Thanks! And I’m feeling much better today 🙂

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  6. I need to find time to read ALL of these books. I need more hours in the day…. haha

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    1. True!! Just 2 hours would be nice 😂

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  7. Ruqs says:

    Renegades has been on my TBR for ages! Great list – I wish you the best and most wonderful recovery!!

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    1. Thanks so much! Feeling much better today 🙂

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  8. Mara says:

    I found Carry On really boring, I never really got the hype around it. Luckily Baz was there to save the book from total disaster, if only he had been the main character the novel would have been 10x better in my eyes!

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    1. EXACTLY!! If it wasn’t for Baz I would have given up on this book. He really did save it!

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  9. evelynreads1 says:

    Ughh aren’t villains the best! ❤
    Also I was never really interested in a thousand pieces of you, but reading that small bit you wrote makes me want to read it!
    You cannot NOT mention Vicious in this list hahah

    (evelynreads.com)

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    1. Exactly! This topic screamed Vicious! I absolutely LOVED a Thousand Pieces Of You! It was so unique and well written 🙂

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  10. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Well Shanah I share none of your books! But they seem so interesting 😉 here is my link as usual (you made me THINK!) http://bewareofthereader.com/top-5-tuesday-when-the-villain-is-worth-saving-or-why-girls-love-bad-boys/

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    1. Lol blame that one on Joe! He’s the one that came up with the topic this week!

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      1. Beware Of The Reader says:

        Yes yes that’s what I told him LOL

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  11. The Other Weasley says:

    I am so glad you loved A Thousand Pieces of You! I agree with Renegades and Vicious but solidly disagree about Joe. JUST NO!!!

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    1. Bwahahahaha I knew you would!

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  12. Rose says:

    I loved Baz so much more than Simon as well! I don’t know what it was about Simon but he just really annoyed me haha.

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    1. Same!! He was SO annoying! And spineless too!

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      1. Rose says:

        I totally agree, I would have preferred it if the whole book was in Baz’s point of view haha.

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    1. Sending me your link works just fine too! If you click on any one of my posts and copy that link, wordpress will automatically send me a notification. For some reason that doesn’t happen when you just copy and paste the main site address. Either way works for me. Got you added 🙂🙂

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  13. weiglk says:

    I am super struggling to figure out this pingback thing. Haha. Here is mine, just in case I did it wrong: http://tomesintokyo.blogspot.com/2018/08/top-5-villains-more-interesting-than.html

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    1. If you want to just send me a link this way it’s totally fine 🙂 in order to do a pingback, just click on any one of my posts and copy/paste that link. For some reason if you use the main site link I don’t get notified. Getting you added now 🙂

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      1. weiglk says:

        Thanks so much!

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  14. I haven’t read many books with villains lately, but I think I want to get back into this genre

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  15. I hope you’re doing well and have a speedy recovery. Villians are such interesting characters to look into. I can’t wait to see more of the villains in the Firebird series!

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    1. Thanks! Felt a little sore today but nothing I couldn’t handle 🙂

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  16. Carolina @fictionologyst says:

    Oh yes, I actually don’t know who the villain is in Renegade,they just did what they think is right!!! Can’t wait to read A Thousand Pieces of You!!!

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    1. I think that’s why Renegades was written so well. It’s kind of impossible to see who the real villain is!

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  17. I couldn’t think of any for me that is why I didn’t do this post yesterday

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  18. J.W. Martin says:

    You’ve already sold me on A Thousand Pieces of You! Now you’re making me want to read it RIGHT NOW!

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    1. I will continue to push you…… not literally, but you know what I mean lol

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  19. Yessss, Baz is soooo much more interesting than Simon, great post, I often like villains more than heroes, definitely in Carry On!

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  20. kyera says:

    I need to read Vicious so much! It has been on my TBR for so long and I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I even bought a copy for my library’s collection and pre-ordered Vengeful for us – what’s wrong with me? But yeah, now I really really really need to read it.

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    1. Lol it’s the only one of her books that I’ve enjoyed completely. Her writing style is something that doesn’t agree with me for some reason. But Vicious was great!! Which reminds me that I need to add the sequel to my TBR!

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