Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
Who are your favorite literary villains/antagonists, and why?
Gosh. Wow. There are SO many dastardly despicables out there to choose from. I mean, there's this guy
and this one
(PS - Donald Sutherland as President Snow = BRILLIANT!!!)
or how about this one?
Look at these guys! They're bad. Really BAD, dripping with pure innate evil. They make GREAT antagonists. (And they're always dressed in black...hmm) Let's be honest, some of the best villains are those we Love to Hate. (And man, I HATE these guys)
And ever since I saw the RTW prompt last night on Twitter, my mind's drifted to various novels with a plethora of villains, searching for a fave. Wow. There are so many despicable ones!
But as many as there are, my mind always reverts to
I'll be honest, I always liked Snape. From hello, I just didn't fully believe he was against Harry and his friends. I defended him (yes, I did) even AFTER I read Half Blood Prince. I just couldn't shake the fact that there was something good about him.
Similar story for Vader. I won't lie. I HATED him in the first (er...fourth) movie. After the Death Star exploded, I was ticked he got away. But his first moment of vulnerability with Captain Piett (yes, I am a Star Wars nerd) changed my opinion of him. Because I saw the good in him too.
Call it my inner goodie-two-shoes, make a difference personality, but I LIKE to believe that there's good in everyone. I want to believe that even the most dastardly demonic diehards can overcome the forces of darkness. Even the baddest of the baddies. And as EVIL a pretense as Darth and Snape put up, my heart knew there was good in them. I like my antagonists to be redeeming. And multi-dimensional. A loveable side, perhaps. Someone I sympathize with and believe that he/she really does have a heart.
I mean, come on. Look at this guy
How can you not love that baddie?
So. Who's YOUR favorite villain? And why?