Tag: Villains

Building a Likable Monster:  How Villains Keep Stealing Our Hearts

Building a Likable Monster: How Villains Keep Stealing Our Hearts

Posted October 23, 2020 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

When I first read Shadow and Bone, I was confused.  About a lot of things, but mostly… I had a hard time understanding why so many people loved the Darkling character. For those who haven’t read Shadow and Bone and aren’t familiar with the Grishaverse, I won’t go into too much detail here as I don’t want to spoil things.  The Darkling is a powerful magic-worker in the world and there’s (in my opinion) consistent evidence of his nefarious ways.  And it’s constantly tossed aside by the easily-besotted protagonist.  And even more casually tossed aside by readers.  He never appealed to me […]

Villains We Love to Hate

Villains We Love to Hate

Posted April 7, 2018 in Bookish Things // 5 Comments

You can love the protagonist, love the romantic relationships… you can even fall head over heels with the world building, but what’s a fantasy without a proper villain?  Whether you’re the type of person who enjoys the enigmatic Darking from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, or quivers under Tolkien’s Eye of Sauron, a good villain really makes the story. I’m finding lately in YA that a lot of villains are multi-dimensional… to the point that you’re unsure if they’re doing bad things for a good reason, or if they’re totally 100% evil.  I recently read Children of Blood and Bone where the villain was […]