October 10, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday| I've Been Expecting You, Reader

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog group that comes together to discuss that week's topic. The idea was first curated by the wonderful Lainey at GingerReadLainey and is now run by Samantha over on ThoughtsonTomes. 

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This week we are looking at Villains. These often are the antagonists of our stories, the physical entity of conflict and what our fear of outcome could be. The best villains are the ones that have strong motivation behind their ideas and desires, that evoke emotions into the reader.

1. Victor Vale and Eli Cardale
Vicious (Villains #1)
V.E. Schwab


I promise this is the last time I mention a Schwab novel in a Top 5 for a few weeks. 
Neither one of the protogonists in Schwab's Vicious are predominately good people. Eli is motivated by his belief that his power is a gift from God, to do his work and Victor falls into the bracket of sociopathic tendencies. What this brings is an interesting mix of inner conflict as you realize you are rooting for someone who is still rather "bad". 
2. Dolores Umbridge
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (Harry Potter #5)
J.K. Rowling


Dolores Umbridge is a worse villain the Voldemort. There I said it. She abuses kids (Harry's detention - I Must Not Tell Lies), but what makes it worse is how people can't justify her actions, but can justify Snape's actions towards his students.
3. The Master
Doctor Who
As portrayed by: Robert Delgado (1971-73); John Simm (2007-9, 2017)

I grew up with John Simms as The Master, so for me he is my version that I love the best. The Master is a little bit mad, insane even, but that's what makes him a dangerous 
  However, I had to give a little shoutout to Robert Delgado who I have since enjoyed immensely.

4. Regal Farseer 
Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy #3)
Robin Hobb


Regal is such a **** isn't he? Like all of Robin Hobb's characters, he is a byproduct of upbringing and a set of beliefs that they become ingrained into his entitled viewpoint.

5. Kilgrave
Jessica Jones
As portrayed by: David Tennant

Kilgrave was the only thing keeping me going through series one of Jessica Jones. And I'm going to leave it at that.

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