It’s Wednesday again which means this is when I bring you guys the Top 5 Wednesdays, created by gingerreadslainey. You can find out more about these days on the Goodreads group by clicking here! I’m happy that we got told not to use Harry Potter characters for this because I’m in such a Harry Potter mood this whole list would have probably just been that!
- Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina was written to be an anti-villain and that’s honestly what I think we got from her. You got the sense of someone who didn’t feel remorse for their actions and was a bad person because she enjoyed it – not because she was pressured into it because of some stereotypical sad back story. She chose to be evil and acknowledged this and that’s what I thought made her – albeit ironically – a good villain.
- Levana Blackburn from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Levana was just pure evil. Although, I admit I haven’t read Fairest and therefore don’t know her backstory that well – from what I’ve read so far there really isn’t an excusable way to how she ran her people. She was cruel and manipulative but also extremely smart which allowed her to be, for lack of a better word, a very efficient villain!
- Holland from A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab
I honestly just enjoyed reading about Holland. Seeing as a villain is generally if not all the time one of the main characters of a story it’s probably important to make sure the reader can still feel attached and engaged to the story while reading about the villain. I find Holland to be intriguing and a very different character to read about if anything and someone who I’m really excited to read about in the next book!
- AIDAN from Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
AIDAN is probably not most people’s conventional idea of a villain. Yes, in a lot of sci-fi novels the supercomputer or AI goes haywire and kills some people but they’re nothing like AIDAN. AIDAN doesn’t kill anyone because they want to – no the way they have been programmed has made AIDAN convince themselves that if they don’t kill everyone it would go against their orders. AIDAN is absolutely insane but such an interesting ‘character’ of sorts to read about.
- President Snow from The Hunger Game by Suzanne Collins
I don’t usually mention the Hunger Games a lot because I felt like a lot of the content was stereotypical. However, I felt like President Snow was a very well done villain. He knew how to manipulate his people and convince them to do his bidding (until the rebellion) while upholding an animalistic ruling with the lower parts of his society. President Snow was a smart sadist which I guess makes for a great villain!