Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books, here different topics will be discussed.
This week’s topic is ‘What makes a good villain’, which I think is such a good topic! I love me a good villain!
Some of my favourite villains:
- Bellatrix Lestrange, I just love her!
- Draco Malfoy, especially from the books!
- Konstatin from the Bear and the nightingale
- Piper Greenmantle from The raven cycle!
- Victor and Eli from Vicious!
- The villain in The Mistborn trilogy (can’t come up with the name..)
Of course there are many many more!
One of the examples Rukky gives to discuss is ‘Do you prefer ones with a tragic backstory or ones who are just plain evil?’. Plain evil all the way! I don’t care for sad backstories about people being mistreated, I just want the evilness! Although there are of course some books in which a sad backstory is done very well! But generally speaking, plain evil!
Another examples she gives is ‘Villains who have realistic goals and motivations or who want to take over the world?’. As I just said I want plain evil villains, but they should have realistic goals. Just evil people wanting to take over the world is not that much fun in my opinion! I feel like with realistic goals it is sometimes also easier to ‘agree’ with the villain, or at least understand why he/she is doing what he/she is doing! To me that makes the story way more enjoyable!
The last suggestion she give ‘do you like seeing them redeemed or should the story end with them dead?’. This really depends on the book, I like seeing villains being redeemed but it should feel ‘realistic’. In some case villains are redeemed even though I feel like they can’t be forgiven, or not as easily as is being done, for what they did. Or the good that they did does not even out the bad. Idk if I’m explaining it well. But I like seeing redemption if it is possible/realistic! But for some stories killing of the bad guy just works way better!