September 9, 2011

Follow Friday #1

Our weekly Random Question feature has switched over to Follow Friday, an event hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read... because ten was my target number and because I just couldn't pass up this week's question! 

Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story?  If so, which one??

Well, actually, I like villains to win on almost a day-by-day basis! At least, in those cases when I find the evil guys to be well developped and not just there to spite the heroes. Granted, three-dimensional villains aren't so common these days, but taking into account how difficult it is to find great heroes as well... 

 Usually, this odd supporting of the dark side comes from an extremely rebellious nature wherein I'm fed up with the Good Guys Save the Day routine. Several examples we all should know about include Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, Darth Vader from Star Wars, the Harkonen prince from Dune, Artemis Entreri from Forgotten Realms... 

Am I too weird?


  1. Ohhh! A first :-) Your answer I mean.
    I pickd an antihero. The protagonists of the book is a killer. So, kind of a villain.
    My FF: Book that Thing!
    Happy Friday!

  2. Hi, just hopping through!

    - New follower

  3. Thanks for dropping by!

    @_yay_ : Gotta love being original (laughs) Antiheroes are great as well, by the way! And they tend to be complex, which is a huuuge bonus!

  4. New follower! I want the good guys to win!

    My Follow Friday!

  5. I love your answer! If there were more 3 dimensional villains out there I would definitely be rooting for them too. The good guy wins the day routine is getting old and it would be nice to finally find a bad character that you just can't help loving.

    New FOllower!

    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

  6. Haha, your answer certainly is a rarity, but refreshing from all of the similar "no, never!" answers I've been reading :) Thanks for following, and I followed back!

  7. I agree--when the villains are well developed, there's always a secret part of me that kinda wishes they could win. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Completely agree - and thanks for stopping by at my blog. As you said, the antagonists of ASoIaF are fantastic in that regard - even Cersei in AFFC is vaguely sympathetic, and in ADoD I suspect people are definitely hoping for a bit of Cersei plotting once more. :P Not to mention Littlefinger, heh.

    Have you read Erikson, by the way?

  9. Thanks for dropping by and following!

    @ Kristan & Karen: If you want well-rounded, definitely worthy to root for villains, check out the Sundering books by Jacqueline Carey. I got them reviewed in the blog as well! :)

    @Jacob: Oh yes, Littlefinger! I loved his character, and when I saw the HBO series, I thought he was really spot on! I look forward to see what he comes up with in ADoD... Is it too crazy to want him to win? (laughs) But I haven't read Erikson yet... recommended?

  10. Not weird at all! I love a great villain.

  11. Erikson definitely recommended - takes a little getting into (the first book isn't half as good as the others) and a lot of time (these are BIG books), but it's very rewarding. :) Lots of discovery both in terms of schemes and worldbuilding, and just like in ASoIaF it's fun to get to realise the truth of what's happening: the 'ah' moment when you reread the hinted-at negotiations up to the Red Wedding, for example... :)

  12. @ Jennifer: Thanks for following! Glad we agree, too ;)

    @ Jacob: Ouch... I used to love doorstoppers, good value for the money and all, but then I became a reviewer (laughs). It can be hard to keep up with the rhythm! But still, I am definitely adding him to my TBR. It is too hard to find such good books to pass them up!