I’m a sucker for a bad boy. I don’t mean those delicious hunks riding their motorcycles and playing by their own rules that you find in a lot of books (although I like those bad boys as well). I mean, the BAD guy, the one who plots and plans, and most often makes life difficult for our hero/heroine. I love a good villian.
But I really love it when the hero of the story is the bad guy. I just finished reading I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President. Even though it’s technically Middle Grade, the book is hysterical, and Oliver is the kind of twisted genius that you just want to hang out with. Who cares that he’s not going to slay any dragons? He has a shelter dog trained to pee on command. How awesomely evil is that?
I’m also eager to read Dan Wells’ I am Not a Serial Killer. Reviews compare it to Dexter, although whether that’s because it involves a serial killer or because the characters are similar, I’m not sure. But as soon as I get a chance to read it I’m going to find out.
But, of course, not all villains can be main characters. Sometimes they are banished to the shadows, like the creepy President Snow from the Hunger Games, or the fanatical Sisters from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. And then there’s always the bad guys aren’t really bad (or maybe just sympathetic), like Niall in the Wicked Lovely books. In fact, “bad guys” take on a lot of forms, which is probably what makes them so interesting
So who are your favorite villains? Are they main characters or supporting cast?