(Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books.)
This week’s question is from Mia, who blogs at Girl About Books:
“Who is your all-time favorite book villain?”
I saw this question in my RSS feed and was intrigued, as no bad guy (or girl) came immediately to mind. Usually when I do memes like Top 10 Tuesday or Notable Quotables, it doesn’t take much time for me to come up with responses. Not so with this question, and I finally figured out why.
Most of the books I read don’t really have villains—at least not in the classic sense. In the majority of the books I read, the characters are facing situational challenges, not personified ones. They’re facing hatred or poverty or the ill effects of being jilted/discovering the man they love is unattainable, etc. And while these things are bad, they don’t really count as “villains” per se.
But after some thought, I finally remembered Acheron Hades from Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series. This guy is truly evil, and he commits the atrocities he does because it’s fun. See for yourself:
“The best reason for committing loathsome and detestable acts—and let’s face it, I am considered something of an expert in this field—is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the taste of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone with an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good—and we all know how rare that is…” (The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde)
So who’s your favorite book villain? Do you read a lot of books with physical villains, or situational ones?