Wait till they get a load of me…


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is :

‘All About The Villains’

  1. Voldemort – needs no explanation!  But, just in case.  Seriously bad wizard with dreams of taking over the world of wizarding!  Harry Potter series by J K Rowling.
  2. Game of Thrones – evil siblings – what on earth could be worse.  GRRMartin’s Cersei and Jaime.
  3. Sauron – this guy only has a disembodied eye – an eye – okay it’s a huge eye, but still!  and he’s still making a play for world domination with orcs and the like running amok.
  4. Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series: Rayseline – fae.  In fairness she was kidnapped as a youngster and this has left it’s mark on her but even so – she plots!
  5. The Seven Forges series by James Moore – Sa’ba Taalor – God touched and basically war machines.  They live to fight and seem to feel no fear.  A great creation by James Moore.
  6. Hex  by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – Katherine van Wyler  – a witch, eyes and mouth sewn shut, she stalks the residents of Black Springs (where she was killed over 300 years earlier).  Nobody leaves Black Springs and lives to tell the tale.
  7. The Kushiel books by Jacqueline Carey:  Melisande a scheming woman who always has the long game in mind.  A magnificent baddie!
  8. Mrs Danvers from Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.  You have to love Mrs Danvers – a woman obsessed.
  9. The White Witch from C S Lewis’s The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – how can you like a person who froze Mr Tumnus!?!  It’s just wrong!
  10. Wesley Chu’s Tao series: The Genjix – a nation of aliens divided (The Genjix and the Prophus) and at war with each other here on earth – where they have to inhabit the bodies of people!

28 Responses to “Wait till they get a load of me…”

  1. 4thhouseontheleft

    Mrs Danvers…yes!! That is an excellent choice! She is so creepy and obsessive.

    Here’s my TTT: https://4thhouseontheleft.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-book-villains/

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love her character – she’s just such a wonderful creation and she has this truly cold and collected demeanour yet deep inside is obviously in turmoil with her emotions for Rebecca.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    I don’t think Jaime is that bad…but Cersei! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Cersei – I kept wanting her to redeem herself, but … no.
      Lynn 😀

  3. imyril

    Sauron really does epitomise not giving up as a villain, doesn’t he? (in spite of his early history of running away from trouble. Maybe being disembodied limited his options 😉 ) Just an eye left? Don’t let that stop you trying to take over the world!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I spoke he was limited in his ‘running away’ capacity! He is a wonderful villain though.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    This week’s topic was so much fun and we have lots of characters in common: Voldermort, Sauron, Cersei, Mrs Danvers and the White Witch 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay – I was just going to go completely all classics but I thought I’d chuck a few new ones into the mix.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Greg

    The White Witch is such a good choice, and Sauron of course. Ultimate baddie? And if he’s bad imagine what Morgoth was like. shudders. Cersei and Jaime- yeah they’re bad news. And the October Daye series- I’ve been thinking of reading those, so that’s good to know. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I nearly forgot the White Witch and looking at some of the other lists today I still forgot plenty of others. Did you make a lit? can you send me a link so I can check it out?

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Cersei and Jaime are nothing compared to Walder Frey, though… 😉

  7. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    The UK cover of HEX is so different! But also make so much sense! Great picks! I don’t think I’d have thought about the witch from Hex, but yeah, definite serious villain!

  8. Mari

    Grrrr Cersei! I loved her up until book 4, where I was so over Cersei Lannister. TV-Cersei is AMAZING though, but that could just be my partiality to Lena Headey, haha.

  9. sjhigbee

    Fabulous list, Lynn – The White Witch is horrible and in The Magician’s Nephew when she is released, we see just how vile she is… And Mrs Danvers – brilliant! I MUST catch up with the Toby Daye series:)

  10. Samantha @ Book Minx

    I like that we both featured Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but went with different antagonists in both. 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, cool – both of those don’t lack for villains do they! I think you could do a whole 10 from HP.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I love seeing Melisande in several lists this week. In her, Carey created a truly three-dimensional villain who, despite myself, I could really feel for especially in the third book of the Phedre trilogy.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Melisande is so brilliant – even when she’s not actively involved in the book – you fear that she’s behind everything.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Becca

    OMG Melisande!!! I totally forgot about her, but she’s a fabulous choice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      She’s such an excellent villain – you just have to love her.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Caitlin Stern

    I feel a bit sorry for Rayseline. Not that she doesn’t do terrible things, but she seems so broken.

    • @lynnsbooks

      She really is broken and I do feel sorry for her – especially because sometimes she seems as though she’s going to teeter off the edge of villainy and try to be good.
      Lynn 😀

  14. cali

    I really should read The Kushiel books. I’ve been hearing only good things and I love a good villain.

    Game of Thrones has some great villains; Cersei and Jaime are both sympathetic and villainous in different ways and make for some interesting reading.

    Great list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, read the Kushiel books – Carey’s world building and characterisation is brilliant.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Hex’s villain sounds great, which means I have to read the book now!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a very unusual witch story indeed. I really enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

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