“Your love of the Halfling’s leaf has clearly slowed your mind.” #Spooktasticreads


Image credit: Photo by Mark Tegethoff on Unsplash

I’m combining today’s Top Ten Tuesday post with Wyrd and Wonder’s Spooktastic Reads because it works really well.  Today’s topic is ‘Villains’.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.

  1. The White Witch from CS Lewis The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe.  I actually just do not understand the White Witch.  Why on earth does she want to create a place that lives in permanent winter.  I actually quite like all the seasons to be honest so I just have a problem with her reasoning.  Plus, turning all the little critters into statues!  Okay, it’s probably a lot cheaper, not to mention more realistic looking than purchasing statues but even so.  I just can’t be friends with someone who turns Mr Tumnus to stone.
  2. Dolores Umbridge from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.  Pink cardigans, lots of fluffy pictures of kittens and cats, an array of tea cups and saucers.  Come on, how bad can she really be.  Pretty bad.  She turns into a little dictator, taking over Hogwarts and coming up with a whole wall of ridiculous decrees, punishing students and just generally being a bad egg.
  3. Mr Croup and Mr Vandermeer from Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.  These two are perfect villains.  Assassins actually – creepy as you could wish for if you were crazy enough to waste your wishes.  If they knock on your door you’re in serious trouble.  That is all.
  4. Joffrey Baratheon.  Oh my lordy, how I love to dislike this character.  I probably shouldn’t get started but, well, he’s cruel, he’s despicable and a total sadist.  He caused a LOT of trouble for many characters.  He’s perfectly horrible.  You really can’t find a single redeeming thing about him.  I applaud you Mr Martin.
  5. Saruman, JRRTolkien’s Lord of the Rings – yes, I will use every opportunity to include this book.  Saruman – dirty turncoat, destroyer of trees, conspires with The One.  Saruman the White needs a new name.
  6. Kevin from We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.  This is a chilling book indeed.  It did take me a little while to get into the story because to be honest it’s very bleak – but then the subject matter really isn’t all about rainbows and unicorns so there is that.  OMG Kevin really is a terrible character.  He’s the sort of character you read about with a mounting sense of dread and horror, you can’t tear your eyes away from the page even though you know it’s all going to go to hell in a handcart and really you want to stop reading and go hug a cushion.  I’m surprised his mother didn’t check the back of his head for the sign of the beast!
  7. Professor Moriarty from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Sherlock Holmes’ famous adversary and a villain you can just love to read about.  He’s clever and cunning, machiavellian and an absolute criminal mastermind.  He’s a wonderful antagonist. the sort who enjoys trying to best Sherlock and sees any defeats as small hurdles – you can imagine him twirling a moustache and saying “I’ll be back” before disappearing through an open window, his long dark cape snapping behind him.
  8. Mr Dark, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.  I love this book.  Supernatural fantasy.  Mr Dark is the ringmaster of a very unusual carnival.  He’s very long lived and quite diabolical – someone who enjoys his villainous role.
  9. Posy (also known as Not Posy) from GX Todd’s Hunted.  I don’t want to give too much away about Posy because Hunted is the second book in series.  I will say though that he is a great villain of the piece.  Sorry that I can’t say more for the sake of spoilers.  The Voices series is set in a world gone crazy.  People started hearing voices in their heads and they weren’t always whispering nice thoughts.  I’m loving this series so far.
  10. Melisande Shahrizai from Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey.  Melisande has got to be one of my favourite villains of all time. Brilliant, beautiful and driven by wild ambition.  She knows no bounds.





25 Responses to ““Your love of the Halfling’s leaf has clearly slowed your mind.” #Spooktasticreads”

  1. Dear Spook Place (@deargeekplace)

    Oh man. How could I forget Melisande?! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Melisande has to be my all time favourite villain. She was so good.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Melika Dannese Lux

    Seriously, Lynn, I cannot go more than maybe half an hour without throwing an LOTR reference into conversation. ;D I’m putting the final touches on a very extensive interview at the moment, and I do believe Gandalf/Tolkien/Smaug/Frodo/LOTR have been mentioned at least 69 times in it. I just can’t help myself!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – that’s too funny. I’m always quoting LotR. I can’t help myself either.
      Lynn 😀

  3. imyril

    I nearly tried to get an Umbridge picture into my post this week too – she’s just HORRID.

    Melisande is definitely an all-time favourite for me too.

    But – shamelessly – I’m Team Jadis. Not so much in the Lion/Witch, to be honest, but for her depiction in The Magician’s Apprentice. She’s so unbearably proud and so utterly uncaring about anyone else – she does what she does because it’s her way or to hell with you, and most of her actions as the White Witch follows naturally from that. I don’t _like_ her (I certainly wouldn’t go for tea, or join her army) and I realise Lewis is just channelling serpent in the garden / women are evil religious prejudices, but I sort of love how she turned out as a villain 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Loving a good villain is a hit for the author in my opinion. Melisande is a perfect example. She’s just so bad and yet she’s so good – I’ve gone full on Gollum.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    Ugh, Umbridge, I still hate her!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – me too The best part of the whole series is when she got carried off in the forest!

      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Joffrey is indeed the kind of villain we all love to hate, and he brings our worst demons to the surface too! Just think about how we enjoyed witnessing his end… *veg*

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, I loved his ending! I practically danced a little jig which is most uncharitable.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    The White Witch really creeps me out. And yes, I’m on the Umbridge is the worst bandwagon – even though Snape made my list.

  7. waytoofantasy

    Great list! Delores Umbrige always gets me cuz she is like a monster from real life. O.o

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Man there are some truly despicable villains on this list! I just finished reading The Order of the Phoenix to my daughter, I’ve had quite enough of Umbridge at the moment, thanks! 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      Umbridge is definitely winning the villain badass list this week.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I love these! Umbridge is so brilliantly despicable. It’s the “everyday” villains that get me more than the moustache-twirling ones–people who 100% believe what they’re doing is right. And I guess this is more reason to pick up Kushiel’s Dart. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Umbridge is hands down the least liked villain ever.
      It’s official.
      Lynn 😀

  10. sjhigbee

    Umbridge is truly horrible – a fanatic who is convinced her way is the ONLY way. And Queen Jadis always made me shiver – and it wasn’t just because she was the Queen of Winter…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think every single comment mentions Umbridge – it’s universal – she is the baddest of the bad.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Interestingly, there was a really good discussion at Bristolcon about baddies not being evilly ugly – and I think one of the most unnerving things about Umbridge is her fluffiness.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yep, evil doesn’t have to be ugly – that’s what makes some characters so scary.
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yet far too many books insist on beautiful protagonists and weird looking antagonists…

  11. jessicabookworm

    Great choices Lynn! I just love how you got Dolores Umbridge and Joffrey Baratheon on the same list. 😀

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s