My Favourite Book Villains | Top 5 Wednesdays (March 16 2022)

I was extra excited this week to fill out my Top 5 list!

Top 5 Wednesday was started in November 2013 and is a very much active group on Goodreads, so head over to Goodreads to join the group and keep up with all the topics for the month. I thought it was such a fun idea to have weekly books related prompts that I could answer and share with all of you.

This weeks prompt:

March 16th: Favorite Villains

In the past we’ve talked about kind characters, favorite father figures, and other prompts that have focused on favorite characters, but what about favorite villains? Let’s spotlight some of those villains who we absolutely love!

It might seem odd to have a “Favourite Villains List”, but it cannot be denied that villains add conflict in the story– otherwise the story would be boring. The villains are an integral part of some stories because they may provide character growth, conflicts, and drive the plot of the story.

Most of the villains featured in this list are from Young Adult fantasies, because apparently it’s all I read these days (lol. In actuality, characters that other people might consider as “villains”, I would see as morally grey characters so…)

In no particular order: My favourite Villain

1. Napoleon, Animal Farm by George Orwell

I remember being in middle school and having Animal Farm as one of our assigned readings of the year. I also remember writing a 4 page essay about Napoleon and how he was the epitome of oppression, corruption and greed– all the characteristics of a villain.

2. Captain Hook (Peter Pan And Wendy) JM Barrie

One of my favourite villains in books (and films) mostly because I loved how his story ended (hehe)

3. Darkling, Shadow and Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo

Just because; you know how much I love the enemies to lovers trope. The main character falling for the villain is criminally underrated and I need to read more

p.s reminder that it’s a fictional romance and it doesn’t necessarily mean I condone all of his actions

4. President Snow, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Pick this one just so I have another excuse to mention The Hunger Games again. President Snow’s villain arc is one that is quite common in YA dystopian novels where he gains more power by exploiting others with the hopes of maintaining that cycle– that is until the protagonist comes along. I really liked how the political conflict was explored throughout the series.

ps. Have I told you how much love this series?

5. Mother, Castle in Their Bones by Lauren Sebastian

This villain is from one of my recent reads (5-star. Review soon!). This story shows that sometimes our enemies are the people closest to us.

What are some of your favourite book villains?

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4 thoughts on “My Favourite Book Villains | Top 5 Wednesdays (March 16 2022)”

    1. So glad to see someone appreciating the complexity of villains and the enemies to lovers trope too! Thank you for checking out this post, Laura!


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