July 26, 2007

Booking Through Thursday: Best Moustache Twirling

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Booking Through Thursday

Well, after last week’s record-breaking number of responses (92 last time I checked–an all-time BTT record), I was tempted to use this week’s question to ask what you all thought about Harry Potter 7–but since a decent proportion of you weren’t going to be reading it at all, that seemed unfair. So instead . . .

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!


Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


This is a tough question! The really evil ones have slipped my mind, all except Captain Black Jack Randall from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. He isn't named that for his love of Black Jack either. He's one nasty dude. He is obsessed with Jamie and enjoys toying with him. Some of the scenes with Black Jack can be quite disturbing. So he's #1 for me!

I get the feeling there will be a lot of Harry Potter answers anyway. ;)

16 comments :

  1. I agree that he's one of the meanest and baddest. Another character I loathed (is that too strong a word? Not for the way I felt) was the adolescent in Atonement. She wreaked havoc on her entire family.

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  2. Hmmm...I don't know. This is a good question. I will have to get back to you on this one.

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  3. Hmm not read that series, is it any good besides having a great and scary villian?

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  4. One of these days, I'm actually going to have to READ the Outlander series!!

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  5. This one did not occur to me when trying to answer, but he was indeed evil.

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  6. Oh, yes, he's bad!

    Stephanie & Rhinoa- I've always enjoyed them. They're BIG. Each about 1000 pgs. Time travel, undying love, war, sex, history. It's got it all.

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  7. It is a great series, I just wish DG would write them faster. Argh! another good villain I couldn't think of. Black Jack is a great choice, Chris.

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  8. No Harry Potter answer from me! We matched on Black Jack, he's the one of the most violent & disturbing I've ever read--cringed and had to put the book down several times!

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  9. Iago from Shakespeare's Othello is one of my favourite villains. Oddly, it's because of his lack of defined or clear motives that makes him appealing to me. Something about the idea of evil without a cause appeals to me (from a literary viewpoint!). I don't need psychoanalysis to explain it all away.

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  10. I agree with you! Jack was pure evil. The Outlander series happen to be one of my favorite series. Great choice!

    Happy Booking Through Thursday!

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  11. He must be evil for this name to pop up more than once! I haven't read Diana's books, I'm afraid, so I haven't been introduced this this villian. He sounds terrible though. :-)

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  12. Haven't read this series...partly because most of her books are thick, hehe. But I have heard a lot of good reviews about them though.

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  13. Maybe I should give this Black Jack guy a go. LOL. Thanks for the baddie recommendation. Happy BTT!

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  14. I would have to say either Dicken's Madame Defarge or Dostoevsky's Smerdyakov. I also love Camus' Meursault, though I am not sure he qualifies.

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  15. That's a good one! The one that popped first into my mind is Humbert Humbert from Lolita. There's something particularly evil about a villain who blames his behavior on his victim.

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  16. Neverwinter Nights 2 definitely. I was freaking cheering when some of the bad guys were destroyed (Ammonn Jerro, King of Shadows)

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