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T10T: Books I Love… With Antagonists I Love to Hate

August 13, 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is “characters you’d be besties with”, but how could I narrow that down to 10?! (Besides, I did that topic a few months ago and my answers haven’t really changed much.) So, instead, let’s talk about ten antagonists I hate — from books I love!

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1. charlie manx — nos4a2

Given that I’ve never hurt a child, and I’m not a child myself, I don’t think Mr. Manx would have much business with me, but I still don’t want to go on any trips to Christmasland.

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2. the merrill family — kin

A family full of cannibalistic redneck serial killers? Noooo, thank you.

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3. adam — sour candy

I usually try not to pick multiple books from the same author, but KPB is just too good at crafting antagonists that I genuinely DO NOT WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH, and this creepy little shit is one of them for sure.

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4. the shelbys — the siren & the specter

The Shelbys are a couple who lives next-door to the house the MC is staying in, and they aren’t even *the* villain of the story necessarily, but they are villains in their own ways and they are ABSOLUTELY AWFUL. This is an all-time favorite read of mine, and these two were the easiest antagonists to hate.

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5. terry hunt — we sold our souls

I mean, the first thing we learn about the dude is that he probably sold his bandmates’ souls just so his shitty nu-metal group come become famous. How messed up is that? Actually, maybe I do wanna meet this dude so I can kick ‘im.

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6. osaron — a conjuring of light

I don’t know if this is just me, but a lot of fantasy antagonists, while awful, don’t really bother me all that much — even if they do terrible things, it can just be hard for me to internalize the idea of how scary or cruel they’d be IRL. Osaron, on the other hand? I remember reading ACOL and thinking that I would literally be terrified to live in a world with this power-hungry maniac in it.

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7. daniel burne — a girl like her & damaged goods

AUGH. What a jerk! What an abusive, twisted, egomaniacal little… *screams forever* If Daniel were a real person who had done the things to poor Hannah and Laura that he does in the Ravenswood series, I wouldn’t want to meet him because I’d probably end up with a restraining order or worse. 😂

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8. the queen — the throne of glass series

For anyone who isn’t this far into the series, I won’t name this character (though I remember pegging her as a villain the moment she was first named), but this particular Queen is one of the most vile, awful characters and my fear of her actions is the single reason I haven’t finished Kingdom of Ash yet. 😭

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9. dolores umbridge — hp & the order of the phoenix

How could I make this list and not include Umbridge, amirite?? She’s gone down in history as the Worst Villain Ever for a lot of us, no doubt; in fact, I’d easily say that, as a kid, I hated her worse than Voldemort, the Death Eaters, and the Dursleys combined.

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10. …spoilers… — captive prince

I didn’t want to name this character, either, because when you start the series, you’re not quite sure how to feel about them through Damen’s lens. That said, there’s a final-book reveal about this character that I predicted but DESPERATELY hoped I was wrong about, and watching it all unfold felt like a literal punch to the gut. If you’ve read the third book in this series, you probably know who I’m talking about, but if you don’t:

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The Regent, of course. What a piece of TRASH! I’m never going to stop screaming about how much I hate him and everything he put poor Laurent and those other boys through. 😭

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Did I miss a character you’d hate to meet? Let me know who it is!

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19 Comments

  • Reply Priyasha August 13, 2019 at 12:35 am

    That’s such a true post .

  • Reply Anne Bennett August 13, 2019 at 1:21 am

    I hate Umbridge, too. What a villain. My literary besties

  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates August 13, 2019 at 4:50 am

    Great list! Umbridge is the woooorst and that’s why I love to hate her, just like you do. She’s worse than Voldemort in some ways because I bet most of us have known an Umbridge at some point in our lives. Then again, with the way politics is around the world at the moment I’d say quite a lot of us are seeing a few Voldemorts, too. NOS4R2 and Captive Prince are two I’d like to read! 🙂

  • Reply Annemieke August 13, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Osaron was scary shizzle yes.

  • Reply lydiaschoch August 13, 2019 at 7:06 am

    Dolores Umbridge was the best antagonist in the HP series. She made my skin crawl!
    My TTT.

  • Reply Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads August 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    I love this so much. Umbridge is a damn bitch and I’m so glad you included her. I absolutely hated her.

  • Reply Barb @ Booker T's Farm August 13, 2019 at 10:27 am

    You’ve nailed it with some of these. Charlie Manx is so evil and creepy and even as an adult, if you get in his way, you’re a goner. I found Adam to be super creepy as well when I read that book and there are no words for Terry Hunt. Love you spin this week!

  • Reply Amber @ The Book Bratz August 13, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I am not familiar with many of these books, but they seem really intriguing so I am going to have to check them out! I totally agree with Osaron, he is terrifying and I 100% get what you mean by the feeling you got. Great list!
    Amber ♡ The Book Bratz
    My TTT!

  • Reply Aymee (@asphaltcowgrrl) August 13, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I love your topic today! A good villain (or even villain adjacent) is always great for a book. Man, my 19-year-old started rereading the HP books this weekend and we got talking about how much we both hate OOTP because of Umbridge. Man, that book made me rage (and I was an adult when I read it).
    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 13, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Ugh Dolorus Umbridge.. Don’t we all love to hate her?!
    (www.evelynreads.com)

  • Reply anovelglimpse August 13, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Dolores Umbrige… YES! I am now trying to think of others that I love to hate.

  • Reply Jessica at Booked J August 13, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Love your topic choice this week! I agree with so many of these. Villains are so delectably evil, it’s impossible to not love to hate them. (Which, dang, that statement was a mouthful. Textful? Whatever, haha.)

  • Reply Kay | Hammock of Books August 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Umbridge aoisdjfalskjfaosikdjfoaskdljf i hate her

  • Reply Tanieka August 13, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Great spin on the topic. I curious about kin and sour candy. 🤔 I’ll check those out

  • Reply Brooke Lorren August 13, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Those guys from Kin seem really creepy!

  • Reply Marti (Bookish Treats) August 14, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Your pick for Captive Prince is one of my most HATED characters ever omg. Dolores falls VERY close behind.
    Fun post!

  • Reply Krystianna (@DwnritDystopian) August 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Great list! I really need to still check out Kingdom of Ash. I’m just sad to finally finish the Throne of Glass series. :/
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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