Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The #Villains We Love to Hate by Alice Renaud #fantasy


WICKED WEDNESDAY


Please welcome Alice Renaud who loves villains as much as I do...

Villains! Don’t you love them? A good villain really spices up a story, gives the heroes someone to fight against, and drives the plot forward. Who can forget the evil witch in Hansel and Gretel, or Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatian coat? If you looked at her and murmured, “Oooh, I’d like a coat like that,” congratulations! You had an eye for fashion, as well as, possibly, psychopathic tendencies. But maybe that was just me.

As we grow up, we gravitate towards more complex villains. For me, the best villains are the ones that hold the possibility of redemption. The villains that might, just might, become your friend, unite with you against a common enemy, or even save your life! And also, the funny ones. We all love a villain who makes us laugh.

So here are my top 5 favourite villains. Who would make your list? Let me know in the comments!

Darth Vader. The ultimate villain, dark, powerful, mysterious – and he redeems himself through his amazing sacrifice to save his son.

Loki, in The Avengers films. He’s bad! He’s good! He’s funny! He’s played by Tom Hiddleston! What more do you want?

Snape in the Harry Potter saga. He’s a baddie who was really a goodie all along! A tragic, romantic hero, played in the films by the great, late, Alan Rickman.

Any pirate, real or imaginary. Who hasn’t dreamt of being whisked away by a dashing baddie, cutlass in hand? If he looks like Johnny Depp in his prime, all the better!

Villanelle, played by Jodie Comer in Killing Eve. The best female baddie ever, the perfect psychopath, and yes, she’s as funny as hell, and just as inhuman.

In my book A Merman’s Choice, the villain is Rhys Regor, leader of the Regor Merman Clan. He hates humans, and is determined to stop the hero, Yann, from hooking up with the delicious Alex – because Alex is human. But Rhys softens up eventually, when he becomes a grandfather. It does take him two books, though!

Meet him and my heroes in A Merman’s Choice, buy here: https://books2read.com/u/31xw7a

Mermen are forbidden from marrying humans. When Yann falls in love with Alex, he faces the most difficult choice of his life. A hot and tender forbidden love story between a shape shifting merman and a young woman, set in a mysterious island off the coast of Wales.

Bio: Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and lovelorn witches.

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23 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me Brenda! I'm glad you like a good villain too :-)

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    1. Great to have you. Looks like all the villain lovers get up early!

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  2. Great post, Alice and Brenda! I've just started to watch Killing Eve, and I know what you mean, she is awesome in a wicked, evil and very cunning way that makes her exciting to watch!

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  3. You've made some very good points about villians. Very nice blog you are an excellent writer!

    Carol

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    1. I'm sure Alice will thank you herself, but thanks for coming by.

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  4. Ah, redemption. I love it in a book and in a villain.

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  5. I like so many villains! One of my favs is the Joker when Heath Ledger played him. I also like Hannibal Lector. I can’t wait to see Rhys when he becomes a grandpa. That should be very interesting!

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  6. Hi:
    Great blog. Off the top of my head these are my favorite villians.
    Snape is my all time favorite in the Harry Potter saga. I agree: He’s a baddie who was really a goodie all along! A tragic, romantic hero, played in the films by the great, late, Alan Rickman.

    Loki, in The Avengers films. I agree love him too. He’s bad! He’s good! He’s funny! He’s played by Tom Hiddleston! What more do you want?

    Sandor Clegane from Game of Thrones is the younger brother of Ser Gregor Clegane. After traveling as a fugitive with Arya Stark and having a close brush with death, he reluctantly travels with the Brotherhood Without Banners in hope of having a greater purpose.

    Harley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. But I loved her because of the movie.

    I've ordered book two can't wait to read it.
    Callie

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  7. Alice, loved the comment about Cruella's coat! One of my favorite villains is JR Ewing, of Dallas fame. He could be so, so evil, but always with a twinkle in his eye. Thanks to reading the arc, I can say congrats on the pre-release of your great second book in the Sea of Love series, Music for a Merman! It's wonderful.

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  8. Thank you Brit, Carol, Gibby, Suzanne, Callie and Dee for commenting!

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