Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. If you’re interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.
This week’s topic is Favorite Villains. This is very self-explanatory; however, it is strongly encouraged that you avoid characters from the Harry Potter series! We are all very aware of Umbridge, Voldemort, Bellatrix, and the Dursleys, so try to point out some different villains because as much as we love Harry Potter, it does get old.
It’s hard not to be fascinated by a tyrannical ruler who forces communities to select their children to participate in a battle for survival in order to keep the entire citizenry in line! Intimidation, torture, oppresion, you name it, this guy does it!
How many of us are even more terrified of clowns simply because of this character?!?
He is the driving force behind what brings readers to the beginning of the Game of Thrones. It really is unfortunate that the show hasn’t done a better job of conveying just how evil and tyrannical this individual really was. He wasn’t known as the “Mad Kind” for no reason! While the beginning of his reign was marked with promise, the desire for ultimate control and power drove him to trust no one. He began to fear blades and as a result refused to have his hair or nails trimmed. A fear of poison lead to a severely gaunt and undernourished appearance. He became so obsessed with fire that he began burning his enemies alive. Ultimately, he became convinced that Robert’s Rebellion would end his rule, so he ordered pyromancers to hide massive reserves of wildfire around King’s Landing in order to burn the entire city down rather than allow it to be taken over intact.
So those are my picks for this week’s Top 5 Wednesday! Do you have any favorite villains? Let me know in the comments!