Just to start off by saying that yes, I know this is almost a week late and I’m very sorry, however I started writing and had most of this written on time-ish last week but got held up for a variety of reasons. But anyway, let the post commence:
The theme for this week’s #SixForSunday is baddies who deserve their own stories.
I love this topic as there’s a multitude of villains and anti-heroes who don’t get the screen-time (or maybe more appropriately, book-time?) they deserve, whether it be their past or properly explaining their motives and hopefully I can reason their way to (semi-) justice in this post today.
1. The Darkling (Grisha trilogy)
The Darkling is a character that many of you are most likely already familiar with as he features as the main villain in each of the novels in the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. He’s the villain who I reckon I’ve sympathised with the most, as you can understand his perspective and at times I wanted to root for him rather than the protagonist, even if his actions weren’t the best. Therefore I think if he had his own book then it’d give him more of the time he deserved and give us a better insight of what he was like the many years before the first novel was set.
2. Lastleaf (Kings of the Wyld)
Lastleaf is the villain in Kings of the Wyld and is one of the last druins left in the world. We see a little bit of his backstory emerge as the plot progresses, such as his origins and relations, however we are left without a lot of information and there’s definitely a lot of blanks I want to see filled in.
3. Holland (Shades of Magic trilogy)
Would I technically classify Holland as a villain? Probably not, however he does end up carrying out many “villainous” tasks so I thought to include him anyway. I included him in this list for the same reasons as in my last SFS, those being that, whilst we do see the key points of his back story, I really wouldn’t mind more of him and a further understanding of his experiences, because he’s probably one of my favourite characters. I think the main aspect of his growth is how much he hardened from people he trusted betraying him and considering how brutal White London is, I think it’d be pretty cool to see more of it and his interactions with the city.
4. The Mage (Carry On)
The Mage is a bit of a bum for many reasons, but despite it all I do (sort of) pity him. I think his reason and judgement was clouded due to his fixation on his goals. Again, we have the past alluded to at various point in Carry On, however not extensively so I think it’s be interesting to see what he was like when he was younger and his interactions with (I’m now going to emit the name for fear of spoilers, but hopefully if you’ve read the book you’ll know who I mean here).
5. Mirnatius (Spinning Silver)
Mirnatius is yet another wizard (I’m sensing a theme here), this time from Spinning Silver. He’s quickly made out to be the villain in the story and whilst I haven’t had the opportunity to finish the book yet (as it was overdue from the library so deleted from my online bookshelf) I’m pretty certain he’s going to continue to be one (but forgive me if I’m wrong). The source of his powers is a fire demon who grants him his magic in expectation of his demands to be completed, however their slightly strange relationship isn’t explained in full and neither are its origins so that would be something I’d be interested in.
6. Bellatrix Lestrange (Harry Potter series)
The last “baddie” on my list is the most famous one and that’s Bellatrix. I briefly considered putting Draco here instead but decided against it because he’s probably more of an anti-hero and ends up as good anyway. We’re told about the Lestranges throughout the Harry Potter series but mostly from Sirius’ point of view rather than any of the others and considering that he was an outcast in his family he wouldn’t have had a similar viewpoint as the rest of them, Bellatrix included. She had such a strong devotion to Lord Voldemort which she regularly demonstrated however we mostly only know about what happened after he was resurrected in the first book, rather than the era before and so I think it’d be really interesting to gain greater insight into this period, and not just for Bellatrix’s history but rather all the adult characters in the series.
Six for Sunday is a weekly feature created by Steph from A Little But A Lot.
Which baddies do you think we need to see more of?
Did you participate in this week’s #SixforSunday? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll make sure to check it out!