Today is my spot on the blog tour for The Lost Boy by Christina Henry and I have for you all a wonderful guest post from Christina about her five favourite villains!
Before we get to that though, here’s more information on the book!
About the Book
There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.
There’s just something about a villain, isn’t there? They’re the bad guys but maybe they aren’t as bad as we think. Or maybe they are as bad as we think but they still get all the juiciest lines, the best costumes, the coolest gadgets or the most flair. Villains, even the most vile, are often the most magnetic and memorable characters in a story. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Bill Sikes from OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens
When I think of villains, I think of Bill Sikes. There’s nothing soft or sympathetic about him. He’s brutal and uncompromising and Dickens never tries to pretend Sikes is anything that he’s not. Bill Sikes doesn’t need or deserve your compassion. He’s a bad, bad man, and every time I read this book I want poor Nancy to somehow escape him but she never does.
2. Iago from OTHELLO by Shakespeare
OTHELLO is easily the most difficult to watch (for me, anyway) of Shakespeare’s works. Iago is so crafty, so cunning, so terribly convincing. He finds the tiny bruise of weakness inside each person and worries at it until it is a gaping wound. The claustrophobic tragedy of this play, wrought only by Iago’s words, is utterly heartbreaking.
3.Hannibal Lecter from THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris
Our collective image of this character has been indelibly shaped by Anthony Hopkins’ superior performance in the film adaptation, but even without it this character is one of the most disturbing to ever appear in literature. The guy eats people. That’s pretty awful.
4. Count Dracula from DRACULA by Bram Stoker
Long before Anne Rice made vampires tragic and sexy there was Dracula. And the Dracula of Stoker’s original novel is not a misunderstood hero looking for your sympathy. He’s an unrelenting predator, a fiend, a creature of the night to be feared. He is the bad thing knocking at your door, and you definitely should not invite him in.
5. Cooger and Dark from SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury
What could be more wonderful than a traveling carnival? What could be more terrible than the men who run that carnival? Bradbury describes them thus, “The stuff of nightmare is their plain bread. They butter it with pain. They set their clocks by death-watch beetles, and thrive the centuries.” If Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show comes to your town, ignore the luring scent of cotton candy and wait until they pass on.