“Characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking.”
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This week is all about the book characters that we hate to love. The ones we shouldn’t like, but are secretly rooting for! There are so many I could choose from, because I love a good villian, especially when you’re caught between rooting for them but also want a good ending! These are my top five, enjoy!
5/ Khalid: The Wrath and the Dawn – Renée Ahdieh
In particular, the first book of the duology. We were introduced to Khalid as this heartless kings who kills his wives the night of their marriage, of whom the main protagonist plots to murder. Throughout the story, we learn about Khalid’s past and why what happened happens, and I personally, felt for Khalid and was cheering him on to overcome his past and his fears.
4/ AIDAN: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
AIDAN is known as the main computer system that causes some questionable problems for the main characters. But I really felt sorry for it, it seemed like it wanted to ‘feel’ and ‘be human’ but couldn’t as he was a computer and was programmed a certain way which unfortunately led it to having these ‘thoughts’.
3/ The Darkling: Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
I’m only in the middle of book one, so I can’t say much for the rest of the trilogy, but even though The Darkling is a bad guy, I couldn’t help but think there was something deeply attractive about him?
2/ Holland: A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab
In the first book, we learn about the back story of Holland and his relationship with the Dane twins, which didn’t sound pleasant to be honest, so I wasn’t surprised that what he did was out of desperation for a better life perhaps?
1/ Draco: Harry Potter franchise – J.K. Rowling
And of course, poor Draco. At first I really disliked him and saw him as a spoilt kid, but throughout the books we learn more about his family and his ‘expectations’, and you can’t help but feel sorry for him being forced into this way of life.
So which were your favourite villains or characters you felt you shouldn’t love? Any recommendations? I’d love to know!
THANKS FOR READING!