Monday, March 31, 2014

A to Z - A (2014)

I'm doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge this year. The basic idea is to blog nearly daily with each day representing a different letter of the alphabet. My entries will be short and book-related.  

A is for...

If you've read my reviews, you know how important it is to me that I'm able to connect with one or more of the main characters. I need to understand them, care about them, preferably find some way to relate to them so I can empathize and invest in their situation.

So what about the antagonist? 

Well, lately, a lot of the books I've read have been more about personal struggle than a clear villain. And those that have had them - I'm thinking of you Full-Blood Half-Breed - have had antagonists that I want to root for, to some degree. When I'm able to empathize with the villain, I know I'm guaranteed an emotional and exciting story.

Antagonists have to be motivated by something that I can comprehend, that seems logical even if I don't agree with it on a moral/ethical level. If I can at least see their point-of-view while disagreeing with their methods, then there's so much more tension in the book.

Who are your favourite literary antagonists? 


  1. Ooo, Antagonist! Good "A" choice. I've never thought about who my favorite antagonist would be. I can't think of a book related one, but a favorite from the TV series Alias was a character named Sark. We loved it when he came on! It's been awhile, but I think we liked him so much was because sometimes he was "good" (less bad?) and you never knew which side of him you'd get.

  2. I don't think I've ever thought about my favorite antagonist. Of course, lately all of the books I've read have been for the 10 and under crowd, so there's not a lot to choose from. LOL

    BTW, you might want to disable CAPTCHA for comments, especially for the AtoZ challenge.

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