Apr 23, 2016

Nefarious Tales #6 || Where are YA's villain protagonists?

It's Day 6 of Nefarious Tales! There's only one more day of the event, I almost can't believe it!

Today, I like to talk about villain protagonists. Such a juxtaposition of a term, aren't villains supposed to be antagonists, you might ask, but these bad guys are a special type of literary character! Protagonists of their own story, but a 100% villain in everyone's eyes, these characters stand true to the fact that villains are heroes of their own stories!

While there are quite a lot of villain protagonists in movies and some classic fiction, I feel like they are really rare in YA! While we do have villain backstories, in those books, the villains are rarely evil and most of the time, it's the story of how they turned to the path of villainy. But in the stories of villain protagonists, their villainy is current and present, and they're totally unapologetic about it!

Before I go on to say why I think we need more villain protagonists in YA, here's some examples for these type of characters, so you guys can get an idea on what I am saying.

Alex DeLarge - A Clockwork Orange
Patrick Bateman - American Psycho
Humbert Humbert - Lolita
Dexter - Dexter
Annie Wilkes - Misery
Michael Corleone - Godfather 2 and 3
Satan - Paradise Lost

While they might sound similar to antiheroes, the main difference between these two characters is that antiheroes are protagonists with ambigious morality. Villain protagonists on the other hand are downright evil!

For example, Alex is a psychopath who robs, rapes and assaults innocent people for fun. This villain protagonist is a piece of work! He listens to Beethoven and sings "Singin' in the Rain" while raping women. He perfectly knows what he's doing in wrong, and takes the readers and audience on quite a roller coaster ride!

These type of characters are glorious to read about! Much more complex and intense than the regular villains, villain protagonists play with our minds to the point where we start to nod along to all their decisions. Taken through their story in their own POV, we see their actions through their eyes, and it's strangely fascinating how you fail to see the wrongness of their actions, when they are the story's hero!

I personally think having these type of character in YA would be amazing! Just think about the intensity and darkness the books would bring! While novellas like Fairest and Destroy Me help us see the story in the villain's eyes, it would be different to know the entire story only from the villain's eyes! Just for a moment, imagine how awesome it would be to read a thriller where the murderer narrates the whole story? It would be everything a villain lover can ask for!

Now I might be mistaken, and there can be actually YA books out there with villain protagonists - if you do know any, let me know! But even if there are, I wnat more. I want YA books from the villain's POV, where the villain is truly the hero of his own story!

What are your thoughts on Villain Protagonists? Do you like reading books in the villain's POV?

Don't forget to check out the posts of Day 6!




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