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Best 5 Fictional Villains

Villains are examples of where people and characters diverge. In real life, we like the bad guys and shudder over the bad guys. But, in literature, we love the villains for being so bad. We appreciate them for their nastiness. So, here they are, and in no particular order.

Count Olaf  

from A Series of Unfortunate Events

I’m not sure how he slid into the list, but I like him, somehow, he’s sneaky like that. (: Only one eyebrow sits above his eyes, he’s the master of disguises, former VFD member(if I remember correctly), and quite the bad guy. Together with Esme, they could do nearly anything. Well, except outsmart the Baudelaires, that is.

Saruman

from Lord of the Rings

Tolkien develops the White Wizard better than Sauron, though in the end Sauron is Middle Earth’s main, strongest villain. I’ve always wondered why that is. Anyone know?

“His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.”  -Psalm 55:21, ESV

Doesn’t this verse fit Saruman perfectly?  

 Jadis(a.k.a. the White Witch) 

from The Chronicles of Narnia

My favorite appearance of hers is in The Magician’s Nephew. 

Loki

from various Marvel movies

His sarcasm, origin(Norse mythology; also where we got the names of our days from), and costumes are quite awesome. I haven’t seen him in the Thor movies, but I’ve heard good things. 🙂

The Wicked Stepmother

from 2015 Cinderella 

As a huge member of the LotR fandom, watching Cate Blanchett(Galadriel!) play a unlikable, thoroughly evil character hurt. But I got over that. I loved watching the newer movie dive deeper into a character after the original story and cartoon had barley scratched its surface.


“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”- Tom Hiddleston, actor for Loki

So, those are mine, who are your favorites?

10 Favorite Screen Characters

Yes, I’m doing another list(sorry!), one I happened to steal borrow from another blogger. But, in my defense I did ask for permission first. (:

10. Amos and Theodore from The Apple Dumpling Gang

For anyone wanting perfect stars for a clean, cheesy, hilarious western, Amos and Theodore won’t disappoint.

9. Loki from various Marvel movies

Great villain. I honestly didn’t love The Avengers that much, but Loki beats any bad guy I’ve ever encountered in a book or movie, the closest being Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events(not to be confused with everyone’s favorite snowman) or the wicked stepmother from Cinderella.

8. Edmund Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia

The actor, Skander Keynes, transitions nicely between the Edmund nobody liked from the beginning of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to the kind(yet not without a few character flaws)brother from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

7. Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice(2005)

Loved her actor’s(too lazy to look it up) portrayal of the funniest Bennet sister.

6. The Huxtable Family from The Cosby Show

I realize this may be cheating, but my list is too short for all of them. (:

5. Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings 

Probably my favorite character from the books, minus Sam, speaking of whom…

4. Samwise Gamgee (a.k.a. Sam) from The Lord of the Rings 

Do I need to explain? (: Apparently, Tolkien considered him the true hero of LotR. And, why not? Sam carried more than his fair share of packs, accompanied Frodo through the thick and thin, wrote his own song, *Spoilers* killed Shelob, rescued Frodo after he’d been kidnapped, and then proceeded to carry him up Mount Doom. Oh, and most people may not think of it this way, but he was also a ring-bearer, if only briefly.*End of spoilers*

3. Cinderella from the 2015 film

Best Disney princess since Belle. Better, actually.

2. Lizzy Bennet from Pride and Prejudice(again)

Yup.

1. Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

Love his quirks, his mannerisms, and the way he walks. I’ve tried to imitate his nose-twitch on several occasions, but can’t seem to get the hang of it.  


“The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail.”-Mark Twain

Ten Favorite Authors

In case you haven’t realized this yet, I’m obsessed with lists. And, I also rather like authors. Thus, I’ve written a list of my personal favorites which will include: the author’s name, significant/favorite books he/she’s written, best fictional character from his/her books, and a favorite quote(just ‘cuz I love quotes :D).

10. Louisa May Alcott

Significant Books: Little Women(my favorite by her), Little Men, and Eight Cousins

Best Character: Teddy(from Little Women)

Favorite Quote: “I like good strong words that mean something…”

9. N. D. Wilson

Significant Books: Leepike Ridge, Dragon’s Tooth, Empire of Bones, 100 Cupboards

Best Character: Oooooh, Diana Boone, maybe…(from Dragon’s Tooth)

Favorite Quote: “Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly.” (from Empire of Bones)

8. Lois Lowry

Significant Books: The Giver(and the succeeding series), Number the Stars

Favorite Character: Matt/Matty(from The Giver Quartet)

Oh, and I couldn’t dig out anything too special for a quote from her, but I like the way she describes a place from The Giver, wouldn’t you just love to be in a room like that? 

“But this room’s walls were completely covered by bookcases, filled, which reached to the ceiling. There must have been hundreds—perhaps thousands—of books, their titles embossed in shiny letters.”

7. Charles Dickens

Significant Books: Hard Times, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol

Best Character: Pip(from Great Expectations)

Favorite Quote(random, but I can relate to this!): “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

6. Arthur Conan Doyle

Significant Books: The Adventures, Memoirs, and, Return of Sherlock Holmes

Best Character: Sherlock Holmes, easily. *smiles*

Favorite Quote: Couldn’t find one, sorry…

5. L. M. Montgomery

Significant Books: Anne of Green Gables Series, Emily Starr Trilogy

The Anne of Green Gables books, seem better for sure, but I actually haven’t finished reading them yet(I know, it’s terrible!), but I will, just not until I finish my Goodreads book list. 

Best Character: Anne Shirley

Favorite Quote: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”-Anne

4. Elizabeth George Speare

Significant Books: The Bronze Bow, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and, Calico Captive

Best Character: Leah(from The Bronze Bow)

Favorite Quote: “There was something irresistible about popcorn.”

3. Laura Ingalls Wilder

Significant Books: Little House on the Prairie Series

Best Character: Laura(surprise, surprise)

Favorite Quote: “The only stupid thing about words is the spelling of them.” That’s pretty funny.   

2. J. R. R. Tolkien

Surprised he’s not #1 on my little list? Well, while LotR is the best trilogy EVER to me, the Hobbit isn’t quite as good, and then a few of his books(Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major)seemed really strange, and if they hadn’t been written by the same person who’d thought up Middle Earth, I don’t see myself even picking them up.

Significant Books: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil(one of his lesser known books, but I liked it; mostly just a collection of poems from Lord of the Rings).

Best Character: Sam Gamgee(from Lord of the Rings)

Favorite Quote: “’I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.

‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”

And now, for #1. Drumroll please…

1. C. S. Lewis

Significant Books: The Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces(did you know this book was his personal favorite of everything he wrote?), Out of the Silent Planet, Screwtape Letters

Best Character(besides Aslan): Lucy Pevensie(from Chronicles of Narnia)

Favorite Quote: “I’m on Aslan’s side, even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”-Puddleglum, from The Silver Chair


So there you have it, folks! Who are your favorite authors??

20 Clues You Might Be A Bookworm

This post is written for the book nerds, book geeks, book lovers, bookworms. Whatever you want to call them. You know who you are. I put this together with the help of fellow bookworms, two are also bloggers. One edited and read my draft, her blog is, http://ajauthor@blogspot.com  She writes reviews on books and movies, very well written! My other blogging friend wrote #13, #14, and #15, if you like those, you should check her’s out too! She writes partially about books she’s reading. http://wp.me/2aSeu

1. Your favorite quotes are quotes from books. 

“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

2.  Most of the furniture in your bedroom is bookshelves. 

Either that, or you have more books than shelves to put them on which can be also problem. And, if you can’t bear to have your books unorganized, they are arranged by alphabetical order of the author’s last name. I mean, what could be worse than losing a book?

3. You can hardly memorize phone numbers, but you have your(and your family’s) library card numbers memorized. 

You could say them in your sleep.

4. Your favorite electronic is a kindle, and your favorite app is either the Kindle app, Goodreads, or Librivox. 

Also, there are tons of free kindle book lists out there that I find to be very helpful.

5. You want to be an author when you grow up.  While this does not apply to all bookworms, it’s probably safe to assume that most aspiring authors are bookworms(kind of like me!).

6. When you and your friends get together, you do one of the following: Discuss Books, Watch Movies Based on Books, Borrow/Return Books, or maybe even just sit next to each other and read while still enjoying each others company. 

I have done all four of these with my friends.

7. You bribe yourself into doing your schoolwork by promising to read another chapter of the novel you are currently reading when you’re done. 

It always works…

8. Or maybe you don’t have to because one of your school subjects is Literature, in which case that’s your favorite subject. 

I recently finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom for a school assignment and really loved it!

9. Refrences to books in movies or other books make you way more excited than you should be. 

For example,  Hugo, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, The Sign of the Beaver, Little Women, and You Got Mail. 

10. All of your favorite movies are based on books. 

The Lord of the Rings, The Giver, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pride and Prejudice…  Yes, I kind of love movies!

Side note: However this does mean that, when it comes to those movies you know what’s happening or going to happen before it happens . So much for suspense.

11. You were geeking out over December 17th(or you decidedly did NOT go). 

December 17th is when The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armes came to theaters. I did go to see the movie, but I was more excited than makes sense considering my thoughts on The Desolation of Smaug. But, that’s a topic for a different blog post…

12. Your favorite type of “To-Do” list is a list of books to read. 

Mine is currently 75 books long with an additional 25 book long list of books that I want to keep in mind but don’t plan to read anytime soon.

13. You buy used books instead of new ones just so you can smell the ‘musty old book’ smell while you’re reading it.

Value Village has more good books than you might think!

14. As a little kid you always loved the books with lots of pictures, but now if there are too many illustrations in a book you don’t like it because it ruins your mental image of your favorite character. 

This is also a problem with watching movies before reading the book, hence #15…

15. You insist on reading the book first before you watch the movie… Even if it means bringing the book with you to a sleepover and finishing it at 1:59 a.m so you’re able to watch the movie at 2 a.m

And like I said, there’s nothing weird with reading while hanging out with friends. Actually, there kind of is. But “weird” is okay.

16. Just hearing a summary or friend’s recommendation of a book leaves you itching to read it.

For example, The Wingfeather Saga looks so good, I can’t wait to read it, I’m just trying to get that far in my “to-read” list.

17. You often feel like an author can’t captivate you without at least three books(you love series). 

Most of my favorite books are series.

18. You have two posters in your room: A LOTR poster and a poster with diagrammed opening lines of famous novels. 

These novels include Pride and Prejudice, Peter Pan, Fahrenheit 451, and yes, Moby Dick(“Call me Ishmael”).

19. Books always seem to find their way into your pictures. 

Louisa May Alcott at a baseball field.
Louisa May Alcott at a baseball field.
Reading while on the swing.
Reading while on the swing.
A Child's History of the World
A Child’s History of the World
If you look at it closely you will see that the books are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name.
If you look at it closely you will see that the books are arranged alphabetically by the author’s last name.

20. You love characters almost as much as you love their stories. 

  Beregond(Lord of the Rings),Elana(Enchantress from the Stars), Eustace and Lucy(Chronicles of Narnia),Mr. Benedict(The Mysterious Benedict Society), Sherlock Holmes, Anne(Anne of Green Gables), and Jo(Little Women), and the list goes on.


“Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”

-Arnold Lobel, author of Frog and Toad