Books and Movies with Villains, Oh my!

A library is full of worlds and villains hidden within the pages of our books. The question is – why do we often find ourselves loving the bad guy? Why do we have fandoms, Pinterest boards, and Counter Displays devoted to these Villains? Well, villains are a key part of stories. If they aren’t believable, there is no story, no conflict, nothing for the hero to defeat. Some may be more anti-heroes, out for themselves but not evil as their story progresses – Loki Laufeyson is a case and point for this. A villain in Avengers but throughout the rest of the Marvel universe, he’s mischievous and has some good points to his character. Some villains you can understand why they are the way they are. You sympathize with them and sometimes they’re put together so well that you can believe their motives.

This is something that makes stories great. We get invested in these characters and often sympathize with the villains. The way the authors write, compel us to hate and feel various emotions towards characters. We were so enthralled with villains this month that we have a Counter Display devoted to various villains such as Delores Umbridge, Darth Vader, and other well known characters.

Some of the Favorites of the Library are:

Professor Ratigan

Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn


and my personal favorite, Loki.

Here are a few books from our Counter Display with “Villains We Love to Hate”:

Cover image for CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman

Call Number: PS3557.A3519 C67 2002

The Beldam: Also known as the Other Mother, this creepy spider lady lures little children into her home. She makes a beautiful, more enticing home for them before convincing them to live with her forever with button eyes. She’s delightfully creepy and definitely an enjoyable Villain.

Cover image for The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Call Number: PS3603.O4558 H86 2008

Coriolanus Snow: This President poisons various people to get his way and keep his position of power. He’s one of the main villains that Katniss opposes, and is like those of the Capital with added greed and cunning to control everyone he can. Delightful Villain we love to hate because he is like various historical figures throughout time that have worked to keep their power.

Cover image for A storm of swordsSword of Storms by George R.R. Martin

Call Number: PS3563.A7239 S7 2000

Cersei Lannister: All of the people in Game of Thrones are quite treacherous, depending on who you root for but Cersei has a level of pure malicious intent that you can’t help but admire her gumption. She is a more prominent character in later books but anyone who is a fan of the books or the show know she’s worth the attention.

Cover image for Wicked : the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West : a novelWicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Macguire Ill. by Douglas Smith

Call Number: PS3563.A3535 W5 2000

Elphaba: The Wicked Witch of the West went from hated for her cruelty to beloved by everyone, all thanks to one book – Wicked. It gave her character life and a purpose to her endless desire. It also gives backgrounds to several characters and how they became ‘cursed’ by her hand.

Cover image for The mists of Avalon Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley Zimmer

Call Number: PS3552.R228 M5 2001x

Morgaine: This is a story about Morgan Le Fay, giving her a heartfelt background and showing readers she is a misunderstood woman of Avalon. It gives her a life as well as interlinks the stories of Arthurian tales to give readers the ‘untold’ story of the otherwise wicked sorceress.

All of these particular stories have been made into various forms of visual media. Movies, TV shows, and musicals add a visual element to the love we have for characters that are in these books. This just shows how enticing the characters and stories are. There are definitely Villains in books that we “Love to Hate”, or sometimes just love.

Check out some other items on our display that have villains worthy of the adventure:

Cover image for Raiders of the lost ark [videorecording]  Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg

Call Number: DVD PN1995.9.I47 R35 2008

Cover image for V for vendetta V for vendetta by Alan Moore

Call Number: PN6737 .M66 V2 2005

Check out our Pinterest Board of Villains we Love to Hate:


Blog Top picture Credit: Taken by Author, Counter Display by Jessica

All other pictures used from sources/Sirsi and do not belong to me.

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