Something that can make or break a novel for me is its villain.
Presented as a character who constitutes an important negativity to a story, some of my favourite characters in YA fiction have, in fact, been the characters I have been told to hate.
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy promised to give me thirteen stories of mustache-twirling, wickedness that I couldn’t have been more excited about.
So, did Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy live up to my nefarious, vicious, and wicked expectations? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie (Editor), Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 11, 2017)
Print Length: 368 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
A ‘BookTube’ made me buy it, Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is a hit in certain stories included, but a miss in terms of anthology overall.
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is an anthology that had some of the most prominent BookTubers and bloggers challenging some of the most prominent YA authors to show readers why we should love villainous characters.
This book, as well as any anthology I have picked up previously, was rather hit or miss. I had expectations of deliciously crafted villains that I would want full blown stories from, and yet, I found that a lot of the stories didn’t even offer a villain, instead presenting morally gray characters. Not what I signed up for. And yet, I did rather enjoyed seeing prominent YA authors being challenged by their readers, in the form of well known BookTubers and bloggers. It just goes to show the symbiotic nature between author and reader, leaving me to wonder how I would have prompted a villain given the chance.
Out of the thirteen stories, ‘Gwen and Art and Lance’ written by Soman Chainani, prompted by Samantha Lane, ‘Shirley & Jim’ written by Susan Dennard, prompted by Sasha Alsberg, and ‘Death Knell’ by Victoria Schwab, prompted by Jesse George were probably my favourite. I also appreciated the inclusion of ‘Beautiful Venom’ by Cindy Pon, prompted by Benjamin Alderson. However, I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it as it re-imagined the myth of Medusa to focus on some hard hitting themes prominent in today’s psyche.
Overall Ratinrg: 3 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie. Have any anthology recommendations you’d like to share? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.