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Q: Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?
I am honestly having a tough time with this question. I am sitting here, looking at my bookshelf and wondering to myself, "Villain, villain... what villain in my favorite reads would I like to win?"
Well, I think that I have decided on one thing for sure, which is this:
In a way, a villain should win in one way or another throughout the book, that is what makes it interesting.
Take Mortal Instruments for example.
Valentine wins small battles throughout the books, even Sebastian (that bastard!) won. But, if they hadn't, what would our heroine have to work for? Why would being with Jace be something so difficult to do?
And then we would no have two more reads to anxiously wait for. Damn, that is a lot of waiting...
Or The Hunger Games.
There are soooo many villains in these stories, The Capital is a huge one. By having the laws they do and forcing Katniss and Peeta into the games, TA-DA!! We have totally kick-ass, somewhat gory reads that leave you griping the pages until they rip... well at lease mine did.
So, I guess my conclusion would be YES! I love it when villains win. But only enough to make the MC squirm and fight for what they need or want.
But they better damn well get their asses handed to them and the fabulous hero of the hour will eventually rebel for what they believe in and win!!
Villains! Villains! Who is your winning villain??