3 Fictional Characters I Love to Hate
So it’s confession week, and I must admit that last Monday I was 2/3 of the way through my Antiheroes & Villains post when my husband came home and told me we had dinner reservations. Wedding anniversary whoops! (For those of you playing at home, I forgot our anniversary last year too. I am a very romantic woman.) Anyway, I spent enough time on Antiheroes & Villains that I wanted to go on and finish it- so without further ado, here are 3 Fictional Characters I love to hate.
1. Cersei Lannister from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Just because the endlessly cunning and manipulative Cersei is already the Queen of Westeros doesn’t mean she has the power she craves (or the man she loves). God help you if you get in the way of her ambition or her family. Morality and pity are two things this woman just does not believe in. (Also, how awesome is GoT so far? So awesome!)
2. Randall Flagg (aka Ramsey Forrest, Raymond Fiegler, Robert Franq, Richard Fry, Robert Freemont, Richard Freemantle, Russell Faraday, Richard Fannin) from, well, everything by Stephen King.
The Walkin’ Dude struts his way through many of Stephen King’s novels. Sometimes he is the main baddie, sometimes he just makes a cameo. Mid-World or Delaine, Vegas or Maine, it really doesn’t matter to him, as long as there is some shit to stir. As a kid in the ’80’s, before one could Google everything, I had to piece together for myself that the evil wizard in Eyes of the Dragon was the same guy as the tough piece of work running Vegas in The Stand. I can’t tell you how much this discovery thrilled me- and now I always have an eye out for old Randy. Flagg is a big player in the Stephen King metamythos, and for some reason seeing him appear always gives me the sensation that these stories are magic and true, and that I, clever little reader, am a part of it all.
3. Society! From everywhere, including Real Life!
A society with unfortunate mores makes an almost unbeatable bad guy, and that’s something we can all relate to on occasion. From The Handmaid’s Tale to 1984 to The Stars My Destination to Uglies, Society keeps on running everything and ruining everything. You guys are a bunch of jerks! (Present company excluded.)
And there you have it, 3 of my favorite bad guys. So tell me, who do you love to hate?