Weird Question Weekly
Bringing you a weekly dose of blog team madness, this is your place to learn more about the bloggers, and tell us more about yourself. Ask us a question, or leave your answer to this week’s question in the comments below. We promise not to bite!
This week, meet the dark side of the blog team:
Erin: Not to be completely predictable, but my favorite baddie is definitely Voldemort. Even though I obviously never wanted him to actually win, I always enjoyed reading his scenes in the books (and still do). I love that he feels this need to give these long, complicated speeches–and I have no doubt that if you heard him, he was actually a really good speaker. I may have also gotten endless amusement out of the fact that he said Harry “irked” him in the fifth book. I love him in the movies too–I think they cast him perfectly, and I remember being so excited to find out who they cast back when they were getting ready to film the fourth movie. So yeah…even though I’d always be on the Dumbledore’s Army side of things…I’m a Voldemort fangirl deep down!
Elizabeth Fierro: I’m going to have to go with Count Olaf! I have a soft spot for Lemony Snicket, and The Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my absolute favorite books series mainly due to Count Olaf’s ridiculous schemes and disguises. He’s just slimy enough to be fun to read about without making the stories unpleasant. I have to say that even though I find a sick sort of pleasure in watching my favorite characters get tortured by villains, sometimes they can go too far. I can’t reread the fifth Harry Potter book because Umbridge is just too disgusting and awful for me, even as a fictional character. Count Olaf is comedic enough that his terrible deeds aren’t too unpleasant to read about.
Kara: Oh, wow, that’s a tough one. Does Snape even count as a bad guy anymore? ‘Cause I seriously love him. If not, then I’m probably going to have to get all Victorian on you again, and go with Mr. Jingle from Charles Dickens’ first book The Pickwick Papers. Mr. Jingle is a down-on-his luck actor who makes use of his skills in a number of slightly dishonest and highly ungentlemanly ways. I love him for his unique manner of speaking (which only Dickens could pull off), and for his creative way of facing up to life’s difficulties. Even though he is quite a snarky rogue and charlatan, he ultimately turns out alright in the end (ah, Victorian morality), and his close friendship with his ever-loyal servant Job Trotter makes it rather difficult to believe that Mr. Jingle hasn’t got a good heart all along.
Anna: Making this short because I have a French exam and a paper on Lizzie Bennet Diaries/P&P due tomorrow… My favorite bad guy, the one I absolutely LOVE to hate, is Dolores Umbridge. I get so much satisfaction from my utter loathing of her that any time a chapter with her in it comes up on shuffle, I listen to it all the way through. SO great.
Emily: I can’t decide what I like better: a cooky kind of evil (Count Olaf, AWESOME choice, Elizabeth!), a moral sort of evil (Hyde, Ambrosio), or a delicious sort of evil in all facets of outward appearance (Cruella, Ursula). I tend to become incensed more by the Malfoys, Jane from Twilight, or Iago (and Umbridge!) who are senselessly tortuous instead of the deeply evil characters like Sauron. I have a soft spot for the White Queen from Narnia and Once Upon A Time’s characterization of the Evil Queen – people who have been turned evil after losing something or someone. Perhaps, I can see the comparisons in real life. (Also, I am fascinated by the Odyssey’s evil ladies such as Scylla and Charybids, sirens, Calypso, and Circe…)
So, who’re you’r favorite bad guy? Leave your answer in the comments below, along with any weird, wild, wacky, or wonderful questions you have for the bloggers. We’ll answer you next week!