Top 5 Tuesday: Villains more interesting than the hero

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm . This week we explore books where the villain was more interesting than the hero. At first, I struggled with this but as I looked at my bookshelf I realized there are a few that I sympathized with the villain more.


Growing up, all the movies depict Frankenstein’s monster as just that … a monster. But upon, reading the story by Mary Shelley, I realized that the monster has more layers to him. There is a huge nature vs. nurture theme to this book. Being treated as an outcast by his own creator, it is no wonder the monster ends up acting the way he does. This book touched me in a way  I wasn’t expecting. It’s definitely a favorite among the gothic novels on my shelf.

Phantom of the opera

I was first introduced to this story when I saw the Broadway play and I totally sided with the Phantom. Of course, I then had to read the book, which is a little different and maybe even a little darker but I still feel for the Phantom, who is the bad guy. I would totally would have stayed with him than Raul. His story is so interesting. I wanted to know more!


There is always a story behind what people do and Gregory Maguire does an awesome job turning the classic villain of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz into a likeable character. I never really liked Wizard of Oz but then Wicked came along and I’m obsessed. Elphabah has so many layers and I don’t blame her for being the person she is. I totally like her more than Glinda, the good witch or even Dorothy. Sorry, not sorry.

American Gods

There are so many characters in this book that all intersect. Everyone is a hero and a villain. Characters you love in the beginning of the book, you end up wanting to hate in the end and vice versa. Everything is possible in this book. I definitely liked reading the history of the gods and their ongoing feud.


The Host.jpg

This was such an interesting story because the hero and the villain are one person. An invading species takes over the mind of the human hosts but in this case, the human refuses to go away. It’s almost a case of multi-personality disorder but they are two separate souls. Of course this only causes problems later on, which makes the story even more interesting.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? What books have you read where you thought the villain was more interesting? Let’s discuss!

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday: Villains more interesting than the hero

  1. Oh, now I love a couple of your choices. Definitely the Wicked Witch of the West was far more interesting. And, of course, the poor misunderstood monster, who never asked to be born!

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  2. Well I struggled with today’s topic at first as well! And your choice of The Host is brilliant! Because of course she was the enemy and yet she was the hero!

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