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Can you name a few books with an antagonist that had someone you were happy to see go down? My mind's a blank.    :salute
#1 - October 16, 2017, 05:30 AM

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Well, how can we not open with Harry Potter? Not only Voldemort, but Dolores Umbridge.
#2 - October 16, 2017, 07:49 AM
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Maybe we need to differentiate between "villain" and "antagonist"? They are not always the same.
#3 - October 16, 2017, 10:06 AM
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If I remember right, the villains in Journey to the River Sea (Eva Ibbotson) get their just desserts.

There is something satisfying about MG that lets karma have its way... (er, not that I'm a naturally vengeful person! But yanno...in fiction you can exact justice in a way you can't in the real world...)
#4 - October 16, 2017, 01:43 PM

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Mrh makes a good point. They're not the same. Are you thinking of characters that aren't quite so villainous?
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It is a good point. Thanks, Mrh for breaking it down. I'm looking for villains. I was thinking more of someone who you started out liking. Unassuming, but maybe something not quite right about him/her and then you learn he's very bad. Someone like Anne Wilkes. When we first meet her we think, oh, she's ok. She'll take care of Paul Sheldon. And then we learn differently. That's extreme. But something along those lines, where you thought you were going to like this character and then the tables turned. Mainly looking for YA. The only thing that comes to mind is the teacher in Okay for Now, by Gary Schmidt. But it's the other way around. You start out hating him and then you are overwhelmed with compassion and understanding. And how does Mr. Schmidt do that so very well and smoothly??  :poke
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Another one that comes to mind is Entwined, by Heather Dixon. She does a very clever switch over the course of the story regarding who you think are the good and bad guys.
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Thanks, Olmue. I put it on my library order.    :stars3
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