Monday, October 5, 2009

Sexy Villains?

Wow, us LIT Ladies are really falling asleep on the job here...the poor blog looks abandoned! Time to stir things up, I think!

First off, I have to tell you that I got my author's copies of WINTER'S DESIRE last week, and had the chance to read the entire thing, in 'book form', which is a very different experience than reading the individual novellas on the computer and imagining them all bound together by the prologue. And let me just take a moment to brag on my co-authors--because their stories were amazing, totally drawing me into their worlds. And talk about HOT! I loved the way the common theme was weaved throughout, and I loved the way everyone had their own distinct 'style.' I'm really proud to be a part of this unique book, and I just can't wait till you can read it!

Now, back to today's villains. And I'm talking true 'bad guys' here, not just those 'bad boys' that *really* have hearts of gold. There seem to be two types of villains in books/movies/TV shows: the grotesque type, and the hot, sexy type. Does it bother you when the villain is somehow appealing, despite his dastardly deeds?

I'm a big fan of the TV show HEROES, and the villain, Sylar, is a bad, bad guy. He kills people, among other stuff. Yeah, we've got his backstory, and that makes us feel a bit sorry for him, gives us a bit of understanding, but c'mon, he's killing people. And yet somehow he's the most popular character on the show. Women love him. I love him. He's scarily sexy. Forget Peter Petrelli, the good guy 'hero' who looks like he stepped off the cover of GQ. Women love Sylar. There are fansites *everywhere* dedicated to him, far more than any other HEROES character. He even has an "Army" (Sylar's Army, aka "Sarmy," a hugely popular web site devoted to his character).

Recently I was fiddling around with a YA paranormal manuscript that I've been working on for a while (which, I'm happy to announce just SOLD!!! Details later). There's a bad-guy villain in the book who's threatening the book's main characters, and originally I'd written him as unattractive, with greasy long hair and a hook nose. But while revising, I somehow managed to change his physical description to something far more appealing--don't ask me why. But...there's just something about a sexy villain!

I know there are more examples...Anakin Skywalker, for one (see above!). I mean, you know what he becomes and you know you're supposed to hate him,'re drawn to him, anyway.

Who else? I'd love to hear more examples--from books, TV, or movies--of really sexy villains that you know you're supposed to hate, but can't resist.


Genella deGrey said...

Congrats on your YA Sale!!!!!!

Genella deGrey said...

In all the excitement, I forgot to answer.

Any bad guy played by Jason Isaacs or Johnny Depp.


Kristi Cook said...

Ooooh, Jason Isaacs! Yeah, I second that. I'd take Daniel Craig playing a bad guy, too. Bond is an interesting character, now that I think about it--because yeah, he's the 'hero' and yeah, he's just doing his job. But his job is to be a killer, and he does it with panache and without regrets. Which kinda makes him a 'bad' guy, doesn't it?!

Kristi Cook said...

Oh, and thanks for the congrats!

Jane said...

Gerard Butler in Phantom of the Opera and Billy Zane in Dead Calm are some of my faves.

Genella deGrey said...

Oh, and how could I forget Colin Firth as Lord Wessex???
I'll go with you to Virginia, baby!

Kira Daniels said...

Great topic! I'm so glad I found this blog. It has just the right amount of man-candy and great conversation that I love. *beg*

As for bad boy villian...I don't watch many tv shows so I'll have to go with a book one, Stryker from Sherrilyn Kenyon. He is one bad dude, but you can't help but *sigh* when you read about him. She even made him into his own hero, yet still keep him evil. How she did that, I have no idea.

I'm with you Genella, anything Johnny Depp plays, wether bad boy or hero, is a winner in my book. :D

Kristi Cook said...

We're glad you found us, too, Kira!

I've never read any Sherrilyn Kenyon, but maybe I should!

Kira Daniels said...

Of course you should!!! But of course, this coming from a huge Sherrilyn fan who has a whole shelf dedicated to her books and who MUST buy the books the DAY they come out. Yeah-- I'm slightly obsessed.

But it's such a wonderful thing to be obsessed over. *beg*

You can read her newest, BORN OF NIGHT, if you want to start somewhere. And any of her Dark-Hunter books are terrific- ACHERON especially.

Anonymous said...

any winner from tracy blog

Genella deGrey said...

Kira - Ash is one of my top 3 fave heros of all time. Sigh***

Yeah, Sherri can sure flesh out a man.


Anonymous said...

Cillian Murphy from Red Eye. Creepy, but oh so appealing, hehe!

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