September 13, 2017 by TinyNavajo
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie
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I loved that this series of tales had me sympathizing with the “villains” of the stories. 13 tales of what it means to be a villain, 13 stories where we see being the villain is something as little as choosing to do something you swore you would never do. Or it could be as something as large as refusing to confine yourself to the boxes societies set.
I love all of these stories, and I loved that not only were there original stories, but there were retellings of old stories as well. Stores that we know and love, but by twisting them to give a plot twist or a new way of thinking of how close the line between “hero” and “villain” is, we can see how close we ourselves are to being villains. With every story for a retelling of the myth of Medusa, to the teenage psycho with possible psychic powers, each and every one of these stories have something we can all identify with. We have all had times when we wanted to be the villain of our story. But we haven’t.
13 amazing stories written by 13 amazing YA authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon. There are also 13 booktubers (book reviewers whose main platform is YouTube) who discuss the stories written: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).
What are some of your favorite villains to read about? Why? What draws them to you? Comment below and let me know!