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I have a ‘thing’ for reformed bad guys. No matter how bad a villain has been, if they get a conscious and end up playing for and helping the good guys, I’ll end up really liking them.
Like Aphrodite, from the House of Night series by PC Cast. Sure, it’s a terrible series with an even worse plot, and Cast is an awful writer who pushes her non-PC (lol) agenda on everyone, and all the characters are exceedingly hateful, hypocritical, one-dimensional stereotypes…
Except that Aphrodite OWNS her badness. I love a reformed villain with spunk, and boy, does she have attitude.
But Aphrodite is NOT the ‘loveable villain’ I want to talk about today, she’s just an example of even in the most awful-written, just disgustingly bad book I can find a character to root for.
The character I want to talk about is Lockwood from Heather Dixon’s Illusionarium.
Lockwood was a surprise to me, but really, he shouldn’t have been. I have an extraordinary weakness for reformed bad guys, and although Lockwood at first seems like a villain, over the course of the novel he and Jonathon enter a somewhat tumultuous almost-friendship. More like frenemies.
I absolutely loved Lockwood, and I hate that I loved him. He was such an asshole! But that makes it even better. I think he’s an incredible character and the novel was greatly enriched by his mere existence.