Thursday, 8 September 2011

Follow Friday |


Welcome to Drying Ink, blog hoppers! I review an eclectic mix of fantasy and science fiction, with my favourite authors including Robin Hobb, Steven Erikson, and Patrick Rothfuss. I also include a number of articles and toplists: just below this post, for example, you can find my (very subjective) ranking of what I think are the best five fantasy (non review) blogs. I've been lucky enough to be featured today (why, thank you) and it'd be great if you could stop by and say hello in the comments.

So, time for the question:

Have you ever wanted the villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?

Oh, it's a tough one - but I think I'm going to have to go for Brandin from Tigana, which is definitely one of my favourite fantasies. He might be an antagonist, but he and one of the viewpoint characters are in love - and he's begun to make amends for what he did. And then... Well, I won't spoil the ending for you - you should read it. But let's just say the protagonists are almost as grey as Brandin, and it might even be Brandin we're cheering for! 
In close second place has to come Tywin Lannister, I think - he's nasty, plots for the betterment of Lannister without any qualms whatsoever... And we just can't wait to see what he does next. Maybe Tyrion would be a better choice, but more properly, I think, he's a protagonist. We see through his eyes, and Stannis is scarcely a hero either - and that is who Tyrion attempts to thwart, for the most part!
And now to ask you yours - what are your villains that you hoped to win? Comment, tell me, and say hello below! (...I'm really not that terrifying, honest :P )

64 comments:

  1. I always kind of wanted Mrs. Coulter to end up on top. Or maybe see the war against Voldemort even out before his downfall (something more realistic - not an immediate win on behalf of the good guys). But sometimes it depends on how you define villain. I can't think of any specific examples right now, but there have definitely been a few where I actively rooted for the alleged antagonist (typically in books I seriously disliked, though, perhaps in a sense of spite against the protagonist).

    Anyways, I typically don't like the concept of villains... it's much more fun when there are just a bunch of complex and multifaceted characters, some of whom you just know more about than others...!

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  2. Jaws. I felt bad for the shark. Ok, so I'm kidding. I just wanted to say hello since you asked

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  3. Good on ya for finding a villian - I couldn't think of one!

    New follower. :)
    My Follow Friday post is here:
    http://www.lifebetweenpages.net/2011/09/follow-friday-10.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hello! I'm a new follower hopping through.
    I'm thrilled with your answer though I haven't read any of those books. I guess I just have a very lame answer for this Friday's question. Anyway I hope you can hop by on my blog =) Congratulations on being this week's feature blogger!

    Happy Friday!
    April
    Friday Hops

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  5. Hopping by...Come by and read my hop answer as well as enter the two giveaways at the end of the post @ Ashley Suzanne!

    I am a new follower and would love a follow back!

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  6. Ooh, I haven't read Tigana before but it sounds so good! I love it when bad characters make attempts at redemption, and the love story in this book sounds so sweet. :)

    Congrats on being the feature, Jacob! I'm a new follower for sure!

    Here's my Follow Friday! And I have a brand new 300 Followers Giveaway up and running, if you want to enter! :)

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!

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  7. Hi I'm a new follower! This is the first question that's really stumped me, kudos to you for finding one!
    http://howlingturtle-pdx.blogspot.com/

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  8. Well, good for you for actually having an answer to this question. I could only come up with Anakin/Darth Vader... Does that even count?!

    congrats on the feature. I'm a new follower!

    Aimee
    http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/

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  9. Hi, I'm a new follower! Several books came to my mind with this question, which probably makes me an evil reader.

    http://readingtopenguins.blogspot.com/2011/09/following-friday-3.html

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  10. Congratulations on the feature! This was a tough question. I could only come up with one and that was because I disliked the heroine.

    Have a great FF.

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  11. Congrats on being featured! I'm a new follower. ^_^ Here's my Follow Friday.

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  12. Stopping by on the hop....interesting book, I need to add that to my TBR list!

    The Bawdy Book Blog

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  13. Jacob!!! Congrats on being the featured blog this week! :)

    I haven't read Tigana, but I've heard awesome things about it! I'll definitely have to check it out now! P.S. I'm def up for our guest post exchange! Maybe we can try to put something together for later this month! Sorry I've been MIA!

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  14. Congrats on the feature and HAPPY Friday :-)
    New follower here.
    I haven't read the book. Must check it out!
    My FF:
    http://bookthatthing.blogspot.com

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  15. Congrats on being featured this week! I've never heard of the book you mention, but I ADORE Tyrion Lannister. Great character that really stands out in a large cast of characters. I'm you're newest follower and would love for you to visit me when you get a chance.

    http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday_08.html

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  16. Awesome post. I totally agree with you. Most epic fantasy is really not g vs e it's all just one big grey area. That's exactly what I was trying to get at in my post.

    Check it out if you like"

    New follower :)

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  17. That's interesting, since I haven't heard of any of those from what I recall. But you've definitely made me interested! I do know a few villains I've started to like with time in series' and some I haven't actually hated, but I haven't rooted for them. I only remember doing that with some in movies, lol.

    Congratulations on being featured! :D I'm a new follower.

    Hope you have an awesome weekend! My answer can be found here!

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  18. Definitely the most challenging FF question I've encountered! Honestly, am a fangirl of the good guys. Evil triumphs enough in real life, it shouldn't in fiction, too...

    New follower.
    Happy FF!

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  19. Congrats on the feature! Hopping through to follow.

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  20. Great answer. This one is a tough question.

    New Follower!

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Kristin @ Better Read Than Dead

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  21. So glad to find a fantasy blog!!!

    Angie

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  22. Congrats on being this weeks FF featured blogger!! I'm a new follower :D

    Yeah, I haven't decided how I'm going to answer this question yet-- by the way, the cover of this book Tigana is AWESOME!!! I am definitely going to check it out!

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland

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  23. New follower here hopping through! Congrats on being a featured blogger!

    Great answers. I didn't think of the Lannisters or any other characters from the Song of Ice and Fire series, but there really are a lot of great villainous characters from these books that I definitely love.

    Here's my FF

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  24. I'm glad you came up with an answer. I was shocked by the question and say yes. Except I'm stuck on which villain I would want to have the end of the book.

    Black Disaster Fairy



    A World of Personality

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  25. It's been so long since I've read that, I'm going to have to think about it.

    New GFC follower as Jennifer E

    You can find me here here.

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  26. It seems like a lot of people have an answer for this question, but sadly i only find myself rooting for heroes, but that is a good reason you have for rooting for the bad guy =D

    New Follower.

    http://bookbitereviews.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-15.html

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  28. Congratulations on being the featured blog on Follow Friday. I look forward to "getting to know you" as I'm a new follower.

    I can think of several villains I wish had had more luck, like Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, and Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park. Of course, those guys weren't really villains, more cads.

    Anne
    My Head is Full of Books

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  29. Congratulations on being the feature!!

    I found this question incredibly difficult to answer ... I don't think I really answered it at all in the end, haha. But now that I read yours, I should have wrote Tyrion! He's definitely a favourite character of mine! But I guess since aSoIaF has such gray characters, I never *really* thought of him as a true villain.

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  30. Congratulations on being this weeks feature!

    My FF, http://obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-9th-september.html

    Have a great weekend!

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  31. Congrats for being a feature this week!! I am also a new follower!

    http://katmuntser-reviews.blogspot.com/

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  32. Hi Jacob

    Congrats on being this weeks feature. I'm a new follower.

    Claire
    www.clairesbookcorner.blogspot.com

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  33. Congratulations on being a featured blog!!! Have a wonderful week!

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  34. Hi
    Just hopping by and following through! Congrats on being featured this week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    View my post

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  35. Congrats on being featured. That sounds like a great book! New follower ;)

    My FF is here.

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  36. Ooh congrats on the feature. I was extra excited today to find another fantasy lover :) You've gone straight (or will in a bit, promise) to my reader. Tigana's pretty high up on my fantasy wishlist just a little low on cash at the moment and trying to sort out my disjointedly owned series. I love the sound of Kavriel's work, as much as I do adore the medieval-England style of fantasy, it's nice to have something a little different from time to time. So yeah, hello!

    Once Upon A Time

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  37. Congrats on being feature blog! New Follower. I was totally stumped on this question but please stop by for a visit and see my answer at Gimme The Scoop Reviews

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  38. Hello! Love your blog, I'm glad I've found it! New follower :)

    I haven't read Tigana, but reading your answer made me want to add it to my TBR. After all, if the Lannisters come in a close second... I almost added Tyrion and Jaime to my own Follow Friday answer, but then I wondered whether they do count as villains, since they have plenty of redeeming points and are, all around, better folks than Stannis.

    In a book like A Song of Ice and Fire, what makes a villain anyway? They are all too realistic, too human for the term, I guess... But still, it makes me wish I had chosen them!

    Ron @ Stories of my life

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  39. Congrats on being a feature!!!--new follower! So, ok, pyrography?!?!?!--How did you get into THAT????--I looked at that and thought, "fire writing"? And then I googled it. Wow, sounds like a fun hobby! :)

    also glad you went for blogging as oppose to gibbering insanity! ;)

    As for this week's question, I've been reading A Game of Thrones--and Tyrion is *TOTALLY* my fave bad guy that I want to win!!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

    (\__/)nymfaux

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  40. Heey
    Congrats on the Feature! I also love science fiction and fantasy, my answers were Anakin and Gollum, can you get any neekier?
    Hop on by if you have the time:
    http://universeinwords.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-book-blogger-hop.html
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  41. Stopping by for the FF! Congrats on being featured!

    Check out my FF here: http://sarahsbookslife.blogspot.com/2011/09/feature-follow-friday_09.html

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  42. Hi there!

    Just wanted to drop by and say congrats on being featured this week! I'm a new follower as well :)

    I was pretty stumped on this question but kudos to you for thinking of some examples! :)

    Here's my answer if you'd like to check it out: http://thoughts-of-an-endless-dreamer.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-12.html

    Have a great weekend!

    <3
    Taylor

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  43. Congrats on the feature!!

    Shanan
    http://thebookaddictnet.blogspot.com/

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  44. Congrats on being featured! New follower! Come see my answer.

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  45. I have never heard of this book. SOunds interesting though.
    Congratulations on being the Friday feature :)

    New follower saying Hello
    My FF post

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  46. I haven't heard of this book yet. Sometimes I root for the villains to get their happy endings, but I can't remember specific books.

    Have a great weekend! I'm a new follower:)

    http://beyondstrangenewwords.blogspot.com/2011/09/book-blogger-hop-28-follow-friday-3.html

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  47. Congrats on being this weeks pick! New follower!

    My FF

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  48. Hi there, new follower here from the hop - great answer! :)

    Have a great weekend and I love your blog!

    Here's mine:

    http://amylunderman.blogspot.com/2011/09/follow-friday-13.html

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  49. Congratulations on being featured! I'm a new follower. :)

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  50. Thrilled to meet a fellow SF/F fan Jacob! And congratulations on being one of this week's features - that's awesome. :)

    I love your answer. It does become more difficult in those books where the bad guys have more shades of grey.

    Have a great weekend!

    Shelagh (New Follower)
    The Word Fiend

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  51. hi! I'm a new follower, I'm glad I came over from Alison Can Read! I haven't read this book yet, so I didn't really read your answer, incase there were spoilers! But my answer over on Fuzzy.Coffee.Books was Snape from HP. I know, I know, he wasn't really the bad guy, but he sorta was the whole time until the end. And I didn't want him to die.
    Have a great weekend!
    Courtney
    Fuzzy.Coffee.Books

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  52. Hello, a new follower here!
    I have had Tigana on my TBR list forever, time to finally get to it :)

    Ivana
    http://willingtoseeless.blogspot.com/2011/09/book-blogger-hop-follow-my-book-blog.html

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  53. Congrats on being featured this week! I'd actually never heard of Tigana before, but it sounds good, I'm going to have to check it out. Have a great weekend!

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  54. Hi! I hate it when villians start to redeem themselves, messes with the emotions :0) Congrats on being this weeks feature!

    New follower :0)

    Sarah @ The Book Life

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  55. Congrats on being the feature blog. =)

    New follower
    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

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  56. Tigana sounds right up my alley, added to the tbr list! Congrats on the feature, new follower hopping through.
    http://booksforone.blogspot.com/

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  57. It's hard not to sympathize with a character who is attempting to make ammends. I'll have to check this book out! It's really great that you're the feature blog:)

    -Jenna @ Fans of Fiction (new follower)
    http://fansoffiction.blogspot.com/2011/09/feature-and-follow-friday-and-book.html

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  58. Hiya. I hadn't heard of this series, but it sounds pretty good. I'm a new follower and I'm always excited to find other UK bloggers.

    Happy Friday!

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  59. Congrats on being the feature.

    I think you're one of the few that actually was able to answer the question. :)

    Have a good weekend.

    new follower.

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  60. Congrats on being the featured blog! New follower too. I'm not familiar with the books but I've started watching Game of Thrones. :) We get more invested on grey characters I guess.

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  61. Rhett Butler wasn't a nice guy and I was rooting for him.

    Here's my post: I've Never Met a Genre I Didn't Like. I'd also invite you to sign up for the contest to win a $25 Amazon giftcard this month at my blog.

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  62. A good writer does that: gives you a human antagonist that you can identify with.

    New follower, come see me!
    -LupLun
    Shooting for the Moon

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  63. I had a hard time thinking of a specific villian so high 5 to you for picking an awesum one :)
    New follower



    Books And Beyond

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  64. Hi, new follower.

    Congrats on being the featured blog! Love your site!

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