Today’s topic is about our favorite villains! This was a tough one for me, because I don’t actually like villains that much. In fact, I generally dislike them, even if they’re the protagonist of the book I’m reading. On the other hand, I can appreciate entertaining baddies! Like Moriarty, for example.
I think my favorite Diana Wynne Jones villain is probably Gwendolen, from Charmed Life. She’s a terrible person and a bad sister, but so single-minded that I can’t help but find her interesting. That whole sequence where she tried to get back at Chrestomanci for controlling her life was one of the best parts of Charmed Life! She was so creatively vindictive. As much as I rooted against her in the final battle scene, I can’t help but wish she’d shown up again in a later book somehow.
If ever DWJ had written a baddie as the protagonist of a book, Gwendolen would be the one I’d want to read about. Maybe about her life as a queen in the other world? Though based on what Chrestomanci said about that world, I kinda think she’d have been ousted relatively quickly, if not outright killed. Oh well!
Who is your favorite villain?