Mishma over at Chasing Faerytales has put together a blog tour about…villains! My prompt for this tour is about morally gray villains.
Why morally gray villains are better than regular villains:
No one person is completely “evil”, and no one person is completely “good.” Most novels and films forget this basic piece of human nature and tend to characterize villains as being completely bad, something that simply isn’t realistic.
Morally ambiguous villains are written in a way that they are still evil, but they either have a compelling backstory that explains what caused them to become “bad” or they have a hint of goodness in them that signifies that they aren’t completely evil. Because of this, they are more realistic and better developed than a villain who is simply characterized as “completely evil.”
Here’s five of my favorite morally gray villains in YA:
- Queen Levana (from the Lunar Chronicles quartet by Marissa Meyer)
- Luke Castellan (from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan)
- Victor (from Vicious by Victoria Schwab)
- Adelina (from the Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu)
- Professor Snape (from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling)