"Villians, the deliciously wicked. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good." ~ pg. 10
How refreshing to know I am not the only reader or book blogger that loves to hate villains but sometimes root for them. Villains are necessary for heroes to exist in our favorite books. Stories aren't nothing without them. In Because You Love Me, singer/songwriter/author Ameriie gathered thirteen stories of villainy written by various authors. Also included is commentary/challenges by thirteen different booktubers and bloggers.
"You see red when you're angry. You should never actually be seeing red unless you're standing in a room that's covered in red paint, or blood, or looking at an apple. If you're just seeing red, something's wrong. Don't panic, but you might be evil." ~ pg. 24
Because You Love Me goes deep into villainy with retelling of fairy tales, folklores and original stories. My favorite (I could be biased because editors heart other editors) was Ameriie's retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Pure villainy at its finest! I also liked the modern-day mash-up of King Arthur and Persephone-Hades and another tale titled Gwen and Art and Lance where the villain takes hold of the reins and manipulates destiny. I was a bit spooked by another villain named Julian; he was a teen psychopath. EEK! Then was excited to read about Nicola Yoon's gender-flipped god of war. All hail bad bitches!
"And then I finally understand what I am, and it's a relief." ~ pg. 260
Why should heroes get all the fun? They get the happy ending, a romantic love story and favor from all readers. But in Because You Love to Hate Me, the villains are shown some love too. Most importantly, readers will finish this collection knowing what it means to be a true villain and perhaps discover our own evil. This book is a good companion for reading during commutes or when traveling. Enjoy!
Title: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Author: Various; Edited by Ameriie
Published: July 2017
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book Involving a Mythical Creature; Popsugar—A Book with Multiple Authors
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤