Bookish Blatherings #43: Being Bad Feels So Good

Posted November 15th, 2017 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 4 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

Okay, so I was sitting here thinking random crap and I thought I would share. You know what I love? When authors make bad guys into good guys. Well, that’s simplifying it too much. I don’t mean how an alpha male is rough in the beginning and but he then shows his sweet side and turns over a new leaf. And I don’t mean bad guys that do bad things for good reasons. Not assassins who really kill bad people so it’s not so bad. I mean legit bad guys; the ones that we’re suppose to hate and usually die or get captured in the end.

When an author can have us so convinced that this is the evil being we are going to boo the whole series, then make him the love interest and make the first good guy love interest into the bad guy without us ever seeing it coming, that’s fucking epic.

Okay, here’s the thing. I’m talking about a specific series. A series I read in 2014, and I started book obsessing about 7-8 years ago, so halfway in. If I read it today, would I feel differently? Maybe. But all I know is that this series was so freaking amazing I was ruined for all dystopian books ever since. And it was YA, which is rare for me now-a-days.

I’m revealing the series now!!!!

SPOILER: And that series was Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. First off, I met Mafi before and she is the bee’s knees. Hilarious as all get out. What’s important though is she completely shocked me with her characters. I never in a million years thought Warner would end up where he did. I HATED him in Shatter Me. Despised him! Then Unravel Me shocked me because things started taking a turn and I started liking Warner, the legit bad guy of the series. WHAT? Then Ignite Me just killed me. I was hardcore rooting for Warner and acutally hating on Adam, the original love interest and hero.

My actual reaction:

How Mafi pulled it off, I sill don’t know. I’m still dumfounded when I think of it even today. No book has been able to surprise me in that way ever again. Kind of like when you watch The Sixth Sense and you are so freaking shocked it’s not even real, then no other movie is able to surprise you like that again. It can only happen once. Shatter Me is the book version (in shock value) of The Sixth Sense for me. Obvi, The Sixth Sense is more instantaneous shock while Shatter Me is more slow build shock, but you get the idea.

Has a book/series ever completely shocked you by turning the legit bad guy into the main love interest?

Off topic: I totally met someone who did not watch The Sixth Sense yet. Crazy!!!!!

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4 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #43: Being Bad Feels So Good”

  1. Nathan

    I think I read half of a book like this this year. The main female charterer Cassandra went from victim to perpetrator. It had too much dubious consent or assault, murder… so I had to quite. It had too many psychopaths who were sexual predators. I looked ahead and it was only going to get worse. You know that feeling with some horror flicks where there is a sex/nudity scene right before/during the women’s death and that feels evil because you find it appealing and horrifying at the same time? I actually felt that way with this book and it is the only book the give me that feeling.

  2. Lover Of Romance

    This honestly doesn’t happen very often to me, and I am having a hard time thinking about where this has actually happened. I think at the top of my head Ian from the World Huntress Series by Jeaniene Frost, I know she is writing his book. But for most of the series I couldn’t like him. So I am interested to see how she makes him a good guy. But since I just read romance novels, its really rare to find a true anti hero be the hero even for a dark romance. Definitely a topic I should think more about.

  3. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Totally agree. I love when I have conflicted feelings over a character like that. I didn’t read what exactly you said about the serious you mentioned because I still plan to read it. My favorite series for this feeling is the Kricket series by Amy A. Bartol. OMG! So good. The third book had me so conflicted in the best freaking way.

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