Let’s talk bookish – anti heros!

I’m back – studying and reading (currently in the middle of rereading My Lady Jane and I’m having the time of my life!) has kept me from writing my blog, but this Let’s Talk Bookish topic is too good to be true: anti-heros. I’ll talk about my favorites, why I like them and then some books with anti-heros I wish to read soon! Let’s Talk Bookish is as always hosted by  Dani @ Literary Lion and Rukky @ Eternity Books!

Just as a side note: everyone has their own definition of anti-heros, and this is just mine and so please take that into account when you read this!

My definition and why I love anti-heros!

It’s quite simple, actually: they’re not perfect. They don’t have all the qualities of the protagonist, the hero (well of course, there are many flawed protagonists, but let’s just assume I’m talking about “the chosen one”), they’re conflicted. Often their flaws are caused by complicated childhoods, of psychotic stress and inner struggles. They have been hurt, and broken and still have the conflict between good and bad in them, they’re not the usual villain with 100% evil in them, they make mistakes, but they can act morally acceptable.

Some of my favorites!

  1. Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter: well, Draco is not completely evil, he turns his back on Voldemort and when you take Cursed Child into account, has actually become quite the decent person. But he’s conflicted, torn between the school and the muggle-born classmates and his conservative parents. Personally, I have always been a fan of Draco because of the movies and Tom Felton and I have to say: he isn’t portrayed as evil in the movies as he actually behaves in the books. However, we have to consider his character development and that’s the main reason he’s a great anti-hero in my perspective!
  2. Kaz in Six of Crows: first things first, is Kaz really an anti-hero? I’ve read many posts on anti-heroes and they all mentioned Kaz as their favorite and while he’s some of my favorite characters as well, I’m not sure he really belongs in this category. He is willing to do almost (or even everything) for money and to get back at Pekka Rollins, he has absolutely no moral compass – but then there’s his love for Inej, Jordie and the friendship he develops with the crew. Help. Where does he fit in?
  3. Cardan in The Folk of the Air Series: Wow. The cruel prince and then later as the wicked king, he is the pure portrait of an anti-hero. Cardan’s personality was one of the most intriguing aspects of this series and I have to give it to Holly Black for creating one of the most unpredictable characters in history.
  4. Maven in Red Queen: yes, I understand that he might be “the villain” for many out here. But his mother was the true evil person and his flaws developed because of her influence, I believe he loves Mare and somewhere deep inside, he loves Cal. And that’s why my heart gave a jump at the end of War Storm.

Books with awesome anti-heros I want to read!

  1. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: I have been wanting to read this FOREVER now and I really have to get over myself and buy it. Enough with the excuses. The protagonist of this series is member of the “bad guys” (sorry, I don’t have the exact plot, or frankly anything about this in mind right now) and so she’s practically the anti-hero-protagonist number one!
  2. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde: I know absolutely nothing about this book, except that there is some picture and maybe even the destruction by stabbing said picture and that I’ve stayed in the hotel room where Oscar Wilde once lived in Paris (The Hotel, for anyone interested in that sort of stuff – very cute house in Paris where many famous artists used to have their apartment!). I therefore don’t know whether there is an actual anti-hero in this book, but I know it’s time for me to read Oscar Wilde and I always felt I had to read Dorian Grey first!

That’s it – unfortunately, I don’t have any more time on my hands to continue writing so I will just leave it like this. Tell me: what’s your definition of an anti-hero, which ones are your faves and which books do you want to read? Comment!! Happy reading!

Author: Blogger Books

I'm a huge fan of Draco Malfoy, I love scones and tea time, I don't like horror movies and obviously I'm a huge book nerd.

14 thoughts on “Let’s talk bookish – anti heros!”

  1. I think Kaz would probably be an antihero, just because he is the main protagonist even if we have the crew. And I guess I just like him so much that I willingly ignore the very villainous parts of him 😜😜
    Maven probably falls in the more villain spectrum for me but I won’t deny that he is the main reason I actually finished the series, because pretty much everyone else bored me.
    Nice post Jane. Antiheroes always make our favorite books more memorable 😍😍

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    1. Hahahah true, I guess I’m also blinded by me loving Kaz lmao!
      Yeah, I was unsure whether to put maven in, but I just thought why not… And I super understand that! And thanks so much!!!!

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  2. This is a really great post, and I love your definition of anti-heroes 🙂 I also don’t really know where to put Kaz. First, there’s the whole he’ll do anything for money. But, he also really cares about Inej and his brother. And he’s still a ruthless murderer. It’s hard to categorize him, but I feel like that is part of why his character and the book as a whole is so fascinating 😂

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  3. This is an amazing post!! I’m kinda dying of laughter because as I read your list, I realized most of those characters are some of my all-time favorites??? I guess I have a type haha! And Kaz is a total dilemma! He doesn’t have as many redeeming qualities as the others, but you can’t help but root for him despite his twisted ways. I’d love to see your thoughts on Renegades! I loved reading this💜

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  4. Kaz, Draco and Cardan are some of my favourites as well! I’ve noticed most people aren’t mentioning female characters and I couldn’t really think of many either. Renegades is REALLY good I bet you’ll end up loving it when you do get around to it.

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    1. True, I could not name you one single female character?! And aaaah, I really have to read Renegades, it’s been on my TBR for way too long and I have been putting it off for way too long hahaha! Happy reading!

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  5. I love your definition and totally agree! Kaz is very hard to place. On one hand, he’s the MC and he does do some good things, but at the same time, he’s incredibly morally grey. TBH, if he didn’t have the purpose of gaining money, or destroying Rollins, or saving Inej, he probably couldn’t care less what happened with the drug. He even might have used it himself…so yeah, he’s hard to place. I think of him more as a morally grey character, rather than an antihero. But even that doesn’t sound right…

    Anyways, great discussion (I’m so sorry for this super late reply!! ❤)

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