More Kundry, because I adore her. Even though she's quite horrible. Or maybe because
she's quite horrible.
- Speaking of horrible, I annoyed my fellow moviegoers last Friday by squeeing every time Loki appeared on screen in Avengers
. I can't help it, he may be a villain but I just love him to bits! I wonder if it's Tom Hiddleston's voice or his smile, both of which just about make me melt ;-). That, and Loki is just ... you know ... he tends to bite off more than he can chew, realises
that he's getting himself into trouble, and when it looks like he's winning, he finds that he can't make the tough (read: really really mean and nasty) decisions that he should
make to cement his victory. He can't kill Thor because he doesn't really want
to kill Thor. I do love me a villain who becomes a villain because he thinks that's what's expected of him. And villains who are major drama queens, of course ;-). Mind you, my soft spot for Loki, the Marvel version, is based on the films and the, um, three Marvel comics I've read. I'm quite sure that he does much nastier things elsewhere in the Marvelverse than he does in Thor: Ages of Thunder
, Thor, the Mighty Avenger
and Thor and Loki: Blood Brothers
. He's only fun when he has more than one dimension, and I doubt he is always given that much.
Incidentally, going over Loki's Wikipedia page I noticed that normally Laufey is Loki's mother
, not his father as in the Marvel universe. That struck me as kind of funny, especially as it is apparently unusual to have a matronymic name in the Norse pantheon.
My friend bettyboop_comic
rolls his eyes at the fact that I root for villains so often, and it's true, I do occasionally find them more fun than the good guys. I guess the thing that draws me to them is that they often seem more human and recognisable than straightforward heroes. Heroes are only interesting if they are liable to be tempted by the easy way out, or by wicked deeds, or by other things that are tempting to normal people. I'm especially fond of villains who are 'pushed' towards the dark side, if you want to call it that, and preferably pushed by the 'good' guys. I sometimes think that one reason why I like villains is that I'm such a law-abiding citizen and, as Oscar Wilde said, 'When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy'. You know you mustn't be bad and mean and nasty because that would be wrong
, but if you're always good, that absolutely doesn't mean you will always be treated well. Sometimes you would be mean and nasty and evil if only you dared, wouldn't you? Well, I would. I guess that if I thought I could be really good at being bad, I'd try my hand at it ;p. And villains, well, they just go for it. Of course they are only interesting as long as they are occasionally beset by doubts - again, like normal people.
Now that I'm finally
reading A Song of Ice and Fire
, I find I'm rooting for the good guys again. So far, the bad guys are just too ... bad. Maybe they'll become a bit more human in future books. I mean, they are fun in all their Ebilness of Ebil, but I'm not going to forgive them for crushing Eddard Stark. Not ever. Because yes, even though he's not to be tempted by the easy way out or by corruption (so far :p), I'm rooting for Ned Stark all the way. Why? Because, even though I have only reached page 456 of the first book in the series, I JUST KNOW that dear noble Ned isn't going to make it. Which will make me sad. Because he's decent and most of the court isn't. And his decency is SO not going to be rewarded. *sigh*
So, you see, I *can* be on the side of the white hats ;-).
My favourite ASoIaF characters so far:
Littlefinger (because I can't help myself :P)
I'm a little bit annoyed by the fact that there's only one female character on the list. Hopefully there will be more as I read on...
NB: Don't spoil me please. I still think George R.R. Martin seems to need a LOT of pages to get his story told, so I need the suspense to remain intact and carry me through...