The Reluctant Twilighter

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Round Four: Villains! July 23, 2009

Big happenings going on in the Twilight world, folks.  Big. time. stuff.  With all the Comic-Con hoopla today AND New Moon releasing its fancy new official website full of goodies, it’s hard to tear myself away.  I’m still in the midst of an internal struggle:  Do I want to soak up any clip, picture, interview for New Moon I can, or do I want to wait until I see the movie so that I will be surprised?  It’s a tough choice, one I still haven’t made and one that I’m pretty sure I need to decide soon.  But before I do, I think I’ve still got a few rounds of this battle royale in me, so we’re on to Round 4:Villains Edition!

This round gives us a chance to consider quite a few characters.  In the Twilight series, we’ve got James, Victoria, Laurent, the Volturi…and Jacob.  (I’m kidding about that last one, don’t freak out and send me hate mail.  We’ll discuss it later.)  The Harry Potter series has Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, Lucius Malfoy, (I’m not including Draco because I love him too much, did I mention I think he’s sexy?), Severus Snape (I guess we could argue about this one too, yeah?), Fenrir Greyback (eep!), just to name a few.

victoriaIn my humble opinion, the best villain in the Twilight series is Victoria.     She is super-scary.  Vengeful, with long, flaming-red hair, a creepy, high-pitched voice, piercing red eyes, those are some good ingredients for a first-class villain.  Part of her creepiness to me is that she kind of sneaks up on us.  You don’t pay too much attention to her in the first book, and then all of the sudden she shows up in New Moon, ready to take somebody OUT.  (As if Bella needed something else to freak out about.  Poor Bella!)  I think it’s cool how she’s always creeping around, testing the boundaries, seeing how close she can get to Bella, seeing how strong the wolf pack is.  THEN when the Cullens come back and suddenly her revenge gets ten times more difficult, what does she do?  Does she give up and run away?  NO!  Does she go cry to the Voturi about it?  NO!  She builds herself an army of newborn vampires. That’s pretty bad ass, I must say.

bellatrix2Now my favorite Harry Potter villain is by far Bellatrix Lestrange.  Voldemort’s right-hand girl, his most-faithful Death Eater…not to mention crazy like a fox.  She’s creepy too, but in the way like, “She’s so creepy I want to be just like her.”  I love her crazy black hair and her ragged witch-clothes.  She’s got a very confident way about her, even when she’s locked up in Azkaban she knows that her Dark Lord will rise again.  She’s a super-powerful wizard, those little Hogwarts kids are no match for her.  And then she goes and kills Harry’s godfather!  Poor Harry.  Then she has to rub it in his face!  “I killed Sirius Black!  I killed Sirius Black!”  That’s just cruel, Bellatrix.  That name too, it’s just so cool, Bellatrix Lestrange.  Awesome.

Since we’re talking about all the villians though, I guess I need consider them all when making my decision.  I think both authors give us some great ones, both series have characters who truly did scare me as I was reading these books.  But looking over the lists above, I think I’m going to have to give it to Rowling again.  My reason being that a lot of her characters cannot necessarily be defined as villains or heroes for sure.  Snape did some evil things, and was questionable throughout the entire series, but does Chapter 33 of Deathly Hallows erase all that?  Is Draco to blame if his hatred of mudbloods has been ingrained in him his entire life?  Sirius Black is incredibly scary in the 3rd book, until you learn that he was framed and is the exact opposite of what everyone thinks he is.  This is why I’m giving this round to JoJo, she has the ability to create multi-layered characters that can be argued for years to come, which is exactly what I plan on doing with my HP-nerd friends until I die.  HARRY POTTER VILLAINS WIN!!!

I’m off for the weekend, camping with the family, but I’ll be back on Monday to finish up this little showdown and declare a final winner!  See you then!

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Let the Showdown Begin!! July 13, 2009

As previously stated yesterday, this week I’m going to explore the worlds of Twilight and Harry Potter and which book/movies are the world champions of all sorts of various things.  I’m doing this in honor of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince coming to theaters TOMORROW because I’m just so, so excited and all I want to do is think and talk about this stuff.  (And I figured everyone else is doing it, I might as well jump on the bandwagon, right?)  Before I start though, I am officially declaring that I love both equally with all my heart and would hate to ever have to choose one over the other.  I just think each have their own individual strengths.  Also, I think it’s kind of silly to even compare the two because they are so different, but silly=fun so enough of playing nice!  LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!

Round 1: Stephenie Meyer vs. JK Rowling!!!

Sigh.  I’m getting this one over with quickly because it kind of makes me sad.

Plus JoJo is way hotter...
Plus JoJo is way hotter…

I wish that I could say that both authors are amazing in their own way and have each given us respectable, well-written novels, but I just can’t.  Jo Rowling takes it on this one, no contest.  Her books are incredible.  She created a completely new world with exciting plots, lovable characters, and tragedies that broke my heart.  Each book in the series got better and better and unfortunately, Stephenie just falls short compared to JoJo.  Stephenie’s books are enjoyable, but I can’t say they’re incredibly well-written.  She did create really great characters and I think she has a wonderful imagination, but those story lines just don’t make sense sometimes!   The timing of the first book was way off…I won’t even get started on Breaking Dawn!  (That plot was just one hot mess.)  Speaking of Breaking Dawn, Rowling gets another point for being able to kill off some of her characters, as opposed to Mrs. Meyer, who was too chicken to take anybody out.  Come on Stephenie, we could have handled it!  I demand a rewrite!  Take that biotch Rosalie down!  ROWLING WINS!

Next up, Harry vs. Edward!