Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature & Follow #8





I am trying to increase my readership and gain new followers, so I have signed up for this meme, hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read. Visit either of their posts to see who else is taking part.

I would especially appreciate 'likes' for my Facebook Page.




Activity: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

This is a tough one, because it all depends on what makes someone a ‘villain’. I am going to chose a character that is first introduced to us as a vicious, uncaring killer but who later shows that he is capable of loyalty and decency. This complexity of character is what I find so appealing about him. There are good reasons for all of his behavior, both good and bad, showing that he is not simply an ‘evil’ person, but a product of circumstances.

Sandor Clegane, known as The Hound, is at first presented as a totally irredeemable character in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. However, as the series continues we see him develop an affection of sorts for poor Sansa Stark, whom he shields from some of her ‘beloved’ Joffrey’s worst treatment. He is also the only person to think of her safety when the King’s party is attacked by a screaming horde of peasants in A Clash of Kings. This saves her from the vicious gang rape that another highborn lady suffers. When his fear of fire overwhelms him, he turns his back on his abominable king and offers to help Sansa escape, although she refuses to go with him.
 
In A Storm of Swords, he reappears as a drunk who is disgusted by his earlier life, but takes the opportunity to seize Arya Stark, whom he believes will gain him a reward from her family. I find it very telling that he does not even consider returning to the King to claim a reward for finding one of his enemy’s family members. Although he is rough and brutal, he does protect Arya, and saves her from the massacre after the Red Wedding, by preventing her from disclosing her identity. Our final view of The Hound is when Arya lives him injured under a tree in the Trident. However, there are some very heavy hints in A Feast For Crows that he has become a brother in a monastery on the Quiet Isle, so I am fairly certain that we will see him again . . . . I do hope so!


11 comments:

  1. Haven't read that yet, but I've been meaning to start watching the TV show. I didn't know it was based on a series!

    Here's my FF: www.best-of-ya.blogspot.com

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  2. I haven't read this one yet, but I will one day... I am already following you via linky, and I already like your facebook :)

    Here's my my FF post for this week.


    Have a fabulous Friday!

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  3. I haven't read this one yet but I will check it out :) New GFC Follower

    Here is my FF

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  4. The HBO series is awesome, but the books are so much better! :)

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  5. I haven't read Game of Thrones but I do have complex villains. I think they add depth to a series or a book. Excellent choice. Followed you back. Thanks for the follow! :-)

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  6. Oooh. Great Choice. I looove complicated villains and this one comes with pictures!


    Thanks for stopping by my blog! New Follower :)

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  7. Thanks for the follow! We are now following you back.

    Great post and love your choices for the villains

    Many Thanks,
    Marie
    Co-Founder/Owner, Designer, Blogger and Upcoming YA Author
    LunarHavenRD@gmail.com | http://lunarhavenrd.blogspot.com

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  8. This is another series that I'm gonna have to move up higher on my TBR pile - lots of folks talking about it this week! :)

    New follower - Bookworm Brandee - Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. Thanks for the follow! Returning the favor!

    Amanda

    Lets Get Romantical

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  10. Thanks for following. Followed via GFC :)

    I haven't read aSoIaF yet but I have watched aGoT and I do see another side of him when he's with Sansa (:

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  11. Sorry I'm so late to catch up on this--finally following you back via GFC! Also going to go like your fb page. :)

    PS-This could definitely just be my computer, but I think some of the comments are not showing up on this post. Just thought I'd let you know in case blogger's having some sort of glich. (glitch? hmm)

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