Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Top Ten Books Featuring Characters Who Are Anti-heroes

 
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish.
 
Definition of Antihero according to Dictionary.com
1. a protagonist who lacks the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like.
 
What I love about books like this, is that they leave so much room for character development. Usually, a character who starts out his/her own story without a hero complex, ends up very changed. I think it's fun to see that change. Here are ten novels featuring protagonists who are antiheroes.



1. Amir from The Kite Runner

2. Annyn from The Unveiling

3. Elisa from The Girl of Fire and Thorns

4. Celaena from Throne of Glass
 
5. Leo from Veiled Rose

6. Skylar from Me, Just Different

7. Razo from River of Secrets

8. Sybel from The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

9. Omar from Captives

10. Everard from Before Beauty

12 comments:

  1. Great list. I have Unveiling on my Kindle. I need to read it. I love a good anti hero.

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    1. It's a good book! Hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Leo was my favorite character in Heartless, so I was really excited to discover that he's the protagonist of Veiled Rose, which I'm about halfway through right now. It's a bit slower than book one, but I'm loving getting to know Leo better!

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    1. I really love Leo, even though sometimes it's hard to. Seeing his character develop was one of my favorite parts of reading Veiled Rose and Moonblood!

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  3. I haven't read ANY of these. :-(
    Kite Runner and Throne of Glass are on my TBR, though.

    Antiheroes are cool and confusing. It's hard for me to pin down the "antihero" definition, because the trend now is to create main characters that are just generally flawed. I guess the antihero is really increasing in popularity!
    My personal favorite antihero is Sherlock Holmes. <3

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    1. I guess it is rising in popularity! I'm glad. It's really neat to see the incompetent or insecure or petty or mean characters develop into real heroes.

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  4. "leave so much room for character development." THIS. I couldn't agree more. I kind of feel the same about villains in fiction too, especially the well developed ones that are redeemable *swoons* Anyways, great list! Love Throne of Glass!

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    1. Ooh, right? I don't know which I love more: the villains that are pure evil, or the redeemable and sometimes almost LIKEABLE ones. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Great list. I never really thought of Celeana as an antihero before but I guess she is. I love your choice of topic, it's really different to a lot of the ones I've read today. Celeana features on my list this week too.
    My TTT: http://www.jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/top-ten-tuesdays-2/

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, she's really not your typical heroine.

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  6. Omar and Skylar are awesome indeed!
    And yes, I just love antiheroes. They're the most interesting charries in my opinion.


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, they tend to be complex characters!

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