So that is the end of the April challenge. I enjoyed it immensely and I hope you did too. I’d like to thank Tossing It Out for coming up with this great idea and organising it. I’d like to do it next year on a different theme.
I’m glad that I did it. I have discovered a lot of great blogs that I wouldn’t have found otherwise and I shall be following them with interest from now on.
I have learnt a lot from making these blogs. First of all, I have had a good analysis of what makes a good villain. Villains seem to be integral to a story, sometimes even more so that heroes.
Alfred Hitchcock said ‘The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture’ and this certainly rings true for the gamebook villains that I have analysed. The gamebook villains that have come top have been within inches of victory or already have cities or countries under their control and a horde of henchmen to foil your every move.
Villains also seem to hold an attraction with others. Many other blogs have focused on villains or named villains as part of their posts such as:
Also, Jonathan Green has written numerous posts with villains as the theme:
|I’d like to thank Naar
who spawned me…
Karam Gruul and Zharadon Marr share the runner up prizes for their efforts. They were pipped at the post because of their lack of ambition and for not being as prominent as Gnaag. Better luck next time, guys.
Not surprisingly, most of the bottom rankings are held by servants and henchmen who, by definition of their roles scored very low on ambition. Most of them also scored low on prominence because they were hardly in the book apart from the scene where you kill them. However, my sympathies to poor Ikiru for scoring lower than Darramous. He must be sulking in his pit right now.
Next week, I’ll go over what makes a good villain from what I’ve learnt about this lot. But for now it’s…
Have a good week!