Title: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke & Nicola Yoon
Date Started: September 19
Date Finished: September 21
Format: Hardcover from local library
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
I haven’t read an anthology of short stories by different authors since I was in junior high. Back when Stephenie Meyer was the Meyer that I really wanted to read. This time around I picked this anthology up for two reasons: Marissa Meyer was writing a story about villains (who doesn’t love a villain?) and this anthology was about villains. And for some odd reason since my college years I’ve been completely fascinated by villains and their origin tales. I blame Naoko Takeuchi who turned a hero – Tuxedo Mask – evil (Prince Endymion) and who’s descent to darkness I’ve been intrigued with ever since. Add in Cole from Charmed and I’m just a dark twisted mess, aren’t I?
Anyway, as expected I loved Marissa Meyer’s challenge of putting the sea witch into the Little Mermaid’s shoes. It was beautifully written. But that wasn’t the only story I loved in this book. I also liked Beautiful Venom from Cindy Pon. That twist on Medusa was pretty damn awesome. I even liked the BookTubber’s analysis of it afterwards – which I have to admit wasn’t always the case. And I also liked April Genevieve Tucholke’s take on Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. Talk about a twist that I didn’t see coming. Wow.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While I found all the stories in this anthology remarkable and imaginative, I have to admit that some of the BookTuber’s analysis of their challenges to their respective author’s weren’t always that great. There were some that I even skimmed through or just skipped all together just so I could get to the next story. I also think that the challenge to the author’s should have prefaced the actual story, because there were a few stories in here that I didn’t know what was going on until I read the challenge at the end.
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