Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy


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Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
Wellllllllllllllllllllllllll, that was okay. I don't know quite what I was expecting when I picked this up, but I really wasn't expecting what I got. I didn't quite know how the Booktubers and authors would work together - perhaps I thought they would collab with the stories or write a companion stories or their own version of the story, but I didn't really understand that they would actually be just writing kind maybe a discussion post after the thing? I was confused with that, and I think that super messed with me. So, let's start off with what I liked....which, honestly, was only 3 of the stories. Of course, I absolutely adored The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer. Omigosh, that lady can do no wrong. It was stunning, it was brilliant, and I just want her to write alllllllllllllllllllll the villains. She's done The Evil Queen, she's done Ursula - CAN SHE PLEASE TACKLE MALEFICENT AND LEMME JUST CRY??? It was amazing, and it was everything I wanted with a background story into how the sea witch/Ursula came to be in the story. It's so Hans Christian Anderson and so Marissa Meyer that I can't help but fangirl about it. The other one I really, really enjoyed was Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon. I think I read a Cindy Pon book like 10 years ago, but I've heard so much about her wonders with her new book, Want. I'm so going to have to revisit her writing, because this story was AMAZING as well. It had beautiful writing, a lush setting, and complex and complicated characters. I love how it creates a conversation on rape culture as well, which is so important. I wish this story had been longer because I could have lived forever in it. The one that I enjoyed that surprised me the most was Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani. It's told all through mixed media texts and messages, and it was so intriguing. I thought it took a super interesting look into "good" and "bad" girl culture, and I loved the dynamics of Gwen and her men/characters. She came into her own in the story, and despite the fact this story had no prose, I felt the character's voices and was so intrigued to see what was happening. I'm definitely going to have to check out his work as well in the future. The rest of the stories fell super flat to me. The Victoria Schwab one, Death Knell, wasn't bad but it really didn't stand out to me. I got a little too distracted by the prose, but she still managed to shake things up in the end and create dynamics characters. I just didn't love it as much as I thought I would. I guess the biggest issue was that I thought this would be...well, a book of villains being bad. I wanted the delicious complexity of the characters just doing bad things. I wanted the unapologetic attitude you get from our favorite antiheroes with a little more understanding on how they to where they are. However, most of the time...well, the villains weren't that bad? It seemed like some of the authors niced them up a bit too much, and well, I JUST WANTED BAD PEOPLE DOING BAD THINGS. XD I didn't really want giants chilling with they prey or focusing on Sherlock when I wanted devious Jim. I don't just messed with me too much. Overall, this collection did have a few gems, but for the most part, it didn't compute with me. I didn't enjoy 10/13 of the stories, but I did love, love, love 3 of them. I just wanted the villains to be doing more bad things, which they...didn't. They were too nice??? 2 crowns and a Cinderella rating for this one (but such five
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Look, I love complicated protagonists, and even anti-hero novels. And most of all, I love a good villain origin story. Sure, most villains are irredeemable, but it is interesting how they got there. Because You Love to Hate Me has 13 stories, all centered around one ‘villain’ or another. The stories are diverse, and some are retellings of folklore, like Jack and the beanstalk from the POV of a giant, or the Medusa mythology retold in a Chinese setting, a modern Sherlock-Moriarty romance, or even the Arthurian legend in a modern setting with a manipulative Geneviève. Some are original stories, like a prince in a matriarchal society, or a witch who wants to find the ultimate power at great personal cost, or a boy who is Death, or a boy who can kill with mere thought, and even a story about damsels getting away from their ‘rescuers’. Each of the stories is by a prompt from a popular booktuber, and after each of them, they write explaining the prompt and what they think of the story that came from it. It is all about changing the perspective of what a villain would be like, their desires, their motivations, their stories – and every one of the stories is engaging and full of plot twists. Some, like the retellings, were already a bit known, but it was interesting in how the authors imagined what their stories would be lie. Like, in The Sea Witch, we get her story as a prequel to The Little Mermaid (I guess?) but with the story turned on its head, and instead of love there is betrayal. Mei Du’s story as a Medusa comes with the focus on the rape and the victim blaming by the goddess. Jack’s story left me cold and it was like the second story in the book and I was going – oh my god, that totally sets the tone for the book! Basically, if you love morally grey or dark characters, this is the short stories anthology for you!
Chancie More than 1 year ago
It's a great concept, but none of the stories really grabbed me. That's not to say that the stories themselves weren't good, I just don't think collections of short stories are necessarily for me. There are some great names in this book so if you're interested, definitely pick it up.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: July 11, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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! Featuring writing from . . . 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, and Nicola Yoon BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel). What I Liked: I'm not usually one to read anthologies - short stories make me want more, but there is no more, because that's the point of a short story. Why bother getting worked up about it, when you can just not read short stories (or an anthology). Because when I saw this anthology, with so many of my favorite authors contributing, I threw out my usual logic regarding anthologies and jumped at the chance to take a peek in advance. These tales of villainy are masterful and incredible. In thirty or so pages, each author has created an intriguing and captivating story that (you guessed it) left me wanting more. But at the same time, when I got to the end of each story, most of the time I was like "no waaaaaay" or "holy guacamole" or simply "OMG!". Each story tended to have a sneakily surprising ending, and the ending was always satisfying (in a twisted way). These are tales of villainy, centered around the villain, and none of the tales end in a cute happily-ever-after. Which made the stories all the more incredible! In general, every story was a fantastic short story, well-written and captivating. Some started a little slowly, but it only took a page or two for me to become hooked. These stories are twisted and strange, and I enjoyed them all. I'm going to talk about some of my favorite ones. No disrespect to the other authors/stories that I don't mention! The following ones were simply too good not to talk about. The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh: honestly, half the reason why I decided to read this anthology was to read Renée Ahdieh's story. This story is on the shorter side, but it is dense and the ending is shocking (sort of). It is classic Ahdieh, with rich storytelling and immersive writing. Jack by Ameriie: Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)