Before you read this post, I just want to make it clear I do like young adult books. However, I’m finding a lot of young adult stories lacking these days. So without further ado, today’s topic is…Young Adult Antagonists!
Recently I finished reading Winter by Marissa Meyer. Surprisingly, I didn’t enjoy this book for the following reasons:
- The main antagonist wasn’t threatening or scarier (today’s topic). I found her whiny more than anything else
- The character development for Winter was lacking
- The book dragged on (90+ chapters)
Another young adult book I read this year also had a, hmm, weak antagonist. To confirm my feelings about this, I went to Goodreads and saw other readers felt the same way I did. They felt the antagonist was similar to Joffrey Lannister (*cough* I mean Baratheon). The antagonist was whiny like Joffrey but didn’t have the same killer instincts. Thank goodness Joffrey wasn’t the only antagonist in Game of Thrones, or the books wouldn’t have been very interesting.
I don’t know what it is, maybe I should take a break from young adult books, but I’m finding the antagonists boring and dull. They are supposed to be big and bad, and yet, all they ever do is idle threats. And when they do act, it’s something little, like locking up the protagonist’s friends or “hurting” their family member. I put hurt in quotes because it’s barely anything – more like a slap on the wrist.
As I said before, I do like young adult books. Finding a YA novel with a balanced protagonist, good story development and a scary antagonist is a rare find. Well, there is one young adult novel where the antagonists scared me. In The Maze Runner, those scientists freak me out. Anyone who can lock you up in a maze and fake their own deaths is scary.
What do you think about YA antagonists? Do you find them lacking?
As always, thanks for reading!