Because You Love To Hate Me
Published: July 11th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Anthologies
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world. 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!
“Villains. Stories are nothing without them. Heroes cannot rise to greatness without them. In the absence of an enemy, our beloved protagonists are left kicking rocks in the Shire or taking tea and biscuits in a mind-numbingly Spare Oom. We love villains because they turn their aches into action, their bruises into battering rams.”
Because You Love To Hate Me was such a fantastic read. A few of the stories were perfect as they were and a few I wanted whole books on. I loved that we got a new sense on some of our favorite villains and got to read about new ones. I thought the youtubers created great commentary chapters after each story because it provided insight. I only wish they may be discussed why they gave certain authors certain challenges like why they thought that villain fit that author and how the author maybe got their idea from what they were given. A few stories were stronger than others but overall this was a great collection of short stories that I would 100% reread.
1) The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh
“After all, nightmares were creatures of the dark.”
Rhone was a very interesting character. This short story was super intense & I really liked it. I couldn’t imagine the feeling of your family being against you and feeling like you’re being treated cheaply. Christine Riccio’s chapter after was hilarious.
2) Jack by Ameriee
“We head back to the castle, and all I can think about is how badly I want to be like Jack, how badly I want an all-cares-to-the-wind risk-taker inside me, too.”
I loved that in Ameriee’s story the giant was a girl we usually always see it as a guy. That approach already made it interesting. It was also exciting seeing her come out of this shell and it was a funny story. The ending was highly unexpected so that was great. Tina Burke’s chapter was really educational.
3) Gwen & Art & Lance by Soman Chainani
“My beautiful Art you’re right. I am Hades. Kidnapping your Persephone. But one day you’ll look back and see that only someone as pure as you could bring together two broken souls.”
This was a very dark and twisted tale. I love the way the author decided to tell the story through text messages. The challenge was a mashup of two stories I would have never thought of and that was so dope. Samantha Lane’s chapter helped to understand the story even more.
4) Shirley & Jim by Susan Dennard
“On my chair lay a tattered red book with golden letters stamped on the cover. Grimm’s Fairy Tales, it read, and a chuckle bubbled in my chest at the sight of it…until my eyes hit the chessboard, atop which a two pieces glowed in the sunbeams. A white queen and a black king, tipped sideways. Checkmate.”
This was one of my favorites it was so well written. I loved seeing both of these character’s younger and a gender-switched Sherlock Holmes was amazing. The romance was interesting and dope, because it was this beautiful romance, turned manhunt. SashaAlsberg’s thing was utterly hilarious.
5) The Blessing of Little Wants by Sarah Enni
“I didn’t come here to save magic,” she said, her ice-blue eyes calm and clear. “I cam here to prove that I could.”
I really enjoyed that Thomas was unapologetically himself and Sigrid learned to become that way. This story had an awesome turn and twist of events. Sophia Lee’s chapter explained my feelings on Sigrid perfectly.
6) The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer
“This time, for the first time, they had every reason to be frightened of me. I was the stuff of their childhood nightmares, after all.”
Another favorite. One I loved reading about mermaids because I never have. Two Lorindel and his crew are the real villains. Nerit was treated horribly by everyone and even that trash Samuel who fooled me but really I should’ve seen it coming. Zoë Herdt’s chapter made perfect points and I loved her quiz.
7) Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon
“Mei Du knew that she would live long, reviled and hated. It was as the goddess had wished it.”
Another top favorite story. This was a beautiful Asian retelling of Medusa. This story & the original is like a viewfinder of how society treats rape victims. The goddess equals society. Nei Feng equals the victims. Hai Xin equals the rapists who more than likely don’t pay for their crime. Mei Du’s fate was wrong and didn’t deserve what happened to her. Benjamin Alderson’s chapter was EXACTLY my thoughts.
8) Death Knell by Victoria Schwab
“He longs for the heat, for the lovely moment after they die when he hold their life—all they were, all they are, all they will ever be—in his hand, cupped like a wounded bird, before he sets it free.”
It’s Victoria so it was nothing less than perfect and I am not shocked it was a favorite. Her words are breathtaking, beautiful, and enchanting. One of my favorite villains to read about is always Death. The ending was such a twist but I expect no less from her. Jesse George’s note to death was really interesting and I loved it.
9) Marigold by Samantha Shannon
“If we Er-folk had any weaknesses, we would take care for human not to know them.” The mouth of thorns smiled at them both. “I did ask you, Issac Fairfax,” it said, “if you believed everything you heard about me.”
I never heard of this Villain so it was super interesting to read and learn about. I like that the Erl-queen is supposedly a villain but she is actually saving girls from the real villains like Marigold. Regan Perusse’s chapter really helped me understand the story more.
10) You, You, It’s All About You by Adam Silvera
“Maybe he’s not exactly a dragon. Maybe you’re not the angel the client believed you to be. But this life is still one of your own design, and that’s the way you like it.”
And 18-year-old female crime lord and she’s a major badass. She is not prissy or kind. She is ruthless her mask is her dad’s flesh and bone. She 100% does what she says she will do. Catriona Feeney’s chapter about masks was really cool.
11) Julian Breaks Every Rule by Andrew Smith
“But Steven Kemple just would not die. And sometimes even Little Angels of Death need to resort to more worldly methods and take matters of the flesh and bone into their own hands.”
This story and Julian are hilarious. Julain’s voice and narration were great. I really was thinking stuff that he was saying. This was a really great short story and I would love this to be a full story. Raeleen Lemay’s chapter made a lot of sense and I agree with her.
12) Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tucholke
“I wait for her. I wait for the next Beast. I know she will come, five years, ten years…Sooner or later she will come. But this time she won’t be alone. This time she will have me.”
Of course, I adored this Beauty and the Beast retelling. This was beautiful and romantic. I love that it was a female beast and the guy was in love with her and did what he did for her. Whitney Atkinson’s chapter really opens your mind to Gaston & what he goes through. This version of him is very realistic.
13) Sera by Nicola Yoon
“We are born into our natures. It’s not a thing we can help. I know that now but didn’t always. I am the curse of men. I am War. And this world is mine.”
This one may be my favorite. It was so good. I love that it was gender-flipped because that is one of my favorite type of retellings. She is the goddess of war & it was amazing. I thought this origin story was intense and well written. Steph and Kat’s thing was cute.
I really enjoyed these anthologies & short stories and thought this collaboration was really unique and interesting. The stories were fun and the authors did fantastic jobs with their challenges.