Unlike traditional heroes, antiheroes are not as fabulous as the traditional ones. They are generally corrupt, oppressive, etc. They are not villains but not necessarily heroes. They may do bad things but are not evil. They usually fight villains, but not for the reason of justice. Their actions are motivated by their own personal desires, such as revenge. For example, an antihero may steal, vandalize, and perform other "bad" acts but may do so for a good cause.
First, let me say I disagree with the first sentence. Anti-heroes are actually MORE fabulous than heroes. I love rooting for the bad guy and if an author can make me fall in love with a character who does terrible things, then I am a fan for life.
My favorite anti-hero is Cassel from Holly Black's Curse Worker Series. Cassel is a teenager who grew up surrounded by criminals and struggles to be a good person when his first instinct is to lie and cheat and con. In short... I love him. And I want to read more chraracters like him.
For this mini-challenge, I want you to tell me about your favorite unlikely hero, troublemaker, or anti-hero. Recommend some books with some shady characters and tell me why you love them!
Post the answer on your blog (and leave a link) or in the comments. I will pick one random winner to receive copies of the entire Curse Worker Series (two paperbacks and one hardcover with the beautiful new covers!). I will ship through The Book Depository, so the challenge is open to anywhere they ship. And if you prefer e-copies for your kindle or nook, we can work that out, too! Covers link to GoodReads.
This is an excerpt from my White Cat review, that sums up why I love Cassel so much: "...even though this book is dark, it is still an emblem for hope. Cassel knows he's a terrible person, but he still lives his life in the hopes of being good. He is betrayed in mind-blowing ways and he still forgives. He is a light in a dark world and I love his story."