It's been a while since I participated, and I couldn't have come back for a better question.
Q: WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE VILLAIN FROM A BOOK?
The only thing I love more than villains is anti-heroes. But that isn't the question. Who are some of my favorite villains?
The Harry Potter villains are real. Even when they are over the top, they never feel like caricatures. What makes them so scary is that they have their own personal logic and moral code that they stick to and there is a very real chance that they may succeed.
What I love about the villains in White Cat is that, for the most part, all the "bad guys" are people Cassell cares about. It creates a lot of emotional tension as we watch him struggle with how to do the right thing.
So yeah... I like smart. Especially when it comes to villains. I want my heroes to truly struggle. Who do you think is the smartest villain?