“Fine, make me your villain.” (Shadow and Bone, 341)
Alright, I’ve got a bit of a confession to make: I don’t exactly hate the bad boy trope.
I’m as guilty as the next person of finding the bad boy in literature interesting and, even at times, a wee bit irresistible. He could be a protagonist, he could be the antagonist — either way, if there’s a bad boy, he’s a little hard to miss.
There is, however, a very particular bad boy to whom I have never felt an attraction: Aleksander Morozova, The Darkling.
SPOILER WARNING: This post will contain some minor spoilers for the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. Read on at your own risk.