Would you read a book with an "evil" main character?

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  1. Tym

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    Yup. Although the character has to be sympathetic, or readers will have a hard time empathising with him (or her?). If you want me to be honest your character doesn't really sound "Evil", more morally gray. Well, as long as he actually doesn't commit an act of terrorism...
    Personally I'd love to read that story. :p
     
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    I'd love to if I could find a good one.
     
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    I've read "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" and "Wuthering Heights". Both belong to my favourite books. Still, I like them because of the writing. I'm not a bad-guys-fan...
     
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    pretty much the same for me. if I could find one that was well written, where the story was gripping enough, I totally would.
     
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    Harlequin Everyone loves a Jester !

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    Just realised that I have actually read a book with an evil main character.
    The book is called Orcs
    Obviously all of the characters in the book are evil - the main character is simply the least evil of the bunch !!
    Still evil though !;)
     
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    I think Markus Heitz's The Dwarves series is getting to that point where I'm at
     
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    The Knight of the Black Rose is a fantastic fantasy novel....and both of the key characters are evil, Lord Soth and Lord Strahd....loved the book. Also loved the Darth Bane trilogy of Star Wars novels...along with Darth Plagueis. Something interesting about learning all the back stories and motives to the "bad guys"
     
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    My favourite trilogy (next to Rings) is the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The protagonist's first meaningful act in the Land is raping a teenage girl, and he doesn't really get more sympathetic from that point on. Then again, he's not supposed to.

    A flawed human coping with a disease that can't be cured, emotionally as well as physically stunted, I think the author does a pretty good job of making him, if not an object of empathy, at least understandable. Covenant may be a flawed hero, even an anti-hero, but that's what makes him interesting. Reading about good-as-gold characters gets old really fast. Only zealots could find such characters interesting.
     
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    GrimWarlock Daemon Prince of Tzeentch

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    Evil and good are a highly subjective matter. In fact I don't believe in their existance beyond hypothetical context. So yes - I would read about an "Evil" character so long as he or she is an interesting person.
     
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    Sure, I would. As long as they are a well-written character, I'd be down to read it. I'm a sucker for a good villain anyway. :p
     
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    ^ Villain and "Evil" main character are two different things. So if the main character is the evil, then in that book shouldn't it make the good heroes be the story's vilains? Funny when you think about it
     
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    Yeah, that is a very good point. :)