Random thoughts on hot villians

Man, when the first season of game of thrones came out I found myself enraged that Cersei was so beautiful. It was so easy to hate her guts with all my being whilst reading the books. But watching her storyline play out through that pretty face just… predisposed me to think of her more sympathetically, even though she was still being abjectly terrible.

This got me thinking about the privilege of attractiveness, but that’s a different rant. All I’m gonna say for now is that while I hated this experience the first time, it has come to be like, one of my favorite things. A terrible character with a beautiful face is so INTERESTING to me, creating way more complex emotions than a hot protagonist or a villain whose face is as creepy as his soul.

This is also why I’m TERRIFIED about who they might cast as you-book-readers-know-who on the Expanse show… I will not enjoy that experience quite so much I think…


“Cersei even undid your swaddling clothes to give us a better look,” the Dornish prince continued. “You did have one evil eye, and some black fuzz on your scalp. Perhaps your head was larger than most… but there was no tail, no beard, neither teeth nor claws, and nothing between your legs but a tiny pink cock. After all the wonderful whispers, Lord Tywin’s Doom turned out to be just a hideous red infant with stunted legs. Elia even made the noise that young girls make at the sight of infants, I’m sure you’ve heard it. The same noise they make over cute kittens and playful puppies. I believe she wanted to nurse you herself, ugly as you were. When I commented that you seemed a poor sort of monster, your sister said, ‘He killed my mother,’ and twisted your little cock so hard I thought she was like to pull it off. You shrieked, but it was only when your brother Jaime said, 'Leave him be, you’re hurting him,’ that Cersei let go of you. 'It doesn’t matter,’ she told us. 'Everyone says he’s like to die soon. He shouldn’t even have lived this long.’”

The sun was shining bright above them, and the day was pleasantly warm for autumn, but Tyrion Lannister went cold all over when he heard that. My sweet sister.