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Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales Of Villainy

byAmeriie Ameriie

Hardcover | July 11, 2017

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A New York Times Bestseller

Leave it to the heroes to save the world--villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains' points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like "Medusa," Sherlock Holmes, and "Jack and the Beanstalk" provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains' acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage--and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

Featuring writing from . . .

Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Amerie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Nicola Yoon.

BookTubers: Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (JessetheReader), Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS), and Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel).

Amerie is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, and lifestyle bon vivant. The daughter of a Korean artist and an American military officer, she was born in Massachusetts, raised all over the world, and graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor's in English. She began writing at the age of seven, stories of fairies ...
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Title:Because You Love To Hate Me: 13 Tales Of VillainyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.37 × 6.42 × 1.35 inPublished:July 11, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681193647

ISBN - 13:9781681193649

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is a short story anthology that was curated and edited by the amazing, and so very talented, Ameriie. Seriously, Ameriie is an angel and I'm so thankful that she put this anthology together. I completely believe this collection will appeal to so many readers. I mean, these stories surround villains and their often misunderstood back stories, and then throw in some amazingly talented and popular authors, and then some of the most popular Booktubers around right now, and you truly have something different that many YA readers can appreciate and get excited over. It's honestly genius and a great way to celebrate reading and the literary community in general. There is a lot of controversy about whether or not these Booktubers "deserved" to get published, and I'm not here to start a war over that, but I will say that these people put a lot of work into their videos and have been doing it long enough to get pretty substantial followings. This book is going to sell a lot of copies, and for that alone it makes sense that they "deserve" to be published. I mean, capitalism exists in the book world, too.I know many Booktubers don't read as much as the average reviewer and I know many want to write their own books. hese Booktubers are human beings, who read your hurtful words, and are just accepting opportunities that the publishers are giving them. If you don't like them, unsubscribe to them. If you don't like their writing or their books then write a review saying why you don't like their writing or their books. Also, you all have free will. You don't have to pick this book up. I'm a firm believer in "speaking with your money/wallet" and no one is making you support these people. And let's be real, most the people who are complaining about this, will be complaining about people speaking up against harmful representation tomorrow. It's okay to bash on Booktubers who don't "deserve" to be published, but God forbid someone write a review on a book they've never read about how people from that culture are saying that the representation hurts their people. Essays from booktubers Each one ruined any sense of immersion established by the story before. They were mostly lightheaded and a little goofy, and certainly something I might have read as related blog posts. I enjoy these booktubers and their context, but the essays were not thought provoking and really contrasted with the darker stories. ➽ The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh - ★★ • Prompt and The Evil Vaccine: Keep the Darkness at Bay by Christine Riccio atPolandbananasBOOKS I was really disheartened that this was the start to this anthology, because I really didn't enjoy this story at all. I mean, if I could get a full length story about this world I would probably read it, but I just personally feel that it didn't make for that great of a short story. This story is about a boy, who is forced to sit by the sidelines and watch his sixteen year old sister get ready to one day rule. He obviously doesn't like that and wishes that he could change the future he is destined to only watch from the sidelines. I'll be honest, I really disliked the prompt and I even thought her essay thing was trying way too hard to be funny and it felt so forced and ended up being really unfunny. Also, making jokes and/or light hearted fun about vaccination just kind of feels bad anyways. Renée Ahdieh's beautiful writing did shine through, and for that I gave it two stars, but I honestly did not enjoy this story what so ever. The best part was that it takes place in a matriarchal society. Also, I honestly and truthfully hate the Beatles. ➽ Jack by Ameriie - ★★★ • Prompt and Giants and Tyrants by Tina Burke at Lushables This story was better than the first and I loved Amerrie's writing. Tina Burke's idea to use a real life historical figure villain with an old classic fairy tale villain was beyond wonderful and so creative! I also loved Tina's very thoughtful and informative part at the end. Her closing section was seriously one of the best in this entire book, and I loved reading it as much as I loved reading the story. This story is a never before seen take on Jack and the Beanstalk and it, too, does not disappoint. Amerrie wrote a completely captivating story that even made me laugh a few times. Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani, prompt from Samantha Lane/Thoughts on Tomes 1.75/5 stars This could have been such a cool af story, as the prompt was King Arthur meets Hades and Persephone, but instead, it was just high school drama sprinkled with more high school drama. It wasn't even villainous. It was literally just an egocentric girl pining over two guys who are too good for her. And the entire thing was told in text messages. Just no. I'll pass. ➽ Shirley & Jim by Susan Dennard - ★★★ • Prompt and Dear Sasha, the 411 for Villains by Sasha Alsberg at abookutopia I also have a soft spot in my heart for Sasha. She just genuinely seems like such a little sweetheart to me, and she's one of the few Booktubers on this list that I genuinely am excited for and want to read her published work. Also, her prompt was short, simple, and perfect. This story just feels bad. Like, if Susan Dennard would have just wrote a Sherlock and Watson gender-bent love story people would have lost it and completely loved this. Instead she gender bends Sherlock and Watson so they can gush about Moriarty? Like, she could have just, you know, left Sherlock and Watson boys, and had Sherlock gush over Moriarty and people would have loved that too. Instead, we get this bad feeling, pointless gender-bend modern day version of Sherlock Holmes. It is extra sad, because this short story was pretty addicting. Also, it's beautifully written, but it just feels so bad thinking of what could have been. ➽ The Blessings of Little Wants by Sarah Enni - ★★★★ • Prompt and Will the Real Villain Please Stand Up? by Sophia Lee atthebookbasement This story is about two witches that are trying to save magic. Half way through, these two characters were sitting in their common room, surrounded by books, I thought I was reading a much darker version of some kind of side quest in Harry Potter. Seriously. While I wasn't too invested in everything that happened, after the mess of the past three stories I embraced this with open arms. Even if I didn't understand fully what was going on? That ending was confusing af and how did any of this have anything to do with villains???? The main character just travels to some island by boat and kills something that I'm [ 99% sure is a figment of her imagination and give me at least a novella about Sigrid and the consequences of her choices. ➽ The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Villain or Hero? You Decide! by Zoë Herdt at readbyzoe The only complaint I have about this short story is that I wish it was a full length novel. Marissa Meyer is the queen of fairy-tale retellings for a reason, and Zoë was so very smart to give her an inspiration that plays to her strength. This book is a take on the sea witch from The Little Mermaid and it was everything I could have asked for and more. This short story also talks about loneliness in the face of only wanting love, and then betrayal when you only wanted to be accepted. Perfect villain, perfect messages, perfect story. Like, if you're a fan of Marissa Meyer, this short story is a must read. Also, Zoë is so sweet. How can anyone not love her? And her essay was so amazing as well. She really talked about a side of her life that I think so many people can relate to, even though I believe she is nothing close to a coward. I also loved her quiz, even though I ended up being a villain! ➽ Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Without the Evil in the World, How Do We See the Good? by Benjamin Alderson at Benjaminoftomes TW: Rape (very minor and nothing graphic, but it is there.) This story was also perfection. I love the discussion on beauty standards and expectations, while even touching on the expectations of young girls to remain virginal. Also, this story probably has the most evil villain in this entire anthology, and the twist was so beautiful and nothing you'd expect in a Medusa remake. Also, now I want to read everything Cindy Pon has written. I also am a pretty big fan of Ben, and his prompt was exactly what I wanted and expected from this anthology. Ben broke down different elements of the story and talked about some of his favorite parts. I wish all the Booktubers did this, instead of their "creative" things, because this flowed so well and just highlighted Cindy Pon's story, while adding a great perspective. ➽ Death Knell by Victoria Schwab - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Dear Death by Jesse George at JessetheReader I had a pretty good feeling that VE Schwab would write one of the best stories in this anthology, no matter what her prompt was, and she didn't disappoint. Her story made me so unexpectedly emotional, too. Like, I had tears on my cheeks through the entirety of this short story. I actually think this could be my favorite thing that VE Schwab has ever written. It is covered from page to page in her lyrical writing. So breathtakingly beautiful and meaningful. It's about how life is short and death is not outrun-able. I'm in love. I'm incredibly biased, as I'm a self-proclaimed #1 Victoria Schwab fan, but this is the best story so far. Seriously, if you're a fan of her beautiful and mesmerizing writing, read this short story. Jesse's essay ended up hitting really close to home for me, too. It was really impactful and showed a vulnerable side of him that I really appreciated, especially surrounding the topic of death. I loved both parts of this collaboration. ➽ Marigold by Samantha Shannon - ★★★ • Prompt and Evil Revealed by Regan Perusse at PeruseProject Her prompt had to do with a folklore story about a fae queen that kidnaps young girls in nineteenth-
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy is a short story anthology that was curated and edited by the amazing, and so very talented, Ameriie. Seriously, Ameriie is an angel and I'm so thankful that she put this anthology together. I completely believe this collection will appeal to so many readers. I mean, these stories surround villains and their often misunderstood back stories, and then throw in some amazingly talented and popular authors, and then some of the most popular Booktubers around right now, and you truly have something different that many YA readers can appreciate and get excited over. It's honestly genius and a great way to celebrate reading and the literary community in general. There is a lot of controversy about whether or not these Booktubers "deserved" to get published, and I'm not here to start a war over that, but I will say that these people put a lot of work into their videos and have been doing it long enough to get pretty substantial followings. This book is going to sell a lot of copies, and for that alone it makes sense that they "deserve" to be published. I mean, capitalism exists in the book world, too.I know many Booktubers don't read as much as the average reviewer and I know many want to write their own books. hese Booktubers are human beings, who read your hurtful words, and are just accepting opportunities that the publishers are giving them. If you don't like them, unsubscribe to them. If you don't like their writing or their books then write a review saying why you don't like their writing or their books. Also, you all have free will. You don't have to pick this book up. I'm a firm believer in "speaking with your money/wallet" and no one is making you support these people. And let's be real, most the people who are complaining about this, will be complaining about people speaking up against harmful representation tomorrow. It's okay to bash on Booktubers who don't "deserve" to be published, but God forbid someone write a review on a book they've never read about how people from that culture are saying that the representation hurts their people. Essays from booktubers Each one ruined any sense of immersion established by the story before. They were mostly lightheaded and a little goofy, and certainly something I might have read as related blog posts. I enjoy these booktubers and their context, but the essays were not thought provoking and really contrasted with the darker stories. ➽ The Blood of Imuriv by Renée Ahdieh - ★★ • Prompt and The Evil Vaccine: Keep the Darkness at Bay by Christine Riccio atPolandbananasBOOKS I was really disheartened that this was the start to this anthology, because I really didn't enjoy this story at all. I mean, if I could get a full length story about this world I would probably read it, but I just personally feel that it didn't make for that great of a short story. This story is about a boy, who is forced to sit by the sidelines and watch his sixteen year old sister get ready to one day rule. He obviously doesn't like that and wishes that he could change the future he is destined to only watch from the sidelines. I'll be honest, I really disliked the prompt and I even thought her essay thing was trying way too hard to be funny and it felt so forced and ended up being really unfunny. Also, making jokes and/or light hearted fun about vaccination just kind of feels bad anyways. Renée Ahdieh's beautiful writing did shine through, and for that I gave it two stars, but I honestly did not enjoy this story what so ever. The best part was that it takes place in a matriarchal society. Also, I honestly and truthfully hate the Beatles. ➽ Jack by Ameriie - ★★★ • Prompt and Giants and Tyrants by Tina Burke at Lushables This story was better than the first and I loved Amerrie's writing. Tina Burke's idea to use a real life historical figure villain with an old classic fairy tale villain was beyond wonderful and so creative! I also loved Tina's very thoughtful and informative part at the end. Her closing section was seriously one of the best in this entire book, and I loved reading it as much as I loved reading the story. This story is a never before seen take on Jack and the Beanstalk and it, too, does not disappoint. Amerrie wrote a completely captivating story that even made me laugh a few times. Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainani, prompt from Samantha Lane/Thoughts on Tomes 1.75/5 stars This could have been such a cool af story, as the prompt was King Arthur meets Hades and Persephone, but instead, it was just high school drama sprinkled with more high school drama. It wasn't even villainous. It was literally just an egocentric girl pining over two guys who are too good for her. And the entire thing was told in text messages. Just no. I'll pass. ➽ Shirley & Jim by Susan Dennard - ★★★ • Prompt and Dear Sasha, the 411 for Villains by Sasha Alsberg at abookutopia I also have a soft spot in my heart for Sasha. She just genuinely seems like such a little sweetheart to me, and she's one of the few Booktubers on this list that I genuinely am excited for and want to read her published work. Also, her prompt was short, simple, and perfect. This story just feels bad. Like, if Susan Dennard would have just wrote a Sherlock and Watson gender-bent love story people would have lost it and completely loved this. Instead she gender bends Sherlock and Watson so they can gush about Moriarty? Like, she could have just, you know, left Sherlock and Watson boys, and had Sherlock gush over Moriarty and people would have loved that too. Instead, we get this bad feeling, pointless gender-bend modern day version of Sherlock Holmes. It is extra sad, because this short story was pretty addicting. Also, it's beautifully written, but it just feels so bad thinking of what could have been. ➽ The Blessings of Little Wants by Sarah Enni - ★★★★ • Prompt and Will the Real Villain Please Stand Up? by Sophia Lee atthebookbasement This story is about two witches that are trying to save magic. Half way through, these two characters were sitting in their common room, surrounded by books, I thought I was reading a much darker version of some kind of side quest in Harry Potter. Seriously. While I wasn't too invested in everything that happened, after the mess of the past three stories I embraced this with open arms. Even if I didn't understand fully what was going on? That ending was confusing af and how did any of this have anything to do with villains???? The main character just travels to some island by boat and kills something that I'm [ 99% sure is a figment of her imagination and give me at least a novella about Sigrid and the consequences of her choices. ➽ The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Villain or Hero? You Decide! by Zoë Herdt at readbyzoe The only complaint I have about this short story is that I wish it was a full length novel. Marissa Meyer is the queen of fairy-tale retellings for a reason, and Zoë was so very smart to give her an inspiration that plays to her strength. This book is a take on the sea witch from The Little Mermaid and it was everything I could have asked for and more. This short story also talks about loneliness in the face of only wanting love, and then betrayal when you only wanted to be accepted. Perfect villain, perfect messages, perfect story. Like, if you're a fan of Marissa Meyer, this short story is a must read. Also, Zoë is so sweet. How can anyone not love her? And her essay was so amazing as well. She really talked about a side of her life that I think so many people can relate to, even though I believe she is nothing close to a coward. I also loved her quiz, even though I ended up being a villain! ➽ Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Without the Evil in the World, How Do We See the Good? by Benjamin Alderson at Benjaminoftomes TW: Rape (very minor and nothing graphic, but it is there.) This story was also perfection. I love the discussion on beauty standards and expectations, while even touching on the expectations of young girls to remain virginal. Also, this story probably has the most evil villain in this entire anthology, and the twist was so beautiful and nothing you'd expect in a Medusa remake. Also, now I want to read everything Cindy Pon has written. I also am a pretty big fan of Ben, and his prompt was exactly what I wanted and expected from this anthology. Ben broke down different elements of the story and talked about some of his favorite parts. I wish all the Booktubers did this, instead of their "creative" things, because this flowed so well and just highlighted Cindy Pon's story, while adding a great perspective. ➽ Death Knell by Victoria Schwab - ★★★★★ • Prompt and Dear Death by Jesse George at JessetheReader I had a pretty good feeling that VE Schwab would write one of the best stories in this anthology, no matter what her prompt was, and she didn't disappoint. Her story made me so unexpectedly emotional, too. Like, I had tears on my cheeks through the entirety of this short story. I actually think this could be my favorite thing that VE Schwab has ever written. It is covered from page to page in her lyrical writing. So breathtakingly beautiful and meaningful. It's about how life is short and death is not outrun-able. I'm in love. I'm incredibly biased, as I'm a self-proclaimed #1 Victoria Schwab fan, but this is the best story so far. Seriously, if you're a fan of her beautiful and mesmerizing writing, read this short story. Jesse's essay ended up hitting really close to home for me, too. It was really impactful and showed a vulnerable side of him that I really appreciated, especially surrounding the topic of death. I loved both parts of this collaboration. ➽ Marigold by Samantha Shannon - ★★★ • Prompt and Evil Revealed by Regan Perusse at PeruseProject Her prompt had to do with a folklore story about a fae queen that kidnaps young girls in nineteenth-
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not very great Some of the short stories were okay but the secondary part with them tended not to be
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome I really loved some of the short stories. The thing that really stood out for me though was the comments from booktubers because some were absolutely hilarious
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but Not Great Even though I'm typically not one to read anthologies as I'm not a huge fan of short stories/essays, I picked this one up for a couple of reasons. First, this anthology included some authors that I enjoy in contribution with a lot of the bloggers/"book tubers"/influencers that I watch on YouTube. I was intrigued to see the writing behind some of the personalities that I watch. The second reason I picked this up is because of the concept. I love villains. Weird right? Maybe I don't love them in the moment of reading of their evilness but I love the psychology and background behind their villainous ways. How does a villain become a villain? This whole idea and the novels that are developed based on villain's backgrounds (Heartless, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Unhooked, etc) truly fascinate me. In fact, if you have any recommendations of novels identifying a familiar villain's background and how they have became evil, leave a comment below! Anyway, back to the review. So like I said, even though I'm not typically a fan of anthologies...I did enjoy this one. Some of the stories I didn't particularly like but I think the majority of them I did. It's hard with an anthology because with a compilation of stories, some may not be as enjoyable or as developed as another so readers are probably going to like some of the stories as well as dislike others. The stories that were most memorable and favourable to me were the Sea Witch story, Medusa's story, and Jack's story of the Giant Beanstalk fame. Overall, I think it was a nice combination of short stories and I did think the contributions from these online influencers were beneficial. I wouldn't rave about this anthology but would recommend it to those like me who look for stories or extra tidbits regarding villain's backgrounds
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Edge of Your Seat Read Some of the stories were better than others, but overall I definitly think it's worth it if you love a good villain origin story, or 13.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not worth your money. There's 3 good story in the whole book, they are really good and deserved to be read. (Marisa, Adam and Victoria's) Alas, all the rest of them are poor by comparaison and some of them I couldn't even stomach to finish. I was so excited for this one, even got a sample at book con, but it was not worth it at all.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very interesting read 3.5/5 An anthology of stories about villains. There is a something for everyone. You'll find your favourite authors and discover new ones. Give it a try. The blood on Imuriv: 2/5 I didn't care for this villain. Jack: 4/5 An interesting take on Jake and the Beanstalk. Gwen and art and Lance: 4/5 I enjoyed this modern take on King Arthur. Shirley and Jim: 4/5 I love the idea of a female Sherlock, of her past with Moriarty and the way the story was told. I would gladly read a full length novel set in this world. The blessing of little Wants: 2/5 I wasn't sure who the villain actually is. The Sea Witch: 4.5/5 I loved this story of the sea witch's past before the little mermaid. Beautiful Venom: 3/5 Well written and very descriptive. I'm just not a fan of medusa. Death Knell: 5/5 I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting to read about the personification of death. It was beautifully written. If you're familiar with The Book Thief you'll enjoy this as it has a similar feel. Marigold: 3/5 Interesting. Fantasy combined with the Victorian era. You, You It’s all about You: 3/5 This was interesting. It was completed unexpected. Julian breaks every rule: 3/5 Getting into the mind of a 15 year old boy was interesting. Indigo and Shade: 3/5 A twist on Beauty and the Beast. Sera: 3/5 I liked the writing style but the story didn't captivate me.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved the stories in this boooooook! I really loved all the stories in this book but I loved Victoria Schwab's the most! #plumreivew
Date published: 2017-07-12

Editorial Reviews

"A diverse array of high-profile authors are showcased . . . and the inclusion of the BookTubers is an interesting idea that allows for a range of perspectives. The concept alone is enough to draw readers, so stock up--it's never been so fun to be bad." - Booklist

"An explosively entertaining joy ride of villainous goodness." - Kirkus Reviews

"A pretty wicked collection of wicked deeds." - BCCB