Thursday, August 2, 2012

[Guest Post] Ameena

I met Ameena way back in 2011 (we go way back) at Bloggers in Sin City (where else?). My first impression of her was that she was very tall and very adorable. She's also very sweet and awesome and our lifelong bond as friends was cemented on the first day last year after we hung out all day and ended the night with the infamous booze guitars. That's right - Ameena is one of the band mates. I was super excited that she came back in 2012 because it would not have been the same without her. This is also unrelated to everything, but she is the only person that I've seen that has successfully pulled off the ombre hair look. Everyone else just looks like they need to re-touch their hair color, but Ameena nailed it. 

Anywho. Ameena brought her lovely, charming, and witty self over to my space of the Internet for her Very First Guest Post Ever. I shall try not to spoil it by trying to pre-recap it like I've sort of done this week so far. I basically suck at hosting guest posters. I'm also realizing how much I suck at HTML even when it's handed to me all ready to go, which makes me question my existence as a blogger and an Internet dweller, because: what the hell am I even doing with myself if I can't even handle basic HTML tags? FAIL FAIL FAIL.

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Oh goodness, friends. Did you know Miss Kelly just popped my guest blogging cherry? It's the truth!

When I signed on to keep her clever corner of the internet company while she was away, I thought to myself, “Oh yeah! This will be a breeze! Of course I would love another excuse to talk about myself!” and then in typical Ameena fashion I remembered I am not at all clever and got so far in my head and had put so some much pressure on myself that I could no longer see straight.

So I panicked.

And then I panicked some more.

If ever I find myself in sweaty palms freak out mode, there are really only two things that can calm me down – lists and my overwhelming love for the television. Oh TV you never let me down!

Which is my rather long-winded way of telling you that I would like to share with you all my favorite television villains that I love to hate.

Without further ado, here they are:

5. The Walking Dead

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Okay, so this one isn’t necessarily a TV villain per se, but I’m just going to kindly ask that you indulge me because a.) this is my silly list and making up the rules as I go is kind of my thing, and b.) I REALLY love to hate this show. In fact, hate-watching The Walking Dead is easily one of my favorite past-times.

Surprisingly, I didn’t always hate this show. Oh no. Whenever zombies are involved in any capacity I am usually all about it and season one was gold. It wasn’t until about halfway through the second season that I began to notice that the zombies seemed like model citizens compared to the main characters of this show. Those main characters are pretty much just all around awful people. As it turns out, it becomes increasingly more difficult to be invested in a show in which you do not care whether any of the characters become zombie lunch. But because it is a tv show about zombies I am worried I won't ever be able to really let it go.

4. Trinity

If you ask a Dexter fan what their favorite season of the show is, they will no doubt tell you season four. This is the season during which John Lithgow spun a web of terror and destruction that was so terrifying I was still talking about it for months after the season finale. I’m actually not even sure if I loved to hate him. I maybe just add the "love" out of fear. How could the guy behind this:

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also be the same one behind this:

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3. Peter Campbell

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The number of times I have discussed Pete Campbell followed by “Oh my god, I hate him!” is a very large number. Have you ever seen a television character with the power to get under your skin like Pete can? No matter what he is up to, even if it is raising millions of dollars for orphaned baboons, I won't trust him. You won't either. Pete Campbell is ALWAYS up to something. And yet, as we spent this entire season on the Pete Campbell death watch due to all of the ominous signs, I couldn't help but feel panicked for our villain. That's how you know you love to hate something. Love will ultimately outweigh hate. Or something. Plus, his face is just so punchable.

2. Tyrion Lannister

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Tyrion Lannister has had a hard life. This is why I assume that no matter what he does he has some sort of good intention buried way down deep under the surface. Way down. So very deep. It's there. If you dig very far. On the surface, however, it definitely just looks like he is just another one of those terrible villains punks with a dash of charm. If Game of Thrones were only about Tyrion Lannister and his evil schemes and brilliant one liners, I would watch it all day.

1. Benjamin Linus

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Benjamin Linus is not only my favorite villain of all time, he is easily my favorite tv character of all time. Always three steps ahead of everyone, he constantly kept you guessing as to which side he was truly on. Eventually you just had to accept that he was on his side and his side alone, which meant that no body ever knew what was going on in that brain of his. This was certainly terrifying. Defending Ben became my favorite activity during the series' prime. No matter what sort of evil scheme he was up to, I always found a way to rationalize his actions. "I know he is good," I could often be heard saying. I became so emotionally invested in Ben that by the end of the series he was the only thing I cared about (well and Desmond and Penny OBVI).

I'll leave you with this:

Alex: You put my boyfriend in a cage and then you locked him in a room and tried to brainwash him!
Ben: I didn't want him to get you pregnant. I suppose I may have overreacted...

Yup, he's still got it.

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