Each Saturday, I will be showcasing what one of the Disney Princesses, Heroines, Princes, Villains, or Sidekicks might be picking up if they were reading YA today. It will be based off their likes, interests, personalities, and their storyline. At the end, I will also feature a book that the character would NOT be picking up and a section of books that are based off either the plot or original princess fairytale. Check out more info here on my original post! We’ve featured all of the princesses, and we have also done two non-princesses but epic Disney heroines, Alice, The Muses, and Tinkerbell! We’ve also done Fear from Inside Out for some spooky goodness, and the first of our villains, Maleficent. I also started my own tag for this as well, The Disney Princess Sidekicks Tag!
This week we will be featuring…
Oh, Hadesssssssssssss. I have to say that he is favorite villain of Disney history. There is just something about him that is so great. Maybe it’s the blue hair? The super unflattering black robe? The fact that he is literally the god of sass in this movie? He is fantastic, and I love him dearly. When I recently rewatched Hercules, it totally made me realize just how much I’ve been missing since I haven’t seen it in forever and now I’m a total Hercules fangirl. And somehow this villain, Hades, made me feel so?
So, how can we even describe Hades? Well, he sure is sassy. The man is certainly prone to volcano explosions of anger. He’s the god of death, and he certainly likes to cause some destruction and mayhem and mischief. He’s definitely got some family issues, since he hates his brother, Zeus, and I mean, actively tries to kill his nephew. Ain’t no grudge like a Hades grudge. But he’s still kind of epic?
What would YA book would Hades have delivered to his Underworld abode?
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t know why, but I kind of just feel that Hades would be so into this. Like, I kind of picture him as sassy Rhys with Panic and Pain being the two sidekicks, Az and Cassian (WITH THE LATTER BEING TOO ADORABLE AND SO MUCH LOVE) and Meg being the incredibly fierce Amren. I feel like Hades totally had the whole gang down, and he would appreciate the dynamics involved. Not to mention that Rhys was considered the villain in the first one in a sense, but he totally became the best love interest of the series. Hades would love it.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Okay, this book is about superheroes – but it’s also about villains. One of our two main leads, Nova, is a villain going undercover as a superhero. She’s totally witty and sassy, and I feel like Hades would be in loveeeeee with her. He would bask in all the villain goodness that the book has to offer and then get super excited to see villains trying to take on the good guys – just like how he does with Zeus and Hercules. Plus, that book cover would certainly remind him of himself??
Summoner by S. D. Grimm
Well, clearly, Hades would be quite intrigued by a girl who accidentally raised a ghost from the dead. Obviously, dead is Hades domain, and I think he would be super interested to see how it was portrayed. I think he would also be a bit torn on who to root for in the book – the witch that Allie raises or Allie. Allie is a raiser of the dead, which Hades would appreciate it but also…the good heroine of the story. And then you have the witch who is causing all sorts of destruction and mayhem…but really belongs to Hades’s world and he didn’t say yes to her getting out. He would have a complex relationship with this book, but I think he would enjoy it.
The Dire King by William Ritter
I feel like Hades would really like the title. He would be like, oooooh, I want to come myself that! I’m King of the Underworld, but Dire King sounds pretty amazing, too. Plus, Hades would be quite intrigued by the idea of a malicious king trying to rule the world and taking on the bad guys. He might be intrigued by some of the creatures in the book as well, since he’s seen it all with a lot of the creatures from Greek mythology.
Books With Fire and Fire Power and Sailor Mars??
I’m totally blanking of people that have fire powers or spread fires or just like fire in YA books except Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon. So, um, let’s just prepare there is a good book here that has fire power, because Hades would love it.
What YA book would Hades NOT pick up?
Any of the Percy Jackson books. Hades doesn’t get the best rep in here, and Hades in Hercules would not be pleased they are dirtying his name…again. so much sadness.
Want to read more about Hades?
Well, Percy Jackson is certainly a place to start. It has some super interesting takes on Greek mythology, and Riordan does an interesting job with Hades. If you’re looking for a more…interesting take on the God of the Underworld, you might want to check out The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, where the King of Death is considered a love interest named Henry, and he’s lame and so not sassy, but, um, it might be your jam? XD