Don't really read fantasy, but I have a gripe about most fantasy & sci-fi movies - why do the villains have to be so dumb? Even Star Wars isn't totally blameless - the stormtroopers can't shoot straight, and all it took to kill the Emperor was a piseed off parent!
I enjoyed Peter's etremely funny Evil Overlord List (Copyright 1996-1997 by Peter Anspach) though - it's his "The Top 100 Things I'd Do If I Ever Became An Evil Overlord". It also may be quite helpful to fiction writers - it's got stuff like:
1.My Legions of Terror will have helmets with clear plexiglass visors, not face-concealing ones.
2.My ventilation ducts will be too small to crawl through.
3.My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will be killed, not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeon.
4.Shooting is not too good for my enemies.
5.The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.
, and etc. The link is http://www.eviloverlord.com/lists/overlord.html
[Edited on 27/12/2001 by Ungoliant]