Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Bookish Villains

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is Favorite Villains.  I really thought about skipping this one because I was so sure that I wouldn't be able to think of any.  Most of my reading tends to be realistic fiction (realistic other than a large number of murders in very small towns of course) which typically doesn't run to true villains.  However, once I got started I found some many!

1.  The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - I always found her terrifying with such a pretty sweet personality hiding all kinds of evilness!

2.  Iago from Othello by William Shakespeare - Iago is so slimy and creepy and underhanded I really think he's the definition of villain to me!

3.  Agatha Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl - Can you have a list of villains without including Agatha Trunchbull?  She's so evil!

4.  Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier - The scene where Mrs. Danvers "helps" the narrator with her costume for a ball is so mean and hateful.

5.  Josie Pye from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - Josie is so mean and jealous and spiteful!

6.  Count Fosco from The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins - Another creepy victim hiding behind a pleasant fa├žade.

7.  Rosa Klebb from From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming - There are lots of villains in this James Bond novel but Rosa Klebb is in my opinion the worst of the worst.

8.  Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - This is the truest example of an evil person hiding behind the face they want everyone else to see.

9.  The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum - She was clearly a villain in the movie but when I listened to the book not that long ago I realized I didn't know just how much of a villain she was!

10. The Other Mother from Coraline by Neil Gaiman - The whole button eye thing is nightmare inducing!

Who is your favorite bookish villain?


  1. I'm more of a hero/good guy fan, but the convict who terrorizes Pip in Great Expectations comes to mind.

  2. That's a good list, I don't know if I would have thought of so many. I can only think of Severus Snape!

  3. Great list. I had Iago and Mrs. Danvers on mine too.

  4. You did well with these - definitely love the inclusion of Trunchbull.

  5. I've loved The Wizard Of Oz forever and agree about the wicked witch.

    I haven't read Anne of Green Gables but did watch the first two seasons of Anne With An E on Netflix and loved it. I'm excited for season 3 to come on. I do want to read the books now.

  6. The White Witch- awesome villain! I loved how Tilda swinton captured her in the Narnia movie. Also Rosa Klebb! I've only seen the movie version but yeah- she's bad news. :)

  7. People seem to forget about Agatha Trunchbull when making these lists. she is the worst. I always thought JKR injected a bit of her into her Umbridge character in the Potter books.

  8. The Witch Witch was a real bad girl wasn't she! I hated her for what she did to poor Aslan!

  9. Some great choices here!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/top-ten-tuesday-182/

  10. I like that you chose some classics! Trunchbull and Mrs. Danvers are iconic creepy people. The Other Mother would have given me nightmares if I’d read that book as a kid.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. Yes - The White Witch IS terrifying, isn't she? What she did to Aslan was horrible. And Mrs Danvers is also really creepy... I do wonder if she was Rebecca's secret mother. Great list!

  12. I plan to eventually read the Meyer ones so will keep an eye out for her. Mmhm.