Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Top 10 Villains

Now that uni has finished for the year I have time to do all the things I've been meaning to do all semester, and near the top of that list is take part in a few of the literary memes floating around the interwebs. So for my first ever meme attempt I'm going to list my top 10 villains for The Broke and the Bookish's Top 10 Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

 I love villains. They're the best part of the book or film, they're so deliciously evil and their deeds are so dastardly and they stimulate your imagination so much more than the protagonists usually do.
I tried really hard not to just list Roald Dahl's villains because they are simply wonderful and some of the best characters to grace the page, and thank god this didn't include film or I'd have simply listed Disney's fantastic villains!

So my list, picked as wildly as I possibly could from my favourite books, are as follows, in no particular order...

10. Voldemort 
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
9. Shere Khan 
The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
8. The Man Jack  
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  7. Alec D'Urberville 
Tess of the Durbervilles by Thomas Hardy
 6. Robert Neville
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

5. Alex 
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
4. Eli 
Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
3. The Smiler 
Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
2. Aunts Spiker and Sponge 
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
1. The Queen of Heart 
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

God I love villains!! All of these wonderful characters made my list either because they are simply the most rotten, terrible, despicable yet fantastic characters (i.e. Alex, Eli or Shere Khan) or because of the impact they have within a favourite series or book (i.e. Voldemort, The Smiler).

NOTE: After reading everyone else's lists I can't believe some of the people I forgot to add!!
Delores Umbridge from HP, God I hated her, every other character I thought had some redeemable quality, even Voldemort (I felt so sad for him as a child) but she was the embodiment of every disgusting trait evident in society.
Randall Flagg aka The Dark Man from Stephen King's The Stand. If I'm on the subject of King I have to add Pennywise the clown (IT) and Annie Wilkes (misery). I couldn't even finish IT, I think it is the only time I've literally thrown a book across the room because I was too afraid to even have it near me!
Plus so many more I know and hate (or love to hate) and a few that I'm looking forward to familiarising myself with in the near future.
On another note Carol from Carol's Notes is having a fantastic giveaway that I'd give my right arm or first born for!! Enter here to win not one, not two, but EIGHT (gah!!!) signed books.


  1. Håkan from Let the Right One In was #4 on my list. I think it was that scene in the beginning with the boy prostitute that earned him my unending hate.

  2. I considered Hakan but I decided on Eli because I love him so, so much and am a little obsessed at the moment and couldn't resist putting him in any list I could find!
    I thought it was interesting that in both film adaptations they portray Hakan in quite a sympathetic light, I respect him much more in the book because he's disgusting and horrible but he's honest about the monster he is.

  3. The Man Jack! Yes! He scared me from page one.

    Here's my Top Ten Baddies List.

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  4. Yay!! I love your list and how you included things like prejudice and bedtime!



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