What a spooky subject for Halloween! The literary villains !:<( we all love to hate.
CREEPIEST: Patrick Bateman, American Psycho
“I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.”
“I have to return some videotapes”
MOST LOVABLE: Tom Ripley, The Talented Mr. Ripley
“Tom laughed at the phrase “sexual deviation.” Where was the sex? Where was the deviation? He looked at Freddie and said low and bitterly: “Freddie Miles, you’re a victim of your own dirty mind.”
“Don’t you take the past and just put it in a room in the basement and lock the door and never go in there? That’s what I do. And then you meet someone special and all you want to do is toss them the key. Say, “Open up, step inside.” But you can’t because it’s dark. And there are demons.”
MOST GLAMOUROUS: Lestat, Interview with a Vampire Series
“I can’t help being a gorgeous fiend. It’s just the card I drew.” -Lestat
“I’m Gentleman Death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles. The canker in the heart of the rose.”
CLASSIC: The Queen, Snow White
“I cannot live in fear of losing him, for fear of not living my life at all.”
“When the Wicked Queen calls for Snow White’s heart, because her mirror has informed her that she has been outstripped in beauty, the fairy tale warns little girls, even today, that there is danger in beauty. Fairy tales carry the wisdom of the ages; that is why they last and are passed down from generation to generation. So long as the most beautiful woman got the most powerful man and men were women’s only source of power, the role of beauty was too crucial to be discussed. It is only since women have developed alternative sources of economic security and identity that the taboo subject of the power of their beauty has begun to be researched and written about.”
“Magic Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
–The Grimm Brothers, Snow White
SCARIEST: Olivia Foxworth (Grandmother), Flowers in the Attic
“We will dole out food, drink and shelter, but never kindness, sympathy or love.”
“Yes, she wanted to make us undone that night, when we were young, innocent, trusting, having known only the sweetest part of living. She wanted to wither our souls and shrivel us small and dry, perhaps never to feel pride again.
But she didn’t know us.”
MY FAVORITE: Annie Wilkes, (“The Reader,”) Misery
“Annie was not swayed by pleas. Annie was not swayed by screams. Annie had the courage of her convictions.”
“I was really coming back from my Laughing Place. It has a sign over the door that says that. ANNIE’S LAUGHING PLACE, it says. Sometimes I do laugh when I go there. “But mostly I just scream.”
“I’m your number one fan.”
What’s your evil favorite? Please share in the comments!