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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails giving a list of ten things based on the topic.
Today’s instructions were as follows: All About The Villains – let’s revisit: top ten favorite/most compelling villains in books, top ten of the most vile villains/bad guys in books, top ten villains I secretly (or not so secretly) love, favorite TV villains, favorite comic book villains, ten “villains” of contemporary lit.
Here are the vilest villains in books that I could think of:
Old Nick in Room by Emma Donoghue- This is one of the most heartbreaking books that I have ever read. Old Nick is one of the vilest characters that I have ever encountered. He imprisoned a woman in his home-built prison for seven years. He raped her continuously throughout the imprisonment eventually impregnating her. He then continued to rape her with her son locked up in a closet in the same room. What is even worse is that the book was inspired by true events. There are real Old Nick’s out here in the world.
George Harvey in Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold– This man raped and killed Salmon, a young teenage girl and he got away with it. He interacts with the family after murdering their daughter and continues living on their street knowing what he had done.Ugh!
Ryann- Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron– The newest serial killer in town and she is only 15 years old. Ryann is so cold and calculating although she is one of those villains who are easily likeable.
Joe-Hidden Bodies and You by Caroline Kepnes- Joe reminds me of Dexter. The serial killer, who like Ryann, is actually likeable. The guy worked in a bookshop and kept talking about Dan Brown and Stephen King. However, he left quite a body count wherever he went.
Kevin- We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver- A young boy who was also a mass murderer, who hated his mother and is quite un-remorseful. One of the darkest villains of all times.
Silas in Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown- Some say that he was misunderstood. Silas is an albino monk, a devotee of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, who practices severe corporal mortification (he is seen using a metal cilice and flogging himself). His characterization has received a lot of criticism due to the negative portrayal of albinism.
Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini- An abusive man who treated his in the worst ways possible. He caused destruction and relished in the pain that he caused. Years after reading the book, I am still hunted by the scene where he forced his wife to chew pebbles.
Assef in Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini- The boy rapes another boy then decades later as grownup; he decides to rape his victim’s son. Assef is one of the vilest characters of all times.
Death in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I liked Death as a narrator. However, the devastation that occurs at Himmel Street broke my heart. I can only blame death for that. An unlikely villain but still… he is death!
The Villain(s) who shall not be named in Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
This book was released in September, 2016 so I won’t reveal who the villain(s) are because that is one of the major twists in the story. These villain(s) are the worst that I have come across in a long time. They are so twisted that I don’t even think Criminal Minds ever brought un-subs close to these terrible humans. I was so shocked by the twists and what the villains were capable of. You have to read the book though to get what I mean.
Jack in Behind Closed Doors by B. A Paris-Okay, when it comes to psychopaths, this one is in a league of his own.
“‘Fear,’ he whispered. ‘There is nothing quite like it. I love how it looks, I love how it feels, I love how it smells. And I especially love the sound of it.’ I felt his tongue on my cheek. ‘I even love the taste of it.’” Jack in Behind Closed Doors by B. A Paris
Have you read any of these books? Who are the vilest book villains that you can think of? Feel free to leave me your links on the comment sections. Happy Tuesday!