Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Female Fiends in Literature

by Deb Baker (aka Hannah Reed)
A lot of our most evil villains are men - Mr. Hyde, Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, Count Dracula, Voldemort, Darth Vader, the creepy list goes on and on.

But women have had great moments, too. Fairy tales in particular like to feature scary women - Cruella de Vil, The witch in Snow White, the Queen of Hearts. 

The Wicked Witch of the West scared me silly as a kid. I wasn't too fond of the white witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, either.

And remember Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca, how she almost caused the poor girl to commit suicide?

But Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (pictured above) really terrified me. So did Annie Wilkes in Misery.

How about Professor Umbridge? Isn't she a piece of work?

Which female villains make your skin crawl?