Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Top 10 meanest females in books

Question: Top 10 meanest females in books?

Answer: Okay, so other than Pansy Parkinson, we couldn’t think of any horribly diabolical girls, which is why we changed the question to meanest females.  Plus, at one time or another, everyone on our list was a girl – chances are they were probably mean even back then...

  1. Mrs. Danvers (Rebecca) – Hands down, the meanest housekeeper in the history of housekeeping.
  2. Dolores Jane Umbridge (Harry Potter) – E.V.I.L.
  3. Redd Heart (The Looking Glass Wars) – Although the Queen of Hearts first made an appearance in Lewis Carroll’s work, this novel starring her imperial viciousness is far more enjoyable.    
  4. Lady Regan Hamleigh (Pillars of the Earth) – Even with the plethora of unkind people, Lady Hamleigh still managed to rise to the top.
  5. Corrine Dollanganger / Olivia Foxworth (Flowers in the Attic) –Seriously how could you do THAT to your own flesh and blood?
  6. Hatsumomo (Memoirs of a Geisha) – She’s the single reason we decided against pursuing a career in this Japanese art.
  7. Cathy Ames (East of Eden) – She really was quite unpleasant. 
  8. Detta Walker (The Drawing of the Three) – Not to be confused with Odetta walker, this alternative personality really packed a nasty punch.
  9. Lindsay (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging) – While the Ace gang had their fair share of internal strife, they were at least able to rally around bringing Robbie’s girlfriend to justice. 
  10. The Lilim (Stardust) – Technically this is three people, and technically they are a group of witches, but technically the're still pretty foul.
Have a great week and head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. Mrs Danvers and Cathy Ames made my list too. Both a little bit unstable. I preferred Redd Heart of the Looking Glass Wars too. There was more to her.

  2. Haha! Great list. Now I know where to go to get my evil fix!

  3. Mrs Danvers made my list too. I love your description of her lol.

  4. Ah! We can't forget Bellatrix Lestrange. And even, perhaps, Lady Catherine from Pride & Prejudice. Totally agree with your list though. Number 5 especially.... can't even imagine.

  5. Lots of nasties in Fairy Tales and the wicked step-mothers. Not forgetting Cruella whatshername from 101 Dalmations.

  6. Dolores made my list too. I hate how she tried to control and have power over everything and everyone.

  7. I love that you thought of the Lilum in Stardust--wonderful villains. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  8. You listed good!

    Check out my bad girls in my Top Ten post!

  9. Great list! I completely forgot about Dollanganger. She is pretty despicable!

    Rachel-Endless Reading

  10. Wow, congrats on making it to 10! Umbridge is just so awful and you're right, I'm sure she was horrible as a young girl as well!

  11. Ah, that's right. Another commenter said something about all the wicked stepmothers and what not.
    I LOVED Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. :-)

  12. Yes yes yes to Lady Regan...I guess I didn't think of her because I didn't read the book, but if the portrayal in the mini-series was anything like the written character she was despicable indeed!

  13. I love that you included The Lilim on your list.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  14. Georgia actually made my list (from Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging). I don't even remember any of the other characters; Georgia was the one who stood out in my mind as the mean one.