Monthly Archives: March 2011

Villainous characters


The list of villains in literature continues. If you’ve missed the rest of the list, check previous posts. 35. Tom Ripley: A killer who feels no remorse whatsoever, Ripley is the antihero from Patricia Highsmith’s novels about the man, beginning … Continue reading

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More literary villains


And the list of well written, memorable villains in literature continues: 40. Edgler Vess: The worst kind of psychopath, the kind with authority, we’re introduced to Mr. Vess in the pages of Dean Koontz’s thriller Intensity (1995, Bantam Books).  Vess … Continue reading

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Literary villains


Continuing the list of good villains in literature: 45. Hal 9000: Can a computer get much more sinister? The onboard sentient computer from Arthur C. Clarke‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, New American Library) tried to kill every last member … Continue reading

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Good villains in literature


Villains. The characters we love to hate and hate to love. A good fictional villain is not just some evil person, though there are definitely some excellent exceptions. The best villains in fiction are complex characters – sometimes they even … Continue reading

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