One of my favorite things are villains. Not real-life villains like Hitler or the writer(s) of "Call me Maybe," but villains in films and literature, particularly villainesses, or as I like to call them "Lady Villains."
One time Amanda and I were talking, as we tend to do, and we were trying to figure out why I like lady villains so much. I obviously knew part of the reason was because they tend to be much more over the top and campy than boy villains, and I'm sure that's the biggest reason...I love me some campyness. But, we also decided that lady villains usually have a more emotional reason for doing the things that they do. Rarely do you find a lady villain pointlessly murdering people, or plotting against them for no reason. More often than not, they're doing things out of insecurity, or revenge, and I know all about being insecure and seeking revenge on enemies from my past...I'm still coming for you, guy who stole my donut at work last year.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun (for me at least) to create a Top Ten List of my favorite lady villains from films, so let's get to that, because pictures are enjoyable.
But first, a WARNING-
If you hate spoilers, and a lady villain's photo looks unfamiliar to you, I recommend not reading the accompanying description. I have incredible taste, and I would hate for such an amazing film to be ruined for you...Especially if Amanda's Mom reads this, because she still has to watch something I lent her. Otherwise...
Here we go:
10. Margaret White
Carrie's mom (from "Carrie") is definitely over the top, but not so much in a good way. Margaret White is starting off this list, because while she does portray the qualities I seek in an enjoyable female villain, she is also batshit crazy, and scares me quite a bit.
9. Debbie Salt
8. The Wicked Witch of the West
7. Annie Wilkes
Annie Wilkes is pissed off that her favorite author isn't doing things the way she would have liked. Watch out, Amanda...if I'm not pleased with the ending of "Elegy" I might have to try a few of Annie's tricks, until I get the ending I want. (I know where you keep the sledgehammer.)
6. "Baby Jane" Hudson
4. Poison Ivy
3. Cruella DeVille
2. Winifred "Winnie" Sanderson
There you go...those are my Top 10 Villainesses. Agree? Disagree? Did I forget anyone? Oh, by the way, if you like lady villains as much as I do, (or if you hate them, and like everything else that's good) you should totally pick up "Wake" by my friend Amanda. If I had included books, they would have definitely made it on this list, because they're pretty creepy, and pretty neat, and pretty pretty. Oh! And I'll give you things too. Enter the giveaway below, and you might win a relationship with me, Eric Goldman! Or, you can win your choice of 3 of the films mentioned above...your pick. Good luck!
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