Thursday, July 26, 2007

Best Moustache - Twirling (BTT)

HOLY THURSDAY BATMAN! I can't even remember the last Thursday that I was actually in town! So yeah...its Thursday! Which means tomorrow is Friday and then Saturday and hubby and I are headed to Taos for a week and a half. So, in honor of Thursday, here is today's BTT:

Who’s the worst fictional villain you can think of? As in, the one you hate the most, find the most evil, are happiest to see defeated? Not the cardboard, two-dimensional variety, but the most deliciously-written, most entertaining, best villain? Not necessarily the most “evil,” so much as the best-conceived on the part of the author…oh, you know what I mean!

This is such an interesting question--one that is going to take some deep digging.

I think that Bradley Headstone from Dickens's Our Mutual Friend is a great villain, but on the same token so is his "match" Eugene Wrayburn. I love love love this book (I can hear all my fellow grad students groaning!). Ok, now that I'm thinking this one over, Eugene seems much more villainous than Headstone even though I like Eugene more as a character. But he is conniving, conceited, deceptive, taunting--in comparison Headstone who should be the villain is just pathetic. OH, just go read the book!! Dickens writes such great characters in this novel.

Who do you think is the best villain?

19 comments:

Stephanie said...

Oh....good answer!! I love Dickens!

cj said...

Ya know, you and Bookfool are gonna make me go and try to read Dickens again. *sigh*

I guess that's not the worst thing, is it?

cjh

teabird said...

Good answer - Dickens has such great villains!
(thanks for visiting)

Trish said...

Stephanie - I really like Dickens as well, but just don't read enough of him!

CJ - I've had my prejudices against Dickens as well, but he writes such colorful characters - well worth it!

Teabird - I agree that Dickens has some great villains!

Petunia said...

Have you seen the movie? Headstone is freaky in his display of neuroses. Great answer. I'll probably spend all day thinking of someone different.

Cee Cee said...

Good answer!

Trish said...

Petunia - I haven't seen it, but would really like to. I did my semester paper on OMF a year or so ago in grad school, so fell in love with the characters. I think Eugene is probably my favorite of the bunch--but he can be a little evil!

Cee Cee - Thanks for coming by!

Mailyn said...

Good question but it's hard for me to pick one trully despicable villain.

However I CAN tell you the, without a doubt, the sexiest villain ever is Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter books. Especially when played by the delectable, oh so very lickable Jason Isaacs.

Yummy!!!!!!

Trish said...

Mailyn - you crack me up! Jason Issacs plays a great villain also in "The Patriot" Not sure if I'd call him sexy, though--at least not in those two movies.

Personally, if there's one character in HP that I'm in love with, its Sirius. I was DEVASTATED when he died and was convinced that he would come back...Ohhh, and in the movie with all of those tattoos (everyone thinks I'm crazy and a friend let my little crush slip to hubby who made great fun of me, but what can I say??)

Rhinoa said...

I haven't read that book, but I loved Great Expectations and hope to read more of his work in the future.

Trish said...

Rhinoa - this one is much longer (I think about twice as long), but I liked it better. Pip got on my nerves. :)

MyUtopia said...

I don't know. Maybe the murderer in Devil in the white City.

Trish said...

Kelly - yes, he was very very evil--and REAL! Which makes it even scarier!

Barbara H. said...

That's one Dickens book I haven't read but should!

Literary Feline said...

I really need to read more Dickens than just the one novel I've read by him . . . I havent' heard of this book--or at least not as much as some of his others. I will definitely be adding this to my wish list. I like a good villian. :-)

Trish said...

Barbara and Literary Feline - I hadn't really heard of this one either, but that can sometimes be a good thing! Its a fabulous book, but it is long (my copy was about 850 page!).

Thanks for coming by...

Mailyn said...

Hey I hear ya! Men with tattoos are very lickable indeed! Oh I remember THE PATRIOT. Must go rent and drool over Isaac some more.

*exit stage right*

Hmm...or was that left? (O_o)

Betty C. said...

I tried to think of an answer for this and just knew it would be a character from Dickens -- I have a lousy memory, though, for the classics!

Trish said...

Betty - I've only read a handful of Dickens, and some so long ago that I couldn't even tell you the characters' names. Although, I also recently re-read Great Expectations - and I think that Stella could be considered a villain. For some reason Mrs. Havisham, like Headstone, just seems to pathetic...