On Road Trip Wednesday the bloggers and readers of YA Highway each answer a prompt on their blogs. Visit them all to see everyone's take on the question.
This week the ladies ask: Who are your favorite Literary antagonists?
I love this topic. Of course a hero isn't much of a hero without their villian. I'm got two faves, both old school and modern.
First, Old School Style:
Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. She is downright chilling, evil, manipulative, and totally takes advantage of our sweet protagonist.
While watching Downton Abbey lately I couldn't stop yammering about how fantastically diabolical Siobhan Fenneran (O'Brien, here on the right) would be in the role of Mrs. Danvers. She's already got the costume.
Second, a book written more recently (but set in the past):
Mrs. Holland from The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman. Has there ever been such a mean, hateful, and cruel woman? She abuses (and possibly kills) children, and tortures ailing men with the misfortune to fall under her care.
Here she is, played by none other than Molly Weasley (Julie Walters), though I can say that she was even scarier on the page than in this BBC film.
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