I was out of ideas for today's Monday Discussion, so I asked my husband what I should do. He said that since James Bond was going to be the #1 movie of the weekend, I should ask about great literary villains. He's right, the Bond novels and movies do have some of the most interesting villains out there.
The next step was for me to see if I had any memorable villains who popped right into my head because if I didn't, how could expect all of you to comment.
First thing I thought of were all of the terribly awful villains from Grimm's Fairy tales. I have Grimm's on the mind for 2 reasons. First, children's chapter book author Adam Gidwtiz came to visit my kids' school to talk to them about his dark, retellings of the Grimm's Fairy Tales. His two novels in the series both made the PW Best of the Year lists in the year's they came out (click here for this year's list featuring In a Glass Grimmly). In his talk (according to my 10 year old), Gidwitz talked about how the real Grimm's Fairy Tales did not have happy endings, were full of blood and violence, and as a result, were much more interesting than the fairy tales they were used to. His series has brought the true tone of the tales back to our children.
The second reason is that last month, a 200th Anniversary Edition of the Brother's Grimm was published. It has an introduction by A.S. Byatt, who carries on the fairy tale tradition for adult readers. In fact, here is an article from The Wall Street Journal about the 200th Anniversary of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
What about you? For today's Monday Discussion, share your favorite villains from books, TV, movies, whatever.
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