August 21, 2013

VILLAINS IN BOOKS ...


Dear readers, this week, N is for *N*apoleon and other villains in books for children (of all ages) ...

Heroes too, but villains are so much more interesting so let’s look at a few of them first!

Napoleon – Animal Farm (above)
Napoleon is the kid of a villain that makes us shout at the page "Don't trust him! He’s evil". When he takes the pups from the farm dogs and trains them privately, we know he's a first class fascist pig. The novel was written by Orwell as a scathing commentary on Stalin's Russia.





















Captain Hook – Peter Pan:
Maybe the first super villain? Sophisticated, egotistical and totally ruthless.

John SilverTreasure Island:
The silver-tongued pirate who won Jim's affections before he betrayed him. Such a famous villain, he's had us all growling "arrrr, Jim lad!". 

Prof MoriartySherlock Holmes
Moriarty, the smartest villain ever? So many genius villains have followed in his image. Inevitable that Sherlock's equal would eventually show himself, and Moriarty was certainly up to the task. Sherlock and Moriarty sparred for a long time before that tragic confrontation at the Reichenbach Falls.

Count DraculaDracula
If you look at the source material, there’s nothing glamorous about Bram Stoker's original text. Dracula crawls down castle walls and talks to wolves. Just as frightening now as he was then.

The Joker – Batman
A brilliantly creepy character who's managed to progress gradually from clown to layered psychopath, with Heath Ledger's chilling version a definite climax.

Blofeld Thunderball
James Bond's nemesis in many of Ian Fleming's books (and movies). First seen in the novel Thunderball where he masterminds the theft of two nuclear bombs and uses them to blackmail the world's governments with meticulous and dispassionate organisation

And as for Heroes? How about:

Huckleberry FinnMark Twain:

Just WilliamRichmal Crompton: 

Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren:

OTHER FAVOURITE VILLAINS / HEROES IN BOOKS / MOVIES ?

On a completely different note, many thanks to all of you who’ve purchased my own novels, Retribution, Soul Stealer and The De Clerambault Code, and helping them, at the time of writing, all reach the top 70 eBook thrillers on Amazon.es! All profits to charity!       

And, finally, thank you to all my dear readers who visited or commented.
Enjoy!

XOXO NORA & LOLA:)

16 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

my heroes have always been cowboys...

hah!

great post...

Sue said...

A well-chosen group of villains...and heroes.
The Wicked Witch of the West is a villain I greatly feared as a child.

And Heidi was a hero for me.

=)

Karen S. said...

Now this is what I call nice, not what one would first think of. But a novel notion for the letter N!

Carol L McKenna said...

Fun post for N ~ very creative ~ thanks, carol, xo

edenhills said...

Villains really are so wonderful. They can make or break the story. I do put a lot of thought into my villains.

My name is Riet said...

what a NICE post.

Tracy Cook said...

What a truly topical post loved it

I see you have a good following how can I get my blog to be better and have zillions of readers ?

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

FUN "N" post! Now it reminds me of Nancy Drew, one of my favorite heroines growing up

VBR said...

I love children's books. Your choices for nasties are great. And Pippi Longstockings was a favorite little girl when I was younger. I loved getting a new book about her adventures from the school book clubs!

Jim said...

Hi Nora ~~ You picked my favorite quote from Orwell's Animal Farm. The book was okay but this line just got to me.

I dropped in because of Google where "Farrah Fawcett Minew" was only found on your blog. I had put it there in a comment back in July of 2012.

I am on 'August Break' from blogging but do post a little now that we are back to London. We have been here since July 5 except for 13 days off for a cruise (Venice to Athens via the Black Sea). Mid next week will find us home again.
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Jeanne Pursell said...

Pippi Longstocking was one of my faves!! Hope all is well with you both!! Hugs! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

Esther Joy said...

Although I don't like the villains, good stories wouldn't be that great without them, would it?!!

Betty Luckhurst said...

We watched Thunderball last weekend!

Margaret Gosden said...

I think my first villain story was Jack the Giant Killer, but I don't recall the author. At that time I lived in the UK and I was about 7. Now 81, I haven't seen that book since. I wonder if it is still in print.

Jenny said...

Nifty post for the letter "N"...

There are numerous classics you mentioned here...

Thanks for the nice little trip down memory lane!

A+

Annesphamily said...

Terrific post! You have awesome ideas when you write. Villians are so devious!