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The Best Bad Guys

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Great Writing, Literary News, villains, Claudius, Hamlet, 1984, ,

A Bad GuyVillains almost always make better characters than heroes. It’s easy to understand why a person would want to be the knight in shining armor, but exploring the psyche of a “bloody, bawdy villain” like Claudius from Hamlet or O'Brien from Nineteen Eighty-Four is always more interesting and fun. The British newspaper Telegraph has compiled a nefariously enjoyable list of the 50 greatest villains in literature. It’s a list so evil, the devil himself would enjoy it.

(Thanks, Coudal.)

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