Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Booking through Thursday

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!


The worst villain: Gilbert Osmond in
The Portrait of a Lady. He devours innocence and freedom for sheer sport - ruining Isobel's life, Pansy's life - even Ralph Touchett's, in a way, as his sufferings are multiplied by his generosity. Osmond's delight in the trappings of wealth and culture makes his heartlessness even more ironic.

melanie

12 comments:

Alice Teh said...

Hello Melanie, I have that book but haven't got around to reading it yet. When I do, I'll pay extra attention on how bad a baddie this Gilbert Osmond is. HAPPY BTT!

Rhinoa said...

I haven't read that book, but he sounds a little like the two villians in Dangerous Liasons.

CoversGirl said...

Ooh yes! I'd forgotten about him - good pick.

Stephanie said...

I tried to read Wings of the Dove by James, and I almost threw it against a wall! Since then, I haven't tried to read a James again. Maybe this one!

Trish said...

Great answer! I read this book a few months ago and ended up hating Osmond! Such a manipulative little... :)

Carrie K said...

Oh darn, he's the perfect despicable villain! If only I'd thought of him.

Cee Cee said...

Reading from your comments, I'm going to check him out.

Barbara H. said...

I haven't read this, but he certainly does sound villainous.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

Julia said...

I never heard of this book, so I weren't know the villain. But I did heard around that it good book

Happy Booking Through Thursday!

Literary Feline said...

I haven't read this one, but I will have to check it out. Great response!

Melody said...

I have not heard of this book...but it definitely does sounds interesting.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Saw the film, not read the book yet. James is someone whose writing I love but sometimes struggle with.