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9 Literary “bad guys” in Honor of Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish’s “bad guy,” the smash hit from her new album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? recently overtook Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” as the number one song on Hot 100. In honor of Eilish’s success, we’ve made a list of the 9 baddest bad guys in literature.

 

 

9 – Captain hook

Captain Hook

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Who can forget this one-handed pirate who terrorized Peter Pan and the Lost Boys during all their adventures!?

 

8 – Grendel

Beowulf

Image Via J. R. Skelton’s Stories of Beowulf

 

You might recognize this Old English baddie from Beowulf, one of the oldest epic poems. Talk about a blast from the past.

 

7 – Iago

Iago

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No, not the parrot from Aladdin. This one’s another oldie-but-goodie. Iago’s the main antagonist of Shakespeare’s Othello who plots to deceive and destroy the play’s title character.

 

 

6 – Sauron

Sauron
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This guy’s the actual factual lord of the rings. ‘Nuff said.

 

5 – Moriarty

Moriarty

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Described as “the Napoleon of Crime” by Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem, Moriarty’s one of the few people to ever give Holmes any real trouble (the other being, of course, Irene Adler in all her awesomeness).

 

4 – Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter

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Made all the more terrifying by Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the adaptation, this serial killer and cannibal is the horrific focal point of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. 

 

 

3 – Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman
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Another villain made all the more famous by his theatrical adaptation, this psychotic murderer terrorizes the shallow, corporate world of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.

 

2 – Lord voldemort

Lord Voldemort

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One of the most bone-chilling villains of all time. I doubt many book-lovers have forgotten about the most evil wizard of all time!

 

1 – Pennywise

Pennywise

Image via Imdb

 

While the source material for this adaptation may have been quite a bit…stranger than the theatrical release showed, I think we can agree the 2017 film really captured what makes this creepy clown so downright terrifying.

 

 

Did we miss any of your favorite villains? Or are these really the baddest of them all?

 

 

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9 Literary "bad guys" in Honor of Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish’s “bad guy,” the smash hit from her new album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? recently overtook Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” as the number one song on Hot 100. In honor of Eilish’s success, we’ve made a list of the 9 baddest bad guys in literature.
 

 

9 – Captain hook

Captain Hook

Image Via disneyclips.com

 
Who can forget this one-handed pirate who terrorized Peter Pan and the Lost Boys during all their adventures!?
 

8 – Grendel

Beowulf

Image Via J. R. Skelton’s Stories of Beowulf

 
You might recognize this Old English baddie from Beowulf, one of the oldest epic poems. Talk about a blast from the past.
 

7 – Iago

Iago

Image Via Pinterest

 
No, not the parrot from Aladdin. This one’s another oldie-but-goodie. Iago’s the main antagonist of Shakespeare’s Othello who plots to deceive and destroy the play’s title character.
 

 

6 – Sauron

Sauron
Image Via LOTR.FANDOM.Com

 
This guy’s the actual factual lord of the rings. ‘Nuff said.
 

5 – Moriarty

Moriarty

Image via BBC.com

 
Described as “the Napoleon of Crime” by Sherlock Holmes in The Final Problem, Moriarty’s one of the few people to ever give Holmes any real trouble (the other being, of course, Irene Adler in all her awesomeness).
 

4 – Hannibal Lecter

Hannibal Lecter

Image via Imdb

 
Made all the more terrifying by Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the adaptation, this serial killer and cannibal is the horrific focal point of Thomas Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. 
 

 

3 – Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman
Image Via ImDB

 
Another villain made all the more famous by his theatrical adaptation, this psychotic murderer terrorizes the shallow, corporate world of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho.
 

2 – Lord voldemort

Lord Voldemort

Image via imdb

 
One of the most bone-chilling villains of all time. I doubt many book-lovers have forgotten about the most evil wizard of all time!
 

1 – Pennywise

Pennywise

Image via Imdb

 
While the source material for this adaptation may have been quite a bit…stranger than the theatrical release showed, I think we can agree the 2017 film really captured what makes this creepy clown so downright terrifying.
 

 
Did we miss any of your favorite villains? Or are these really the baddest of them all?
 
 
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6 of the Absolute Worst Wordsworth Classics Book Covers

Wordsworth Classics is familiar name to many book lovers but maybe not for the best reason. They print high-quality paperback versions of beloved literary classics at a low price. After your local library, Wordsworth is one of the best places to look for these titles on the cheap. However, Wordsworth Classics is also infamous for printing some absolutely horrendous covers. So, we at Bookstr have taken it upon ourselves to create a definitive list of the absolute worst Wordsworth Classics Book Covers.

 

1- Frankenstein

 

Frankenstein

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Ok, all things considered, this isn’t the worst. You’ve got the monster, you’ve got all the spooky steam, but still…You can do better, Wordsworth.

 

2- Age of Innocence

 

The age of Innocence

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Why do all the faces look so hastily photoshopped on??? Wordsworth Classics, I need answers.

 

 

3- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Ok, I kinda get what they were going for here. But I just can’t ignore how comically tiny this dude’s hand looks. Plus, that face gives me serious The Mask vibes.

 

Image Via IMDB

 

4- Crime and Punishment

 

Crime and Punishment

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Y’know what screams “brooding reflection on ethics and free will”??? A knockoff Jim Morrison with pupils the size of golf balls.

 

 

5- The Idiot

 

The Idiot

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Maybe Wordsworth is just not good at Dostoevsky covers, I don’t know. But I’d rather not look at this emo kid’s mug after putting down this harrowing saga about young Myshkin.

 

6- Dracula

This is a two-for-one.

 

DraculaDracula

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Yikers. Again, that second one falls just on the wrong the side of the uncanny valley.

 

 

Look, we’re not saying we don’t respect the Wordsworth Classics hustle. And thankfully they’ve printed editions with better covers, so you don’t have to tolerate these crimes against graphic design if you want get your hands on these classic stories…

….though often the new ones aren’t even that much of an improvement.

 

 

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