This week’s Top Ten (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about means girls!

This is a real struggle (do I say that every week?) as I don’t tend to read a lot of books featuring mean girls. I would think they’re more prevalent in young adult fiction which I don’t read a lot of. Whilst a few of these are girls in the true sense of the word, I’ve expanded it to mean women.

Ruth in Never Let Me Go – I can understand Kathy wanting to be friends with the popular girl but I so wanted her to stay away from Ruth. I’d like to say she got her comeuppance but her fate was not unique to her.

Estella in Great Expectations – Poor Pip! He had no hope against Estella who was raised to be mean to aspiring young men.

Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl – Anne was only a girl but her scheming ways caused so much grief for her sister in this version of events. You can pretty much forgive Henry for chopping off her head!

Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair – She’ll trample anyone in her way to the top of the social ladder. I have read quite a bit of Vanity Fair but skimmed bits and filled in the gaps from watching the BBC adaptation. It’s a bit of a brick! I do think she’s a great character in a time when women were thought of as the lesser sex.

Jane Grey in Shades of Grey – Jane’s really quite mean to everyone but especially Eddie. You can tell she cares deep down!

Clarisse in the Percy Jackson series – It’s in her nature, being a daughter of Ares, god of war and she comes round in the end. There’s usually a bully in these types of series but I never thought she was exceptionally cruel.

Lena Adams in the Grant County series – She’s a woman I want to hate yet she’s so messed up I ended up siding with her when Sara turns on her.

Faith Mitchell in the Will Trent series – Obviously Karin Slaughter is great at writing mean women. You just know Will deserves better but she has him wrapped round her little finger.

Leah in the Women of the Otherworld series – Whilst Eve might be the one well known as “evil”, it’s actually Leah who ends up being selfish and bad to the core.

The Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liasions – OK, I admit to having never read the book, but based from watching a few adaptations, I’m sure she’d be in my top ten had I read it!