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Top Ten Mean Girls

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!

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  1. Anonymous

    I agree with Estella, though I have never actually read the book… (Embarrassing really, but I've only ever seen animated cartoon films of it…)

    I didn't think Clarisse was very cruel either. Just the normal behaviour that you would expect from a child of the god of war! Though I have only read the first two books, so I don't know if anything happens in the next three that would change my opinion of Clarisse.

  2. Lisa

    Estella was a cruel one. I hated how she treated Pip and the person Pip became because of her.

  3. Anonymous

    I must admit I've never read these. Sadly! I've seen Anne popping up on quite a few lists. Now I need to read this to see why she is so mean!

  4. As the Crowe Flies and Reads

    Yes, Ruth is a great addition to any Mean Girls list!

  5. Grace at Feeding My Book Addiction

    Becky Sharp! What a great choice! *kicking myself
    for not thinking of it* I couldn't come up with more than two, so I opted out of this week's top ten Tuesday.

    Grace @

  6. KarenSi

    Cyndi – Anne the bitch is just a popular perception. Historically she can be viewed as a victim of her family's need to rise. Also the King must have loved her in the beginning as her family really wasn't high up enough for her truly to be in the running to be Queen. She was outspoke, educated and passionate which in the end went against her.

    I thought about adding Ruth but felt too bad at what happened to her in the end. Didn't make her a nice person though.

    I couldn't finish reading Vanity Fair because of my dislike for Becky Sharp (didn't particularly like the rest of th characters either.

    Why can't I remember who Leah is? I considered Cassandra from Women of the Otherworld.

    Loved your list.

  7. Lark Andrea

    Clarisse is a great one that I didn't think of when making my list.

    Reading Lark's Top 10

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