Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (21)

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday 
post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. (Meme description taken from the broke and the bookish)

Villains/ Criminals/ Other Nasties

*I rated the top ten villains/ criminals/ other nasties by how much they scared me when I read them, not by how devious, intelligent or sly they were. Honestly, scaring me as a villain is much harder than making me appreciate their cunning plans or ruthlessness.*

1. Scarecrow from Poison by Chris Wooding- I remember being scared the scarecrow would come out of the shadows with his tinkling bells and snatch me. I had to sleep on the couch since my room did not feel safe the night I read this. I also remember some freaky old man with curled black nails and a hideous face that petrified me in that book.

2. The specter from The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine- I got so terrified at the thought of a specter turning into someone I loved and luring me off a cliff. I physically shook when reading this book as a kid. It was the thought of losing my mind and my life, that someone could have that much control over me.

3. Sebastian from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare- He killed a kid, an innocent child. If you're willing to do that, I automatically loathe you. Not to mention there was absolutely no reason for it.

4. "Jack the Ripper" from The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson- It is rare to actually scare me in a book anymore. I pretty much desensitized myself to horror in books with all of the scary stories I read as a child. Imagine my surprise when The Name of the star had me shaking in terror and cringing away from it. That "Jack" was horrifyingly psychotic.

5. Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi- He was willing to torture and maim a toddler all in the name of proof. People that ruthless, with no regard for human life freak me out. There is nothing scarier than someone determined, cruel and clear-headed.

6. Sophia Kelly from Sweetly by Jackson Pearce- She is the only person on this list that doesn't scare me. I was just completely shocked by her willingness to abandon her morals. I admit it was for a "good" reason, but I could never make the sacrifice she did in the name of her "good" reason. It's unforgivable. I was shocked by how much of a monster she was even though I really liked her.

7. The Short and Shivery Series by Robert D. San Souci and Katherine Coville- I did not get one wink of sleep from the ages of 6 to 12 because of these stories. I distinctly remember 3 of them. One where a skeleton made a girl carry him from the grave and tried to make her his wife. Another where a man had a hole in the back of his head, that was really a gaping hyena's mouth. And last, one where a woman changing into a tiger, reached between a head board to kill someone. I couldn't sleep near my head board for a month.

8. Scary Stories Series by Alvin Schwartz and Brett Helquist- The dog that was a rat, the scarecrow that skinned the man, the bug that laid eggs in a girl's face. Oh yes, If I thought Short and Shivery was bad? These were twenty times worse. I still can't pick up those books to read again.

9. Nagini from the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling- Snakes have always freaked me out. So, when I read about the huge one in Harry Potter, I started having nightmares about it. It came to the point where I would (in broad daylight) turn off the light in the kitchen and run across the floor to my room like there were coals under my feet because I worried Nagini was lurking in the shadows.

10. The Troll Queen from East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Mercer Mayer- I remember her ugly face scared me when I was younger. Her nails freaked me out too.

Happy Reading,

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