Female Psychopaths


Isn’t it time to acknowledge the ugly side? I’ve grown quite weary of the spunky heroines, brave rape victims, soul-searching fashionistas that stock so many books. I particularly mourn the lack of female villains — good, potent female villains. Not ill-tempered women who scheme about landing good men and better shoes (as if we had nothing more interesting to war over), not chilly WASP mothers (emotionally distant isn’t necessarily evil), not soapy vixens (merely bitchy doesn’t qualify either). I’m talking violent, wicked women. Scary women. Don’t tell me you don’t know some. The point is, women have spent so many years girl-powering ourselves — to the point of almost parodic encouragement — we’ve left no room to acknowledge our dark side. Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids. -Gillian Flynn

Well, I don’t know why I decided to talk about female psychopaths, but it started couple of days ago, when I watched Misery, which I loved and I had no idea that it was based on a Stephen King’s novel, until I decided to google it. I was speechless by the whole plot. Literally! I’ve ordered the book and now it’s on my hands and I can’t wait to start reading it. I’m so excited.
Anyway, why people think that women are not able of commiting terrible crimes? Why do men think that we are soft and pure? I didn’t start to wonder out of the blue, yesterday I watched Criminal Minds (blowmind!) and as they kept investigating, they said that this torture couldn’t have been commited by a woman, just because it’s so cruel and females don’t do that sort of things. They said, that women decide to end their victim’s life with not so painful means, like drowing, or giving them pills and stuff. Then, Misery and Gone Girl or Sharp Objects came to mind, which all underline the female dark side.
And then I found Flynn’s quote, which explains everything…

17 thoughts on “Female Psychopaths

  1. EuropeanGeek says:

    I have been wondering the same thing. In fact, there’s nothing more terrifying than a woman psychopath, because they can be so multifaceted and yet expected to be nurturing.

    I have a female heroine in my work-in-progress, and she’s earthy, serene, and pure – but I’m countering that with a female villain who is as wicked, deceptive, and cruel as the heroine is virtuous.

    It’s time they began creeping back into our literature.

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  2. Britt W says:

    Female psychopaths are more terrifying, at least to me. For some reason, I feel like with men you can sort of see the crazy in some ways or there are signs that you can recognize. Women are more subtle and therefore, better villains.

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    • thebookishuniverse says:

      Then, yes I think you are right. I have used to the male villains but when I see a female psycho, it affects me.
      I was really scared by Annie from the Misery movie. The actress is perfect for this role. So frightening.
      If you haven’t see it, then you should do.


  3. Dave Astor says:

    Interesting post, The Bookish Universe!

    Cathy Trask of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” is another memorable female psychopath in literature. I guess one could also include Bellatrix Lestrange and Dolores Umbridge of the “Harry Potter” books. (And “Misery” the novel is a riveting — albeit very disturbing — read.)

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  4. The Bookish God says:

    YAS. I love reading about female villains and even more if they’re cruel and merciless LOL in fact, if you have any recommendations send them my way haha
    This is actually one of the reasons why I cant wait to read Fairest by Marissa Meyer! Queen Levana for the win!

    Btw, I just started my blog and it’d be cool if you checked it out anf followed if you enjoy it! 🙂

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  5. Jennifer Rolph says:

    Woul you maybe consider making a blog of recommended “female dark sides novels” so that us that are searching from the top of Google to its ass crack trying to find more like it?


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