TOP 5 TALES OF REVENGE
–by Bronto Incognito
So when I selected this topic I had no idea how much of a big deal the Netflix version of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why would be, particularly the way that some people say it glorifies the idea of revenge suicide. (I would argue that suicide that happens in conjunction with bullying already has some aspects of revenge embedded in the motivations, but that’s a post for another time.)
So it seems randomly appropriate that we talk about stories of revenge this month, but believe me, I am not this psychic. This is just a crazy random happenstance.
5. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
So this book was an interesting experience for me. Kept hearing about it over and over on Epic Reads’ Tea Time show they used to have on YouTube. Talked it up to my teen writing group. Then it turned out that I’d met the author at a writer conference (#DFWcon) and she’d given me some really great advice!
Much love to Julie Murphy!!!
That said, here’s all you need to know about the premise of this book:
Girl has incurable cancer. Decides to drag friend into getting revenge on all those who have wronged her. Gets revenge. Waits to die…
Except oh, wait…she’s cured!!!! Yeah???….
4. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
If you liked the TV show Revenge, you’ll like this one. Everyone on a cruise ship is murdered except for Frances. Then she gets to shore and realizes that the cute boy she’d flirted with aboard ship has survived as well…along with his senator father. Only their claiming a huge wave killed the hundreds of passengers and crew, not the terrorists that Frances saw shooting everyone.
Cut ahead a few years and now Frances is back with a new identity and a quest for revenge!!!
I loved this book because it brings up the question of whether your average person, no matter how angry, could really carry out such a hate-filled revenge fantasy and get away with it? Or keep up the necessary hatred to complete the thing in the first place?
If you’re interested in the longer review I did on this book, check it out!
Love him or hate him, you’ve got to admire his dedication. Sixteen years is a long time to commit to teaching tweens and teens in a job you never wanted, all so you can get back at the guy that killed the girl you spent the first half of your life crushing on. Voldemort never seemed that interested in trusting anyone, but Severus Snape played his part so well that Senor No-nose trusted him more than anyone else in his crew. That’s some tough work.
Especially when your boss can read minds….
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Katniss may have had varying motivations throughout the series, but it’s pretty clear that by the end of book 3 some part of the war isn’t really about the war anymore. It’s a showdown between President Snow and Katniss Everdeen. And she’s out for blood. For herself, for her district, and most especially for her sister. She might just about lose her sanity in the process, but Katniss makes sure that Snow gets what’s coming to him in the end.
1. “The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe
“Sleepstalk” by Courtney Summers
So if you are unfamiliar with “The Cask of Amontillado” you need to head on over and read it right this second! It’s a short story (just like “Sleepstalk”) so it won’t take you long whatsoever. This enduring tale of revenge sticks with you long after you read it, both because of the narrator’s vague determination as well as the methodology of his revenge.
In “Sleepstalk” (found in the Defy the Dark collection) the narrator gives you a much more defined reason behind her revenge, but her determination (and insanity) once again leave the story sticking with you long after you finish it.
I don’t want to tell you too much on either story because I don’t want to ruin the endings, but you should check them both out. You won’t regret it!
P.S. If you haven’t checked out either A Tell Tale Vlog or Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party on YouTube, you’re missing out. Check them out now!!! Poe is adorably awkward. It’s great….
I’m going to pull an Anne (AKA SuddenButInevitable) here and add a couple of honorable mentions. Like Sara Shepard’s The Perfectionists. I kept wanting to add it, but really, the girls have only talked about revenge on a collection of people that someone starts to kill. They’re all innocent…ish…
Or Stephen King’s Carrie or The Princess Bride by William Golding. Both excellent tales of revenge that only just missed making the cut. Really in the end it just came down to this: I came up with a much longer list than I thought I would so cutting it down was hard. But necessary.
So I cheated.
So sue me.
Bronto Incognito out!
Also, don’t forget to check out our Top 5 from last month, our Top 5 Fictional Creatures!