Voting for the Great Berryville Read continues this week with a new category!
Welcome to Bracket #3 – Great Berryville Read Villains and Monsters Edition. Next week on Tuesday, October 2nd, the Great American Read episode about the bad guys (and gals) of literature will air.
This episode is all about the villains, monsters, and bogeymen of the book world. We’ve assembled a bracket that requires you, gentle reader, to pick your favorites and decide which of these 16 books should advance to the next round of the Great Berryville Read voting.
To vote, you need to complete a bracket and drop it off at the library or at Berryville High School or vote on our Facebook page. You have until this Saturday, September 29, to vote on this bracket.
Scoring of the brackets is explained here. If you need more of a reminder about any of these books than I include below, we have brief card catalog reviews of the books at the library and on our Great Berryville Read Facebook page for you to use.
Now (drum roll, please), let’s look at this week’s contenders.
Our first round is the battle between two fantasy powerhouse series. So, pick your villain of choice: Voldemort and the Death Eaters from Harry Potter or, um, pretty much every character to some degree in A Game of Thrones.
The winner of that round will then face off against series villains from two of today’s most popular horror writers: Dean Koontz’s The Watcher or Stephen King’s The Stand.
Then we’ll move on to favorite thrillers. Which do you prefer? Agatha Christie’s classic And Then There Were None or Gillian Flynn’s more contemporary Gone Girl?
The winner of Christie vs Flynn then gets to face off against two very different 19th century tales of villainy: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Our voting then shifts to a passel of 19th century classics, all vying for your vote.
First, you’ll have to decide between Heart of Darkness and The Picture of Dorian Gray, both of which explore the external and internal appearance of villainy.
Then the winner of that match-up with be pitted against two classic tales that question exactly who the villain is: Moby Dick and Frankenstein.
We then move to some more contemporary literature that focuses on women’s stories where the true villain is society: Beloved and The Handmaid’s Tale.
The winner will then go up against the winner of our final match-up: Wuthering Heights vs Rebecca, a tale of two gothic romances with some decidedly non-romantic overtones.
What are your picks? Which match-up was the hardest to vote for? Which one was the easiest? Tell us in the comments!