Scariest Novel Character Quiz

In March we did a different kind of quiz where you all voted on the best sports movies.  We’re going to try that with a Halloween theme.  You need to choose the 10 most scary characters in literature and list them in order (1 being the scariest).  I’ll be scoring each choice based on where it appears on your list (10 points for #1, etc.) and then you will earn points based on how well your list matches up with everyone else.  Sounds like fun, right?

You are welcome to write-in a candidate and once you do I’ll add him/her/it to the list of choices.  You have until Sunday and I’ll post the results on Halloween.  Please encourage your other bookie friends to participate even of they don’t do the quizzes.  We want this be scientific after all 😉

Don’t forget to number your choices 1-10

Alex (A Clockwork Orange)

Annie Wilkes (Misery)

Big Brother (1984)

Bill Sikes (Oliver Twist)

Count Dracula (Dracula)

Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)

demon (Exorcist)

Grendel (Beowulf)

Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs…)

Jack (The Shining)

Jaws (Jaws)

Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

Mrs. Danvers (Rebecca)

Norman Bates (Psycho)

Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

Patrick Bateman (American Psycho)

Pennywise (It)

Randall Flagg (The Stand)

Sauron (Lord of the Rings)

Tom Ripley (The Talented Mr. Ripley)

Voldemort (Harry Potter)

White Witch (Chronicles of Narnia)


Answers to last week’s First Quiz (here)

19 thoughts on “Scariest Novel Character Quiz

  1. Kay says:

    Well, I haven’t read all these books and am not even familiar with some of them. Some I am, so my choices will be based on the characters that I have encountered in my reading:

    1. Pennywise
    2. Voldemort
    3. Randall Flagg
    4. Sauron
    5. demon
    6. Hannibal Lecter
    7. Jaws
    8. Count Dracula
    9. Big Brother
    10. Jack

    Curious to see how this one will turn out.

  2. Jennifer Rayment says:

    For the most part, the normal looking but psychopathic dudes always scare me the most – with the exception of #1 all due to Tim Curry’s portrayal as pennywise & quite frankly Clowns are scary

    1. Pennywise ( Have to hide my copy of It downstairs, cuz the picture freaks my 10 yr old out & quite frankly me too)
    2. Hannibal Lecter
    3. Norman Bates
    4. Randall Flagg
    5 Patrick Bateman
    6 Voldemort
    7 Jack
    8 Sauron
    9 Mrs Danvers
    10 Jaws

  3. StephanieD says:

    Oooh, fun!

    1. Pennywise (It)
    2. Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs…)
    3. demon (Exorcist)
    4. Count Dracula (Dracula)
    5. Voldemort (Harry Potter)
    6. Sauron (Lord of the Rings)
    7. Big Brother (1984)
    8. Jaws (Jaws)
    9. Mr. Hyde (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
    10. Norman Bates (Psycho)

  4. softdrink says:

    #1 Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs…)
    #2 Norman Bates (Psycho)
    #3 Count Dracula (Dracula)
    #4 Annie Wilkes (Misery)
    #5 Jaws (Jaws)
    #6 demon (Exorcist)
    #7 Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    #8 Sauron (Lord of the Rings)
    #9 Voldemort (Harry Potter)
    #10 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)

    I was tempted to put Cthulhu as #1, but I figured he’s kinda obscure…

  5. Harvee/Book Dilettante says:

    Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca scared me and still scares me. She is so real! Most of the characters in novel haven’t seemed so realistic that they bother me. Of course, I still can’t read any Stephen King books. They are all scary!

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