Iconic Monsters/Villains from Literature

5. Sauron- He’s the epitome of evil in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Taking the form of a lidless eye who watches over his land and minions, Sauron is one of the most enduring powers of evil in Tolkien’s novels. Although his popularity as a villain grew mainly due to the film adaptations by Peter Jackson, all fantasy fans knew Sauron as a formable villain and creator of the One Ring even before he was portrayed on screen.

4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde- Who doesn’t remember this fearsome monster who was the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll by day and the fearsome Mr. Hyde by night? Thank you Robert Louis Stevenson! Thanks to this two-faced monster there has even been mental illnesses named after him. From the movie adaptations to stage performances, this monster is hard to forget.

3. The Phantom of the Opera- Everyone is intrigued by this monster in the mask. Gaston Leroux did a fantastic job of keeping his readers on the edge of their seats while they follow the steps of young Christine and Raoul. Not many authors have done such an excellent job at making readers feel pity for the main villain. We are intrigued by the Angel of Music, yet still afraid of what he is capable of.

2. Frankenstein- As some of you might know, Frankenstein isn’t really the name of creature in Mary Shelly’s novel. Throughout the novel he is never actually given a name. In fact, Victor Frankenstein is the name of the scientist who brought the creature to life. Since the name of book is Frankenstein, most people just call the creature by that name. Regardless of the name confusion, this monster has been one of the most iconic characters from literature. Even if you haven’t read the book, you know who he is and you have an idea of his appearance. The countless adaptations of Shelly’s living-cadaver will be sure to keep you awake at night.

1.Dracula- Dracula is our number one pick. No other monster from literature has had as many remakes, character influences, films, or tv adaptations made about him. Vampires have become a staple horror monster in today’s society thanks to Bram Stoker. To be clear, Bram Stoker did not invent “vampires”, but he popularized their appearance, abilities, and weaknesses in his novel. Because of his book, most people know of Transylvania, spikes, pale skin, the undead curse, and other features of the blood-sucking Count Dracula.



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