|Broke and Bookish|
1. Miranda Priestly the all-powerful editor of Runway magazine in The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.
2. Fannie Dashwood the sister-in-law to the Dashwood sisters in Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
3. Mrs. Coulter the nearly unfeeling mother in His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Reeve.
4. Mrs. Danvers, the sinister house-keeper in Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier.
5. Cruella Deville from One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith.
6. Dolores Umbridge, the abusive and passive-aggressive Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
7. Bellatrix Lestrange the Death-eater who killed Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series
8. Scarlett O'Hara the spoiled-brat, bad girl of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
9. Mrs. Sarah Reed, Jane's loveless and cold-hearted aunt in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
10. Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, the crotchety neighbor of Scout and Jem Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
11. Nurse Rached the cold, sadistic nurse who was locked in the power struggle with Randle McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.
I've strained my brain and come up with eleven but I know I will think of ten more "mean" women in literature as soon as I hit "publish". Can you think of any others?