Young Adult

Fictionships – Childhood Villians

One of my favorite parts of books is the relationships. Not necessarily romantic ones – although I do love these! – but all relationships in general. And while it’s fun to talk about individual characters and how they interact with other characters, I feel like I don’t talk nearly enough about relationships.

This feature, Fictionships, is just the place for that. A place where I can discuss all the fictional relationships I love. Each one will be a different theme (fantasy, contemporary, classic, TV, movies, etc.) so I can switch it up. So, without further ado, here we go!

Villainous Fictionships

Edmund Pevensie and the White Witch
edmund white witch

Did you honestly think my boy Edmund wouldn’t make this list? I could write oh so many things about him, but one of the most complicated and twisted parts about Edmund is his relationship with the White Witch. I’m sure at some point when I was first read LWW I might have hated Edmund, but I don’t remember. I was a Susan fan back then because she was pretty. It wasn’t until I was older that I started feeling like I understood Edmund. However, it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how twisted his relationship with the White Witch TRULY was. I always thought he was weak for wanting to be with the Witch, mean and cruel for giving everything away for some more Turkish Delight. Of course, I didn’t know that the candy and cocoa he drank created a spell… I think that was left out of my Narnia education.

The spell aside though I think the White Witch provided Edmund with something he was needing – attention. It’s rough being the middle child and I’m sure it’s even rougher being the younger sibling, especially when all your other siblings are so different than you. The fact that the White Witch was able to pick up on this almost instantly and know exactly how to bring Edmund over to her side was quite scary. Yes, I know you can argue that Edmund was easily manipulated, but the White Witch is sly… she knows where to prey!

Matilda and Miss Trunchbull (Matilda)

I dare anyone to say that they were not traumatized by The Trunchbull as a kid. She is the thing nightmares are made of. I still get shivers when I think about the first time I saw her in the book and can still remember exactly what she looked like. Scary. 100% S.C.A.R.Y. While Matilda did manage to stand up in her own way, can you imagine being teeny tiny and seeing this massive bull of a woman in green knee socks?

I suppose you could argue that Matilda used her telekinetic powers a little wrongly against Miss Trunchbull, but as a kid this was one of the most raise-your-fists-in-the-air moments. Who didn’t cheer for Matilda when she scared Miss Trunchbull and saved her classmates from a future with the evil headmistress? But I think what makes this villainous fictionship so unique is that Matilda never gives up hope despite Miss Trunchbull’s unbelievably outrageous actions. Even though Matilda knows no one will believe her stories about the headmistress, she doesn’t let that stop her from learning, from growing, and from being a happy kid. No matter how hard the Trunchbull tries to prevent these things.

On a side note… while I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie Matilda, I must say Miss Trunchbull in the movie was EXACTLY as I pictured her growing up and, even though I was older when the movie came out, gave me the same shivers as she did the first time I read this book in 3rd grade.

So that’s it for now! Tune in next time for more fictionships!

Oh! Found this image while searching… Had TOTALLY forgotten about this animated LWW! Oh, memories! lww cartoon

3 thoughts on “Fictionships – Childhood Villians”

  1. What a cool feature idea! I’m a big fan of well-written villains, and I think those two relationships are really interesting. I’ve been wanting to see more relationships in books that resemble Edmund & the White Witch’s. I’m really interested in seeing what might happen if the hero/heroine had a change of heart halfway through the book and realised that he/she was actually on the wrong side of the fight. You know that scene that occurs all the time where the villain tries to sway the protagonist to their side? I’ve always been interested in what would happen if they actually switched sides. It’s not quite the same as what happened with Edmund, but I think that’s the most similar relationship/situation out there.


  2. I have to admit, it’s easy for me to turn up my nose at Edmund and wonder how he could be so blind to trust the witch. But I do stuff like this all the time in my life, falling for the dumb lies I hear in my head. And of course, there’s Aslan to forgive him in the end, regardless of what he’s done. Good stuff!


  3. Those are both great relationships. The Edmund-White Witch relationship is impressively complicated, despite the overall simplicity of how C.S. Lewis wrote the books.


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