I do like a good tale of vengeance and mayhem. Today you are tasked with helping me put together a list of the best movies and books about revenge, unless you’re too squeamish or you aren’t going to let me boss you around on the Internet.
But for the rest of you who love revenge stories, let’s make a list and then hit the streets and mete out swift and cunning vengeance on everyone who has ever wronged us.
Okay, my own favorites, off the top of my head:
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Chan-Wook Park’s vengeance trilogy: Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance
Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie.
Without Remorse by Tom Clancy (I actually hated this book, but a friend claims it is the greatest revenge book of all time)
Stieg Larrsson’s Girl Who trilogy could be seen as a story about women getting revenge on men, Lisbeth getting revenge on everyone, journalists getting revenge on those who would Silence The Truth, and literary revenge on those who hate Macs, because those books are full of Macs.
The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, book and movie
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
Drood by Dan Simmons
Money Shot by Christa Faust
Inglorious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino
Taken with Liam Neeson. (I know this is not any special movie, but Liam Neeson trained Obi Wan and Batman, and he was Priest Valon in Gangs of New York, so I feel helpless to ignore his films)
The Professional – Starting that French guy who seems to be in most movies that require a French guy. Also features the best acting Natalie Portman has ever done.
Honorable mention: revenge by inept metaphor
I get a huge kick out of Thomas Friedman. I couldn’t care less about his politics or ideas, and if you agree with them, we can still be pals. But just about anything he writes reads like he is trying to take revenge on metaphor itself, whose purpose continues to elude his grasp:
The first rule of holes is when you’re in one, stop digging.When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.
Well, that simply doesn’t mean anything or make any sense at all.
The writer in me cannot look away from his bizarre wordsmithery. Part of me thinks he does this just to see if he can get away with it. How could that quote be anything but a joke? You can’t be in three holes at once. Why would you need to quit digging in one hole, but dig more in three? There are many absurd examples like the above quote. I have no idea how it happens or what his editors are doing.
Okay, enough from me. Please leave your nominations for books about movies about revenge below.