Best Served Cold

by Lisa C.

Best friend stab you in the back? Romantic partner stepping out on you? Two-faced co-worker steal the Henderson account? What are you going to do? Well, in real life you might try to address these injustices in a positive manner that allows you to heal and move on. However, if you are a character in a movie or novel, you are definitely going to make the dastardly foe pay! Yes, I’m talking about sweet, sweet revenge.

Revenge seeking may not be the healthiest pastime, but it can be quite cathartic when fictional characters decide to punish those who have wronged them. And while the saying goes that revenge is a dish best served cold, the following stories of vengeance and vigilante justice are prepared in a variety of satisfying temperatures.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

This classic novel is the epitome of ice cold revenge. Edmond Dantes is a young man with a bright future ahead of him. Sadly, his dreams are shattered when he is betrayed and falsely imprisoned. The bright side? He has many, many years to meticulously plot his retribution.

Revenge Temp: Absolute Zero



Legally Blonde

This breezy flick may not make you think of vengeance, but don’t be fooled by the main character’s indefatigable perkiness. While revenge may not be Elle Woods’ motivation when she follows her ex to Harvard, she hilariously gets it and proves that “living well is the best revenge.”

Revenge Temp: Room Temperature

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Geraldine Coutts is brutally attacked and raped on the Ojibwe reservation where she lives. Her teenage son is devastated and desperate to help her, but quickly learns that the law is designed to protect her white attacker. For justice to be served, he’ll have to grow up too fast and take matters into his own hands. This is a complex and lyrical coming-of-age crime story.

Revenge Temp: Oppressively Warm

Carrie by Stephen King

Timid Carrie is misunderstood, abused at home, and tormented by her peers. However, she also has telekinetic abilities, so people probably shouldn’t mess with her. The book and the 1976 film are definitely terrifying, but also surprisingly heartbreaking.

Revenge Temp: On Fire!



Check out the full list for even more tales of vengeance.

Best Served Cold: Tales of Vengeance







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