Have you heard the news? Mean girls are, like, so over. According to Lisa Sessions Stepp, the writer who coined the term “alpha girl” back in 2002, published a piece in the Washington Post over the weekend exploring what happens when mean girls grow up. And guess what? It turns out that “Girls, even mean girls, can — and do — mature eventually.” It’s not exactly a revelation — but it is a good excuse for us to count down our top ten mean girls from literature, film, and TV. Check out our picks after the jump and add your own suggestions in the comments.
10. Caroline Bingley, Pride and Prejudice
Let’s say what Jane Austen was too subtle and polite to spell out: Caroline Bingley is a class-A bitch, fuming over Mr. Darcy’s interest in Elizabeth Bennett and feebly plotting to win him over. In a conversation with Darcy, Caroline delivers a classic mean-girl takedown of her rival:
I must confess that I never could see any beauty in her. Her face is too thin; her complexion has no brilliancy; and her features are not at all handsome. Her nose wants character; there is nothing marked in its lines. Her teeth are tolerable, but not out of the common way; and as for her eyes, which have sometimes been called so fine, I never could perceive any thing extraordinary in them. They have a sharp, shrewish look, which I do not like at all; and in her air altogether, there is a self-sufficiency without fashion which is intolerable.