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8 YA Characters Who Could Convincingly Narrate Taylor Swift’s New Single

Hoping to capitalize off a year of PR missteps, Taylor Swift is seizing the narrative that painted her as a villain post-Snapchat-gate in the form of Reputation, a new record (seemingly sponsored by Hot Topic) debuting in November.

Last Thursday, Swift dropped “Look What You Made Me Do,” a single so cold and unforgiving (for someone who once wrote a four-minute song called “Today Was a Fairytale”) it could double as a Marvel antagonist’s origin story—marking her descent into murky, un-Swiftlike waters.

Regardless of your thoughts on the polarizing pop star, her new bop brings to mind memorable characters who’ve experienced a similar fall from grace—nuanced folks who harden after a few blows to the heart, to the ego, and everything in between.

Here are a few from the literary world, for starters.


1. Nicola (Blind Item)



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I don’t like your little games. Don’t like your tilted stage.

 

2. Gwendolyn Bloom (The Cruelty series)



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I don’t like your perfect crime. How you laugh when you lie.


3. The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)



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But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time.

 

4. Cath (Heartless)



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I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined.

 

5. Olivia Clayton (How to Break a Boy)



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The world goes on, another day, another drama. But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma.

 

6. Reagan Elizabeth Hillis (The Black Angel Chronicles)



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And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure. Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours.

 

7. Mary (Thornhill)



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Look what you just made me do. Look what you made me do.

 

8. Levana (The Lunar Chronicles)



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I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me. I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams.

 

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