Best Fiction With Disfigured/Disabled Leads
Beautiful people are getting old. Doesn't anyone else long for characters with disfiguring scars? Who are burn victims? Are blind? Have a bum leg? Have no legs? Have NO limbs?

Well, I may be alone in this, but if not, add your favorite books that fit this category.
1 The Phantom of the Opera
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2 Lover Awakened (Black Dagge...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 109,463 ratings
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3 Jane Eyre
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 886,333 ratings
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4 Dark Lover (Black Dagger Br...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 163,724 ratings
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5 The Secret Garden
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 467,201 ratings
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6 The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 89,011 ratings
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7 The King of Attolia (The Qu...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 15,145 ratings
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8 The Queen of Attolia (The Q...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 15,021 ratings
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9 Lover Unbound (Black Dagger...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 76,822 ratings
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10 V for Vendetta
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 140,310 ratings
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11 The Raven Prince (Princes T...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 9,586 ratings
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12 Lover Mine (Black Dagger Br...
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 65,225 ratings
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13 The Madness Of Lord Ian Mac...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 13,788 ratings
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14 Dance with the Devil (Dark-...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 43,490 ratings
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15 In The Eye of The Beholder:...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 79 ratings
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16 To Beguile a Beast (Legend ...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 6,570 ratings
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17 Running Scarred (Scarred #1)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 125 ratings
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18 The Darkest Kiss (Lords of ...
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 34,883 ratings
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19 The Princess Bride
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 451,637 ratings
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20 Lover Avenged (Black Dagger...
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21 Frankenstein
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 619,641 ratings
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22 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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23 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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24 Forever Scarred (Scarred, #2)
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4.65 of 5 stars 4.65 avg rating — 72 ratings
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25 A Hunger Like No Other (Imm...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 35,343 ratings
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26 The Curious Incident of the...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 623,726 ratings
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27 Lover Enshrined (Black Dagg...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 71,834 ratings
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28 Cyrano de Bergerac
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 42,209 ratings
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29 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 205,998 ratings
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30 The Gargoyle
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 28,240 ratings
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31 Flowers for Algernon
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32 The English Patient
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 68,326 ratings
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33 Dreaming of You (Gamblers, #2)
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 17,397 ratings
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34 Richard III
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 23,689 ratings
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35 Beauty (Folktales #1)
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36 Again the Magic (Wallflower...
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37 Dark Needs at Night's Edge ...
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38 The Darkest Pleasure (Lords...
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39 Wuthering Heights
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 673,654 ratings
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40 Texas Destiny (Texas Trilog...
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41 Yours Until Dawn
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42 Annie's Song
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 6,260 ratings
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43 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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44 If You Deceive (MacCarrick ...
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45 The Warrior's Apprentice (V...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 11,232 ratings
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46 Simply Love (Simply Quartet...
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47 Flowers from the Storm
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48 When Beauty Tamed the Beast...
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49 The Glass Menagerie
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50 Howl's Moving Castle (Howl'...
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51 I, Claudius (Claudius, #1)
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 28,133 ratings
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52 Bleak House
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 48,885 ratings
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53 Phantom Waltz
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 3,217 ratings
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54 Forrest Gump
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 29,946 ratings
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55 Whole
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 118 ratings
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56 The Prize
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 15,951 ratings
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56 Heart's Blood
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58 Dream Chaser (Dream-Hunter,...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 18,418 ratings
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58 Ravished
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 8,659 ratings
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60 Johnny Got His Gun
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61 Invisible Monsters
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62 Geek Love
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63 Rose Daughter (Folktales #2)
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64 The Spymaster's Lady (Spyma...
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65 A Rose in Winter
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66 Peter Nimble and His Fantas...
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67 Ethan Frome
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 54,403 ratings
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68 Kiss of a Demon King (Immor...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 22,490 ratings
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69 The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Sa...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 10,275 ratings
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70 Phantom
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 7,243 ratings
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71 Till We Have Faces
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 27,237 ratings
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72 Predatory Game (GhostWalker...
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73 Beastly
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 113,718 ratings
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74 The Man Who Laughs
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 4,008 ratings
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75 Mistborn: The Final Empire ...
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76 Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)
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77 Johnny Tremain
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78 England's Perfect Hero (Les...
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79 Midnight Angel (Stokehurst,...
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80 Elantris (Elantris, #1)
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81 The Tempest
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 94,391 ratings
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82 Son of the Shadows (Sevenwa...
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83 Untouched
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,741 ratings
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84 Blindness (Blindness, #1)
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85 Perfume: The Story of a Mur...
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86 Tapestry
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87 Born of the Night (The Leag...
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88 A Civil Campaign (Vorkosiga...
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89 Gathering Blue (The Giver, #2)
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90 Of Human Bondage
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91 The Ship Who Sang (Brainshi...
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92 The Duke and I (Bridgertons...
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93 Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 307,105 ratings
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94 Shoulda Been a Cowboy (Roug...
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95 The Man without a Face
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96 To Desire a Devil (Legend o...
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97 Lord Carew's Bride (Staplet...
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98 Beguilement (The Sharing Kn...
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99 Midnight Angel (Midnight, #3)
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100 Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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message 2: by ☯Bettie☯ (new)

☯Bettie☯ Great theme for a list

:O)


message 3: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl What's that children's book about a colonial boy who apprentices for a blacksmith and disfigures/burns off his hand?


message 4: by Hayes (last edited Oct 01, 2009 10:39PM) (new)

Hayes Johnny Tremain!! Good call!

But was it Johnny who burned his hand or the other one... I've just had it sent so I'll know in a while after I re-read it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It was Johnny.


Irene Caroline B. It was the other apprentice's fault. That book is amazing.


Carla *Jen7waters* Wait a minute, why is Wuthering Heights in this list? And Son of the Shadows from the Sevenwaters trilogy? :O the third book of this series (Child of the Prophecy)would be okay if it were on the list, since it does have a kind of crippled heroine -she has a limp- but Son of the Shadows? I don't think so...and I can't believe The Hunger Games isn't in this, but I reckon it's hard to remember Peeta's fake leg. I'll put these on!


message 8: by Selenita (new)

Selenita Truly, Madly, Deeply? OK, the protagonist had dandruff, bad breath and diarrhea. Still, he can hardly be considered physically disabled.


message 9: by Christy (new)

Christy Stewart ........I need that book.


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie Why is it always only the male characters who are somehow disfigured? The females on this list are at the most crippled in some way or mentally disabled. Dont get me wrong! This is not to say that these are not challenges andTHIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT THOSE PEOPLE DON'T DESERVE LOVE!!! They do! It just seems like even the literary world says to us "no one will love you and you won't accomplish success if you are "ugly" "scarred" or "maimed". None of the women/girls on this list are "scarred" or "maimed". It just doesn't seem right. . . all people deserve love. But this list seems to only echo what society tells us. Beautiful women get the best. Men are loved even with their scars. I just don't understand. It hurts me so much to see this sort of thingplay out in a world I find so much refuge and comfort in! Please someone write a book about a real disfugered girl who has adventures and finds love!! Please!


message 11: by Christy (new)

Christy Stewart I'm with Katie


message 12: by Sylvester (new)

Sylvester Modeste Mignon by Balzac should be on this list.


message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Morrigan I thought that in the original V for Vendetta graphic novel there was never anything about him being horrifically burned and they added that in for the movie. I thought in the graphic novel it was meant to be that he wanted to be a symbol, not a person.


message 14: by Laura (new)

Laura Morrigan Katie, I am still going through this list, but I am really hoping that Hester Shaw from the Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve is in it. She has a very badly scarred face. Things aren't easy for her though, I am two books into the series and she has gone through a lot of pain, suffering and self hatred.


message 15: by Laura (new)

Laura Morrigan Katie, I am still going through this list, but I am really hoping that Hester Shaw from the Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve is in it. She has a very badly scarred face. Things aren't easy for her though, I am two books into the series and she has gone through a lot of pain, suffering and self hatred.


message 16: by ☆Eiko (last edited Feb 28, 2012 07:35PM) (new)

☆Eiko May I add in Masque of the Swan by Rebecca Ashe? This is a bit similar to The Phantom of the Opera. Only difference is the end and how the protagonist is not disfigured but I'd rather say he rather has something normal humans don't have. [If I say what he is I'd be spoiling the book]


message 17: by Courtney (new)

Courtney why is Kiss of a Demon King on the list I don't remember anyone being disabled in this book? Could I be wrong?


message 18: by Christy (new)

Christy Stewart There's a problem on these lists, the fan girls of those books tend to put them everywhere.


message 19: by Mikaela (new)

Mikaela Cindy wrote: "why is Kiss of a Demon King on the list I don't remember anyone being disabled in this book? Could I be wrong?"

I agree...the only thing i can think of is that Rydstrom had a scar on his face and I think one of his horns was broken.


message 20: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Removed My Left Foot which is not fiction.


message 21: by Mikki (new)

Mikki I'd like to put in the title of Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. The heroine is a girl who survived a terrible fire but lost the use of her hands, which have become stiff, mangled claws, and received scars on her face. It's a beautiful story :)


Carla *Jen7waters* Ori wrote: "I'd like to put in the title of Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier. The heroine is a girl who survived a terrible fire but lost the use of her hands, which have become stiff, mangled claws, a..."

I TOTALLY AGREE


message 23: by Ciara (new)

Ciara Panic Twilight is on here? Bella and Edward aren't disabled or disfigured, in fact they're both incredibly good looking by mainstream standards and haven't a single physical flaw between them.


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