Here’s my spin on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.
Rhett Butler – The devilish charm of this Southerner is hard to ignore as he proves to be the perfect foil to bratty, scheming Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. But by falling in love with Scarlett, Rhett reveals a vulnerable side that she is only to happy to trample on.
Holden Caulfield – The seventeen year-old protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye drove me crazy when I read the book because of all his complaining, but he’s really just a kid not liking what he sees around him and wanting to rebel against it.
Heathcliff – Something about this Byronic hero’s tortured and dark nature draws us in, spins us around and spits us out, yet we can’t deny his passion. In Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Heathcliff loves Catherine fiercely, but demonstrates his anger and resentment with such force all is destroyed in his wake.
Sherlock Holmes – Nothing like falling for the boy you can’t have and no one screams off the market more than Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective. It’s hard not to find his intelligence and deadpan sarcasm irresistible. But Sherlock has made it very clear he has no interest in romance.
Edmond Dantès – The former sailor in The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas doesn’t know the meaning of forgiveness and is relentless in punishing his enemies for having him jailed and left for dead in prison. Not even the chance of being reunited with the woman he once loved is incentive for him to put aside his need for vengeance.
Mr. Darcy – It’s easy to see how Lizzy Bennett put Darcy in the not-if-he-was-the-last-man-on-Earth category. The man acts like a higher than thou jerk right from the beginning of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. But later we all discover that Darcy is really a softie and has a generous heart (and wallet).
Jay Gatsby – Although he’s worked so hard to become wealthy and win back the love of a woman, the mysterious millionaire in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald makes bad decisions. He’s involved with the wrong people, breaks the law and parties too much. It was only a matter of time before his glass castle came crashing down.
Mr. Rochester – It took some time before I could see what Jane Eyre and many other women saw in Mr. Rochester from Charlotte Brontë’s novel. He’s snarky and secretive. He’s hiding his crazy wife in the attic for goodness sakes! But like Jane, I started to see the gentle soul underneath the crabby exterior.
Robin Hood – The man famous for “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” holds so much appeal because of his leadership skills and desire to help people in need. However, he is technically a criminal, wanted by the law and pretty much homeless.
Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky – The gorgeous soldier struts like a peacock around the ballroom, so of course Anna Karenina couldn’t keep her eyes off him. Vronsky has no qualms seducing a married woman, fathering a child with her out of wedlock and then walking away when he realizes he’s not cut out for a serious relationship.
Who is your favourite literary bad boy?