Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top Ten Tuesdays with Jerks in Literature

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Jerks in Literature. Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish described these jerks as "those who truly WERE asshats and those who just acted like one but could be quite loveable!" I'm thinking all of mine will fit into the latter category. Since I'm in a rush today, and since most of the YA books I read are filled with amazingly sweet boys, I'm cheating and filling in my list with TV show jerks. Because TV dramas are my other love, and I get waaaaay too attached to the characters. It makes sense, though, because you spend more time with them than you do with a book of movie character. Right? So please don't hate me book-lovers!

1. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I think Austen invented the whole witty-banter-as-flirting thing that we see everywhere now.

2. Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I think Draco is adorable! Even though we only get to see his vulnerable side maybe three times in the entire series, I know it's there! (But I have to admit that my Draco-love may have stemmed from reading too much HP fanfiction over the years.)

3. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. While Snape truly enjoyed making Harry's life miserable at Hogwarts, by the end of the series, who wouldn't be a Snape fan?

4. Wesley Rush from The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. I think this book is so popular because Wesley is more of a realistic teenage boy than most of the other love interests we find in YA. He was definitely a jerk to Bianca at first, but then we find out that his full-of-himself attitude is just something he hides behind.

5. Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell and Assholes Finish First. This isn't fiction. Tucker Max is a real life womanizing jerk. But he's also incredibly smart, and way beyond hilarious. And he's honest about who he is.

6. Sawyer from Lost. In the first season Sawyer loved to cause trouble.He started fist fights and messed with people all the time. And he was a con man. But who wouldn't sympathize with Sawyer's life story? And he really loved Kate. AND for the majority of the show, more often than not, we'd find him risking his life to save someone else. And he's gorgeous. 

7. Logan Echolls from Veronica Mars. Typical bad boy with a difficult home life. Except he's fiercely protective of Veronica. He risks his life to save her.

8. Alex Karev from Grey's Anatomy. He's such a smartass that everyone wants to smack him half the time. He makes insensitive comments about patients. But he also has a screwed up life, and he truly, deeply cares about people.

9. Tristan DuGray from Gilmore Girls. My favorite show ever. One of the most gorgeous boys ever. And I think probably the first time I ever read fan fiction was to see Rory and Tristan get together. Because yeah, he could be a jerk, but he obviously liked her.

10. Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike killed tons of people and loved it. He was definitely a bad guy. Until he fell in love with Buffy. And then he saved peoples lives. He saved the freaking world. I'd say that redeems him 200%!

Leave a link to your Top Ten list or leave it in the comments!


  1. I love Mr. Darcy!! Witty-banter-as-flirting is awesome :D

  2. Austen totally invented witty-banter-as-flirting (or at least, made it popular!) And Alex is one of my fave characters from Grey's, although like you say...yeah, he can be a jerk.

  3. Draco made our list too. I love that you have Alex and Spike on here. Great choices!

    Reading Lark's Top 10

  4. Yup, Austen created the formula for all chick flicks now (only seldom few of those can actually touch her brilliance).
    And Tristan? Oh my heck yes! I wanted her to be with Tristan instead of Dean, there was so much more tension between them.