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I've (Jamie) been too stressed out with life....we had to put down my dog and it was Mothers Day..which if you talk to me on Twitter or visit my personal blog, you know it was a hard couple of days for me. That being said, I have literally had no time to sit down and work on this week's topic. However, I put the call out to my bookish friends to help me out and I would feature them on the blog this week! You get by with a little help from your friends, I suppose. So, make sure you check out all their blogs/Twitter accounts because they are all wonderful!
Anyways, the other week we did top ten mean girls in lit..so now we're on to the biggest jerks..all those jerky guys in books..those who truly WERE asshats and those who just acted like one but could be quite loveable! Check HERE for future topics.
1. Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS- This man is jerkalicious. He's a jerk lollipop. He's on the good ship Jerk. He's all "CATHERINE! We are SOUL MATES because we were both BRATS as CHILDREN!" And she's all "Meh." And he's all "VENGEANCE!" And she's all "...whatevs." And then he proceeds to spend his entire life tormenting little children, beating women, and starving himself in the name of love. Except by love, he really means creepy, obsessive, someone-needs-a-hobby jerkitude. (Amanda from Dead White Guys)
2. Haymitch from The Hunger Games:
jerk: n. Slang A foolish, rude, or contemptible person.
Haymitch Abernathy is a jerk. He is foolish when he has been drinking and he is rude and contemptible when drunk or sober. At his best, Haymitch is sarcastic, self-indulgent and condescending. He calls Katniss “sweetheart” on a regular basis because he knows she hates it. He doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him and he doesn’t hesitate to tell someone how he feels about them. With that said, I love him. He may be my favorite character from The Hunger Games trilogy. It’s not Haymitch's fault that he is a jerk- it is President Snow’s. You see, Haymitch was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games. Because of Haymitch’s questionable play in the arena, Snow had his mother, brother and girlfriend killed. Haymitch turned to the bottle to forget about his time in the arena and the losses it caused. You can't blame the guy. Haymitch is a jerk, but he is a jerk with a big heart and good intentions. (Kelly from The Lemme Library)
3. Stephen Clayworth from Clarity by Kim Harrington. He starts off as a jerk and then there are a few moments where you think he might redeem himself. Maybe he's just misunderstood?.... nope.....total jerk. (Jen from Lost in The Library)
4. Wesley from The Duff by Jody Keplinger. He's a womanizer- thinks he's God's gift to women (I hate guys like that) He's the reason I stopped reading the book, though I'm told I should give it another try. Does he redeem himself? (Jen from Lost In The Library)
5. I'm going to group two characters together for this, because they're so similar. Even with all of their swoon-worthy moments, two of the leading men from Cassandra Clare's books - Jace from The Mortal Instruments and Will from The Infernal Devices - earn a spot on the top ten jerks in literature list. While it's easy to hate obviously evil characters, these two sarcastic, arrogant bad boys that toy with emotions and break hearts for no particular reason are infuriating in their own right. Will and Jace will insult you, lie to you, and crush your heart, even through the barrier of the pages of their respective books (@Chloesays)
6. Dave from Anna and the French Kiss. He's pretty much the Frat Boy From Hell. He's kind of like that guy at the bar who won't leave after you decline his offer to buy you a drink about ten times. He treats women like objects and lies to his friends about what went down with said women which I can't stand. But the CLINCHER is the scene where he says in what I assume is an appalled tone "You mean you actually wait in line for the bathroom?" Ew. ( Jenn from Booksessed)
7. Henry McAllen from MUDBOUND (The Literate Housewife)
8. Prince Humperdinck from Princess Bride -- If you thought he was a douche in the movie, just wait until you meet the book version. (@OhEmGillie)
9. Cole from Jennifer Brown's BITTER END (Nora from The Bookery )
10. And now for my own pick...August from Water for Elephants. I wanted to kill this guy. What a jerk...slapping his wife around, throwing people off trains and abusing animals? I couldn't like him even when he tried to act charming.