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    Bad Boys And Girls In Literature

    Love ‘em, or hate ‘em, they sure liven things up!

    1. Cersei, Jamie and Joffrey Lannister in A Game of Thrones

    If Cersei hasn't killed you, it's only because you might, at some point be useful, or she just hasn't just got round to it yet; Jamie’s slightly more redeemable but still not above [spoiler] chucking a kid out of a window; Joffrey’s just an unspeakable swine.

    Ah, our happy place.

    2. George Wickham in Pride and Prejudice

    What a cad! What a bounder! Toying with not one Bennet sister, but two? Throw Miss Darcy in for good measure and I challenge you to a duel, sir!

    3. Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind

    Defying social convention left, right and centre, Scarlett isn’t any old Southern Belle. Terrible luck with men though.

    Nailed it.

    4. Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter books

    School bully and reluctant death-eater, I blame the parents.

    5. Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter books

    Slightly unhinged with a crush on a guy with no nose who’s more interested in world domination, but you know what they say about powerful men...

    6. Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair

    If there’s some social climbing to be done, you could do worse than take a few pages out of William Makepeace Thackeray’s charmingly grasping anti-heroine.

    7. Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights

    Vindictive, unpredictable, and a bit of a loon, but he’s got that brooding thing so it’s kind of confusing…

    8. Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium trilogy

    Tough and relentless, with a healthy distrust of authority and taste for rule-breaking.

    9. Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

    Oh y’know, just your normal, run-of-the-mill, yuppie, city boy, sadistic, psychotic, narcissistic serial killer with a nice smile.

    10. Professor James Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes

    The Napoleon of Crime, the only man to match Holmes’ genius.

    11. Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl

    Queen bee, and bitch, of the Upper East Side, Blair is at once scheming social climber, and whip smart super friend.

    12. Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl

    Blair Waldorf’s main squeeze, and ruthless plotter of social downfalls. Enough swag to sink a luxury yacht.

    13. John Willoughby in Sense and Sensiblity

    Scoundrel and deserter of lovely ladies, charming as he is, he’s got a ruddy cheek!

    14. Cruella DeVil in 101 Dalmatians

    She. Wants. To. Kill. Puppies.

    15. Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice

    Frivolous, self-important and silly, Lydia is a delightfully vain bundle of trouble.

    16. Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye

    Anti-hero of Salinger’s most famous novel, Holden Caulfield became shorthand for teenage rebellion and angst.

    17. Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary

    Dissatisfaction with country life sends Emma searching for romantic thrills outside of wedlock which shocked the literary world on publication. Prudes.


    18. Count Dracula in Dracula

    Before vampires were shiny or had souls they were predatory, blood-sucking fiends using any dastardly method up their luxuriant sleeves to ensnare the object of their undying love. Nice manners though.

    19. Jessica Wakefield in the Sweet Valley series

    While Elizabeth handed her homework in on time and dated the boy next door, Jessica cheated on her exams and her boyfriends, and had an affair with said boy next door several times over.

    20. Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina

    One of literature's tragic heroines, poor old Anna can't catch a break what with the adultery and the shunning, it's enough to drive you off the rails...

    Oh gimme a break!

    21. The Twits in The Twits

    Both equally unpleasant in hygiene, manner and attitude, they deserve everything they get when they underestimate the monkeys.

    Never underestimate a monkey.

    22. Miss Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda

    The incomparably cruel headmistress who systematically tortures her students meets her match in the magical, marvellous, Matilda.

    23. Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    Evil overseer of the mental institution where McMurphy almost topples her regime, almost...

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