The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly excuse for list-making! This week's topic is Top Ten Literary Jerks. Well, I guess the hero/villain dichotomy doesn't really work without Jerky Jerkerson, the jerky mayor of Jerkytown, Jerksylvania, so here are a few I found distasteful.
1. Anne Coulter-I don't care if she's a real person (and that she isn't literary)! She's still a bookish jerk! She is everything that is wrong with the way politics is discussed in this country. While we disagree about, oh, every single topic in American political and cultural life, I could live with that if she could express her disagreement without calling people names like the playground bully.
2. Curly, Of Mice and Men-Curly was the boss's son, the little guy who liked to pick fights to try and prove what a man he was. There should really be a sub-category of jerkiness just for boss's sons. And to continue a theme...
4. Bill Sikes, Oliver Twist-He takes jerkiness to a whole new level. I mean, is there any major crime he leaves undone? Robbery, child abuse, domestic violence, animal cruelty, and murder-he's a one stop criminal shop. Plus, he's a got a really foul attitude!
6. Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood, Matilda-While the Trunchbull has made my list of favorite villains and bitc..I mean, mean girls, this category seems prefectly made for Matilda's neglectful, conniving, hateful parents. Thank goodness for Miss Honey!
8. Daniel Cleaver, Bridget Jones Diary-I have to admit that I never read this book, only saw the movie version. Chick lit isn't really my thing, but the movie had Hugh Grant in it, so there you go. What I didn't realize going in was that he was the jerkface of that story. Oh, but what a cute jerkface it is!