Or, as they put it on the hosting blog: "( all those jerky guys in books..those who truly WERE asshats and those who just acted like one but could be quite loveable)"Please visit The Broke and the Bookish to see more lists of jerks in literature.
There are no loveable jerks on my list, although some of them are protagonists (which, as we all know, is no guarantee that we will like the guy. Just witness Humbert Humbert in Lolita (who I couldn't include as I haven't read the book yet).
- Professor Snape from the Harry Potter books. He may have been a troubled hero, but he was also a huge jerk with a huge chip on his shoulder against Harry’s father that he took out on Harry.
- Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter books. Some people are just born mean. Add jealousy to the mix and you get Draco.
- Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The worst kind of jerk: a whiny one.
- Hamlet from the play by Shakespeare. Another whiny jerk I wish would get over himself. Drove his girlfriend to suicide.
- Mr. Collins from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. A sanctimonious, obsequious, stupid jerk.
- John Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. A hypocritical jerk.
- Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. A batshit crazy jerk.
- Rochester from Jane Eyre. A selfish jerk who tries lure Jane into a false marriage so he can keep her as his mistress.
- Dorian Grey from The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. A narcissistic, pleasure-seeking jerk who uses his beauty as a blind to fool peple.
- Mr. Wednesday from American Gods by Nel Gaiman. An evil jerk who tricks the hero, Shadow, into making a great sacrifice.