Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top Ten Jerks In Literature



10. Unbroken.
A plane crashed during WWII and
three men managed to get aboard a rubber raft,
with only a few chocolate bars and containers of water to keep them alive.
The first night on the raft, one of the three men ate all the chocolate bars himself.


9. Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire

Drinks too much. Hits his wife. You know the type.


8. Six Military Guys in Zeitoun

Zeitoun, an immigrant to the US, is right there in the middle of the mess
left by Katrina. He is out every day, saving people caught in bad situations.
One day six military guys show up and cart him off to jail,
accusing him of being a terrorist.


7. Dad and Mom in The Glass Castle

They kept their kids out of school,
didn't take the kids to the doctor when the kids got sick,
drank, and used grocery money for themselves.


6. The Pritchard Boys in Where the Red Fern Grows

These boys are mean to everyone.
They are so mean that they even kick their own dogs.

5. Wang Lung in The Good Earth

His amazing but plain wife, O-lan,
sacrifices, working as a near-slave,
helping her husband Wang Lung to save to buy more and more land.
And how does he treat her in return?

Not very nice.


4. Gatsby in The Great Gatsby

Gatsby was not great in all the ways that matter.


3. Brother Leon in The Chocolate War

Brother Leon ruined my view of
Catholic priests as high school teachers.


2. David in No, David!

Do they come worse than David?
He steals cookies from the cookie jar,
talks with his mouth full,
and breaks his mother's favorite vase.

His only saving grace is
that he is only six years old
and he's sorry for being so bad.


1. Kevin in We Need to Talk About Kevin

Just thinking about Kevin
makes me shudder.




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24 comments:

Kayleigh said...

Good list, quite a few new jerks on there for me, especially the top one! I'll have to check out a few of the books I haven't read yet

BookBelle said...

I agree with you on all but David. He's not bad, he's just a boy. (David was one of our favorite characters when my boys were little. Well, he and Walter from No Jumping On The Bed). Great list.

Bibliophile said...

I've only read one of the books on your list (Streetcar), but I do agree that Stanley was one huge jerk.

Anne said...

Totally agree on Gatsby, I never liked him and I really didn't like the book that much either.

1girl2manybooks said...

Kevin was definitely a piece of work. I think he goes way further than just being a jerk, although he enjoyed being that deliberately as well! He makes a disturbing #1

Louise said...

I'm always astonished by your eclectic lists Debbie, and the amount of thought that appears to be behind them. Always fascinating.

Skye said...

Yeah, Gatsby was sad, and Tom Buchanan was also a huge jerk. I don't know how I could've forgotten Stanley...such a jerk.

Birdie said...

Great list...the first entry A plane crashed during WWII and
three men managed to get aboard a rubber raft,
with only a few chocolate bars and containers of water to keep them alive.
The first night on the raft, one of the three men ate all the chocolate bars himself
reminds me of the cook in The Life of Pi. *blood boiling*

Laura said...

Stanley's such a huge jerk! Great great choice there, really wish I'd thought of him!

DJL said...

I could not agree with you more about both Gatsby and Brother Leon. Both characters in their respective novels did not have many (if any) redeeming qualities about them. Excellent list, Deb. :)

Vasilly said...

Wow! I don't know if I should run away from these books or go and check them all out!

Loni said...

The cover of We Need to Talk About Kevin makes me shudder.

Lisa said...

Dad and Mom in the Glass Castle was a great choice. Now a days, I'm hoping child welfare would step in on a case like that.

Stanley, was not only a jerk, but a creep and dirtbag!

confessionsofacommonreader said...

The parents from the glass castle definitely belong on there! great list! maybe we should do a 'top ten worst parents in lit' list too!
p.s tried to click on your giveaway link.. it just goes to a bookcover. maybe its broken?

Jenni Elyse said...

You always have such a good list of books that remind me I need to read and put on my TBR pile. It also reminds me how un well-read I am.

Reading Rachel said...

Ha, I love that you included David. That book is the first one my 5 year old read by herself, mostly because she had it memorized but still. He is kind of a brat isn't he?

Rachel-Endless Reading

Cozy in Texas said...

There always a jerk whether it's in a book, the workplace or other social gathering.
Ann

Jade said...

Do you know how much I LOVED Where the Red Fern Grows. I easily read that at least three times when I was younger. And you're right...the Pritchard boys...big jerks. I wish I would have thought of them! PS, thanks for the contest...I'm going to enter now!

LBC said...

It is so awesome to see that Gatsby on your list. He is so often read as the good guy.

Check out my list here.

Laurie said...

I agree with all your choices here - Hadn't heard about the event in Unbroken: Yeesh! Worse that he's a real jerk, and I agree with Birdie's comparison...

gautami tripathy said...

Loved your choices!

Here is my Top Ten post!

Cutiepie-vintagegirl said...

yeah I know mine wasn't the right one, but i'm a bit of a rebel.

Cyndi M. said...

Sadly, I've only read The Great Gatsby... but I do agree with why you picked this one!!

Grace Fonseca said...

What a diverse pile of books. I'm a new follower. I already have Divergent. It's just a matter of when I can get to read the book. MY TBR pile keeps on growing and growing.