Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This weeks Top Ten Tuesday theme is All About Villains. I’m not a huge fan of books with a clear hero and villain, sometimes they’re fun but mostly just boring to me. It always just feels to clean cut. My favorite books are usually the ones where the protagonists are flawed and feel more real. So this week I’m just going to be concentrating on my favorite anti-heroes and all of the wonderful characters in the gray area.
Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout who needs to pay elder care for his mother comes up with a plan. He pretends to choke on pieces of food while dining in upscale restaurants and be “saved” by patrons who, feeling responsible for his life, go on to send checks to support him.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Scarlett O’Hara uses her beauty and charm to get what she wants and she’s not sorry about it. She marries for whatever reason is going help in endure in that moment. She’s awful and she’s also wonderful because she does what she has to do to survive.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered and she famoulsy testified against her 15-year-old brother, Ben. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They want to use her to discover proof to free Ben and she just wants to be able to make some quick cash.
Carrie by Stephen King
Poor, poor Carrie. Raised by a religious zealot single mom and bullied by all of her classmates, it’s really no surprise her rage finally boiled over into a destruction of the prom.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
I hate Holden Caulfield and that’s totally okay, right? He’s someone we’re meant to empathize with, but he has his flaws. The tragedy is that he’s aware of what adulthood brings and it terrifies and depresses.
Macbeth by Shakespeare
Oh, Lady Macbeth you were so evil and so perfect. Her ambition drives her into convincing her husband to murder the King so she can become Queen of Scotland. She’s powerful, driven for her desire to see her husband find success but eventually becomes overcome with guilt by her actions.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Lisbeth Salander is a socially inept computer hacker with an eye-for-an-eye sense of vengeance. She’s scary and powerful but also a defender of those who can’t defend themselves while remaining fiercely loyal, even if she takes a little too far at times.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Rachel is an alcoholic who is more-or-less stalking her ex-husband and his mistress-turned wife-turned mother. She’s not your typical heroine but when she sees what she believes to be a murder and gets entangled in the investigation where she begins to doubt even herself.
The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton
Dallas was one of my first loves. He came to the aid of Ponyboy and Johnny more than once. He’s fiercely loyal to his friends but also resigns himself to being a criminal for the rest of his life. His death while waving an unloaded gun is heartbreaking because you know he could of done better, but probably never would.
Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
SEVERUS SNAPE FOREVER. He was cruel and a bully and interested in the dark arts. He willingly joined the death eaters in the beginning and stayed an all around nasty person. But he was loyal when it counted and knew where his loyalties lied, even when he faltered.