So I’ve decided to break with tradition this week and write about book characters as opposed to the actual books themselves. I chose to compile a list of my Top 5 Anti-Heroes because personally, I find anti-heroes much more interesting and complex than the heroes themselves.
- Draco Malfoy, The Harry Potter Series
Yeah, okay, I’ll admit that Draco was a jerk in the beginning but my heart warmed to him, especially after meeting his parents (how could anyone turn out okay with Lucius and Narcissa as guardians!?) and really, he was just starved of love. Besides, he have Harry motivation to do better (and they belong together – #Drarry for the win!)
2) Edward Rochester, Jane Eyre
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for the brooding, mysterious guy but unlike others, I don’t see Rochester as a hero – because he’s not. He locks his wife in the attic, attempts to seduce his children’s governess and can be a bit of a douchecanoe. He is flawed, and he only does those things because he loves Jane so much and yes, he goes the wrong way around it but he develops into a much better human being.
3) Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye
I included Holden in this list because for me, he is the epitome of an Anti-Hero. He’s cynical, bitter, mean to those closest to him and a hypocrite, but you can’t not root for him and sympathise with him. Everyone has always been a little bit ‘Holden’ in their life, normally as a teenager when you’re scared of the future and angry at the prospect of adulthood because you’re not quite ready to stop being an adolescent, whether you actually are, or you just still feel like one.
4) Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With the Wind
The first anti-heroine on this list, Scarlett O’Hara is a living, breathing gold-digger, backstabber and heartbreaker. But she’s also feisty, passionate, defiant and a survivor. She doesn’t take any rubbish from anyone and that’s why we love her. Her intentions might not be pure, but her end goal certainly is.
5) Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby
Like Scarlett, Daisy is a manipulative minx. She plays Gatsby and Buchanan against each other but we know that she only truly wants Gatsby. She, like many others, is a casualty of true & passionate love and her wound lived in her loveless marriage to Tom. And also, she had killer dress sense.