Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Love, But Other People Don’t

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In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it’s all about the haters. Which literary characters do you love, but other readers don’t–or vice versa?

I think that this is a great topic, because I’ve always gravitated toward characters with an edge, whether they’re bad boys in romance novels or super villains in comic books. Nobody likes a goody-two-shoes, after all!

My top ten list features men, women, and the occasional dragon or anti-christ who have betrayed–even murdered–those closest to them. However, all in my mind have redeemable qualities and justifications for their actions. Call them awful, selfish, ruthless, or evil, but you certainly can’t call them one-dimensional!

Carey Mulligan as Daisy (Image via Wikipedia)

So-Called “Selfish” Women

1. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. Edna Pontellier from The Awakening by Kate Chopin
3. Medea from Medea by Euripides

Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff (Image via Wikipedia)

Debatable “Leading” Men

4. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
5. Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
6. Meursault from The Stranger by Albert Camus

The Malfoys with Bellatrix (Image via Harry Potter Wiki)

Villains Better Than Heroes

7. The Malfoys from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
8. Smaug from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
9. Lady Macbeth from Macbeth by William Shakespeare
10. Satan from Paradise Lost by John Milton

Movie Alert! Bradley Cooper Playing Lucifer in “Paradise Lost”

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...

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The rumors around a new adaptation of John Milton’s 17th century epic have been confirmed this summer: Bradley Cooper, star of such films as “The Hangover” and “Limitless,” has been cast as Lucifer, otherwise known as Satan or the Devil (in case you live under a rock with internet access). His adversary, the archangel Michael, will played by Benjamin Walker from the upcoming movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”

And in case said rock you live under does not have Paradise Lost, here’s the synopsis: the 12 book poem follows the fall of Lucifer as God’s angel, and his retaliation in tempting Adam and Eve, thereby getting them exiled from Eden. A pretty basic Genesis story, except in this version Lucifer is portrayed as a sort of anti-hero–in fact, in some parts, you either feel sorry for the poor guy or cheer him on.

Milton had the epic transcribed, given that he was completely blind at the time. He also infused many themes from the world around him, including his thoughts on marriage and experiences during the English Civil War. The result is a magnificent, multi-faceted piece of literature among other epics, such as Homer’s Iliad, Virgil’s Aeneid, and Dante’s Inferno. It has even inspired modern tales like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

I’m intrigued of this silver screen version, but I’m also anxious. It could be a masterpiece or a train wreck. Depending on how the director Alex Proyas (most known for “I, Robot”) interprets the text, Christians around the world could feel proud or offended by it. I only ask that it not be turned into some cheap, “Clash of the Titans” action flick of the bible.

By the way, did you know Bradley Cooper speaks fluent French? I know it wouldn’t make any sense, but could you imagine him saying “‘Tis better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven” in the language, which he demonstrates exquisitely in this video…

Mmmm…sinning never sounded so good!