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Recently a survey was conducted of the British public to determine who they believed to be the most haunting male literary characters. Before I read the original article I had two characters immediately come to mind. One made the list and one did not. But who cares who I was thinking, let’s get into the list.
#10. Kevin – We need to Talk About Kevin, Lionel Shriver
Kevin doesn’t sound all that haunting to me, but I’ve also never read the book. Eh. Moving on.
#9 Caliban – The Tempest, William Shakespeare
I’ve read very little Shakespeare in my life. Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. When I say I read Hamlet, I mean I listened to the chapter reviews in class so that I could get a 100 on the tests without ever reading a single page. High school is fun like that. I did read Romeo and Juliet and to this day still believe it to be the greatest love story I’ve ever read. So I don’t know who this guy from The Tempest is.
#8 President Coriolanus Snow – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
WHAT A SURPRISE! Yes, I hate President Snow. Yes, I think of him as being evil. But I did not expect to find his name on this list. Especially when we move along and see some of the other characters who are included. So suck it, President Snow!
#7 Pennywise the clown – It, Stephen King
I haven’t read the book, but I have seen the movie from the 80s? And boy, this guy could easily give you nightmares. Good thing I wasn’t afraid of clowns growing up. Just Chuck E. Cheese.
#6 Frankenstein’s monster – Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
In high school some students were required to read this, but I wasn’t. But I mean, EVERYONE knows this guy. I just hope your take on the story and the character does not come from the movie that was released earlier this year. Because even though I didn’t see it, I know for certain that the movie was nothing like the book. At least that’s what I’ve heard.
#5 Alex – A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
No idea who this is, but I THINK a movie was made from this book? I don’t know.
#4 Mr. Rochester – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Well I think some of you may be upset with me, but I also have not read this. But hey, I think Isla Fisher’s character had one of these books given to her by her dad in the movie Definitely, Maybe. And then she didn’t have it. And then Ryan Reynolds found it and kept it forever and ever before giving it to her and then happily ever after. Good movie. But what the heck am I even talking about now?
#3 Jack Torrance – The Shining, Stephen King
Haven’t read any King. You all should know this by now.
#2 Count Dracula – Dracula, Bram Stoker
Well this is one of the two characters I thought of before reading the list. I’ve written several papers analyzing several aspects of the book and it is easily one of my all-time favorites. I was talking to my sister about the Count just the other day and all I could tell her was that he is the first character who comes to mind when I think of evil. He’s the first character who comes to mind when I think of monster. This story is also the first that comes to mind when I think of good vs. evil or man vs. monster. This book is truly great and the Count is the only character I think of when I think of vampires in literature.
#1 Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Unfortunate that I don’t know this character. No commentary from me on the top spot.
Lastly, the only change that I could justifiably make to this list based on what I’ve actually read would be to have Dracula at number one. For all of the reasons that I listed above. He IS evil. He IS haunting. But as for the other character who I thought would make the list, Lord Voldemort. I was quite surprised that he wasn’t named. I mean, we have seven books to realize how bad he really is, whereas these other characters don’t. Remember the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012? When HE was one of the featured acts when British literature was on display for the entire world to see? I rest my case.
So these are the most haunting male literary characters according to the British public. Do you agree with the list? Were there some characters missing?
You can read the full article that also lists the most haunting female characters here.
*The image is from the NBC series Dracula that was cancelled after just one season. But Mina, who you see in the image, in the show is seriously perfection. Oh my goodness. Just a thought for you all.