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Follow Friday: Rooting for the Bad Guy

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Follow Friday Question: “Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?”

A: Since I just came off a weekend binge of watching the newest Jane Eyre movie, I’m gonna have to go with Mr. Rochester. He’s not truly depicted as a “bad guy” in the book, but if you think about it- he definitely is.

I mean, he stashes away his crazy wife in his attic, while he spends as much time away from Thornfield mansion as possible. Then, Jane comes into the picture and he seriously tries to MARRY HER, while technically still married to crazy mcgee. (Sorry if this is insensitive- I’m tired and kind of loopy from lack of sleep).

So yeah. Mr. Rochester is kind of a jerk- BUT…he’s got so many redeeming qualities. Like being deep and wounded and vulnerable. I’ll continue to root for him every time I read the book or watch the movie. 😀

What evil book villian have you secretly rooted for?

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I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • fairypenguin

    Interesting answer! I’ve never been a huge fan of Jane Eyre, because I just can’t get over Mr. Rochester’s jerkish behavior.


  • Jessica S,

    Never thought of it that way! Good answer. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Happy Follow Friday! ^_^

  • Aimee

    I guess I never really thought of Mr. Rochester as being a “bad guy”, but when you put it all THAT way… I guess he had some bad guy moments. Hum…

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy Friday!


  • Rochester… was a jerk. But then I didn’t like Jane either so yeah – I can go with him winning.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great FF!

    Tania @ Wandering Hues

  • I would have never named Mr. Rochester a villain by my own right, but you have a very good point. He’s an excellent example of a character who appears somewhat villainous at the start, but by gradual character and plot development, the reader feels sympathy towards him nonetheless.

    • Definitely! Especially because he really endures so much and is only try to suck out as much happiness as he can from his depressing life before Jane.

  • Tia

    Great answer! I didn’t think of that!

    My Follow Friday!

  • April David

    I agree… some villains have redeeming qualities that sometimes it’s so sad to see them tortured or punished or worst, dead in the end. But maybe that’ one reason why they were effective villains too. They made us hate them and sometimes love them at the same time =)

    Happy friday!

    Old follower,
    Friday Hops

  • April David

    Oh by the way, regarding Waterfalls, this series is on my TBR too. The books really sounds good, I hope to read them soon (i hope =).

  • I have neither seen nor read Jane Eyre. It’s on my TBR list, though. And, I’ve found that a lot of books from those times have villains you root for.

  • Jacob @ Drying Ink

    Hey Lisa! Thanks for stopping by over at Drying Ink – and if you do end up reading Tigana, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 😉 As for the guest post exchange, I’m definitely still up for it – just drop me an email about when you think we should do it and we can pick a topic and get started. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous answer! I have both Jane Eyre the book and Jane Eyre the movie and haven’t read or watched either. How slack is that? Oh, and would one of those redeeming qualities be sexiness?! Because, boy…*sa-wooon*

    Thanks for the follow, Lisa,
    Have a great weekend! (:

    Laura @ A Work of Fiction

    • Hahahaha!! It definitely is!! The actor they got for the newest Jane Eyre movie is seriously perfect for the role of Mr. Rochester! Even though it’s pretty much book heresy- I would seriously check out the movie first! 🙂