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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

On bangability

I found this List of 111 Male Characters of British Literature in Order of Bangability yesterday, and, well, how could I not share it with you?

First of all, there's the word "bangability", which will never, ever stop cracking me up.

Secondly, well, there are quite a few Austen men on the list, although (extremely curiously) Mr Knightley from Emma is not on there. Neither is Henry Tilney from Northanger Abbey. I find this incredibly curious when one considers that Edmund Bertram from Mansfield Park and Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility are both on the list, and neither of them are nearly as hot as . (I completely understand why Henry Crawford (MP) and Willoughby (S&S) made the list - who doesn't love a sexy bad boy?) Other Austen men on the list include Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sesnsibility, Messrs Bingley and Darcy from Pride & Prejudice, and Captain Wentworth from Persuasion.

Thirdly, there are some completely wacky choices on this list. Frankenstein's monster makes the list (at #111, but still!). And Willy Wonka is deemed more bangable than Thorin Oakenshield (The Hobbit), which just seems wrong to me. Also, sticking with Lord of the Rings, who on earth thought that Tom Bombadil (21) was more bangable than Legolas? (Heck, he's deemed more bangable than James Bond - SAY WHAT?) Crazycakes. And from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Severus Snape and Sirius Black made the list - and that's in order from least to most bangable, which means that greasy Snape was deemed sexier than Lupin. In fact, Snape is deemed more bangable than Legolas. Completely wrong. Also, Dumbledore didn't make the list at all - weird.

Finally, this list puts Mr Rochester in first place. Is that before or after the burns? And how is he more bangable than Aragorn. Or, for that matter, Agent 007?

Still, lots to love about this list.

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