April 19, 2012

U-Pick: Most Alluring "Bad Boy"?

Here's how this feature works: each week I'll post a categorical superlative (e.g. "most sadistic villain" "crankiest father figure" "protagonist you would most like to slap some sense into" etc.) and list a few choices of characters from YA books in a poll. You get to pick! The poll will run for a week, and then in the following post I'll update with the name of the winning character.

Thanks to everyone who voted in my first U-Pick poll! The category last week was "Most Sadistic Villain" and the result was overwhelmingly in favour of...

Professor Umbridge!

Voldemort and President Snow battled for a distant second and third, with Voldemort just edging out President Snow by a single vote. Boys, you might want to take a few leaves out of Professor Umbridge's books and really get to work on upping your delight in someone else's pain if you want to significantly figure in the running. Congratulations to Professor Umbridge!

And now, this week's poll: who in YA is the Most Alluring "Bad Boy"? You choose!

There are lots of choices here, so vote below! (If the book is part of a series, I've just listed the series name. You can decide which book you want to base your vote on.) There's also an option for a write-in vote if your pick isn't listed. If that's the case, please choose "other" and then leave the character's name and book title in the comments :)

I'd also be interested in knowing how YOU define "bad boy". When I did a Google search looking for characters to include in the poll, it seemed like there were a few different ideas of what constitutes a fictional "bad boy". What do you think?


  1. I tend to think of "bad boys" as a type of love interest for the protagonist, who tend to be generally mysterious and dickish, but the girl still swoons over them anyway. Not sure why girls are into that kind of thing to be honest. Definitely not me. Give me a Peeta over a Patch any day.

  2. This is great! Interested in seeing who wins lol

  3. Great topic! I chose "other" because I have someone else in mind...and is it horrible that I'm picking this person because of the TV show? I haven't read the series, but his character alone, is the reason why I really want to pick it up. Hahaha. It's Damien from The Vampire Diaries. He is definitely my kind of bad boy. :)

  4. Hehehe Adrian forever, because he's always gonna be my favourite!! Even though he's not TOO much of a bad boy :P *hugs him*


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