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10 Unlikable Literary Heroines That We Love to Hate

Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl (2014)/Photo by Merrick Morton – © TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprise

In Hollywood, likability – that nebulous, smile-pretty-for-the-camera mandate – is essential in our ladies. But in literature, there exists a long-standing tradition of female protagonists we love to hate – women whose constellation of sins are glorious tabula rasas onto which we project our issues, demons who entice us to embrace our own. The naughty list may be endless, but these bad girls are our favorites.