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  1. Renee K
    Renee K at |

    Heathcliff wins over Mr. Rochester?
    Brooding, selfish, arrogant yet strangely self-less and passionate Mr. Rochester? Oh I am offended…would take him any day over Mr. Darcy!

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  2. pat
    pat at |

    aragorn and samuel vimes.

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  3. The R
    The R at |

    Why is that a picture of sirus black and not a picture of dracula? Is it that hard to find a picture?

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    1. Mr. Black
      Mr. Black at |

      Yes, please don’t use my image. Here let me help http://bit.ly/rzzc3U

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    2. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      Thanks, a new image has been posted. Crisis averted. 😉

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  4. Johnson
    Johnson at |

    For Heathcliff more than the book I’m reminded of. . .

    Michael Penn’s – No Myth
    “what if I were Romeo in black jeans
    what if I was Heathcliff, it’s no myth
    maybe she’s just looking for
    someone to dance with”

    and

    Kate Bush’s – Wuthering Heights
    “Heathcliff, its me, Cathy come home
    I’m so cold, let me in-a-your window

    Oh it gets dark, it gets lonely
    On the other side from you
    I pine alot, I find the lot
    Falls through without you
    I’m coming back love, cruel Heathcliff
    My one dream, my only master”

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    1. Tom
      Tom at |

      A big thumbs up to you in referencing Kate Bush before me. 😀

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  5. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    Ben-Hur ?????

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  6. kjd
    kjd at |

    u can’t be serious

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    1. Johnson
      Johnson at |

      And here I assumed it was meant to be a silly, tongue-in-cheek list.

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  7. Tanya Bennett
    Tanya Bennett at |

    My vote is for Neal Cassady instead of Howard Roark, but he might not be eligible since he’s based on a real person?

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  8. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Excellent list – we could all make additions, of course. Not happy to see Howard Roark here. It was tamed down in the move version but he commits rape in the book. Rand’s view of a hunk was somewhat warped.

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    1. Tanya Bennett
      Tanya Bennett at |

      Love this list! I am still thinking about it a few days after reading it, thinking of other contenders and compiling my own personal list – must be the very interesting subject matter 😛 No one can bump Darcy and Heathcliff out of their spots at 2 and 1!

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    2. Gracie
      Gracie at |

      Thank you, Anne. Roark isn’t a hunk; he’s a brute.

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  9. Kasey
    Kasey at |

    Where’s Beowulf?! For real. He’s sexy.

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  10. Annie
    Annie at |

    Ayn Rand maintained that the scene between Howard and Dominique was not rape in the true sense of the word – Rand stated that if it was rape, it was “rape by engraved invitation” and many scholars have commented on the subversive nature of the scene, but not all classify that particular part of the book as “rape,” mainly because of Dominique’s reaction:

    “But the act of a master taking a shameful, contemptuous possession of her was the kind of rapture she had wanted.”

    “She could accept, thought Dominique, and come to forget in time everything that had happened to her, save one memory: that she had found pleasure in the thing which had happened, that he had known it, and more: that he had known it before he came to her and that he would not have come but for that knowledge. She had not given him the one answer that would have saved her: an answer of simple revulsion-she had found joy in her revulsion, in her terror and in his strength. That was the degradation she had wanted and she hated him for it.”

    Even when Dominique wonders what the people back home would have thought if they heard her say “I’ve been raped,” she regards the words with the same pleasure she attached to the act itself.

    It’s not just cut and dry. Some would argue that if Roark hadn’t “known it before he came to her” that this type of encounter was what Dominique would like, he wouldn’t have been attracted to her, and therefore would have never come to her in the first place.

    In my experience, those who would classify Howard Roark as a rapist are the same that would pigeonhole Humbert Humbert as merely a pedophile.

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  11. brian
    brian at |

    I hope this was written by a chick

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    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      A very talented and intelligent “chick” with a Master’s degree!

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