Are anti-heroes taking over literature? Why Do Young Male Writers Love Icky, Tough Guy Deadbeats? "It does seem like every other literary novel that comes out these days has at its center some variation on the classic antihero -- a character whose flaws are worn plainly if not proudly, and who inspires in readers scorn and affection in equal amounts. One strain in particular -- characterized by a self-loathing impulse to confession, a kinetic demeanor and a claim to authenticity expressed through vitriolic social critique -- has emerged as a dominant model." It's a decent argument, and if you spread the idea across culture, you'll see the archetype played out on the internet too.