20/12/2011 10:49 GMT | Updated 19/02/2012 05:12 GMT

10 Literary Figures We'd Hate To Have Over Christmas Dinner

When we set out to pick the ten characters from literature that we’d hate to have over for Christmas dinner, we had one simple rule – no monsters.

By that we meant out-and-out creatures of the night - Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Milton’s Satan were both chucked out early - as well as human monsters like Annie Wilkes from Misery.

No, what we were looking for were the real men, women and children from literature that would ruin our Christmas day.

As it happened, the final list began to make a figgy toffee pudding with the undead seem quite palatable...