First off: Congrats to the two winners of the Books & Tea giveaway! They’ve both been contacted, and will have their beautiful little packages sent this week. Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I appreciate the support so much. Hopefully, some of y’all stick around to see what’s coming up!
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was an interesting one: “Ten Characters People Love, But I Just Don’t Get,” or the alternate interpretation, “Ten Characters People Hate, But I Love.” I think I probably have a bunch of these characters, because I tend to be more sympathetic with – characters than most. On the flip side, I’d say I’m much more critical of seemingly heroic characters as well. Let’s get on with the list.
1.) Albus Dumbledore, from Harry Potter: This one is obvious, because y’all know how I feel about Dumbledore. People love him, and I understand why (I suppose), but he’s an incredibly problematic character for me. Additionally, Severus Snape is my favorite character in all of literature (no hyperbole), so I couldn’t possibly love Albus as well.
2.) Edward Cullen, from Twilight: A hundred year old man falling in love with a teenager is not suddenly acceptable because said man is a vampire. It’s just not.
3.) Katniss Everdeen, from The Hunger Games: To Katniss’ credit, she was able to rise to the occasion in The Hunger Games series. My dislike for her didn’t stem from her incompetence, but her lack of personality. I really thought Katniss Everdeen had the personality of a wet fish. She also couldn’t seem to keep a handle on her men, which bothered me to no end, and detracted from the storyline.
4.) Anastasia Steele/Bella Swan, from Fifty Shades of Grey/Twilight: Why waste two lines on characters that were essentially the same? Weak willed unless motivated by men, Ana and Bella were the absolute antithesis of strength. This was disappointing to me, considering that Ana was supposed to be academically brilliant.
5.) Nick Dunne, from Gone Girl: Were we supposed to like Nick? This is debatable, considering the numerous flaws that Flynn writes into his character. I find it very hard to muster up sympathy for cheaters in books, whether they are male or female, so Nick was doomed from the start. He didn’t seem particularly smart about it either, especially when he continued to cheat while his wife was “missing.” At that point, I stopped having anyone to champion in Gone Girl, which definitely changed my reading experience.
6.) Booker, from God Help The Child: Booker is yet another character I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to like. You never really know with Toni Morrison– sometimes, I’m positive she’s written a character that she knows is hard to love. Part of the challenge is finding out what she loves about that character, to find what makes them worth studying. There was an honesty to him that I respected, but I truly wouldn’t want him as a partner. Here’s my review of God Help the Child.
7.) Kai, from Cinder: I didn’t hate Kai, so don’t throw your tomatoes quite yet. I just thought Kai was a weak character. I haven’t read the rest of the books in Marissa Meyer’s series, but Cinder definitely didn’t leave me wanting much more from Kai. I closed the book at the end completely certain he’d be a dreadful, if not well meaning, leader.
8.) Viola Hill, The Illegal: I cannot properly put into words how much I dislike “the tenacious journalist” as a plot device. They’re people I hate in real life– nosey and entitled to information. It’s at odds with my understanding that the free press is an important facet of society, but I don’t care. I didn’t like Viola, and I never like characters like her. Ever. Here’s my review of The Illegal .
Sorry, I only had 8 characters. I really did try. This was so hard for me, since I’ve been reading much more nonfiction lately! I also had to try not to duplicate too many characters from my “Literary Characters I’d Never Date” post.