Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Characters That Didn’t Click With Us
One of the most overused phrases from conflict resolution discussions is “conflict of personalities”. This also bleeds into the bookish world: there are just some characters you are not going to like, period,
and we wish they would get hit by a bus.
Okay, no seriously, there are some characters that we just don’t jive with. We never really form that connection. We might like some of their friends or their boy/girl-friend, but if we see them in the metaphorical hall, we’re gonna duck into that metaphorical bathroom to avoid making small talk with them.
This week, Pixie and I discuss who we just don’t really…like.
1. Schuyler (Fallen Angel series by Melissa de la Cruz)
I have a confession. I had no clue when I first picked up this series–sometime way back when–how to even pronounce her name at first. I didn’t know that there were so many different spellings for Skyler or whatever, so I was initially annoyed by just that alone. LOL. Seriously though… While I loved so much of this series, especially as it progressed and the many characters, she never seemed to grow on me from the beginning. Her focus always remained too focused on her love interest when there were other more important things at times, and she caused a lot of eye rolling. Did love the books though… I should get back to reading them sometime. Haha.
2. Cress (Cress by Marissa Meyer)
I’ve learned I’m probably a black sheep with this character. Obviously, I love the series–and I absolutely loved this book–but Cress has probably been one of my least favorite characters so far. There was no chance of me connecting to this character from the beginning of her introduction.
3. Bella (Twilight by Stephenie Meyer)
Pretty much an easy decision. I can’t connect to any character with qualities like this. LoL.
4. Tris (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
Believe it or not, I really loved the first book. And I liked Tris a lot in that one, where I felt like I could connect with her in some possible way there. I think where the biggest decline and my chances of a connection to her character fell with the second book mostly. She seemed like a completely different character throughout, and the third I didn’t bother finishing because it was just that awful for me.
5. Mal (Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo)
Mal… Oh ugh. No. I’m really into this series so far and the characters. But I guess I’d hoped The Darkling would’ve been good or semi-good and the romantic interest, and then was blind-sided, and I’ve been pouting a bit… Lol. But I don’t like Mal and I don’t get any vibes from his character or see any interest from him. Blegh.
1. Zuzana (Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor)
This is one of my favorite series, but Zuzana throws a wrench into the whole story. I adore her boyfriend and I like some of the mythology surrounding her, but she just drives me BANANAS. It doesn’t help that I know someone IRL just like her, and I can’t stand said person.
2. Four (Divergent series by Veronica Roth)
Even though Tris was annoying, I found her “speshul boifrnd” beyond the bounds of annoying. I never understood the hype surrounding him. I don’t even like the character that plays him in the movies (I also do not give a damn about Tris’ actress as well). He was one of the reasons I gave up on the series before I read the final novel.
3. Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas)
I know this always draws a lot of ire, but Celaena is one of the biggest snobs in the YA world, and she honestly ruins the series for me. I cannot stand her, I cannot even enjoy the story because she always does something stupid to ignite my rage. I would actually like to read the rest of the Throne of Glass series, but the more I have to read about this character, thr angrier I become.
4. Valek (Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder)
He was my least favorite thing about the book. There. That is my confession. I didn’t like Valek, and I thought he was a terrible “love interest.”
5. Arin (Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski)
I finally found a love interest that annoys me more than Edward. I hope the last book ends with Arin falling into a well and Kestrel sets off into the sun for a new life without this annoying ass screwing up everything.
What characters from novels do you tend to just not really care for? Is there a series/book that is ruined because of a character?