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September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With
Okay, so…this was a fun one. Why? You may ask. Lets just say that I don’t get along with a lot of characters. I mean it takes a very special character for me to actually adore. A lot of characters I’m pretty neutral on. But there are just as many I can’t stand. Here’s the thing, I will admit I lean towards the “villain”. I’m a slytherin, I can’t help it. Now, there are some villains I even dislike (looking at you Umbridge), but I can still appreciate for how great their character is (I mean everyone hates her, that has to count for something) and often miss them when they’re gone (Joffrey was a little shit but at least he caused stuff to happen).
So, when creating this list (and the 3 subsequent drafts) I decided to pick my favorite category of dislike:
The Top Ten Characters That Made Me Think “OHMYGOD SHUT UP” Everytime They Talked.
SPOILERS WILL BE STATED.
1.) Claire – The Outlander Series: Okay, so…here’s the thing…I wanted to like her. I really did…but…She’s one of those people who seem to want to be one thing but she’s not. It bugged me to no end that she supposedly missed her husband SO MUCH and was dying to get to him but was obviously finding it okay to stay where she was. She very easily had sex with this other guy “BUT NO SHE HAD TO!” No she could have been like “Yo, they can’t see in here lets just make loud noises and bounce on the bed we’re good. Neither of us really want in this marriage anyways.” She legit disregards orders from a leader and then gets all offended when she’s punished for it. And above all else. All things I could forgive. SHE FORGAVE HER HUSBAND FOR BEATING HER LIKE FOUR DAYS AFTER IT HAPPENED AFTER BEING PISSED AND SAID SHE DESERVED IT NO YOU DRAG HIM THROUGH HELL AND HIGHWATER TO FEMINISM DON’T GIVE IN TO THAT SHIT.
2.) Madame Bovary – Madame Bovary: There really was no hope for me to like a woman seeking to have an affair because she thinks it’ll make her a glamorous woman, who’s mad at her doctor husband because he’s not rich after he married her and got her off a freakin farm and if she hadn’t married him she would have never got to that party in the first place. Literally every life choice she made was dumb as hell. She wasn’t forced into marrying her husband. He was nice and bought her literally everything she wanted even when he drove him in debt. Plus, she was a horrible mother. Plus, she just sounds exhausting. Like literally, the two guys she had affairs with got exhausted by her.
3.) Catherine and Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights: Since these two seem to think they have the same freakin soul they count as well. How freaking dramatic can two people be? Well, there’s a reason these two are on the list and Romeo & Juliet aren’t cause AT LEAST THOSE TWO WERE 14, YOU ARE GROWN ASS ADULTS! Heathcliff was just slightly more tolerable than Catherine if only because she had that stupid speech about being made up of the same stuff as him.
4.) James Potter – The Harry Potter Series: OHMYGOD the surge of James & Lily Potter fans that have come out of the HP Fandom in the past years are OBNOXIOUS. Maybe it’s because I just don’t like the marauders that much, but I honestly don’t see how from the very little we’re given about James Potter people can be as obsessively in love with him as they are. As far as I’m concerned he’s an arrogant jock who wore down the girl he liked OVER SEVEN YEARS and lucked out cause a prophecy was made about their kid so they had to procreate. Maybe if Rowling would have actually written this miraculous transformation from obnoxious twit that so many Marauders fans tell me happened I would like him better.
5.) Cersei Lannister – A Song Of Ice And Fire: Alright, listen up. Game Of Thrones did this thing where they decided to try to make Cersei Lannister more likable by making her arc “She did it for her kids!” which okay, that works, but Cersei Lannister in the books IS SO MUCH MORE RUTHLESS AND UNRELENTING AND ANNOYING! Every single choice she makes in the books IS WRONG and she makes them because she’s paranoid as HELL. She’s literally the type of person to shout “You think [insert thing] AND YOU KNOW IT” in a fight and that is one of my major pet peeves, so. She thinks she knows what everyone around her is thinking or going to do and I swear 95% of the time she’s wrong. Like, I don’t give a crap that she boinks her brother she’s just so annoying. And even when she messes up SHE JUST KEEPS GOING AND MAKES IT WORSE! She’s obviously a horrid leader, but she doesn’t even care if she takes Westeros down in a blaze of wildfire she just wants to be on top of the ashes and it’s obnoxious.
6.) Gus – The Fault In Our Stars: I feel a little bad about putting a guy with cancer on this list but I can’t help it. He had me rolling my eyes every time it came around for his dialogue. Hazel was almost up here with him, but she actually made me feel bad about his death so I gave her a break. He’s the guy in every philosophy/religion/lit class who talks too much. I understand he had been through a lot and he was trying to keep his spirits up, but Hazel seemed to be doing just find with her realistic world view; so I can stake it on that he was just seriously annoying, cancer or no cancer.
7.) Holden Caulfield – Catcher In The Rye: Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaake a prozac and get doooooown ooooooofff your hiiiiiiiiigh hoooooorse you annoying, pretentious, personal hero to every english major bro, whiny rich boy.
8.) Bella Swan – Twilight Series: -takes a deep breath- How many dumb life choices can one person make? If she had a dollar for every time she made up her own mind she’d make fifty cents. 13 year old me who actually read and liked the first Twilight book for a time would have told you her worst life choice was not picking Jacob. 23 year old me in retrospect has to say her worst life choice WAS NOT CALLING THE FREAKIN COPS ON HER EMOTIONALLY ABUSIVE STALKER BOYFRIEND!
9.) Marilyn Lee – Everything I never Told you: This is a rather new one, I recently read the book so that might be why she’s fresh on my mind and made the list. I think our main conflict was the way she handled things and her second wave feminist way of thinking. She was also really selfish and placed herself above her mother and children. I liked the intent of her dreams, but her ways of reaching them were horrid. I really couldn’t forgive her after she left her family without a word.
10.) Pope Joan – Pope Joan: This is a case where a character is presented as being too smart, too clever, too kind, too good that my dark slytherin heart can’t take it, and then add in that they seem to never be wrong and I want to throw a book across the room. I actually agreed with a lot of what she said, but her ideals just were not 800s AD way of thinking and it annoyed me to no end.
And now we’ve come to my honorable mentions. However, these are very special honorable mentions. These two characters managed to come from the depths of eye rolls to actually being admired in my eyes.
Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games Trilogy: Ask anyone who was reading this series with me and they’ll tell you many of texts were sent with simply “Katniss is a biiiiiiiitch” I really didn’t like her. I was constantly annoyed with her. (JUST FREAKIN PICK ONE AND GET OVER IT!) But I have come to realize that I actually have a lot in common with her. Her choices make a hell of a lot more sense in retrospect. She’s not as big as a bitch as I initially remembered, and it might have had to do with my adoration of Peeta that I disliked her during the third book.
Harry James Potter, sometimes you just act too much like your damn dad for your own good. Like many, when we hit Order Of The Phoenix we had had a little bit enough of whiny Harry. Of course, once again, in retrospect the poor 15 year old was still with one hell of a case of PTSD. I did find him annoying in other books, don’t get me wrong, and once again the Slytherin nature in me has to dislike his obnoxious Gryffindor qualities. We now have a light-hearted relationship where I mock him but deep in my heart love him. (Although, not gonna lie, kinda like the Potter Puppet Pals and A Very Potter Musical versions of him more.)