Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. This week is dedicated to the characters we just didn’t click with from the beginning.
1. Four- Divergent
I’m almost really sorry about this one — but I just didn’t like Four that much, especially when we were thrown inside his head. I liked him enough in the first two books, but I didn’t like him enough to see the story from his point of view. I felt the different viewpoints made the reader feel disconnected from Tris, which I didn’t enjoy. I have no desire to read the book about Four/Tobias.
2. Bella- Twilight
Let me see a show of hands of people who actually like Bella Swan. No one? Good, because she has very few redeemable qualities. Don’t get me wrong, I went through my Twilight faze just like the rest of the pre-teen girl population at the time, but I never liked Bella. She always seemed helpless to me, and I am all about the strong, independent woman. Bella couldn’t survive without her man, and that’s just not how it should be.
3. Holden- Catcher in the Rye
I read this book my junior year of high school, and I hated it. I’ve been meaning to re-read it again because I hear it’s one of those books that changes depending on the time in your life that you’re reading it. But I found Holden to be whiny, repetitive and generally just not a likable character. He had no redeeming qualities four years ago, but I hope I can read it again and say that I changed my mind.
4. Romeo and Juliet
IT’S NOT A LOVE STORY. Let me repeat — it is not a love story. Romeo and Juliet is the worst story about love at first sight that I have ever been forced to read. It is a story about two dumb fifteen year-olds who thought they were in love so they killed themselves to be together. If we heard about this in the modern day, we would not be celebrating the clearly deranged kids love.
5. Alice- Side Effects May Vary
This is a book I recently finished, and I really liked it. I just didn’t like the main character, Alice. She is a terrible person the entire book that just wants to see people suffer. It mad me pretty made while reading it that she treated people so terribly. Granted, she does do some really nice things at the end of the book and changes her life for the better, but until the last ten pages or so, she’s kind of a bitch.
6. Lena- Beautiful Creatures
She’s very “woe is me” throughout the whole series, and it never appealed to me. All she can do is lash out at people and complain about how she is different. Of course she had her kick-ass moments where she was an amazingly strong, empowering woman, but for the most part she sulked in her room and hid from her problems.
7. Percy- Harry Potter
Before I get too much hate for this one, I do love the end where he comes back and is there for his family. But come on, other than that he’s just mean! The whole series he thinks he is better than everyone else in his family. He has no sense of loyalty and his ego is too big for his own good. I don’t know how someone like him could have been in the same family as Ron or Ginny or Fred. I know in a family of seven there’s bound to be some competition, but Percy took it too far and always, always, made it about how he was better than everyone else.
8. Margo- Paper Towns
I don’t like her. I don’t like Quentin. I don’t like this book. I hope the movie was better.
I think that’s all I have for you guys this week. I mostly enjoy the characters I read about and coming up with 10 I didn’t click with was a hard on for me. So I will leave it at 8 and hopefully get to 10 next week.
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I can see why you’d dislike Holden; it’s really tiring to read his POV. And for the most part, Bella is the helpless damsel in distress until she turns into a vampire. Also, I think most people today feel the same way about Romeo and Juliet, to the point where it’s satirized in the media, like in Brooklyn 99.
Wow for a list with only eight you matched five of mine! Impressive and I totally agree with Lena so I’ll give you one more! Lol
I read Four and you’re right….it really wasn’t all that great. The story should’ve been left to Tris to tell. And I TOTALLY agree with how you felt about Holden!!! My teacher thought it was the greatest book while the whole class hated him! Hahha
Holden is one of the most disliked characters in literature. But I feel like j should give him a second chance!