This week’s topic for the Broke and the Bookish's top ten list was hard, mostly because if I don’t like the characters, I usually stop reading the book. Still, after scanning my book case, I realized there are some characters I could do without.
1. Bella-(Twilight series) Ugh. She’s just so whiney.
2. Buttercup- (The Princess Bride) I have the same problem with iiiher that I have with Bella. They’re useless. The difference is that I happen to love the other characters in the Princess Bride (movie version) so much, I can push my irritation aside. Plus, you’re seeing her through the eyes of a very young boy, it stands to reason he would see In the spirit of complete honesty, I’m not impressed with the book
3. Christina- (Phantom of the Opera) I adore all versions of the Phantom of the Opera, but that doesn’t mean I have to love Christina. She shares many traits with Bella and Buttercup, especially in the book version. In the movie and the play I make her tolerable by telling myself she’s been brain washed. When it comes to characters, I like them to be pro-active. I don’t like them standing around, waiting for things to happen, and then blaming the world when things don’t turn out the way they’d hoped.
4. Nancy Drew-She’s just a little too perfect for my taste. It’s probably why I preferred the Hardy Boys while I was growing up.
5. Jason Grace (Heroes of Olympus) I don’t know what it is about this character, but I grind my teeth together each time he takes a turn as a narrator. His romantic interest, Piper, tends to generate the same response.
6. Eustace Scrubbs (Chronicles of Narnia) I love the series but have always felt this character should take a flying leap off a tall cliff. The only time I truly enjoyed him was after he turned himself into a dragon.
7. Ron Weasley (Harry Potter Series) I understand Ron’s purpose in the series. There’s even large chunks of time when I enjoy him, but there are other times when he drove me nuts. I always felt he was a bit to wishy-washy
8. Sarah Byrnes (Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes) I have mixed feelings about adding Sarah to this list. I love this book. It’s a great story, if you haven’t read it you should. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. The Sarah character’s situation is about as bad as things get, but that doesn’t stop her from both irritating and confusing me. I suspect that was the author’s goal.
9. Louis (Interview with a Vampire) I don’t know what it was about the character of Louis, but he bothered me.
10. Whitely (A Midsummer’s Nightmare)-Whiney twit. It’s a good thing I liked every other character in this book.