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We’ve all had them. Those characters who, for whatever reason, just didn’t click with us. Maybe they weren’t supposed to – they were the villain or the mean girl. What about those characters that other people seem to love… but you don’t. While everyone else is cheering and fangirling and gushing the praises of so-and-so, you just sit there and think, “Did I miss something??” If a character (or perhaps ten!) just popped into your head, then this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is for you!!
Pretty much as soon as I read, “I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both,” I rolled my eyes and suspected that Miss Marianne (from Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility) and I were not going to be the best of friends. I realize that she exhibits some character growth by the end of the book but still…she’s just too much for me.
Ahhh the little sister of Little Women. I’ve always thought that Amy was a bit of a brat. And I’m not sure she ever really grew out of it. And that’s a deal-breaker for me with a character. Also… she took Laurie! I know, I know, Jo and Laurie weren’t meant to be. I’m okay with that. But did Amy really have to rub it in like that??
I can’t tell you why I never cared for Mary Ingalls from the Little House books or the TV series. I loved Laura (of course!) and I adored Carrie (for obvious reasons) but Mary and I? We never clicked. I have no other explanation for it, and I feel badly (a little) but she’s one of the first characters I thought of for this post.
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” Oh how I love that opening line from C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader…I just don’t care for Eustace. He’s not always the whiny self-centered brat that he is at the beginning; he matures greatly, I realize this. But I still don’t like him 🙂
Poor Charles Wallace. This one is kinda like Mary from the Little House books. Even though A Wrinkle in Time is one of my very favorite books, I just never connected with Charles Wallace. He’s difficult for me to relate to, for starters. I’m never quite sure what he’s thinking, and he does have a bit of a bratty attitude lurking just beneath the surface. BUT, in his favor, he is the one who finds Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which…. so I can’t write him off altogether.
Confession: I have never seen the movie “Gone With the Wind”. I have, however, suffered through the book. To put it plainly, she’s a brat. And she pretty much stays a brat. This sounds oddly familiar. *looks up at previous characters in today’s list* Clearly, I have something against spoiled brats who don’t demonstrate much growth. Listen, it’s fine to start out as a brat (I guess) but for goodness’ sake MATURE a bunch during the course of the novel! A lesson as true in life as in fiction 🙂
Ohhhh I feel like I’m gonna get hate mail for this one. But y’all. I just don’t like her. For that matter, I don’t like the Twilight series either. Granted, I’m not big on vampires but frankly it was Bella’s narration that made it so difficult for me to wade through the first book. She’s probably a very lovely character – she must be since so many people adore her and the series. We just couldn’t find a common ground.
Please don’t send me hate mail about these two either lol. This is another case where I just didn’t like the book that gave them life – The Time Traveler’s Wife – and that may cast a shadow on my opinion of the characters. Or vice versa. For whatever reason, though, the book & the two lead characters just didn’t do it for me.
Loved the book (The Wonder of You). Loved the hero. Loved the secondary/supporting characters. Did not love the heroine. Amelia had her choice of two perfectly great guys – a dear friend who’s always been there for her and a mysterious hot European model-type who broke her heart and then showed up to win it back. She makes her choice pretty early on actually, but she continues to treat the other guy like he has a chance with her. I kept telling myself she was only 20 and I shouldn’t judge her by my 30-something-year-old self. Still..this didn’t sit well with me; ergo… she wound up on this list lol.
Those are my ten. What about you? Do you agree with any of my choices or would you pick completely different characters? No two persons ever read the same book, you know – even if we’re both reading the same book 😉