Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Didn’t Click

Posted September 1, 2015 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 110 Comments


*a weekly blog link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

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!!

marianne dashwood

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.

amy march

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??

mary ingalls

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.

eustace scrubb

“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 🙂

charles wallace

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.

Scarlett O'Hara

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 🙂

bella swan

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.

clareHenryPlease 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 😉


110 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Didn’t Click

  1. I didn’t do TTT this week, I couldn’t think of characters. Great job on your list. And so well thought out. Love the graphics too. I will say that Bella Swan was not why I stuck with Twilight. I love vampires and Edward had me at hello. 🙂 Bella could be pretty annoying.

  2. I put Clare on my list, too, but I didn’t really have a problem with Henry. He’s not someone I’d get along with in real life, but I completely understood why he was the way he was. Clare was harder for me to handle.

  3. Kav

    Charles Wallace Murray????!!!!! Nooooooooooooo! I’m crushed. All things L’Engle are sacred in my book. LOL

    Totally agree with you on Amy March. She never seemed to achieve the depth of compassion that her sisters had – maybe that comes from being the baby in the family.

    And cheering you re. Bella — never got the whole Twilight series thing. The movies were worse. Totally boring heroine. B-o-r-I-n-g. She might have been better in a zombie novel instead.

    Mary Ingalls — yeah, she was always just sort of in the background — too goody goody for the inner adventurer in me. Mind you, in real life I was more like Mary than Laura ’cause I was a chicken.

    Eustace was the character I loved to hate — so he engaged me right from the beginning even though he as so horrid. Not my favourite character, but he did at least grow.

    And this post of yours really illustrates how important character growth is in a novel. I think we readers can forgive almost anything if only a character learns from the mistake and evolves into someone better because of it.

    • Yes! I agree! There are lots of characters that I didn’t click with in the beginning but in the end they become some of my faves – like Fawn in the Jaded & Justified. And sorry about Charles Wallace 😉 He is my most-liked of this bunch if that helps any lol

    • Lol! That’s how I am about Carrie. Shared names automatically imply a certain level of awesomeness. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Will check out your list soon

  4. I understand Scarlett!
    I love that you included the Twilight series girl even though you thought you mind yet hate for it. I always enjoy seeing lists and reviews about books that others loved and hear the honest option of someone that did not enjoy something about that book. 🙂
    Great list 🙂

    • Yeah Marianne is one of those that does improve but I just never liked her as much as the others in the book. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Love your list! I’m with you on Bella Swan and on the Time Traveler’s Wife–didn’t do it for me either. And I can understand Marianne Dashwood and Amy March (Oh how I still wish Jo and Laurie got together! I just want it to be that way! LOVE Little Women as a novel though). I actually haven’t read Gone with the Wind yet but I have seen the movie, which I really liked. If you can look past how ridiculous Scarlett is, it’s a lovely movie.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT earlier 🙂

  6. I haven’t read Gone With the Wind and can’t bring myself too. People tell me I shouldn’t let the movie ruin me, but nothing I have heard about the book has changed my mind. I don’t want to read about Scarlett. I just don’t.

    I haven’t “met” some of your characters. Except Clare and Henry. I did like them quite a bit, but I don’t hate you for not liking them. I’ve read both A Wrinkle in Time and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader-but the characters you mention don’t stand out in my mind as particularly memorable. I read them a long long time ago. And Bella. I didn’t mind the book version, but I really didn’t like the movie version.

  7. Ya know… I at this point, I think if someone says they can relate to Bella they are probably delusional, or they just have such a crush on Creepy Edward and equally Creepy Jacob that they want to relate to her. Her character has zero personality, and is as boring as watching paint dry.

  8. Ha! GWTW made an appearance on my list as well..except the character was Ashley Wilkes! And – I agree with you about Bella Swan…she bugged the living daylights out of me. Maybe b/c I read them after the movies were out and Kristen Stewart bugs me and I obviously kept picturing her.

  9. Oh! I couldn’t stand Eustace! He was so so annoying. I had to force myself to continue! I read Time Traveller’s Wife a long long time ago but I don’t remember disliking Henry and Clare, just thought that they were in an unfortunate situation lol

  10. Mary Ingalls? Wow…but don’t worry. I’ve never seen Gone With The Wind all the way through either and it was absolutely because of Scarlett.

  11. Bella Swan is a character that I probably should have included on my list this week. I found Bella kind of bland. Someone else (I forget who) mentioned that this blandness could be one of the reasons why so many readers love her – because it makes it easier for the reader to insert themselves into the story.

  12. Charles Wallace almost made my list! I completely related to Meg but have always found it difficult to get past his know-it-all personality. One of my all-time favorite books. Loved your list! And thanks for stopping by The Gnoming Librarian!

  13. Bella gets such a character assignation from the first third of Twilight to the rest of the series. I admit I almost picked her, but then I decided I wanted to see Edward get staked (and honestly, a lot of Twilight felt like really watered down Buffy and Angel fan-fic!)

  14. Haha, yeah Marianne Dashwood bugs me too. The first time I read S&S I didn’t really connect with either of the sisters, but when I read it again years later I definitely related much better to Elinor, and Marianne really irritated me. She’s so oblivious to anything that doesn’t concern her own drama, and then even when she does think about someone else’s troubles, she expects them to act the same way that she would about it (in other words, make a big production about the whole thing).

  15. I intensely dislike Clare and Henry. The idea of The Time Traveler’s Wife is intriguing but the horrible main characters ruin it for me.

    Eustace is so ridiculously horrible that I find him funny. Have you seen the film version? Will Poulter was perfect in the role!

  16. I was nodding as I read most of this list, haha! I have to tell you – don’t ever watch Gone With The Wind. Yeah, it has a lot of love out there, but it’s 4 hours of Scarlett O’Hara. I hate her. I’ve only ever watched the movie, but I’m pretty sure if you hate her in the book, watching her selfish, annoying, bratty self is worse. I’ve never hated a character like I do her. Urgh! Thanks for sharing, Carrie, and for stopping by my blog. 😀

  17. Ha, I could agree with almost all of these… but I am fond of Scarlett, and TTW is one of my favorite books, so we’ll have to agree to disagree. But Eustace, Marianne, Amy… so not invited to any of my parties!!!

  18. Fabulous list! I enjoyed seeing all these classic characters I hadn’t thought about in a while. I haven’t read Gone with the Wind, but I hated Scarlett in the film – what a self-centred, petty, unlikeable character with little character growth. I felt that Eustace was intended to be dislikable, and he certainly got his just desserts – Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favourite Narnia book! Thanks for visiting my blog, I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  19. Your list is quite original one 🙂 I’ve only watched “Gone with the wind” but it’s one of my sister’s favorite books. I didn’t like Scarlett in the movie so I don’t think the book will be an exception 😀

  20. Amy getting together with Laurie KILLED me!!! It was the first time I can remember really really getting mad at a coupling. I also didn’t like Bella or the Twilight series. It wasn’t for me that’s for sure. I like heroines with a little more strength. Thanks for stopping by my list 🙂

  21. Amy March! I’m still not over the fact that Jo and Laurie didn’t end up together. I don’t think I will be ever okay about that. Haha. I also agree with including Eustace Scrubb and Bella Swan in this list.

  22. I haven’t encountered the last two books on your list, but the others — I’m right there with you. Though I did like Amy March a LOT better this time through Little Women — I felt she did have some good character development and mature out of being a brat. Still vain as an adult, yes, but not so selfish and spoiled any more. But then, I like her and Laurie as a couple.

  23. I had considered putting Eustace Scrubb on my list. I’m not sure how he ended up getting left off – probably I was away from my computer when I thought of it then just forgot. Because he is definitely a character I was never fond of.

  24. To some point I liked watching Gone With the Wind movie (okay I suffered 3 hours) maybe best part was in the end. “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” was perfect hahaha. I didn’t like Eustace either

  25. This list is too accurate! I completely forgot about Mary, Marianne, and Amy, but they all deserve to be on my list, too. I always resented that Mary got to wear all the blue clothes because she was blonde and they made poor Laura wear brown or red.

  26. hlmorris85

    The Time Traveler’s Wife was a terrible book, and they were terrible characters. Totally with you on that one.

  27. I hadn’t really thought about it, but while I did like The Time Traveler’s Wife, I had a lot of trouble connecting to both Henry and Clare. I connected better to both of them in the movie. I think it might be partly the writing, and partly the fact that the book was much stranger than the film!

  28. I kind of liked some of these characters. As characters in books, I mean. If they were real people, I think I might try to avoid some of them…

    I totally agree with Bella Swan, though. She’s such a weak character overall. It’s too bad I spent the time reading all four books. She’s even less tolerable by the end of the series!

  29. Great list! I had Bella on mine too, although my 13 year old self loved the series I never liked her! I totally agree with Scarlett O’Hara i’ve never read the book but watched the movie and it sounds like they presented her perfectly in the film!

  30. Yes, we have the same thought about Bella 🙂 I must not have clicked with Sense and Sensibility at all because I really can’t remember much about the book. So I’m guessing Marianne could have been on my list, too. Thanks for stopping by my site!

  31. Love this list! I do like Marianne in the movies (despite her dramatic ways), but cannot remember my feeling of her in the book. However, that quote pretty much says everything.

    Ha! Those comments about Amy made me smile. Though I do believe I liked Mary Ingalls fine in the TV show, I can see why come might not care for her. She is a bit… detached, perhaps? I don’t know what the word is. But, something.

    Thanks for visiting, as always. 🙂

  32. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I never liked Mary either!! SHE WAS SO ARGHHH. It’s been years since I read that series, and I can’t even remember exactly why (she was a goody-goody?!) but Laura was clearly the more epic and relatable one. xD
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

  33. Apart from Twilight I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of these books. Although Eustace was super annoying in the film so I get why he made your list 🙂

  34. The only one I’ve read is Little Women, and I totally agree! I did NOT like her. I mean, it is just not okay! I never liked her, but then Laurie… yeah no. You don’t do that to your own sister! Fabulous list, and I love the graphics!!

  35. Great list! Thank you for visiting mine, and sorry it took me so long to get back to your’s. And you know what? I agree with you on Mary Ingalls! So don’t feel too bad. Have a great day, and happy reading!

  36. So I did jump on the Twilight wagon… But I love vampires. But Bella is annoying and pitiful for most of the series. All the characters I am familiar with above…I am in complete agreement with. Mary, Amy, Marianne, Scarlett, Eustace…yup…didn’t click. I Don’t like brats either.

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