Hiiii fellow bookworms/reader-holics/word-adorers, all of you are welcome to this lovely little post on a Tuesday morning even if I do say so myself. It’s Tuesday which means it is time for a new TTT post from the brilliant bookish blog, ‘The Broke and the Bookish.’ If you haven’t seen this blog you’re missing out so go and have a nosy.
Before we begin I just want to state, I’ve picked some characters I just dislike because I wanted to rant about characters you’re meant to pretty much abhor; some are characters are ones I didn’t click with so there’s a mixture, to mix it up a bit so to speak.
1) Tom Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I was going to include Daisy but something in me just can’t do it; despite her being pretty insufferable. Tom Buchanan is both a racist and a misogynist, but somehow he manages to steal Daisy, get away with his affair and the death of Myrtle and he is an utter ass. Ergh.
2) Bernadette from Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I never really mentioned this in my review at the time but Bernadette really antagonised me as a reader. Unable to put her child’s well-being first and traipsing off in the hope that they would fulfil her selfish dreams despite her daughter’s education, her relationship with her father and friends being torn apart, I thought she was brutish and exhausting.
3) O’Brien (& Big Brother) from 1984 by George Orwell
Part of a false flag resistance movement whose goal is to find thought-criminals, lure them in arrest and “cure” them, I hated O’Brien and what he ultimately did to Winston; but then I guess, there wouldn’t be a tale to tell. *STILL SEETHS WITH ANGER*
4) Cassandra from I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Okay, this one fits more with the brief but exhausting, a little wimpish and a character that had no guts I found Cassandra difficult to relate to. It’s a shame because I never made through to the end but this character really didn’t connect with me at all.
5) Anastacia Steele from The 50 Shades of Grey series by E L James
Won’t come as a surprise but Anastacia was difficult to connect to; she’s so frail and tolerating of the foreboding Chrisitian. For anyone that has read the books this is a little self explanatory.
6) Helen from The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon
A recent read from me, but a character I found difficult relate to; she’s too condescending and lacks the ability to change and that ultimately destroys the lives of the ones around her. It’s a times a difficult read.
7) Gemma from from Tell Me No Lies by Malorie Blackman
Another recent read from an author I loved as a teenage reader (who didn’t love the Noughts and Crosses series?) I struggled with Gemma because bullying is something that can be so utterly detrimental and yet it seemed to be Gemma’s own desire to be left alone. It jarred that she could want to be invisible and cause such a negative effect on someone else’s life.
8) Una and Liam from Every Single Minute by Hugo Hamilton
I really didn’t know whether to include this one but both characters I ultimately found tough to relate to. Their relationship jarred with one another and I found it difficult to connect at all unfortunately
9) Bella Swan and Edward Cullen from The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
I haven’t read a lot of the Twilight series (barely anything) but what I did read I thought was, hmm, awful? These two and their obsessive, unhealthy, manipulative relationship had me scowling.
10) Hamlet from Hamlet by William Shakespeare
This might be an unpopular opinion but I struggled with Hamlet. There are so many different sides to him as a character I was never quite sure where I stood. It’s not that I didn’t click with him I just never quite understood him enough to get that click, I guess.
Ahh, the joys of not clicking with a character; who would make your list? Would there be more males or females? Is there anyone you love on my list? Let me know in le comments below!
13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters you just didn’t click with”
I hated Cassandra and everyone else from I Capture the Castle. I was so angry at that book, it seemed like it would be one of my favourites and then bang, it turned 180 and I wanted to murder all the characters!
Ah I was completely the same! I still haven’t made it all the way through because the characters made so goddamn angry!!! *rages*
Everyone else I have talked to about it loved it! I’m so glad I’m not the only one! The only character I liked was Stephen (I think that’s his name?), but she turned him into an egocentric man hussy! What’s up with that?!
Twilight was one of the most over hyped books ever! I never connected with Tris from The Divergent Series much.
Ah I haven’t read the Divergent series but my dad is reading it and really enjoying it I think! But yes Twilight was wildly overrated!
I know right!!!!
I agree with you regarding Bernadette. I couldn’t empathize with her when she was being so selfish!
I know! She exhausting and rude throughout, I just couldn’t click with her at all!
I really identify with not liking characters who get into dysfunctional relationships and let people walk all over them – especially when that’s no way to behave in real life
That is exactly how I feeeel! Why write about something that you wouldn’t allow to behave in real life!!
I read a book called The Slap where I disliked every single character and couldn’t finish it, which is something I usually make myself do.
I think if you didn’t like any of the characters that’s probably the best thing to do!!
Although saying that, in Gatsby I’m not sure there are any characters I really like and yet I love that book? Hmmmm
oh goodness yes to Bella & Edward! Bella is on my list this week too! My TTT