Today is Day Five of Parajunkee’s THE FOOL’S CHALLENGE. And I’m kinda really excited about today’s topic.
This challenge runs for 11 days and Day Five’s topic is, “What characters do you secretly loathe? But don’t like admitting because they are so popular?” All the challenge post topics are listed below, but if you’d like to learn more about the challenge, head over to Parajunkee’s blog and read the Announcement post.
- Play a book or blog related prank, tell us about it.
- Tell everyone about how big a “Fool for Books” you are.
- Be a “Fool for Books” discuss why you like books more then people.
- Most foolish act you have committed for a book…fandom or in pursuit of a new book.
- What characters do you secretly loathe? But, don’t like admitting, because they are so popular?
- What do you consider the most “heinous” crimes committed to books or book readers?
- Fun phrases and sayings you’ve picked up from books.
- Book’s you’ve read that have changed you mentally…
- What you consider are “serious” problems (in your reading life) but other non-readers would just think you are mental if you spoke them out-loud?
- The tropes you love – but have a hard time admitting to other book lovers.
- Which series are you a fool for? That you can reread over and over again and will always buy the next book, no matter how mental the author goes – or how strange the characters become?
Ahhh detestable characters. There are so many. But as far as popular? Hmmm…
There are a number of character types I don’t particularly like. I hate whiny, weak-willed characters. I hate the femme fatale. And I’ve grown a tad tired of the curly red-haired girl who thinks she’s plain looking but who is always seen as the object of desire by the sexy bad boy. I already have my favorite redheads and their bad boy boyfriends. I’d actually like to see a few more kick-a** blonde heroines.
But I’m supposed to be talking specifics, right?
So here goes.
I could not stand Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy. Her personality was flat, instead of growing a backbone she became a sniveling weakling and by the story’s end her practical nature made me cringe. I am very happy the filmmakers decided that their heroine needed a little something extra to make her less bland and uninteresting. I got why Katniss was the way she was in the books, but keep my interest she did not.
Loathe may be too harsh a word for this character, but I was not a fan of Tris Prior in the Divergent books. (I only read the first two, so my opinion of her could change.) There were moments when I liked her, but while I can remember vivid details about much of the first two books in the series, I can’t actually remember anything about Tris. I know she was supposed to be a strong female main, but try as I might, even after seeing the film, I can’t remember anything that stands out about her.
Jacob Black from the Twilight saga. I am never a fan of the best friend that happens to be a boy who wants something more. I found him to be petulant and pushy and antagonistic and someone who didn’t respect boundaries. I spent much of the time wishing he’d just go away and stop talking about it or hoping that Edward would take him out once and for all.
Zoey Redbird from the House of Night series. While I liked the series for the first few books, I was never a fan of Zoey’s. She was kind of a b**ch and majorly stuck up and I never could relate. As I’ve fallen out of love with the series as a whole I really have nothing left to add.
Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments series. See? I told you I was never a fan of the best friend that wants something more. It took me ages to get past the eighty some-odd pages that were all Simon in the fourth book in the series. It’s possible that I have an aversion to the nice guy. Even though Simon was stringing along two girls, he was totally the nice guy. I prefer reading about the skeevy brother to Simon. Which makes me kind of sad.
And my least favorite character… perhaps in all of fiction… is Bill Compton of the Southern Vampire Mysteries. But you knew that, right? I’ve made no secret about my feelings toward Bill.
Oh how I loathe you Bill Compton. You make my skin crawl. The fact that you were cast in a much nicer light in the television series does not hide the fact that you are a vile, loathsome excuse for a man.
You put your computer database above your girlfriend. You stalked her like a total creeper after you broke up. You dated some really questionable women before and after your relationship with Sook. You are a liar. And I so wish the author hadn’t caved into pressure from the show and had killed you off after book nine as originally planned.
Yeah. Kill Bill. Please.
Anyway… Of course there are quite a few other characters that aren’t favorites of mine. I’m just not sure about their popularity. But I think a few of the characters I’ve listed above are kind of popular favorites. So I’m calling this challenge met.
And phew, so glad I didn’t have to reveal the characters in the Harry Potter series that I wasn’t a fan of.
But what about you?
Do you have any popular favorites that are least favorites of yours? Edward Cullen, Patch Cipriano, Jace Wayland, Eric the Northman, Jericho Barrons, Crispin Russell? Clary Fray, Hermione Granger, Caroline Merit, Karou, America Singer?
Is it a specific type – the good girl, the bad boy, the girl who only wants to be normal, the friend who wants those benefits – that turns you off? Or do you dislike your characters on a case by case basis?
If you aren’t afraid of judgment, leave a comment with characters you dislike that it seems everyone else in the world adores. I’d love to know who they are and why you dislike them!