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I am very much a character person. A book may have really cool plot, but if there are characters that have no personality then I won’t like it quite as much as I probably should. There are also those characters that incessantly whine, or fall in love way to quickly. Characters can really make or break a book for me.
Shadow from American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This character makes me so, so angry. He is so monotone, he is boring, he has no emotion. I got so bored following this guy around, which makes me super sad because a lot of crazy things were happening in that book.
Agatha Raisin from M.C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series
This lady is ridiculous. She is supposed to be an awesome middle-aged detective, but most of her books consist of her trying to get laid. Or married. Or picking up every single man she sees! It’s so frustrating because I thought it was charming at first, but then it kept happening. Can this lady not live independently for at least a day?
Bella Swan from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
It’s so sad, because I honestly loved these books in junior high. And then I slowly realized (probably from the help of the movies and the horrendous thing that Kristen Stewart calls acting) that Bella is a bit of an idiot. She’s not a strong person and she tends to be extremely selfish. She’s kind of a really terrible character.
Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series
We get it, you’re Belgian and you’re pretty smart. Oh my goodness, this guy is so self-involved. He’s extremely proud and tends to show off in that really fake-humbled kind of way. I’ll take Miss Marple over this guy any day.
Joffrey Baratheon from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I would give this guy the crown for winning most unlikable character ever created, but I don’t want him to have another crown. The smug little…he’s the absolute worst and I just can’t even begin to explain why he’s so horrible. You really need to read the books or watch the show to fully understand. But don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series
Look, I love the guy, but he can be so very frustrating. Half the time he’s being saved by Hermione or Dobby, or really everyone. And then the other half he’s screaming at those same people because they didn’t tell him the super confidential, highly secretive plans in their letters sent by Owls. Please see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for specifics on that one. It’s a great example of his temper. Oh, and let’s not forget his constant reminders that he is, in fact, an orphan. I love you Harry, but your parents were not the only people to die at the hands of ole’ Voldy. I think Neville has a lot of reason to be super temperamental as well, but you don’t see him bringing up his past every two chapters or so. Ergh. Sorry, I obviously have a lot of thoughts about this particular character.
Katniss Everdeen from Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
So Katniss didn’t start to frustrate me until the last book in the series. The moping, the anger, the emotionless way she goes throughout her days. She was so strong, and she worked so hard in the first two books. I completely understand that she went through a whole hell of a lot of stuff, but by the end of the book her character is completely unrecognizable.
Marianne Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Oh, girl. I know you are passionate, and I understand that you really think you found the love of your life. But snap out of it, child!!!!! My gosh, she whines and pouts and can’t even go a minute in a conversation without bringing up that damned Willoughby. He found someone else, he was also a terrible person, so get over it!
Anna Karenina and Vronsky from Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
I can’t stand Anna. She’s a truly horrible person, in my book. She first cheats on her husband, and then talks about how disappointed she is to see her son WHO SHE WAS LITERALLY OBSESSED WITH IN THE CHAPTER BEFORE!!! And Vronsky is so fickle and underhanded. They are horrible, horrible people.
Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You can’t have it both ways, Daisy! This is the type of character that wants everything to be her way, and when she doesn’t get any of it she cries and creates mass hysteria. She is the entire reason for the drama in the second half of the book, all because she wanted to live in luxury but also have that romantic love affair on the side. Those are the worst type of characters.