So I do know this is not ten books that will make you laugh but I did that topic as a freebie a few weeks ago. Please check it out if you want to stay within the regularly scheduled programming!
Instead I'm going to do a post on a topic that I was disappointed to miss a few weeks ago. That would be:
Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don't Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike
I will of course be focusing on my negative feelings because that's just fun. Here Goes.
1) Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series by Sara J. Maas
I've only read the first book in this series and I understand that Celaena may improve on further acquaintance, but in book one she didn't feel like a real person to me and there was far too much tell vs. show in her characterization.
Impulsive/Reckless Characters stress me out and the next two fall into that category:
2) Prunella from Sorceror to the Crown by Zen Cho
I don't hate Prunella but she was definitely a black spot for me on an otherwise fantastic book!
3) Agnieszka from Uprooted by Naomi Novik
|Ron asks: Why does ANYONE like me?|
4) Ron Weasley From Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
My dislike for Ron was realized during my re-read of the entire HP series last year. He's really kind of an ass and I hate that he and Hermione end together.
5) Molly Carpenter from The Dresden Files Series by Jim Butcher
Molly becomes Harry's apprentice, his student when she's a teen - she's like a teen boys fantasy of a woman. She has grown up a bit in recent books but I still get skeeved out by the idea of her and Harry becoming romantically involved and I hate that Butcher always describes her, from Harry's perspective, with an almost lecherous eye.
6) Karou And Akiva from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I think I am the only person on the planet that really didn't like this book and it was mostly because of Karou and Akiva. Neither felt real and Karou is a serious Mary Sue.
7) Paksenarrion from Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon
Paks feels like a barren husk just meant to be a storytelling vehicle. She is one of the least interesting and most personality-less main characters I've ever encountered.
8) Vin and Kelsier from Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I want to love Brandon Sanderson but I feel like his strengths (based on only the two books I've read) are in deep world-building and developing interesting premises. Characters? Not so much. I think Kelsier is meant to be a charming rogue with a heart of gold but I found him dull.
9) Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont from A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Once again, Diana suffers the fate of being a Mary Sue - too perfect and too boring to be real - and Matthew's an overbearing, controlling ass. Blech. I refuse to post a picture of these folks because apparently there is a HUGE push on the internet for "casting" Richard Armitage as Matthew. Just...No. You will not sully my Armitage.
Okay, I think I've insulted enough fictional characters for one day. What character makes you scratch your head wondering why everyone loves them?