Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie, so I thought I would go with one that I missed posting a couple weeks ago: ten characters you just didn’t click with.
I can usually find something redeeming in most characters. Even if they’re awful, at least we know why. But sometimes, the character just falls flat. Or they’re terrible for no reason. Sometimes they devolve over the course of a series. There are a lot of reasons not to like a character.
Here are ten characters that immediately came to mind:
- Ani FaNelli from Luckiest Girl Alive: You know how, in Gone Girl, you can understand why Amy is so angry about her life and so done with her husband? Yeah, Ani has all that negative energy, but it comes off as really petty. Like, she’s taking her horrible high school experience out on her fiance, who has literally nothing to do with it. And she wants to make her high school classmates “pay” like ten years later, when really 99% of her problems in high school were her own fault, so her whole character just doesn’t work.
- Aislinn from Wicked Lovely: How do I even begin to explain my problems with Aislinn? Her grandmother consistently warns her to be careful. She is not. Bad things happen. She strings along her best friend. She strings along the faery who falls for her. And, aside from that, she really just… exists. There’s nothing special about her. No spark. I just couldn’t find any way to connect to her.
- Victoria Darling from A Mad, Wicked Folly: Oh, Vicky. You think you’re so special, but you’re so annoying. I get it, you’re an artist, and you’re so creative, and you just can’t be held back. But that doesn’t mean that you can use people, literally every person you meet, for your own purposes, completely disregarding their feelings. Come on, Vicky. You’re better than that.
- Mia Wentworth from Falling Fast: Mia is one of those characters that I think you’re supposed to pity. She was hurt in a car accident. Separated from the love of her life. Kept under lock and key by her controlling parents. Her beloved grandmother died, leaving her alone. This is all very sad, but most of Mia’s problems stem from her overprotective parents, and she is an adult. She can tell them to leave her alone, to let her live her own life. She just doesn’t.
- Logan Montgomery from Big Girl Panties: A big name personal trainer falls for an overweight widow, and then spends the entire course of the book trying to make her lose weight so she’ll look like she belongs with him. No thanks.
- Ruby Rose from the Ruby Rose series: Granted, I’ve only read the first book, but Ruby is a disaster. I think she’s supposed to be a Veronica Mars-type character, but she’s just so dumb that I could barely keep reading.
- Tris Prior in Insurgent: Tris is pretty cool in Divergent, but I could not connect with her in Insurgent. She went from being a strong, powerful, intelligent leading character to an emotional, whiny, unreliable teenager who purposely lies and deceives for no good reason.
- Tobias Eaton in Allegiant: Much like Tris, Tobias also devolves as a character throughout the course of the series. At the beginning of the series, he’s this cool, tough guy with a hidden heart of gold. In Allegiant, he is no longer the strong leader from Divergent. Now he’s this stupid, easily manipulated, petty, jealous teenager.
- Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse: Please don’t sell me a book with the promise of a strong, feisty heroine when what you’re actually giving me is a spoiled brat who flails around at the slightest hint of trouble. I might have liked Kestrel more if I didn’t have preconceived notions of what she would be like.
- Frenchie Garcia from Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia: Frenchie is one of those characters that’s supposed to be like, really intriguing and interesting and edgy, but she comes across as really mean, and I was entirely unsympathetic to her. I thought I would really like her character, but I could not get on the same page.
Tell me: What characters have you had trouble connecting with? Do you agree or disagree with my picks?