Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!
This week we’re looking back at characters that everyone seems to love, but that we don’t, for one reason or another. Do you agree with us or do you think we’re deluded?
Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t
1. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Why Heathcliff has become one of our ‘great romantic characters’ is beyond me. He is selfish, vindictive, abusive, moody and cruel. Now, you can blame these character traits on his tortured and enduring love for Cathy, but really he is just a miserable sod.
2. Rowan and/or Chaol from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
Okay, before I am excommunicated from the ToG fandom, let me just say that I was perfectly happy with the protector, trainer, basically parabatai (yes I’ve been watching too much Shadowhunters) relationship between Rowan and Aelin. When View Spoiler »it suddenly became a romantic one « Hide Spoiler, I thought it was a really strange direction to take! Also, I’m a Chaol tragic, so there’s that.
I didn’t like Chaol in the last book, but come on! He was so annoying! I think that was a 50/50 split from fans. I’m not alone in that one surely?
3. Adrian from Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
I never got into Adrian from Vampire Academy, even though everyone loved him so much, Richelle Mead basically wrote him a series so he could hook up!
4. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
Here’s another unpopular opinion – even after learning Snape’s full story, I still never liked him. Yes, it was noble of him to do the things he did for Harry and for Dumbledore and his history with Lily is sad, but he still acted in a completely unprofessional and, let’s be honest, cruel way to many students at Hogwarts. There’s no excuse for that.
5. Prince Theron from Snow Like Ashes series by Sara Raasch
I never really clicked with Theron – I thought he was too perfect from the start, and have gone for Mather the whole time. Then I was shocked to hear that the prince was basically everyone’s favourite character! Did I miss something?
6. Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Look, I’m sorry. I must have a strange taste in blokes or something! Tamlin – he just didn’t do it for me. If he’d been more like Rowan, I would have been happy, but he was just… bland. I’m going to have to re-read this book before the second one is released because I feel like I’m coming at it all wrong!
…I did like Rhysand though.
7. Jace from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
For the first three books, Jace was a brooding, whiny baby who occasionally said the most beautifully romantic things to his (supposed) sister. He annoyed the hell out of me!
As I get into the rest of the series, the reasons behind his nature are more clear and he is becoming more of a tragic hero. I’m warming up to him, but I still love Simon best!
8. Étienne St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Étienne just didn’t do it for me at all. Neither did Anna for that matter, or actually any of the book in total. I just don’t see why people swoon over it.
I have to say I agree with Philly on this one. The only part of the story I liked was that it was set in Paris!
9. Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth
I didn’t totally love Four but I wouldn’t say I “disliked” him. It’s more that I just didn’t get what the fuss was about.
Disclaimer: he is totally hot in the movie, I am in no way denying that.
10. Patch from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
I can’t stand Patch from Hush Hush… but I seem to be alone in my dislike for this book!