Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But We Don’t

March 8, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 22


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!

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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 », 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.

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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.


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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!



Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

22 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But We Don’t”

  1. Eve

    I am still reading Queen of Shadows but so far I still love Rowan and Chaol but yeah the sudden kind of attraction between Rowan and her is kind of out of left field for me. But I adore Adrian and Tamlin!!! Then with Snape I didn’t like him the first time through but on re-read knowing everything I did. I don’t agree with Etienne but overall I liked him. Four and Jace are more I didn’t dislike them and even rather enjoyed but not enough to mount a I LOVE them defense and yeah movie Four was sexy lol. Same for Patch really. But you picked some good books for this hard challenge. My Top Ten

    • Angelya

      High 5 for ACOTAR disappointments! I hope the next one delivers too.. no pressure, Sarah, haha! Thanks for your visit and follow Aditi <3

  2. Marie

    I feel the same way about Snape. He went out of his way to bully Harry back for all the bullying Harrys father did to Snape. Really childish in my opinion.
    I think I liked Rowan more that Chaol because of how Chaol treated Aelin he claimed to love her then kind of ridiculed her for being an assassin. Something he already knew.
    I like the banter and humor between Jace and Simon, more than I liked his character for any of the romance that happened.
    Some of these characters I know nothing about, but I totally forgot about Patch. Gah, when I first read the books, I found them to be entertaining. But Nora was way more frustrating to me than he was, so all her dumb annoying decisions she made overshadowed anything he did. He was an interesting character at times, but really creepy and a little stalker-ish most of the time.

    My TTT:Marie @ Pages to Explore

  3. Allyson

    Adrian made my list this week, too! The love people have for him doesn’t make any sense to me. I also couldn’t agree more with Heathcliff! Anyone who calls Wuthering Heights and amazing romance is automatically dead to me.

  4. Aubrey

    Ugh. I hate Chaol and always have (besides the very beginning of the books). I just don’t get it. As far as Rowan & Aelin go, I liked it better when they were training partners too. I feel like Celaena has changed so much from who she was at the beginning of the series, and I don’t like it very much… However, I think that Rowan and Aelin are my favorite choice out of the people who she could possibly end up with, but Rowan reminds me a little too much of a puppy. I totally agree about Jace. Great TTT! Here’s mine:

    • Angelya

      Thanks Aubrey! Yeah, I’m not sure I like the direction of Aelin’s development either, but I’m still hanging out for the next book xD And yes, puppy Rowan. Actually, someone should draw that, it would be adorable!

  5. Maranda Hymes

    Chaol is getting obliterated this week. It breaks my heart because he was such a real character. He grew up in a magicless world, his job was to protect the king, she threatens both of those…His judgmental attitude makes sense and works. He’s a complex character who gets hate for being complex… 🙁 It’s okay Chaol I still love you. (But I think I’m the only one :P)
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    • Angelya

      I know, right?! I loved Chaol and was so sad for how broken he was in QoS 🙁 Everything he did was what he thought was the right thing, it just turned out to be all wrong. You’re not the only one, don’t worry!
      Thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase

    Hahahaha, can’t agree with you more about Four in the Divergent movies, so hot! But I do also like him in the books, he’s a tortured soul trying to find his place in the world, can’t hate on that.
    I love Jace! I love his vain, sarcastic and totally idiotic ways. And yes, he does occasionally say something romantic. Just like Four he is totally damaged from his childhood which makes it hard not to love him!
    I really need to read Snow Like Ashes.

    • Angelya

      There’s definitely a “thing” for damaged males in YA sci-fi! They do make the best drama though xD
      I hope you enjoy Snow Like Ashes when you get there!

  7. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I wasn’t much of a fan of Chaol or Rowan either to be completely honest. Glad I’m not the only one who feels that way. 😉 And I completely agree about Theron. I like him as a character, but I feel Meira would be better off with Mather. 😉 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3
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  8. JJ

    I had Tamlin, Snape and Chaol all on my list this week too. I totally agree on your thoughts about Rowan, I liked him when he was Aelin’s mentor and trainer and friend but I’m not so keen on him as a love interest for her.
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  9. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I agree with SO MANY of these. xD Omg. Patch was creepy and I think Four was pretty creepy too, tbh. And omg Snape?!? I HATE SNAPE. He psychologically abused young children (he was Neville’s worst fear?!? Like HELLO THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE TEACHING STAFF AT HOGWARTS HERE) and I’m mad that Dumbledore let him get away with all of that. *stamps foot*
    I also wish Rowan/Aelin’s plot hadn’t gone down like that…omg. I thought he was her cousin?!? I’m not sure if I misread that somewhere though. XD Since clearly that’s not a problem with their googly eyes at each other…grrr. #TeamChaol

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  10. Alex

    Yeees Snape might have been trying to ‘redeem’ himself but he did a shitty job and doesn’t reserve the recognition he got. He was an evil git as the Gryff’s so kindly put it. He is also the only one I know well enough on this list to comment on >.>.

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