The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Characters Everyone Else Loves that I Just Don’t Get. I feel I should preface this post by saying that, while there are some characters here I really don’t like, for the most part, I just feel that I don’t love them as much as everyone else does. They are characters I struggled to identify with for some reason, even though I’ve heard others talk about how much they love them. So here they are:
- Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. I was not impressed by the Throne of Glass heroine. She’s supposed to be this epic badass assassin, but she spends most of the first book whining and complaining. Plus, the few times she actually acts like a capable assassin didn’t blow me away; so much of the book was spent bragging about what she could do, that when she (sort of) actually did it, my reaction was “meh.”
- Cadence from We Were Liars. The entire time I was listening to this audiobook, I just kept thinking “poor little rich girl.” I’m sorry she was forced to spend the summer on a private island with all her friends and feels conflicted over wanting to date her family’s charity case. Really. I am. I will give her credit for managing to simultaneously be both boring and annoying, though. Because that’s not easy.
- June from the Legend trilogy. Again with the “I’m going to tell you I’m incredibly smart and capable, smarter than everyone else around me, in fact, and then I’m going to act like the immature teenager I really am.” I can’t stand being told a character is a genius, and then watching them act like idiots. Stop it. It doesn’t work. Why is this even a thing?
- Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s possible I may have just read this book too late in life (I was 24). Unlike the first three characters on this list, I didn’t dislike Charlie. I just couldn’t identify with him at all, which made it harder to like the book.
- Tris from Divergent. See 1 and 3. Because those are pretty much exactly the reasons I never really loved Tris. Though she is definitely less annoying than June, because – gasp! – she actually acknowledges (some of) her faults.
- Jace from The Mortal Instruments. He’s kind of the male version of Celaena/June/Tris. There are a few other characters from this series I could have put down, but Jace’s arrogance gets on my nerves.
- Cedric Diggory from Harry Potter. Do people just like him because of Robert Pattinson? Because I never understood the hype. Sure, he helped Harry with the second task, but he was kind of bland. Plus, he dated Cho Chang, and she is by far my least favorite character in the entire series.
- Thomas from The Maze Runner. I didn’t dislike Thomas, but he wasn’t very exciting, in my opinion. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I still liked the other characters a hell of a lot more.
- Coraline from Coraline. I love Neil Gaiman. But this is my least favorite of his books. I know it’s a children’s story, but I just couldn’t like her enough to be upset at any of the bad things happening to her.
- Mal from The Grisha Trilogy. I’ve only read the first book, so I may like him more later, but, so far, he’s more of a plot device than an actual character. I don’t know, I just wasn’t feeling him.
So, I think I’ve detected a theme here: most of these are characters from young adult books. Which may be partly because I think I’m starting to get too old to fully identify with the characters in these books (I’m turning 27 this year). I’ve always been a bit of a grandma (I’ve spent far more nights home knitting than out partying), and I might be a little more impatient with teenage drama. Because this is definitely my overall reaction to this list:
If you’re interested, you can check out The Broke and the Bookish for links to everyone else’s TTT, or themes for future TTTs. And let me know in the comments if there are any characters everyone else seems to love, but you just don’t get.