Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Glad this is a freebie because I was sad I missed this awesome topic just a couple weeks ago.
Characters can really make or break a story for me--though there are a few rare occasions where I like a book because I don't like a character.
1. Lee Fiora from Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Lee's passive-aggressive personality turns me off so much--but I couldn't stop watching her sabotage herself.
2. Blue from Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
Blue was a big reason I didn't like the book as much as I wanted to. I just didn't connect with her. Her emotions were not convincing to me and it made the whole book droop.
3. Esther from The Fallback Plan by Leigh Stein
Esther's passive, insipid attitude is the reason I did not like this book at all.
4. Antigone from Antigone by Sophocles
Ok, I get where Antigone is coming from, but the fact that she was willing to sacrifice her sister's life (not just her own) to bury her brother was not ok.
5. Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer
I do not understand why anyone likes Odysseus. He is a liar, cheater, and murderer. He sleeps with other women without a second thought, but kills women who do the same. Horrible hypocrite, to say nothing of how callously he treated his men's lives.
6. Aeneas from the Aeneid by Virgil
And while we're on the classics, I'm sorry, but I just can't forgive him for leaving Dido.
7. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I've written about this before, at length, but Darcy just doesn't reform enough for me and I don't get what's so attractive about him. I JUST DON'T GET IT.
8. Arya from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
I know I'm in the minority, but I don't particularly like Arya. I can respect her in some ways, but I don't like her bloodthirstiness or how creepy she keeps getting.
9. Pamela from Pamela by Samuel Richardson
I've also written about this before, but the fact that Pamela happily agrees to marry a man who tried really hard to rape her says it all about the depth of my lack of relation to her.
10. Also, I'd write Macbeth, but I'm pretty sure nobody clicks with Macbeth (right?).