Friday, February 26, 2016

Unpopular Opinions: Beloved Characters that I Hate

I have a problem. I seriously dislike book characters sometimes. And sometimes those characters are from some of my favorite books or some of the most beloved stories of all time. All though we all love to hate the villains or antagonists, I have chosen some main characters, love interests and even protagonists. BUT I would like to say that often times characters just don't make an impression on me at all, so it is a testament to all of the these authors' ability to create 3D, realistic, and wonderfully flawed characters. Characters that make us feel something, good or bad, means that the author has created a character that matters to literature and deserves appreciation. **SPOILERS AHEAD PROCEED WITH CAUTION!**

Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Mr. Rochester is supposed to be some kind of dreamboat on a similar level with Mr. Darcy from Pride & Prejudice. But to me, his romance with Jane is just plain creepy. First of all,**SPOILERS** he is married!!! And not only, that he probably drove his wife to insanity. If that isn't slimy enough, how about the fact that Jane is a teenager and he is old enough to be her father? Maybe because I read  Jane Eyre as an adult rather than a lovesick teen, but no, Mr. Rochester did not do it for me. I mean after all his lies, deceptions, abuses, and secrets why would Jane even want to be with him? Oh that's right, money. He has money. Give it 10 years Jane, you'll be living in the attic talking to a sock puppet, while he's out finding the next young housemaid.

Edward Cullen from Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
And I am not team Jacob either. Edward, while I see his appeal, he was just too moody for my taste. He was always just so.... so emo that it got weird. Yes, you're an immortal vampire that wants to eat your true love. But good lord man, get over it, you could be dead. I just wish Bella would have slapped him across the face and told him to snap out of it. And he needed a good punch in the eye for watching her while she slept. So creepy. I don't really know where brooding male teens came into vogue, but I blame Edward Cullen.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Professor Snape from Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

RIP Alan Rickman but Professor Snape was a piece of work. **SPOILER** Even though he does end up saving Harry in the end, he sure made Harry's time at Hogwarts a living hell. And why? Because Harry's father married his mother 20 years earlier. Really Snape? You torture a child for years because his mother didn't pick you? Wow. You may need some therapy or maybe at least a profile on because it's time to move on. Try to smile, you do have some redeeming qualities.

Prim Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I will say by Mockingjay, I began to appreciate Prim much more as she learned about medicine. She was just so weak in the first two books that I couldn't tolerate her. I understand that Katniss took care of her and she was only 12, but wait a minute, there are ample examples of characters that are willing and able to fight at age 12; take Harry Potter and Hermione Granger for example. Prim just always ran and hid and let Katniss deal with everything. At 12, I believed I was basically a small adult, I would never have let my sister take my place in the games. Even if I couldn't have stopped her, I wouldn't have just stood there and let it happen. Grow a pair Prim.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

So, the cocky bad-boy thing just doesn't do it for me anymore. Maybe when I was younger I would have been into Jace, but holy-moly does he need knocked down a peg or seven. Personally, I think Simon would have been a much better choice for Clary in the first book. But some how we are supposed to fall in love with Jace because he is a knight-in-shining-armor wrapped in a tattoo coated jerk shell rather than the best friend that is kind and loving. Sorry Jace, I'm over it. Plus the whole is he or isn't her her brother thing... gross.

Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Oh man, Jo March is probably the moodiest character ever written.**SPOILERS* One minute she loves you (aka Laurie) then the next minute she's giving you the finger. Then she has the audacity to be pissy when Laurie finds someone else after she blatantly smashed his heart into a million pieces and then stomped on the pieces into the mud with the heal of her boot. (Can you tell this was my first experience reading about break ups?) But dang it Jo. There were so many better choices and Laurie would have waited for you. Maybe you should take some deep breaths before making any other life altering decisions.

Tris Prior from the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris is just too freaking perfect. She embodies all things good; strength, humility, determination, selflessness, generosity... etc. I mean her big "flaw" is that she shot a friend who was going to kill her first. How are we supposed to relate to someone who is better at EVERYTHING than we are and knows it? If Divergent were a high school, Tris would win Prom Queen every year while ridding white unicorns that poop rainbows. Give me a character that cries when she gets shot or at least has spinach in her teeth. I mean, come on.

Alaska Young from Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green
I think Alaska is the worst ManicPixieDreamGirl ever. I mean like ever. You know, when I want a ManicPixieDreamGirl to aspire to, I want her to be the unobtainable. She needs to be hot, says the right things at the right time, gets the angsty male to do the unexpected, and of course, smokes cigarettes without getting bad breath and teeth stains. But Alaska falls short of this dream girl no matter how hard Pudge tries to put her there. She seems to actually have a history, demons, baggage much the way a real person would. So, whatever Alaska, I'll go get my dose of ManicPixieDreamGirl-ness from Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.

Romeo & Juliet from Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

I'm putting these two together because they are just both idiots. **SPOILERS** What middle-schoolers  do you know that get married after knowing each other only a few days? I mean what in the heck do you know about someone after three days? Sure they have a romantic meeting and encounter on the balcony. But dang, dude could be sewing human skin suits in his basement for all you know. And if you shouldn't marry someone after three days, you probably shouldn't fake your own death over him getting punished for killing your cousin. And if you are Romeo you should probably check for a pulse before drinking the poison. I'm just saying.

Tell me some characters you love to hate.