September 1: Top Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With
We’ve all read books that infuriated us for one reason or another, but perhaps the most disappointing situation is when you don’t click with the characters personalities, as that can have a negative effect on your perception of a book. Unfortunately it’s happened all too often in my experience.
1. Hazel Grace Lancaster (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green)
Hazel felt underdeveloped and largely unemotional – completely the opposite to the storyline. I felt like she was trying to be a martyr in the face of oblivion, which seems thoroughly unrealistic.
2. Paige Mahoney (The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon)
I found Paige to be a thoroughly unremarkable character, with no discernable traits. I’m unsure how she is going to be the heroine of the series, although I’m not sure that I care.
3. Anastasia Steele (Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James)
My main issue with Ana is her naivety – even if one hasn’t been exposed to the world she finds herself in, it seems unfathomable to have no conception of it.
4. Lola Nolan (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)
Lola as a character is whiney and self-centred, and I didn’t care for her immature antics. She has her family and friends wrapped around her little finger, and is so moody.
5. Sansa Stark (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)
Sansa is one of the most boring characters in the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series (although I’ve only read the first two books – no spoilers please) and I find myself groaning when beginning her chapters.
6. Georgia Nicholson (Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison)
Georgia is undoubtedly one of the most annoying characters in literature. She is incredibly immature, and her friends aren’t much better, and I never connected to her “problems”.
7. Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding)
Bridget is the adult version of Georgia Nicholson – she is always moaning about not having a boyfriend, but not doing anything to better herself. I guess that mantra grates on me.
8. Sophie May (Billy and Me by Giovanna Fletcher)
Sophie was a bit of a pathetic and needy character, and I didn’t care about her story. She rarely did what made her happy, or what was best for her or those around her.
9. Sloane (Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson)
My main issue with Sloane is that she thinks she’s the centre of the universe, and doesn’t seem to have grasped that friendship works two ways.
10. Rudolf Rassendyll (The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope)
This was the most boring book I’ve ever read, and I didn’t connect to the plot or the main character at all. He had no personality and simply didn’t belong in the fictional world.
It’s interesting that 90% of my issues were with female characters. I can only assume that’s because, as a female, I can (from my perspective) spot flaws in their personalities more easily. Also only 50% of those I had an issue with were from YA – so clearly I can not click with characters regardless of the target audience of books.
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