January 26: Top Ten Most Dislikeable Characters
Today we have a freebie, so I thought I’d discuss some thoroughly unpleasant literary characters, because those nasty, creepy, psychologically damaged individuals never get enough attention.
1. Professor Umbridge (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling)
There are a number of characters I dislike in the Harry Potter series, but Umbridge tops the list by a mile: she’s a damn sight worse than old Voldy – at least he had motives. She literally makes my skin crawl.
2. Joffrey Baratheon (A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin)
Joffrey is a spoilt tyrant, a young boy king who believes the world revolves around him. He doles out punishments that even his corrupt family believe to be inhumane. He’s just sick.
3. Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket)
I hate Count Olaf! He’s greedy, selfish, psychologically deranged and the creepiest literary male I’ve ever come across.
4. St. John Rivers (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë)
When we first met St. John I thought him to be a reasonable man, but he’s possessive and twisted and a thoroughly unlikeable person.
5. Christian Grey (Grey by E.L. James)
When I read the original trilogy I gave Christian the benefit of the doubt, but reading the story from his perspective was horrific. He really does have some deep rooted psychological issues.
6. Mr. Rochester (Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys)
When I read Jane Eyre, I forgave Edward for his misgivings, but he commits some truly atrocious acts in this novel, for entirely selfish reasons.
7. President Snow (The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)
Snow is a power hungry dictator, hell bent on enforcing his ideals, but he isn’t half clever about how he goes about it. In a sense I enjoy reading about his creepiness, but I certainly wouldn’t want to come up against him in reality.
8. Amy Dunne (Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn)
I love how twisted Amy is, but her methods are simply terrifying. She achieves her objectives in the most despicable ways, and the fact that she has the power she has is frightening.
9. Lola Nolan (Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins)
I know, I’m in the minority, but I hated Lola. She’s a spoilt selfish brat who refuses to appreciate her family and friends.
10. Peter Pettigrew (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling)
I tried to avoid naming two Potter characters, but Peter is such a little worm (the clue’s in his name) that I couldn’t neglect to mention the little rat.
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