This is a tough one. I don’t have people I talk about books with IRL, so it’s hard to know which characters are usually hated by others. But here are a few I could think of…
Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I know you are thinking, what the heck! Everyone loves this guy. However, the recent release of Go Set A Watchman has tarnished his perfect image. I don’t want to start a huge rant about how I feel about the circumstances under which this book was released, except to say that it was quite obviously an early draft of what would eventually become a masterpiece. Atticus is who he became in To Kill a Mockingbird, not the racist portrayal in Watchman. He is a wonderful unimpeachable testament to personal integrity and kindness, and I will defend him to the bitter end. Phew! End rant! lol
Cosette – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Poor, poor Cosette. Beloved by her mother, but forced to live with the vile Thenardier family. Suffering and living in squalor, treated like a slave. She finally found a home with her adopted father Valjean. She finally found love with Marius. Yet, millions of people can’t be happy that she lived happily ever after. They insist that Marius should be with Eponine. As though Cosette didn’t quite suffer enough now someone should steal her boyfriend? Oh man, can’t a girl get a break. Oh well, she’s always got her daddy. Oh, yeah, about that…
Steris – Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Another girl who had the temerity to be engaged to a man that audiences thought should be with someone else. Myself included. Yes at first I was a Steris hater. I thought she was just way too stiff. Completely unable to relax, without feeling or passion. We found out differently didn’t we. By the time we got to the 6th book of the Mistborn series, we could start to understand Steris’ motivations a little better. Why she comes off as so cold. Her real motivations. She is a total sweetheart and I couldn’t be happier for her. I love Steris.
Mister – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
This one is a hard sell even for me. He is a terrible man. Misogynistic, cruel, capricious, just an all around awful person. However, and this is a testament to the wonderful Alice Walker, by the end of the novel you come to an understanding of how this man became such a monster. The things we do for love. In the search for love. In time, he’s even able to turn around and change himself fundamentally. The book is a testament to human kindness.
Jaimie Lannister – A Song of Ice and Fire by G.R.R. Martin.
Speaking of the things we do for love. This guy has done a lot for all the wrong kinds of love. Please note: I’m talking about the book version of Jamie, who has a character arc that is very different from the show version. He is another awful man. Murderous and incestual, but not cruel. Oddly enough, he has a code of his own, he is to a certain degree a man of honor. Unfortunately, his family political aspirations have led him far astray. He’s changing a lot though. We will see how this progresses in future books. I have hopes for Ser Jamie. Plus he sure is pretty!
Well that was kind of fun! Hope you liked it!