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This week’s topic is Most Unlikeable Characters. Let’s get started!
Four – Allegiant by Veronica Roth
He was interesting in the first book, but he gradually turned into this weak snivelling person. I understand he was traumatized but I felt like his character was sacrificed on the altar of Tris to a certain degree. He just degenerated too far.
Emma – Emma by Jane Austen
Part of my dislike of this character stems from the fact that this book was assigned reading in school and that’s a sure fire way to kill a person’s enthusiasm for a book. She as a person never appealed to me much. She’s far too selfish. However, I will say that the BBC adaptation that came out recently with Romola Garai really helped me change my mind about the character. I enjoyed that movie a lot. Redemption!
Charmaine – The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
I appreciate this book, and I’m not exactly sure if I’m supposed to sympathize with Charmaine or not. She’s far too self absorbed, stupid and a little heartless. I found her very un-likeable. I think that was intentional though.
Catherine – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Oh good lord, don’t get me started on this one. This and Romeo and Juliet are the most over-rated romances in the history of English Lit (IMO). She is a spoiled, petulant brat. Why on earth everyone is in love with her I do not understand. At the same time I do feel for her at times. I’m torn.
Daisy – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In the interest of full disclosure, I hate this book. With a passion. I hate the book. I hate the movie. I hate everything about it. I particularly dislike this character. Why is everyone so besotted with such a vapid, weak-willed, opportunistic woman? I understand what she represents to Gatsby. She is just … blech. Deadly.