Hi sweeties! Today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic is a Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, which means that everyone can pick one from the previous topics. My choice is, oh-so-surprisingly, a negative topic - Top Ten Most Dislikable Characters.
For this list I only picked protagonists that I disliked, supporting characters - be more or less important - will not appear on my list.
1. Bella Swan from the Twilight Saga
Even when I was an actual fan of the series, I was never a fan of Bella, I never clicked with her character. Her over the top clumsiness, constant whining and the fact that she always seemed to be waiting for others to tell her what to do, instead of, you know, making up her own mind and making decisions for herself made me incredibly mad. Also, she was so boring - no social life, no interests or hobbies (outside Edward, I mean)... what was she doing in her free time? Daydreaming about Edward?
On a side note, am I the only one who thinks Bella and Edward as main characters are pretty freaking ridiculous when all the other Cullens had way more interesting backstories than them?
2. Zoey Redbird from Night House
House of Night - as you can see from my shining 5 star ratings on Goodreads - used to be one of my favorite series when I was totally vampire-crazy. However, after a couple of books, Zoey really started to get on my nerves. There were tons and tons of HUGE things happening in the world, her being in the center of it all, yet her biggest problem always seemed to be who to hook up with next. *facepalm*
I also felt like whenever she got into a relationship, she still continued to lust over not one, but multiple other guys, sometimes leading them on. I don't care how negatively the authors portrayed most of the guys after their breakup with Zoey, that was NOT fair to them.
3. Beatrice 'Tris' Prior from the Divergent trilogy
I loved Tris in the first book tremendously - her journey of finding herself, of learning about bravery and selflessness and how the combination of the two can be the most powerful thing ever was truly empowering. However, I couldn't help feeling like as if she was somehow less in Insurgent... and Allegiant - in which I felt like she was perfect, as in she made no mistakes, and so, she didn't seem realistic anymore - made me even more uninterested in her and her story. No, she's definitely not one of the most dislikable characters ever, but I feel like she deserves a place on this list, because of the disappointment she turned out to be.
4. Malek from Exquisite Captive
Honestly, I don't feel like I have to explain this one. He was abusive, among other things he beat up Nalia, he forced her into her 'lamp' (which equaled to torture), and then he claimed he loved her. And people actually ship them and are in love with Malek. How? Why? I don't care about - the rather convenient - excuse we got for his behavior. It was bullshit.
5. Elise Dembowski from This Song Will Save Your Life
Having to DNF this novel came as a total surprise last year, after hearing basically nothing but wonderful things about it. I'm not going to go into details, because I do know and respect that TSWSYL touched many people, but I will say that I found Elise incredibly judgmental and sometimes self-centered.
6. Emma Thomas from Reason to Breathe *mild spoiler*
Strike #1 - It's common between victims of (domestic) abuse not to speak up because they're afraid and/or believe they deserve the way they're treated. What was Emma's reason for not reporting her crazy as fuck, sadistic aunt? SO HER LITTLE COUSINS ARE NOT TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR MENTALLY UNSTABLE MOTHER. I mean, sure, she hasn't yet hit them, but that doesn't change the fact that she's not sane, nor stable enough to bring up two children.
Also, I'm pretty sure the father would be able to get custody, so it's not like the children would have to spend a lot of time with social services.
Strike #2 - Having people who'd support her and take care of her, if she chose to go to the police, including Emma's best friend, Sara, Sara's PARENTS and Evan. But still not reporting it.
Strike #3 - Sara and Evan actually knowing about what was going on... but Emma not letting them do anything. WHAT KIND OF FRIEND IS SHE?? Imagine your best friend being physically and mentally abused on a day to day basis and not letting you report it. Wouldn't that kill a part of you??
Strike #4 - She can't date Evan, the nicest, kindest guy, because it'd have a bad influence on her studies + life, BUT soon, starts to date another guy.
Domestic abuse should be acknowledged more in books, even in YA, but I don't think this was the right way to do it.
7. A from Every Day
From being this perfect person, who was never selfish - I know, so realistic - A went to making decisions that had a bad influence on the 'host's' life. What was even worse was that he didn't even try to understand why Rhiannon might not feel comfortable being with someone who was in a different body every day - sometimes a girl's, sometimes a boy's. Equality and acceptance is incredibly important, but in Every Day I thought the author (and A) was preachy, trying to convince the reader of his own beliefs, instead of letting us make our own conclusions In the end, it wasn't even the constantly changing gender of A that made Rhiannon say no, but A being in a heavily over-weight kids body... The way A - after assuring the readers that there's no judging happening at the beginning - described that boy's body made me disgusted in the book and promise never to read anything else by the author. Apparently, being attracted to one gender is not okay, but fatshaming is only natural.
8. Jared Trent from Bully
Anyone who frequently reads my TTT posts likely knows of my hatred for Jared, as I've had included him on various negative lists. He's the worst type of bully, who went after the girl he liked (of course, there're shitty excuses for this) and made her life a living nightmare.
9. Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
I know he is considered a dream guy by many people, but I could not stand him. Sure, he was gorgeous, incredibly wealthy and even intelligent, but he was also controlling and - for lack of better wording - an asshole. There was this one particular time when he slept with a girl who was in love with him, and then left her, just to prove a point to said girl's brother. The only girl who treated as a human being should be treated was Mara... because she was 'special'.
10. Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments
I think he's the only character I've always hated in TMI. I felt like his only role for a long while was to create unnecessary drama and provide the much needed love triangle. Besides that he was incredibly boring and later turned out to be quite an asshole - leading on two girls, for example.
And finally, here are some honorable mentions:
Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Anna Whitt from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Hannah Nichols from Fall From India Place by Samantha Young
Ever from The Immortals by Alyson Noel
Ruth from Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
Grant from Chance by Abbi Glines
Isla from Isla and the Happily Ever After
What are some of the characters that you found unbelievably annoying/dislikable?
Don't forget to leave a link to your TTTs if you'd like me to check them out!