Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Characters I Didn’t Like.
There aren’t really any characters that I love whom everyone else seems to hate, and likewise there aren’t any characters I hate whom everyone else seems to love so I decided to highlight some of the characters I didn’t like. Some are character we’re supposed to hate, some just made bad decisions, and some I just didn’t click with. But there are a few who I thought had terrible character development and that actually the story would have worked better without them.
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
I liked Mal in the first book, but hated him in the second. He willingly took a step back from Alina so she could lead the Grisha but as soon as she started pulling away from him he starts acting standoffish, petty, and he abandons her when she needs him the most.
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
I don’t really have anything against Jeb but there were times when I felt like he was holding Alyssa back, especially when it came to Wonderland and her obligations there. It felt like he was trying to tie her to him, to keep her human even though she’s part Netherling. While I really liked the way A.G. Howard resolved the love triangle in the Splintered series I was definitely Team Morpheus.
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatick
In terms of character development Nan was great but I didn’t like the way she treated the people around her. She completely dismisses Sam; scorning her for the things she has and the fact that life is always seemingly easy for her with her perfect grades and her perfect family and her perfect boyfriend. Nan puts herself first and doesn’t seem to care if her actions hurt the people close to her.
The Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier
I really enjoyed this series but Leslie could be replaced by a computer and it would make no difference to the story. She is supposed to be Gwen’s best friend but her main purpose throughout the trilogy is to research and report back what she found. There was no character development for Leslie and honestly no real friendship between her and Gwen.
The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
For most of the book the fact that Greta is supposedly the most powerful hostage at the Precepture school is shoved down our throats. However I saw nothing in Greta that made her so amazing. She has no depth, for half the book she acted like she was sleepwalking through life, and there was nothing about her character or her actions that seemed to inspire the loyalty the other hostages showed her.
Remembrance by Meg Cabot
I actually liked Paul in the original series. He wasn’t a nice character but I understood his motivations and when we left him in the sixth book it felt like he was moving in the right direction. Then Remembrance destroyed all of that and turned Paul Slater into a sexist and drug-addled creep who threatens Suze to get her to have sex with him.
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
I didn’t like Cassandra in the first book and in the second I disliked her even more. After losing Apollo she becomes colder, and is led around by her rage. Cassandra is desperate, angry, and possibly a little mad, and she doesn’t seem to care that there are still people out there who need and love her; all she cares about is her grief and her need for revenge.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
I’m not going to say too much because I’m not sure who has read Golden Son and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone if you haven’t. However if you have read Golden Son, and more specifically if you’ve read the end of Golden Son, then you know what I am talking about and why Roque made this list.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Being completely honest I didn’t really see what Blake actually added to the story. His main purpose seemed to be to show Nix around Honolulu and tell her some of the local myths and legends, he later added some tension to the relationship between Nix and Kash but honestly the story would have been just as good without him.
Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
I wasn’t a fan of Mare’s character in the first book, she seemed very one-dimensional, but in the second book I really didn’t like her. She seemed to push everyone she trusted away and she became cold and ruthless. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought the Mare in Red Queen was a completely different character to the Mare in Glass Sword.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what some of your most hated, or even most loved, characters are.