This is a tag that was created by Izzi over at Ravenclaw Book Club to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I was thrilled to be tagged in this one, although it’s taken me a while to get around to it.
Problematic Fave; (Noun) A favourite person (usually a character) who has problematic views and opinions.
Some of these questions were easier for me to answer than others; some I had an answer for as soon as I read it whereas others were a little harder and I had to scan my bookshelves thinking back on the characters and relationships in each.
Once again I was tagged by Izzi at Ravenclaw Book Club. Thank you so much for the tag Izzi; everyone else should definitely check out her original post and while you’re there her blog as well.
A character everyone loves that you hate
Mare Barrow, Red Queen
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way but I just couldn’t connect with Mare’s character at all. It wasn’t so bad in Red Queen but the way she acted in Glass Crown is a hard thing for an author to portray while still making the character likeable and sympathetic. In Glass Sword Mare becomes closed off, she cuts herself off from her family and her friends and pushes everyone away.
A character everyone hates that you love
Cassius au Bellona, Red Rising
So I’ll admit some of his actions made me hate him a little, and I have only read the first two books so my opinion could completely change with Morning Star, but I honestly feel for Cassius. He loved his brother, and he loved Darrow as well, so trying to come to terms with what happened to Julian at Darrow’s hands is hard for him.
A character who started out problematic but grew to be a better person
Manon Blackbeak, Throne of Glass
When Manon was first introduced in Heir of Fire she was nothing more than a loyal soldier, following her grandmother’s orders no matter what they were. However over the course of the later books in the series, including Empire of Storms, she started to change for the better as she learnt more about her grandmothers plans and more about herself as well. Manon has become one of my favourite characters of this series and I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for her.
A character who started out good but became problematic
Mal Oretsev, The Grisha Trilogy
In the first book Mal was one of my favourite characters; he was kind, dedicated to Alina, and willing to risk everything to save her from the Darkling. However in the second book he seemed to become a completely different character; he was withdrawn and petulant, he put Alina in danger despite it being his job to keep her safe. He spent most of the time they were together ignoring and somewhat hating her Grisha ability despite it being such a huge part of who she was.
A problematic couple that you ship (doesn’t have to be canon)
Morpheus and Alyssa, Splintered
While, by the end of the Splintered series, I did ship Morpheus and Alyssa in the first and a little bit of the second book I thought their relationship was very problematic. Morpheus trapped both Alyssa and Jeb in Wonderland in different ways, he manipulated them and constantly lied to get what he wanted. It took a while for me to come around to Morpheus but eventually I did.
A couple everyone ships that you find problematic (doesn’t have to be canon)
Tamlin and Feyre, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Granted after reading A Court of Mist and Fury I don’t know if anyone does ship Tamlin and Feyre but in the first book I loved the relationship between them. However after reading the A Court of Mist and Fury and seeing the way Tamlin changed – how he came possessive and almost cruel towards Feyre – I can’t see the two of them together anymore.
A problematic trope that you love
Enemies to lovers
I wouldn’t say this is a problematic trope, though I guess it depends on the book and the way the characters and their relationship is written that defines whether this is a problematic trope of not, but overall the enemies to lovers trope is my all-time favourite.
book/TV show/ movie that is problematic but you love anyway
Don’t get me wrong I still love this show, and I am so excited for the next season, but the way some of the characters are treated – mainly the women – is not ideal. How many episodes on average does a female character last for before they’re killed off? I’m not sure but it’s not many and the way Charlie was killed was so horrific I’m still not over it.
TV show/ movie that you hate because it’s problematic
I wanted to enjoy this book because I love fairytale retellings and there are very few Rapunzel ones out there. However it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Even taking away the plots holes, and the issues with the setting and the world building, the character development of Luna almost felt like reverse development. She started off as a capable character, independent and fierce despite having been blind her whole life, but as she starts travelling with Fowler that strength slowly seems to disappear until she is weak and relies on Fowler to save her from anything and everything they come across.
Lastly, your problematic fave
Ronan Lynch, The Raven Cycle
He’s reckless, doesn’t listen, has no respect for authority or anyone other than Gansey, Blue, Adam and Noah, but Ronan is still my favourite of all the Raven Boys.
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