It's Top Ten Tuesday here at The Broke and the Bookish, a weekly event created by our mod Jamie! This week's theme: Top Ten Most Dislikable Characters (as you can see from the post title). I chose this because I have always really hated some characters and thought this list might be easy, but I started running out of ideas! I picked some from the same book, but in my defense they're equally detestable.
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1. Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: This character is, without a doubt, the one I hate the very most in all of literature. He's number one on my list. He is whiny, takes no responsibility for any of his actions, never acknowledges that he is to blame, and is incredibly stupid. A lot of innocent people died solely because of him. Someone just needed to punch him in the face and tell him to get over himself.
2. Pip from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Here’s another whiner who takes what he is given without any gratitude. Part of the reason I hated this book was because I couldn’t stand any of the characters.
3. Robinson Crusoe from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: I can’t remember specifics here, just that I thought he was a real jerk. I felt bad for Friday. (Really, Crusoe? You’re going to take it upon yourself to name him, and after the day of the week that you found him? Really?)
4. Estella from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Yes, here’s another one from Great Expectations (I really hated that book). She was just… awful. No redeeming qualities. Always, quite simply, a bitch.
5. Odysseus from The Odyssey by Homer: Let’s see, he has no scruples about cheating on his wife, or leading his men into danger; his ego is absolutely enormous; he has an incredible sense of entitlement; and his pride is the reason Poseidon gets so furious at him (I’m sure Polyphemous really appreciated him telling him his name and place of residence—made his father’s job a whole lot easier).
6. Bob Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: For those of you who’ve already read this one, you know why. He beats his children, hates everyone and sees to his own needs and no one else’s. He is the reason the second, more unfortunate half of the book has to happen at all.
7. Bella from the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer: I know, I know. Kind of a cop out. But I really just can’t stand her in the books. ESPECIALLY in the second book. Plus, she’s a terrible role model for all the girls reading her story.
8. Achilles from The Iliad by Homer: I know I’m sort of double dipping here, but Achilles was a real jerk too. He is supposed to be this super strong and awesome warrior, but he is really just another whiner, going to his mommy to make things better for him because he lost his girlfriend to his superior. He then decides he’s not going to fight because he’s angry and pretty much gives his own countrymen a death sentence. Without him, he knows they can’t win. Come on now. Grow up. Then, when he finds out his best friend is killed, he goes off on Hector and completely destroys him, not stopping there but going on to desecrate his corpse, showing incredible disrespect. Shame on you, Achilles.
9. Paris from The Iliad by Homer: Yeah, okay, Paris was put in a really difficult situation. He had to choose between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite in a beauty contest. It was a lose-lose situation; someone was going to be less than thrilled with the results, and he’d have had to deal with their wrath. But Aphrodite? Really? You picked the least powerful of the three of them because she was going to give you the most beautiful woman? That was dumb. It was also dumb because hey, now Hera, queen of Olympus, and Athena, a warrior goddess, are super mad and want to get revenge. Not to mention the whole starting the Trojan War thing.
10.Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: Sorry to offend. I know a lot of people really like Holden because they see themselves in him. I do not. I still don’t like him, and I didn’t particularly enjoy having to reread this book in school. He is another whiner. That might sound harsh, but I was just annoyed by him.
Honorable mention: Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I haven’t read this book so I can’t put him on the list with good conscience, but from everything everyone has said about him, I think it’s probably safe to say that I wouldn’t like him very much.
What are the top ten characters you can't stand?
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