The topic of this Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With.
1. Jamie Fraser- Outlander
Oh Jamie Fraser, I expected more from you.
I wanted to like him. Look, I am shallow. I fully embrace my shallowness. So yes, hot Scot? Bring it.
But the book version of Jamie was really kind of disturbing to me. Who is this wife-beater and what happened to the charming, romantic hero?
2. Corin and Tam- Moth & Spark
I wanted to like this book, but I couldn’t even make it halfway through. These characters were as boring as a blank page, and I’m pretty sure the hadn’t even met by the time I stopped reading but would still have had zero chemistry.
3. Calliope Reaper-Jones- Death’s Daughter
This is less a character I “didn’t click with” and more a character who would “incite me to homicide,” but nonetheless. This incarnation of, well…Death’s daughter, was one of the most actively vile narrative voices I have had the displeasure of reading.
4. Adelice- Crewel
A character who is so perfectly, naturally talented that she has to “pretend” to be a clumsy loser to save her family in a totally contrived dystopian world. And of course two boys are in love with her. And of course she’s the only person who can stop…well, whatever the conspiracy was. Yet I couldn’t tell you a single one of her “memorable” traits.
5. Yelena- Poison Study
Another perfectly amazing and talented YA heroine who is blander than paste and doesn’t ever seem to do anything to live up to her reputation.
6. Alina Starkov- Shadow and Bone
Oh, and Alina makes three. Some YA heroines are just really boring to me, I guess.
7. Harry Dresden- Storm Front/Fool Moon
I gave Harry Dresden two tries, but he just didn’t appeal to me. I gave the books decent reviews at the time, but I didn’t keep up with them and it’s probably because I didn’t feel much of anything for the main character.
8. Nina Borg- The Boy in the Suitcase
Looking for a new crime/thriller series, I came across Lene Kaaberbol’s Nina Borg. There was nothing bad about this book, really, but I just never connected with the character and didn’t stick with her.
9. Gale Hawthorne- The Hunger Games
Perhaps I am rewriting my reading history with my experience of the movies. Liam Hemsworth’s Gale is just so…boring. But really, what purpose does Gale serve in these books outside of the love triangle? I’m sure I’d be Team Peeta with or without him.
10. Dana- Kindred
Everyone loves Kindred, but I was disappointed by it. So much so that I’ve never read anything else by Butler. I thought the writing was weak and I did not like or empathize with the main character at all.
Boy, this is kind of a downer of a post, huh?