Top Ten Tuesdays #80: Characters

Posted March 8, 2016 / Top 10 Tuesdays, Weekly Memes / 21 Comments

top 10 tues watercolorCharacters I Couldn’t Relate To & Others May Disagree

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Book links bring you to Goodreads or my review.

I’m kind of changing this topic a little bit because I really can’t think of many characters that fall under this umbrella of “everyone loves but I didn’t” or “I love but everyone else doesn’t.” I decided to take a less intense version of this and talk about the characters I couldn’t relate to, but others may have liked more than I did. I mostly enjoyed these books but the characters made me cringe or annoyed me or just didn’t resonate with me at all.

3Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell /// I know, I know. Put down your pitchforks. I really can appreciate and understand how SO many of you love and relate to Cath. I just didn’t. She really bugged me (maybe it was partly due to the audio narrator?) and I just couldn’t get by it.

Kate from Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally /// Nearly everyone I’ve talked to about this actually DOES agree with me about Kate, but I know there are most likely some people who related to her. Her fierce religiousness and sense of right and wrong just totally didn’t work for me. I’m not good with books centered around religion, and that showed here for sure.

Lily from Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan /// This is another one where I think people agree with me overall? But regardless, I thought Dash and Lily were both kind of annoying characters. Lily just seemed very immature for her age and it bugged me a lot.2Everyone from Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke /// This book confused the shit out of me. I wasn’t able to understand anyone’s motives or relate to Wink, Poppy, or Midnight. They were all baffling characters. However, I can see how some people may like this style? Just didn’t work for me at all, really.

Clem from Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill /// I adored the premise of this book, but Clem infuriated me in the second half of the book. She became a jealous monster who had no right to accuse Justin of ANYTHING. I’ve noticed other people having this issue with her too, but it really dampened my enjoyment of the whole story.

Karma from Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk /// I know she was hit by a love arrow for her stupid boyfriend and that’s why she was so annoying about him… but that didn’t stop me from wanting to punch her most of the time. I didn’t like most of the characters in this book and Karma was at the top of the list. Another cute premise with a main character that ruined things for me!1Taylor from Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta /// Here is where I black sheep it up again. Every person I know loved this book and I’m one of very few who didn’t like it at all. It was hard to read and once I figured out what was going on, I was unimpressed in general. I couldn’t relate to Taylor and still don’t remember anything about her as a character/person. Ugh.

Ally from Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler /// I love Dahlia Adler’s books VERY much, but Ally was not a favorite character for me. I loved reading the other POV in this book and seriously loved every character except Ally. She brought some drama to the story that I didn’t enjoy.

Everyone from I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson /// BAAAAA. Yeah, I didn’t like this book either. I’m sorry everyone. The two main characters were weird in a way that didn’t seem realistic to me. The writing style associated with Noah’s characterization doesn’t work for me in general.

21 responses to “Top Ten Tuesdays #80: Characters

  1. I’m SO with you on Lily!!! She made my list too. She annoyed me to NO END. So naive and just dumb at times. I was also NOT feeling Jellicoe Road. It’s a shame because I wanted to like it, but I just could not get invested at all. I do LOVE Noah and Cath though… 2 of my fav characters forever ever, but definitely not for everybody!!

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  2. I totally agree with you about Kate from Things I can’t forget. I am not good with books centered around religion either. Kate was so judgmental and black and white about everything. I also despised how she treated her friend about a choice that the friend made. Kate acted as if the friend had done something to her. So annoying.

    Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Characters
    • Exactly!!! It was not easy to read about her, although I appreciated her character growth overall. I like to read about people who are different than me, but it’s hard when the person fits in with negative stereotypes you DON’T want to read about.



    You know what I’ll just pretend I never saw this post.

  4. Is it sad that I haven’t read a single book on this list? *hides in shame* A lot of people are using the characters from I’ll Give You the Sun in this week’s meme so I don’t think you’re alone in this one. Great list… I’ll just have to read the books to see whether I agree/disagree!

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