Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week.
This week’s pick was a fill in the blank, so Anne and I decided to write about our top characters who make us rage. Oh, let me count the ways…
1. Nils Bjurman from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby
Let me preface this by saying I’m not a fan of The Great Gatsby. I think Daisy Buchanan is a deplorable character who only thinks of her own well-being. Daisy rebuffs Jay when she learns of his nonexistent financial means, and then marries the next rich guy that comes along. Only once she discovers Gatsby is loaded does she become interested. Even after Gatsby proves there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her (aka take the blame for killing Myrtle) she still runs off with Tom. Sure, Gatsby might be a bit delusional as well, but I still feel sorry for the guy. Daisy Buchanan, you are just a common gold-digger.
3. Bella Swan from Twilight
Bella is such a weak character, blinded by her obsessive love with Edward. Some might say she’s selfless, but I don’t buy it. I think Edward and Bella have a textbook abusive relationship. They might think they love each other, but Bella is constantly getting hurt (both physically or emotionally), but like a dog returns to its vomit, in Bella’s eyes, Edward can do no wrong. Okay. Maybe my rage is more aimed at K-Stew’s horrible performance, but still, Bella you need to talk to a therapist. I know there are similar fated couples in YA, but for some reason they don’t bother me as much. Ugh!
4. King Henry VIII from The Other Boleyn Girl
I think we can all agree King Henry VIII wins the award for biggest douche bag. I mean, the guy condemns Anne to die simply because he has the hots for some other woman and she can’t produce an heir. He doesn’t stop there, oh no. Not only does he start an entirely new religion because the Pope won’t grant his annulment, but also murders two of his wives: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. You might even say Henry is wifesbane. They even made up a little nursery rhyme to keep all his nuptial bliss straight:
King Henry the Eighth,
to six wives he was wedded.
One died, one survived,
two divorced, two beheaded.
5. Amy Dunne from Gone Girl
I’m ashamed that I have so many women on this list, but there are a lot of crazy female literary characters. Amy Dunne, you girl are the craziest of them all. I won’t go into too much detail, because it’ll ruin the book if you haven’t read it. Just trust me, Amy is certifiable.
Since Ashley threw some serious heat on female characters, I am going to refrain from adding further fuel to the fire. I can think of plenty of female characters that made me mad, but I’d rather keep this fair and talk about male characters that deserve my scorn. And, my picks are apparently less cool because I don’t have any images to surface for them. Conjure these characters’ faces in your own mind!
6. Jacob from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Yes, this selfish, spoiled rich child pissed me off. I just read this book, and don’t think I will do a full review on it because I skimmed the second half. One of Jacob’s first actions we see is trying to get fired from his job at one of the grocery stores his family owns by being a dick and knocking over a display he made incorrectly on purpose, product spilling all over the floor. He admits he doesn’t want to work there and will do anything he can to get fired. And I am supposed to like you why? He also doesn’t have any friends, or he had one friend and then he makes a crass joke and that friendship is over. I was just so aggravated listening to him.
7. Mal from Shadow and Bone
I had a serious bone to pick (harhar) with this story’s blatant focus on beauty. And one of the things that really made me seethe was the MC’s supposed love interest Mal. Alina is just his friend until she is gone, and then he realizes she was important to him. And then he gets there, when she is much better looking, and throws this gem at her:
I’m sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.
Yes, conveniently you see her now that she is a hottie. Go eff off now Mal. I know that this opinion will not be popular, but meh. I do not ship them. (My review is here.)
8. Denny from Art of Racing in the Rain
I don’t take kindly to animal abusers. This produced a lot of rage in me, which you can see in glorious rant form here. I don’t want to talk more about this or I will go off.
9. Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey
I hope he appears on every rage list. The penultimate abusive partner, and I don’t mean the kinky sex. His abuse lies outside the bedroom, in a way that isn’t rationalized by BDSM. This guy is a tool. And, he selects his partners so that they look like his mother. That’s just… eww. Why women enjoyed him and raved about him, I’ll never know.
10. Simon Wolfgard from Written in Red
I hated this book. We did not get along and it is because of two things. 1) the MC is a Mary Sue, and 2) Simon Wolfgard is an awful character. Oh, its all about being the alpha, you might say. Alpha dog doesn’t mean you are the biggest asshole all the time. It means you are the leader. There was no need for all of his rudeness to the MC. (And another rage-filled review here.)
BONUS! This little screen cap just shows how much fun Ashley and I have co-blogging. I don’t know why, but I thought it would be cool to show the method to our madness, a lot of which revolves around Skype chat. So, that in mind, don’t judge our typos.
Do you agree with our picks? Which characters make you rage?