Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday again!

Top Ten Tuesday is a Tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their website to join the group and to see the list of topics!

This week’s topic is:

TEN CHARACTERS YOU JUST DIDN’T CLICK WITH

This list was extremely easy to fill, but I think a few of the people on here are going to insight the mob. So I’m apologizing in advance!

ON WITH THE SHOW!

10. MACKIE (THE REPLACEMENT – BRENNA YOVANOFF)

Mackie’s not really a surprise. He’s a moppy emo kid. It takes a lot of motivation from those around him to convince him to find out the secrets of the replacements and where his friend’s younger sibling has gone. Yet what this book lacks for in its main character it makes up completely in atmosphere.

9. CELIA & MARCO (THE NIGHT CIRCUS BY ERIN MORGENSTERN)

This is another one where I didn’t click with the two main leads but loved the atmosphere. Reading The Night Circus is like living a dream. The prose is beautiful, the world is fully formed. I may be a little biased about carnivals but whatever, I sucked it up. Celia and Marco though, I had a problem with. I never felt like they were truly in danger during their game. I knew that in some way love would triumph over all and because of that the two characters came off as puppets to me.

8. CLARIEL (CLARIEL BY GARTH NIX)

I really really wanted to love Clariel. With her I was finally going to get to return to the Old Kingdom, a world that I’ve loved since high school. Clariel and I didn’t really get along. There were certain things I admired about her. She was dedicated and driven. She was willing to do anything to get where she wants to be. She never fell into the romance trap, she was never interested in any form of relationship. That all being said, Clariel quickly began grating on my nerves. So I may not like her, but I do respect her.

7. QUENTIN CLEARWATER (THE MAGICIANS TRILOGY – LEV GROSSMAN)

There may have been times throughout The Magicians where I wanted to reach into the book and strangle Quentin. Quentin is a genius who has spent the majority of his high school years pining after his best friend’s girlfriend, complaining because his life is so hard and just generally being a person you don’t like AND THEN HE GETS TO GO TO MAGIC SCHOOL!

I haven’t finished the trilogy yet, and I do plan on doing it soon. Chelsey has reassured me that as the novels progress Quentin gets easier and easier to deal with. I hope she’s right.

6. PERCY JACKSON (THE OLYMPIANS SERIES – RICK RIORDON)

I think the reason Percy and I never clicked was because of the age gap. I grew up loving Greek myths as a kid. If Percy was around when I was in the 11-15 age bracket I think I would have liked him a lot more.  The Olympians books were really quick reads and I’ll probably continue the series, but at the end of the day. I missed the boat on these ones.

5. AVERY ROE (SALT AND STORM BY KENDALL KULPER)

Avery Roe is very similar to Clariel. The only difference is that where Clariel is surrounded by people who are trying to hold her back, Avery is surrounded by people who are trying to protect her. Where Clariel had redeeming qualities that made me not hate her, Avery really really pissed me off. The entire plot of her novel revolved on her not listening to anyone. If she had, well there wouldn’t have been a story would there have?

4. BOROMIR (THE LORD OF THE RINGS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN)

If Percy Jackson doesn’t get the mob chasing me, it’s going to be The Lord of the Rings fandom who chases me down. I don’t like Boromir. I’ve never liked Boromir. Don’t get me wrong I understand that he’s the everyman character who serves as a foil to Aragorn. Someone in the fellowship has to fall under the sway of the ring. If no one does then how are we to believe that it’s the weapon of evil that everyone has been claiming it to be. Doesn’t mean I have to like him. We just never clicked.

3. RICHARD (THE SWORD OF TRUTH BY TERRY GOODKIND)

Richard is the best. He is good. He is kind. He is clever. He’s the hero. Everyone loves Richard. Everyone except me that seems. Richard is just too perfect, he lacks flaws and you know that he’s always going to save the day. Richard was your archetypal chosen one hero, who had a flat character. I found him boring. I never finished the series. This will probably one of the only times I ever will say… check out the TV Show adaptation of the book series instead. The Legend of the Seeker is campy as hell but it’s a lot of fun.

2. AVA (THE GLASS ARROW BY KRISTIN SIMMONS)

I almost didn’t finish The Glass Arrow. Aya is from a world where women are kept as slaves for producing babies or keeping their masters happy. She originally grew up in the forest away from this society and when she’s dragged into the city she fights tooth and nail to try and escape and by fight I mean she’s awful to everyone. At one point Aya doesn’t understand why the other girls don’t like her, maybe it’s because she sees them as all below her and she’s cruel to them at every chance. Check out my full review of the book here.

1. JEFF (PROJECT CAIN BY JEFFERY GIRARD)

My hatred for this character is next level. Jeff is like the bouncer that keeps you locked out of the really cool part that’s happening next door. You can see a plot off in the distance, but because our main character is whiny and doesn’t want to get involved in his own story the reader is kept away too. Jeff as a character is only one of the many problematic things that haunt this novel. Check out our full review of it here.

o there you have it, the characters who I just didn’t click with. Some of the books I liked, some of the books the characters killed the book dead. I’ll have to make a list of book characters that I liked to counteract all the negativity of this one.

That’s something to look forward to.

Till then, HAPPY READING

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Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.

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