I find it funny that the first week I decided to participate in T5W, the topic is Characters I Want to Drown – not exactly a happy topic. But believe me, I have come across some characters that I truly despise, and I had a lot of fun writing this and reminiscing about reading the books that made me want to drown them. Some of my opinions go against popular belief, so don’t get mad at me – you might hate one of my favorite characters, too! Ok, here we go – the Top 5 Characters I Want to Drown are…..
5. Tris Prior: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Goodreads)
I feel like my feelings toward the Divergent Trilogy are shared throughout a large portion of the bookish community. I really enjoyed Divergent, but by the time Allegiant rolled around, I was pretty fed up with the storyline and the characters. I wouldn’t say I loved Tris in Divergent, but I didn’t hate her either. It was the story itself that kept me reading, not any kind of connection to the characters. But then along came Insurgent, and that’s when I started to lose any sympathetic feelings I had toward Tris and her mission. I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I will say that like most people I was really disappointed in how the conclusion to this trilogy was handled in Allegiant. However, I can’t say I was disappointed in the concluding plot line. It’s a real shame that I will probably never reread Divergent – a book I loved – because it is now tainted by how much Tris annoyed me in the later books.
4. Cassia Reyes: Matched by Ally Condie (Goodreads)
I found Cassia to be one of the most obnoxious female protagonists I have ever read. Granted, after reading Matched, I decided not to continue on with the trilogy, so I don’t know anything about her character development throughout the series. But, to be honest, I don’t really care. Every time she opened her mouth and said something gooey about love, I rolled my eyes and struggled to continue with the book. There’s a reason I’m not really into contemporary novels, and that reason is lovesick, “I-know-I-met-you-five-minutes-ago-but-this-must-be-true-love” characters that act just like Cassia. And this was not even supposed to be a contemporary read! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to DNF this one. I only finished it because I didn’t want the time I had already invested in it to be a waste. I didn’t really enjoy this book as a whole, but the character of Cassia was the biggest turn-off for me.
Also – this is completely unrelated to the integrity of the novel – I listened to this as an audiobook and the way the narrator pronounced Cassia’s name always made me think she was talking about Ke$ha. I finally had to pause the book and look at the Goodreads page to learn what her name actually was. It was really distracting. Although, maybe it could have made for a good story…..Ke$ha trying to survive in a dystopian society……
3. Dolores Umbridge: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (Goodreads)
For all the love I have for Harry Potter, EVERY TIME I reread the series, I get a little knot in my stomach as I approach The Order of the Phoenix. Anyone who knows anything about the Boy Who Lived knows that good old Professor Umbridge is bred of an evil that rivals that of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. If you’ve read the books, seen the movies, or just had a crazy Potter-obsessed friend like me describe the story to you, you know exactly what I am talking about. The way she treats Harry and all of the Hogwarts students absolutely makes my skin crawl. In this beloved series, Voldemort is one of those characters that I love to hate, but Umbridge is a character that I just plain old HATE.
2. Tessa Gray: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, & Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads)
Ok, ok, before you get angry with me – I really like The Infernal Devices Trilogy and I really enjoy Cassandra Clare’s writing. However, I really, really, really don’t like Tessa Gray. This mostly stems from the fact that I am one of the few people in this world that really dislikes the love triangle in this series. I KNOW – what is wrong with me??? Look, I understand the point that Clare was trying to make with the bond between the three characters, but Tessa’s role just bothers me. I feel like the boys were completely and totally devoted to one another and to Tessa. But there were multiple scenes where she was getting into some compromising positions with one boy and thinking about what she was doing just the day before with the other boy. Sorry, but to me that’s just not ok.
1. Colin Singleton: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Goodreads)
Colin Singleton is so annoyingly conceited and full of himself that I seriously struggled to finish this book. I read An Abundance of Katherines a year ago and I actually still get angry when I think about Colin. I remember when I was reading this, I just wanted to finish it so I could check off another book as read. But every time I picked it up, I would already be annoyed just knowing that I was going to have to read about Colin. He is a complete jerk and I can’t think of any time in recent memory that I have hated a character as much as the great Colin Singleton. I actually haven’t been able to pick up a John Green book since I read An Abundance of Katherines because I was so turned off just by that one character. Maybe one day I will be able to pick up Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns, but for the time being, I am afraid of encountering more cringe-worthy characters.
What are some of your most cringe-worthy characters? Who would you like to drown?
When you come across a character you just wish you could drown…..
…..blame it on the books.