29 January 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Frustrating Characters Ever

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I heart lists!

I thought this would be a difficult list to write - and then once I started I realised just how many characters have made me want to tear my hair out!

Kate from The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
Honestly, this is the first (and only) character I wished I could meet so I could slap her. Her never-ending self doubt, woe-is-me attitude just irritated me no end. She is the main reason I banished the series to my series graveyard.

Kate from Until I Die by Amy Plum
I liked Kate in the first book, but in the second the cliches just became far too much for me to stomach. Only the Parisian setting has saved this one from the graveyard fate.

Stella from Torn by Stephanie Guerra
I get the whole lack of confidence thing, I really do, but the whole ''poor me'' thing was just too much for a contemporary book where liking the characters is the most important thing.

Michael from Timepiece / Hourglass by Myra McEntire
I didn't like Michael from the beginning, and I never ever understood what Emerson saw in him. He just felt sleazy and insincere.

Mara from Sundered by Shannon Meyer
Lady, your husband is a ZOMBIE. I get that you love him with deep, eternal, undying love, but he's a fucking zombie! You cannot train him to not be a zombie!

Miranda from Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The world is ending. What's your biggest worry? Well, if you're Miranda, it's that your mother favours your brother over you. Go out and forage for something, stop bitching!

Mary from The Forest of Hands of Teeth by Carrie Ryan
I almost didn't include Mary on my list, because she was so boring as a character that I couldn't even bring myself to dislike her, let alone work up the energy to hate her. But I can enjoy hating a character, I can't enjoy not giving a toss.

Hephzibah & Rebecca from Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid
Cold, heartless, horrid little girl. Rather than sticking with her sister against their evil parents, she was also horrible to Rebecca. And Rebecca still loved her unconditionally! Argh!

Stephen from The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Another character that I had no reason to like, and no reason to really dislike either.

Who are your most frustrating characters?  Do you feel differently about any of mine?


  1. You hit the nail on the head with Kate from The Goddess Test series. I love the series and the strong supporting cast and they are my reason for sticking with it but...... I know she's going to be just as awful in Goddess Inheritance which is a shame.

    1. I can't even force myself to read Inheritance....

  2. OMG, I forgot about Kate from the Goddess Test. Oh my god, that girl should be on my list. Ugh. *punches her whiny face*

    Mary, yes! She's awful. Her 'daughter' is even worse.

    Also, your commentary made me laugh, especially on the woman with a zombie husband. :)

    1. I got just a little teeny bit ranty - annoying characters are a way to get me really steaming!

  3. I have to say Sookie Stackhouse tops my list with her incessant helplessness and preening. She also just needs to pick a man/beast/vamp already! I'm so tired of all the YA female leads who feel the need to rely on a man for happiness. I mean, seriously ladies?! Grow a back-bone and man up (per say)!

    I also have to add Thomas from The Maze Runner Series. He's so dense and whiny all the time. I can't tolerate that. Like, I get that you want answers but stop complaining and go actually DO something about it! Grr.

    You mean to tell me you CAN'T make zombies, well, zombies anymore? Because I think Shaun of Shaun of the Dead would beg to differ... ;)

    1. LOL I wish I could make Mara into a zombie and just be done with it!

      And I totally agree - any whiny, dependent character just makes me angry!

  4. I agree with Kate on the Goddess Test Series. I'm about to start Goddess Inheritance, and with that ending on GI, I just don't know how Kate will not be even more frustrating. Hopefully she will quit being helpless and make something happen.

    My TT

  5. I definitely get how Kate from the Revenants series can be frustrating, I just hope that she manages to pull herself together a little more for the final book in the series! I've seen quite a few people mention Kate from the Goddess Test series, I haven't read the books so I can't really comment, but from what I've seen, she definitely deserves the inclusion on your list!

    My TTT

    1. I was so disappointed in Kate from Revenants - I quite liked her at the beginning and then she just went downhill. Maybe she turns it around in the final book - I hope!

  6. Kate from the Revenants, I agree :) I wasn't blown away by the first book, but she was okay there. The second book was harder to end. Oh, I really loved Mary from The forest of hands and teeth! I was annoyed by Gabry, she was such a whiner :p


    1. I love how people can have completely different feelings about particular characters. Mary turned me off the whole series however, which is a shame!

  7. Kate from the Goddess Test series drives me nuts too. I haven't read the rest of them, but I've heard good things so I probably will.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Here's mine

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  8. Hmm..i haven't read any of these....LOL Maybe that is a good thing?

    1. LOL maybe - although I tend to be quite harsh on characters!

  9. I am afraid I don't know any of these characters. The ones I find annoying are probably also the most realistic. Useless whiney people, who complain, but have not intention of doing anything about the situation themselves.

    1. So true - although whiny is OK if it fits the story - such as the main character from Hater by David Moody - if he was all happy and bouncy the book wouldn't have worked.



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