Top Ten Tuesday: “Unclickable” Characters

Some characters just aren’t meant to be your favorite fictional people. You know the characters I’m referring to- the ones that eh, you could do without. For some reason (or many reasons) you and them don’t see eye to eye. We’ve all experienced this, and it’s not a huge issue if they’re side characters. But it IS a problem when you crack open that new book you’ve been dying to read and… you and the main character just don’t click. 

This has happened to me a few times in the past, and it’s unbelievably frustrating. Books and even whole series that I otherwise would have loved have been sort of ruined by main characters that simply irked me in one way or another. In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday list, hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish, I’ll be sharing with you the Top Ten “Unclickable” Characters. In other words, these are the characters with whom I just didn’t “click”. If you want to check out my reviews of these books, feel free to click the bold titles- they’re links!

the summer i turned pretty cover1. Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

In this book Belly is around fifteen years old, but HOLY COW is she petty! Her personality really annoyed me because she seemed very immature for a girl her age. Having been a fifteen-year-old girl once, I think it’s safe to say that most of the time they try to act more mature, not like a twelve-year-old.

Ony Everything by Kieran Scott2. Eros from Only Everything by Kieran Scott

My feeling of dislike for this character may come from the writing style of the author, but I’m including her in this list nonetheless. Here’s the thing, people: TEENAGE GIRLS DON’T ALWAYS TALK IN “HIP” SLANG OR WITH SASS AND/OR SARCASM. If Eros was a real person, she would possibly be one of the most annoying people ever.

gone girl cover3. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I didn’t like Amy for obvious reasons *cough* psychopath *cough* but I wasn’t completely supportive of Nick, either. I don’t want to spoil anything huge, but he did some pretty bad things himself that I think a lot of people blindly overlook. It’s definitely a two-way street!

please ignore vera dietz4. Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

There wasn’t anything really specific about Vera that I disliked, it was just that she was sort of… bland. I understand that she was sad and grieving and all that, but as a consequence of her blue mood she was rather difficult to relate to and like. Poor Vera and I, we just didn’t click!

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway5. Jake Barnes from The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

If you read my review of this book, then you probably already know that I have a rather rocky relationship with Hemingway’s novels. This is the second one I’ve read, and I just can’t seem to connect with the characters. Maybe that’s the point, with them being of the Lost Generation and all. Still, it would be nice to feel as though I could empathize with Jake and root for him. Instead, I found myself wondering why he doesn’t just get over Brett and move on. So… yeah. I’ll certainly keep trying, but Hemingway and I don’t really mix.

miss peregrine's home for peculiar children cover6. Emma from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Although I really enjoyed this book, I could have gone without Emma (the love interest). For some reason I felt like she was trying to be an awesome Hermione-ish character, but it just fell flat. Also, I couldn’t help feeling like there was a mission to be done and she was distracting the main character from it with her emotions. I don’t know… maybe I’m missing something? Or being too harsh? I did like her more in the second one, so at least it’s moving in the right direction!

love letters to the dead cover7. Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel was okay and I enjoyed this book when I first read it, but looking back I feel as though she was a sort of girl version of Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She was quite depressing, but least in Stephen Chbosky’s novel there are awesome side characters that make it all worth it. When reading Laurel’s letters I simply felt… sad. I guess that was the point of the book, but some positivity would be nice!

me and earl and the dying girl cover8. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I didn’t really care for this book, and the primary reason was because of the main character, Greg. His sense of humor never really did anything for me, and I just thought he was sort of lazy and odd and awful for not wanting to spend time with a dying girl because it would be “awkward”. SHE’S DYING. GO HANG OUT WITH HER.

being henry david cover9. Hank from Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

The concept of this story is that Hank wakes up with no recollection of who he is- which is precisely why I felt barely any connection at all with this main character. And then he goes and decides to walk right into a random high school- yup, that’s a good idea! GO FIND THE POLICE.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins10. Katniss from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know, I know- it’s Katniss!! Everyone loves her, right? WRONG. I did enjoy this series (for the most part) but Katniss and I never really saw eye to eye. She’s BA and all that, but I completely disagreed with her taste in guys. Here was Gale, a nice guy from her District willing to help her hunt and stuff, but OH NO she had to go after Peeta, who she didn’t even really like at first. It just put a sour taste in my mouth. TEAM GALE FOREVER.

What do you think of the books on my list? What characters have you not “clicked” with in the past? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy September everyone!!



8 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: “Unclickable” Characters”

  1. Haha I see the Team Gale support…I don’t know. I think I’ll have to reread The Hunger Games to decide whether I was for Peeta or not. To be honest I didn’t get their romance until the very end when he asked her if it was “real or not real” that she loves him. But I really like Katniss! I think we wouldn’t be friends and that she would hands down intimidate me to no end but I really like how resolute and powerful her character is.
    Also have to agree on Nick and Amy – I DNF-d Gone Girl because of how overbearing both of them were. Gah.

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    1. True, I definitely agree that Katniss is an excellent strong female character, and I’m so glad that the movies also chose to portray her that way. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who felt that way about Gone Girl- seriously, Nick and Amy are crazy!

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  2. I had Nick and Amy on my list as well. I liked the book, but neither of those characters were likable at all.

    And I almost put Katniss onto my least. I’m actually not Team Gale or Peeta. I loved Peeta, but thought Katniss just used him, then settled with him but was never in love with him, which was disappointing. I would have preferred she choose Gale just for that.

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    1. That’s how I feel about Katniss and Peeta, too! “Settling” is a really good way to put it. I didn’t feel as though they would have fallen in love had there not been the pressure of the Hunger Games. Maybe they would have, but I think there was more of a romantic spark and history between Katniss and Gale than there was between her and Peeta.
      I have to reread the first Hunger Games book for my intro to lit class this semester, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this crazy love triangle!

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  3. I think I was Team Gale for the first book when they first came out (a long time ago so I also need to reread them because my opinions on life have changed a lot since then!) but I think that by the third book I kinda didn’t want her to end up with either of them? After finishing mockingjay I definitely left team gale and moved to team Peeta if any of them, but part of me always felt like she was limiting herself to this tiny little love triangle and that it might have been better for her to just not be with either of them.

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    1. Oh my goodness, I completely get that! I think it would have been better if she ended up alone because it would show she was independent. I mean, she still could have been friends with Peeta and there could have been the potential for a future relationship down the road, but the epilogue was just so emotionless and bizarre. I’m glad someone else feels this way too! 🙂

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