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Another Tuesday, another topic. This week we’re discussing well-loved characters that we hate and, in opposition, the hated characters we not-so-secretly stan for. Going into this was a bit hard because I really only started reading what everyone else is reading within the past couple of months. I had to dig deep for some names anyone I know and love would actually recognize, and I came up with this clusterfuck of a list. There aren’t actually ten names here. Sue me. Maybe this time next year, I’ll have more to offer. Until then… Here’s what I got
Beloved Characters I Actually Hate (Fight Me)
Let’s get this show on the road with a dynamic duo, shall we? I cannot stand Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark (pre-leg loss). I understood the world they were living in, but Katniss was just so goddamn annoying to me. She made this selfless act for her sister which was fine… but I literally spent the rest of the book thinking, “What makes you so special? Please stop.” I just… I just didn’t like her and spent the entire time I listened to The Hunger Games trilogy complaining about how I wish there was less Katniss and more of literally anybody else. As for Peeta, I hated him for most of the books… even though I knew what he was doing. Even though I knew deep down in my heart of hearts that Peeta was a character I should like (and I wanted to like him), I hated him. Still kind of do. Still roll my eyes whenever he’s brought up. Still don’t think they should have ended up together. Still bitter af.
I have never hated someone the way I hate Claire Fraser from Outlander. Girl, did you forget you had a husband in another world? Stop falling into bed with that Nice Young Man. She also tries way too hard to be a badass. Come on, Claire. You’ve got to let it come naturally. You just don’t force things like that.
Okay, I’m gonna give you another couple. Ahem… Blue What’sHerFace (it’s Sargent, I know that) and Richard Gansey III from The Raven Cycle. Seriously, if I didn’t see these characters for the rest of the series, I would be way too satisfied. They’re just not interesting to me. I’m bored with their whole story and their eventual love. I just… I don’t like them. Which is probably why it’s getting increasingly difficult for me to slog through Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Too much Blue, not enough Ronan.
Also, when is Gansey going to die?!
Bringing up the rear is Clary Fray. She was so dull to me and kind of hit one note and never progressed past that point. Like I’ve said before, I was way more interested in the background characters than her. And the story was kind of about her and Jace. Whoops. Granted, I’ve only read the first book of The Mortal Instruments, but I don’t see my feelings for her changing throughout the series. End of story.
Hated Characters I Actually Love (Come at Me, Bro)
I’m going to start out with public enemy numero uno– Joffrey Lannister. Yeah, you read that right. I love this boy. Not in the “He’s my favorite character in the history of characters” way, though. More in the “Wow. He’s the villain I deserve– the one I’ve been waiting on my entire life.” I love that, so far (I’m only in the second book right now, mind you), George isn’t giving this little shit any redeeming qualities… You know, other than the fact that he’s a kid. And I am living for it. He’s my fave. So bad without trying to be even a little good. Now, if later we have a feelgood moment with him, I can guarantee I won’t like him anymore.
My second choice is Frankenstein’s “Creature” who I will be referring to as “Adam” in this explanation. Anyway, I spent the second half of my senior year and most of my college career defending Adam and his humanity. I feel like I’ve grown close to him. While everyone else is all, “No, that’s a monster. Don’t do that.” I’m sympathizing with him and cradling him like he’s my child. I’ve had plenty of heated arguments regarding this. Come at me.
I kind of want to add Holden Caulfield to this list, but that’s probably Young Morgan speaking. I haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye since I was a tormented youth, sooooo… Adult Morgan would probably hate him. But, well, nostalgia.