Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get
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This week’s topic: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike
Eric Northman (Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris) – Admittedly, I only made it through one Sookie Stackhouse book before I decided it wasn’t the series for me, which is sad because as a Southerner I get excited when I see media set in the South, especially genre fiction. I did watch the television show religiously, though, and I just never did get it. It could turn a conversation with fandom awkward when you admit to being that one person who doesn’t like Eric “Da Gawd” Northman. He was only ever just okay at the best of times in my eyes. This entry could actually be a threefer because I didn’t like Bill or Sookie much either.
Batman (DC Comics)- I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t say that, at one point in my life, I was a huge Batman girl. Even though I wasn’t into DC, I thought I liked Batman. I’d also like to point out that I was maybe 10-years-old at the time. So, some years back, I got on this big kick where I read a bunch of Batman books to really get to know the character, and I decided that I didn’t really like Batman as much as I thought I did. He has his moments, but after reading some arcs with Batman and Huntress, I pretty much was done with the whole Bat family.
Eren (Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama) – Few manga boys grate my nerves like Eren. I’m a big Attack on Titan fan, but I watch/read it for everyone except Eren. ANYONE except Eren. #ExceptEren. Even his face is stupid. I have spent 90% of my time reading this manga and watching this anime thinking, “Calm the fuck down, Eren.” Just ridiculous.
Anita Blake (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton) – You wouldn’t believe how over Anita Blake I am. I lasted maybe 10 books, and probably more than half of those books were hate-reads because I was sick to death of Anita by that time. I started out liking her very much. As I continued the series, I found my tolerance level with all the characters, but most especially Anita, hitting an unprecedented level of “This is bullshit!” until finally, I had to stop reading these books.
Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) – *sigh*
I think this reasoning could go on all day, so I’ll sum it all up with one gif.
Jon Snow (A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin) – I can hear the reactions now. “What?! How can anyone not like Jon Snow?” Well, I can come up with several reasons, least of all that the last hope of Westeros rests upon the shoulders of some emo whiny teenager who likes to wear a lot of black and has a phenomenal talent for pissing off everyone who meets him for the first time? I call shenanigans. Actually, Jon has made great strides since becoming a Crow, but I still find his storyline boring.
Meg Corbyn (The Others series by Anne Bishop) – I actually dig this series a lot. More and more though, I’ve been wondering why Meg gets a pass from the Simon Wolfgard and the residents of Lakeside Courtyard, especially when they seem to be quite ornery towards all other humans. Yes, Meg is a blood prophet, but she’s also kind of passive character if you think about it. Doesn’t explain why all the Others defer to her or bend over backwards to treat her like a queen, given too that it goes completely against their nature.
Sigrud (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) – Let me be clear, I actually don’t have a problem with Sigrud, I think he’s a great character. Still, I’m mystified why he’s so many people’s favorite. I mean, it’s not like the fantasy genre has a shortage of LARGE MEN, those big, strong, hulking berserker types who are always calm — until they’re not. Sigrud is cool, just…nothing special.
Rowan Whitethorn (Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas) – The sad thing is, I started out liking Rowan a lot. His mentor-protégé relationship with Aelin’s was the one thing that stood out for me in Heir of Fire, but I should have known it wouldn’t last. As a teacher, Rowan actually had an interesting dynamic with our main character, but then it crumbled the moment he became just another love interest in Queen of Shadows. I know a lot of readers ship these two, but personally I can’t find it in myself to forgive that scene with Aelin parading in front of Rowan in a skimpy nightie.