Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that other bloggers are welcome to join in, to create Top Ten lists on varying topics. This week it was a choice of Top Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike. We opted for both!


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I don’t know if any of my views on these are the opposite to everyone else, I think mainly they have all have a camp in each extreme, but here’s my stand.

1 Ron from Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling

The heck can anyone dislike this guy? I’ve seen him receive so much internet hate and I’m shocked. I think he get’s overlooked because he’s the sixth son, between twins and a girl. He’s not special like they are, so people would turn from the trouble of the twins to the cute of Ginny and he’d be overlooked, quietly in the middle. I also think that being friends with Harry helped him become his own person, though it seems he still gets overlooked by everyone!

2 Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

by Laini Taylor

No, I’m sorry. I didn’t get much into book 2 before I’d had enough of her. So things were pretty bad, but she certainly made them far far worse. His actions matched what he thought had happened, but instead of thinking about it, she just went to help out the other guy – and I don’t know what else happened, but she probably made it all worse. What’s sad is that Ms4Tune loves this series too so it makes me feel worse for not liking her!

3 Gale from The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

I think he’s like Marmite, but I hadn’t read the books when I saw the films and I went with someone who had. She loved Gale but I’ve always disliked him, he seemed a little too clingy and then his actions at the end were horrific. I don’t want to believe that if the games had never happened then Katniss’d have been with him – she was quite clear about the no children thing to start, but he seemed to not care. I’d hope he’d at least get over himself at any rate.

4 Lord Nightshade from The Chronicles of Elantra

by Michelle Sagara

I’m running on outdated memories here and I’m pretty sure I only got up to book 4 or so, but I was borrowing these from someone and she was very much team friend (whatever his name is) where I was starting to think I was team Lord Nightshade. It just seemed with him, he was giving her space to be herself, where as the friend was after her to fit in the nice neat box he’d placed her in. I got the feeling though, that many people weren’t on his side. I could have used the friend as well, as an example of someone I didn’t like – except I can’t remember his name! time for a re-read.

5 Rose from Vampire Academy 

by Richelle Mead

I don’t know if there actually is Rose hate – there is within the books though and I’m sure I’ve seen her condemned in a review or two, and it’s primarily for her treatment of Adrian. Of course NOTHING is said of his treatment of her, which annoys me most. He decided he wanted her, though he knew she was deeply in love with Dimitri – he sees auras, he knew. She had a difficult task, BUT he agreed to help ONLY if she promised to be his girlfriend when she gets back, she agrees and with no ‘rest time’, keeps her word. And keeps trying to keep her word, despite everything else going on. (Really trying to NOT give the plot away here.)
So really, Rose hate should be Adrian hate. Why didn’t I choose him as someone I don’t like? Well, I’ve tried not to, as he seems to be semi sorted in the second series – he’s yet to apologise for the promise he made her make yet though…


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6 Kelsea – Queen of the Tearling

by Erika Johansen

I remember finishing this book and thinking, Wow that was amazing. I loved that Kelsea was a very average person who just happened to be the future Queen. She was always doubting herself, especially her ability to lead. And she found it very hard to make friends. So when I read other peoples reviews of this, I was surprised to see that not many other people found her as appealing. There were quite a few comments about her being boring, which I didn’t agree with at all! I do hope the rumours about this being made into a film are true and that they have got Emma Watson to play Kelsea.

7 Mare – Red Queen

by Victoria Aveyard

Unlike Kelsea in the Queen of the Tearling, I hated Mare! To me, she seemed so stupid and got herself into so much unnecessary trouble! I didn’t understand the hype behind this book or the characters. This is definitely one of those that people either loved your hated. I will be reading book 2 though as there were moments that I did enjoy, especially towards the end so I’m willing to give it another chance.

8 Juliette and Warner – Shatter Me

by Tahereh Mafi

I was so excited to read this book for two reasons, the cover (obviously) and the fact that it had such a huge fan base following! I especially liked that the love triangle came across so complex that it had created a split between those who loved Warner and those and those that loved Adam. But I didn’t like either of them, well that’s not true I was indifferent to Adam, I didn’t like Warner. It’s been a long time since I disliked a bad boy love interest. I haven’t returned to this series. I don’t think I want to know who she ends up with. Both options seem bad to me.

9 Twylla – Sin Eater’s Daughter

by Melinda Salisbury

I really enjoyed getting to know Twylla, but I know others found her really boring and irritating because of her lack of curiosity. I don’t think that was her fault she didn’t question things because she was bought up not too.

10 Daemon from Obsidian

by Jennifer L Armentrout

I actually liked this book a lot. I just didn’t like Daemon. That must seem really strange because the books main focus is on the relationship between Daemon and Katy and yet I still enjoyed it. I will have to finish this series, see if he grows on me…

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8 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

  1. Broc's Bookcase (@BrocsBookcase)

    I just read another list in which someone had a major rant about how much they hated Ron (I was close to tears by the end of it!). I didn’t like Gale in the form of third part of the love triangle (he needed to realise that wasn’t going to ever happen) but as a person he was a pretty good guy and protected his family and Katniss’ so I can’t hate him.
    I found that I felt most conflicted about Mare in the second book (Glass Sword) as she starts to loose her way a little bit, but like you by the end of the book I really liked her again. She did good.
    I’ve really liked this weeks list, although it was a harder list to make I have really loved seeing everyone’s lists :)

    1. Paein

      But Harry would have got nowhere without him!!!
      That’s true, Gale was protective, but he still has the high creep factor for me – in the end he kept his distance because he knew that bad thing was his fault – but would he have kept pestering them if it hadn’t been?

      Of your list, I have only read some of Red Queen, so I can’t really comment ) :

  2. Allyson

    I was shocked how many lists Ron made this week, almost all of them of the “I hate this character” variety. People are crazy! Adrian made my disliked characters list this week. Everyone and their mama told me how awesome his character was. I just didn’t get it! I didn’t hate him necessarily, but he was an alcoholic, irresponsible jerk! The promise he made Rose make just made me want to have a serious talk with all of the girls who told me he was amazing.

    My TTT.

    1. Paein

      What?! Why?! Clearly they don’t know how magical he is. It’s their loss.
      To be honest with you, if I was reading Vampire Academy when it was first out and I hadn’t had the first Bloodlines novel before I’d finished VA, liking the story blurb in itself, I probably would have hated him. But I knew he had to be better in series two so I held off. I do wonder however, if he is the reason I didn’t like series 2 as much…

      Love your little avatar guys. Do they take you long?!

  3. Veronika Éles

    1000% agree with Ron being hated unfairly. I read that a lot of people disliked him because they felt like he was really jealous of Harry, thus not a good friend. But let’s be real, who wouldn’t be jealous of “the chosen one” once or twice? I didn’t hate Karou, but I couldn’t fully connect to her. Fortunately, she grew on me by the end of the trilogy, as well as the other characters, whom I wasn’t a huge fan of at first either. I HATE Gale and literally can’t understand why some of my friends prefer him over Peeta. NO NO NO. So well-said about VA! I FURIOUSLY HATED Adrian in the VA novels because I felt like he used the fact that Rose was in a terrible state for his own benefit. The only part I wasn’t okay with is Rose not breaking up with him sooner – I felt the way she did it was a tad bit cruel. Thankfully, Adrian redeemed himself in Bloodlines, and it’s not like I can stay made at Rose because she’s AWESOME.

    Ooh, I’m sad you didn’t like Mare! I actually really enjoyed her character – which I totally didn’t expect based on the reviews – and understood (most of) her bad decisions, as she was in an unknown place, without any idea who to trust. Hope you’ll enjoy Glass Sword more – I, personally, can’t freaking wait to read it. :D I didn’t hate or dislike Daemon, rather I don’t really understand what is the big deal about him? Like, he’s basically the same as a lot of heros. What redeemed him for me was definitely the banter between him and Katy – they were so shippable! (Is that even a word?)

    Wonderful lists! <33

    1. Paein

      Hello Veronika!
      A lot of it with Ron, I think, is about the fact that AGAIN he’s the one in the background, but totally some of it was because Harry was Harry Potter and also rich…..Besides, Harry was jealous of him sometimes too! So it evens out

      Yes I agree, there’s never an excuse for cheating, but if there ever was, I’d say her situation comes close. I think she didn’t break up with him sooner because she was still trying to keep her promise to him that she’d try. I do forget about that bit sometimes though, because of how angry I am at Adrian! He’s never apologised, but he has forgiven her. Blah. Plus, comparatively, his cousin is far superior ( ;

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