Top Ten Tuesday #47 – Not Gonna Be Friends

Posted September 1, 2015 by Lillian in Features / 20 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, today’s Top Ten topic is a doozy! The topic is “Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With.” Since I started blogging a little more than a year ago, I’ve come across lots of characters that just didn’t mesh with me. Either I thought their personality was over the top OR they were annoying. 9/10 it’s because they annoy me that I don’t click with a character…not gonna lie 😉 Below are the top ten characters that I just didn’t click with in no particular order.

Top Ten Characters I Will Never Be Friends With

Jacob from the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer – I’m not a fan of love triangles and I never have been. When Jacob was just the friend, I was cool with him. Once he was introduced as more, I was just annoyed. I wanted him to go away. AND then he gets his own narrative in the last book. When I read this series now, I’ve been known to skip his section….just saying.

Alyssa from the Splintered Trilogy by A.G. Howard – I LOVED this trilogy! BUT Alyssa was annoying. She was self-centered, couldn’t make a decision between the two guys that love her, and she was the epitome of things I hate in YA literature. Yet she did grow on me and she made some major character growth by the end of the series (thank God!). But when it comes down to it, she was just too immature for my liking.

A from Every Day by David Levithan – I wanted to like this thing….it….what word should I use for A?! However his/her inability to empathize with Rhiannon’s struggles to be attracted to him/her AND his/her borderline stalking of Rhiannon was just plain creepy and wrong!

Lumikki Andersson from the Snow White Trilogy by Salla Simukka – I vacillated in this entire series. I didn’t care for book one, loved book two and three was just lukewarm. Lumikki’s character was unbelievable in my opinion. What 17 year old girl knows how to fight, disguise herself, and basically play super spy?!

Savannah from Sight by Juliet Madison – While I enjoyed this book enough to read the next one, the MC Savannah was just too immature for me and too focused on her love life rather than the amazing ability of perception she awoke with.

Aris from Rebel Wing by Tracy Banghart – I tried, I REALLY tried to read this book on multiple occasions. But Aris and I just didn’t click at all. She annoyed me. She was hung up on this guy that left for the army, he chose to go alone rather than marry (it’s called something else in the book but this is the basic gist of it) her. She’s hung up on it to the point that she makes some crazy decisions.

Ella from The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi – I was SO excited to read this book, but imagine my disappointment when I started reading and the main character was too immature for me! She was completely hung up on herself, her heartbreak, and not looking to her future. Hello?! You just graduated high school, the guy that you’re hung up on has been gone for more than 6 months….get over it already!!!

Nora Grey from Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – Another character that was just way too immature…plus she had the insta-love thing going on. Why?! Just tell me why….

Cress from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I love the Lunar chronicles and while I enjoyed Cress’s installment, I DID NOT enjoy Cress herself. She’s very naive and innocent. Too trusting and just instantly falls in love and stays in love with her crush. It was just a little weird for me and I didn’t feel that her and Thorne meshed either.

Dorthea from Spelled by Betsy Schow – If you’re wondering what immature looks like, check out Dorthea! Everything (and I do mean everything) that could ever annoy me when reading YA is found in Dorthea’s character. She’s a mean girl, self-centered, thrives on drama, AND she doesn’t think….like ever! By the end of the book she grew on me, she had some major character growth, but that didn’t make up for her actions during the first 3/4 of the book.

Your turn! What characters have you not clicked with?


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20 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #47 – Not Gonna Be Friends

    • I’ll admit Cress grew on me but I felt like the whole book was just a repeat of the others. I would’ve liked to see her find a different love interest.

      A was interesting and I was completely fascinated by him/her at the beginning. But his obsession with Rhiannon was a big turn off for me.

    • The first time I read the series I really liked Bella but now when I read it she annoys me too. Too much insta-love and the second book all the pining after Edward….ugh!

    • Yeah I liked Jacob too until he kept pursuing Bella and then yeah the interest shift was just plain weird!

      I liked A in the beginning but the obsession he had with Rhiannon was too much for me. I didn’t find it romantic in the slightest!

      The Lunar Chronicles are definitely worth the read. Hope you enjoy them 🙂

  1. Seems like Nora is a popular pick! I loved the series, and can admit that Nora wasn’t perfect. She could be rather annoying. And yeah, I rather disliked Alyssa at times too. But Cress? I liked Cress! Her naivety seemed warranted at times since she was raised in a tower, but yeah, I guess I can see where it would get annoying after awhile! LOL!

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    • I wasn’t able to finish the series with Nora. I just couldn’t. I barely made it through the first book. At least with Alyssa the imagery and Morpheus made up for it 😉

  2. I agree with it being annoying when Jacob was introduced as a love interest. However, I did like Alyssa and Cress. Alyssa is still a teenager and Jeb and Morpheus are so different and both are like her in different ways. Cress was sheltered for most of her life and interacted with so few people, so her naivety makes since.
    I have yet to read the other books on your list, so I don’t have an opinion of them yet!
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    • I think my biggest problem with Alyssa was her inability to choose between Jeb and Morpheus. It just bugged me but that’s partially because I don’t like triangles.

      I agree that Cress’s naivety was believable I just didn’t understand the insta love between her and Thorne. I felt like it was just too convenient.