Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ten Characters I Love but No One Else Does/Everyone Loves but I Don't Get

lolol I love that this week's topic it is just ASKING for trouble (ALSO I know the "but no one else does" isn't accurate, obviously there are others alive who agree with me because I am Right In All Things but it makes a punchier catchline so please don't yell at me about it)

This was really hard, as I tend to be very boringly in line with the greater bookish opinions, but somehow I managed to dredge up an indecent number of characters this week




Okay obviously Froi is a COMPLEX CHARACTER and he does a horrible thing and in no way do I seek to minimize that but oh god Froi is complicated and THINGS HAPPEN and and and idk just read the series and do not bring Froi hate to me because he is just very important to me

Quintana of Charyn, however, is a ferocious princess of blood and teeth and I will protect her with all the breath left in me if you speak against her

Mare is very much a Flawed Heroine, sort of surly, not very nice, rather dour, and quite a bit vicious. THAT QUITE A BIT WORKS FOR ME.

"Handsome, clever, and rich". That's my spoiled girl. Jane herself said she set out to make a heroine whom no one but herself would like, but I LOVE EMMA, FAULTLESS IN SPITE OF ALL OF HER FAULTS

OKAY THEN everyone who hates him is yelling at me and everyone who loves him is yelling at me and I will just say MY CHAOL FEELINGS ARE COMPLICATED, I still love him, I think the ship broke but dear god was it a great ship back in the day, i know he's a bit of a problematic fave, I love Rowan endlessly, I have complex Queen of Shadows feelings, don't throw things at me

I EFFING LOVE LOLA NOLAN, that brave and creative and wonderful and stubborn star, and will hear nothing against her so do not say it

GINNY WEASLEY DEFENSE SQUAD ACTIVE AND READY FOR DUTY

MY GIRL. I loved her even when everyone "hated" her, when she was insecure and would eat her feelings and felt paralyzed by fear and coddling and destiny. Her arc! Her growth! She has to grow okay and become a conquering queen of the sands and the sea SHUT UP I LOVE HER

OKAY look I know the girl can get tiresome but I just kind of love the way she grows because she went through so much and was basically this trembling little wild creature in a cage who could barely say her own name out loud and she realizes what love is and what her strength is and she can crush bones with her bare hands okay I'm way into that

I love Jacin. He is my favorite grumpy grumperson and I ship him and Winter ferociously and I like him way more than Kai. Fight me.




*whispers* kill him dead


By no means do I HATE Lissa (particularly at the beginning of the series) and Rose's devotion to her is one of my favorite aspects of those books, but dear god by the end did I want to flick her in the forehead

STAB. HIM. IN. THE. JUNK.
Float them all. Especially Aspen. Just remove him.

Don't stake me because I super shipped it the first three books and then a CERTAIN INTERLUDE occurred and I just could not, guys. (And I've always leaned toward the Adrian-esque boys of YA anyway, even though I don't ship Rose and Adrian because Sydrian is a RELIGION OKAY) (basically, tall silent dreamy "perfect" dudes don't always float my boat) (way more of a sarcastic assholes girl myself)

As interesting and offensive as a bowl of lukewarm porridge. (I DONT HATE HIM I REALLY DONT i just mostly felt while reading Winter, Okay, cool, we're in Kai's head, but like...we could so easily be in Scarlet's right now? Wouldn't that be 900% better?)

I DISLIKE THIS BOY BEYOND ALL SENSE AND PROBABLY ALL LOGIC TEAM THERON OMG WHY AM I IN A STATE OF ALL CAPS RAGE IDK

Can we just get back to Percabeth now?

okay I've only read like half of Clockwork the First (I actually quite liked it but never found the time to finish) (and i CAN NEVER KEEP STRAIGHT THESE CLOCKWORK WHATSIT TITLES WITHOUT THINKING HARD) but I had to say I was so violently Team Will that I felt a bit of my soul sag with disappointment whenever Jem was on page because why wasn't Jem just Will? Always?

nothing to see here move along

Okayyyy I don't HATE Gale but I just don't get him to the degree of shipping him (I get him A LOT more now that he looks like a Hemsworth though)

pretty much only Christina will get this but HE IS SO BORING TEAM KEEFE WHY DO I HAVE SUCH ANIMOSITY FOR A PRETEEN ELF WITH DREAMY TEAL EYES I CANNOT


19 comments:

  1. Oh Kai! Yea, I wish I had thought of him. So true, he was the most lacking of all the male characters in the Lunar Chronicles. And I almost, ALMOST put Gale down too. Great list! :)

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  2. So much agreement! (And so much disagreement but I'm just gonna ignore all that.)

    Mal is terrible and boring and I ALSO don't like the darkling literally i do not like anyone in that series except that one mean girl who hates Alina bc very agree.

    Obviously also hate everyone from The Selection but I only included Maxon on my list because he is SO BORING that he just gets skipped over during these hatefests whish is sad.

    I also don't HATE Gale but I don't get Gale either. Their "romance" never once worked for me at all - it always felt like she was kissing her brother.

    BOOK GINNY IS SO IMPORTANT PROTECT HER AT ALL COSTS

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  3. I've only read the first Throne of Glass book so far, but Chaol was my favorite for the guys - I'm kind of worried after what I've heard today...

    I definitely agree with you on Kai - he's a good guy, but he's the least interesting of the bunch.

    Check out my TTT.

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  4. I really like Lola as well. I thought she was a great character! :-)

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  5. Wow you had plenty for both and I struggled to think of 5 for one! I enjoyed Mare, and I love Chaol (though I’m currently reading Queen of Shadows but I don’t expect that to change), Lola was super sweet, I even liked Ginny and Juliette most of the time! And while I didn’t like Jacin to much originally he shone more for me in Winter.

    Now for the hate we differ lol. I liked Mal, he was simple but he was true. And I LOVE Dimitri!!!! Lissa wasn’t my favorite but I didn’t dislike her (well movie Lissa maybe a bit), just starting Snow Like Ashes today so undetermined there but I really enjoyed the Infernal Devices and liked Jem. Gale could take him or leave him honestly.

    Wow lots of great people and some logic going on! Great list! My Top Ten

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  6. I LOVE MARE! AND GINNY! AND EMMA! AND CHAOL! And I hate Kai too! UGH - I've only finished Scarlet, but he doesn't seem like a character I'm going to magically start liking anytime soon...

    GREAT post! And I'm a new follower (expect to see me back for all eternity)

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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  7. Is there a sign up for the Ginny Weasley Defense Squad? Because... SIGN ME UP! I have defended her almost as many times as I have defended Sansa Stark. I love unlikable red-headed teenage girls apparently.

    I'm also with you on Chaol, Jacin, Kai, Mather, and Gale. Great list!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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  8. I like Ginny the majority of the time, but I reckon most of the Weasleys have a bit of mean streak. People are just less forgiving of Ginny's because she's a girl, and people are harsher on girls.

    My TTT: http://basedonthebook.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/10-under-loved-literary-characters.html

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  9. I totally agree with you on the Gale front, didn't hate him but didn't love him. He was a decent enough person, but I didn't like him as part of the love triangle pining over Katniss. However, Kai?! WHAT?! I loved Kai!
    Totally LOVE Ginny and Lola, so totally agree with you there. And with Mare from Red Queen too. She had me a little conflicted during parts of Glass Sword, but by the end of the book I still loved her so all was good there.
    I've not read The Infernal Devices but have only ever heard good things about Jem, interesting opinion.
    Great list, you;ve reminded me of a few books I need to read too! :)

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  10. I can't say that we agree much at all on this list, but your blog is super pretty :)

    My TTT.

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  11. I agree with almost all the ones that I've read so far haha. GINNY WEASLEY DEFENSE SQUAD FOR LIIIIFE. I love Ginny. And I love Emma! She means well <3 Jacinnnnn grumpy grumperson, I really loved him and he is more interesting than Kai ok bye. CHAOL. Dude. You hit the nail on the head. I'm so conflicted. I did love the ship in the day and I think he AND Celaena both overreacted about stuff and I have one foot on the Rowan ship, one hovering off.... I just want Chaol to get a really good story arc going forward. And lots of time with Dorian ;)

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  12. Froi and Quintana are massively precious; they have literally the shittiest backgrounds but they overcome enough to function at all. Props, kids. When I see anti-Froi/Quintana stuff, it makes my heart weep bloody tears.

    Emma's not my favorite of the Austen heroines, but I like her, and I love that Austen made all of her heroines very unique. Emma's the selfish one, the one who doesn't NEED to marry for money. That's legit.

    Cannot comment on Chaol yet but I assume I'll feel the same on this one based on what spoilers I know. He'll be happy once he and Dorian finally admit their sexy penis feels for one another.

    Lola is a fabulous, actually special snowflake of magic and saying fuck you to social conventions. If only we could all be a bit more Lola.

    GINNY FOR QUEEN—probs the best character arc of HP. Love that she ends up being the person who gets it up the least for the whole mythos of Harry Potter and who really sees him as just this guy Harry who she happens to still have a massive thing for.

    Lol Juliette. You lose me on this one and Elisa. I don't quite hate them but yeah I don't love them. And yeah, sorry Jacin.

    YES KILL MAL DEAD AND FUCKING LEAVE HIM DEAD GODDAMNIT THAT IS HOW DEATH WORKS JESUS FUCK

    I barely remember Lissa. She was kind of milktoast in my memory, but I remember liking Christian?

    BYEEEEEEEEE SHRUBS AND ASSPEN AND MURCA

    My poooooor baby Kai. He is so precious for reasons I don't entirely understand. I'm just so into the fact that he's more of the traditional female role (good at mediation, bad at fighting and mechanical things and always needs to be saved) and totally into Cinder who is a boss in all ways. That gets me.

    I actually don't even have feelings that strong about Mather; he just bored me to tears but I guess i'll have more opinions soon.

    That series would have been greatly improved by Xing them out of the plot. Age up the other two and give them something to really do, please. Oh, and gay kisses.

    Jem's fine. He's nice. But like...Will. And like I will rant forever about how much more Tessa wants Will than Jem. Like there should be no "who will I choose?" in this triangle because it is ALWAYS WILL. MAJOR LADY BONER FOR WILL. She basically loves Jem as a friend and lbr not the same. Also forever awkward that in audiobook two, the lady narrator reads him so he sounds like Julie Andrews.

    Still don't like Hemsworth Gale much. Lol we traded spots.

    DON'T MIND THE GAP FITZ. FALL IN AND GET SMASHED BY A TRAIN, YOU PONCE.

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  13. Now let's see if I need to disown YOU

    I will legitimately fight people IRL over Froi and Quintana and agree with everything you have to say about them.

    YES YES YES TO Emma and Lola too.

    Why don't we have Ginny Weasley Defense Squad merchandise?

    I admit I didn't LOVE Elisa in the first book but her character growth is everything and I will fight people over it.

    HOW COULD ANYONE HATE JACIN? WHAT KIND OF MONSTERS?

    DEATH TO MAL DEATH TO MAL

    Ughhhhhhhh I did not love Lissa at all

    *pointedly ignores Dimitri being on this list*

    GALE IS THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORST

    Wooooooooooo I guess we're safe I don't have to disown you either

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  14. I love Chaol but I've only read to Crown of Midnight (planning to nosh HoF very soon) so I feel things have the potential to change?!??!

    I HATE NOT BEING CAUGHT UP ON SERIES IT'S SO STRESSFUL!

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  15. Gale was on my list this week too. So was Chaol, not because I ship Rowan/Aelin, but because I find his character problematic. I agree with you on Mare though, and Ginny, I think she gets a bad rap because of the movies. I also agree with you on Piper and Jason, I don't like them either.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/top-ten-tuesday-47/

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  16. YOOO. Mather and Mal are basically the same trope. MC falls in love with Boy BFF, falls out of love, falls in love with someone else while becoming substantially more important than Boy BFF. I guess Gale can be thrown in here too. I can't stand any of them either. I've never liked Mal and I'm in the middle of Ice Like Fire and Mather is becoming increasingly unbearable because I hate this trope!

    I don't like Mare or Elisa very much though, but I don't seem to like these politics sort of books.

    Piper and Jason though?? I love all the little babies. All of them! They're precious little babies.

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  17. QUESTION!! Who hates Lola???? I mean I had my problems with her but I never hated her. She is what? 17 years old. She acts like many do at this age. She isn't perfect but who is? Like Cricket said: "I know you aren't perfect. But it's a person's imperfections that make them perfect for someone else". :) All that matters is in the end she came around and learnt from her mistakes and even faced them. Can we please talk about her going to Max to clear things up? There are many adults who wouldn't do that.

    So show me the people who hate Lola. I'm gonna fight them!

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  18. Awesome post! Very positive reading just to have some fun! To comfort you I should admit that you preferences mean that you are special and that you are not like others:)

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  19. Yes I'm finally going through my blog emails don't scold me

    But I am staggering around in shock right now. People hate Froi? PEOPLE HATE ELISA?!?! I WILL FIGHT YOU ALL AND BEAT YOU WITH BOTH HANDS TIED BEHIND MY BACK!!!

    :( You hate Kai? But... but... he's my fave...

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