Tonight I was tagged in a Twitter post asking which 3 book characters would you send to hell, and/or which are you least favorite. And once I had trouble answering, I got to thinking- what makes our least favorite characters be our least favorite???
(The post was by Sam Hewa and I chose just a few- Umbridge from Harry Potter, Angra from Snow Like Ashes and Caleb from the Divergent trilogy. Now that I think about it, I’ll say Eric from that too! When I asked my friend, she gave me more than I could come up with myself! I added Clancy from The Darkest minds and Theron from Snow Like Ashes!)
While I was answering I could not think of that many good answers because when I’m asked this stuff it’s like I forget that I’ve even read 1 book! And then, while I thought of some obvious answers like evil characters I realized- I like a LOT of evil characters!
Lots of times, I come out of the book they were in thinking of why they made the choices they did and if it really makes them “evil.” I often come to the conclusion that they were misunderstood.
I think of lots of characters as misunderstood/mysteriously interesting or just really neat. I often find that I REALLY think evil characters are cool because of the way the author makes them and writes about them and their choices. The reason I end up disliking characters is because I didn’t like the reasoning behind them or their choices, how they acted or if they just weren’t well written characters and proved to be bothersome. If I think the characters were well played out, I usually like them- no matter what they did! I like it when characters have good/legitimate motives and if it actually makes sense with how they act/what they do.
Let’s take a look at why I said the characters I did! (WARNING: There are slight spoilers here, just skip over the parts that say “ONLY IF YOU’VE READ…” They’re at the end of the explanations, so you won’t miss anything else.)
Umbridge- I hated how she was portrayed. Her demeanor was just weird and in the end I disliked how she was acting, especially why she was always making the rules she did. Only some of them made sense and her motives were strange and/or not mentioned.
Angra- Now that I think about it I am starting to find him cool. He was creepy and sneaky and I kinda like that, but I also didn’t like some of the reasoning behind his actions. (IF YOU’VE READ SNOW LIKE ASHES!!!!!!! I disliked him but maybe the Decay part of him I did find interesting.)
Caleb- He was awkward and a coward and in the end I didn’t think his reasoning behind lots of his actions seemed fit. I don’t know he was just wierd.
Clancy- I don’t understand him! (ONLY IF YOU’VE READ TDM!!!!! He intended to harm Ruby and I never did trust him.)
Theron- (ONLY IF YOU’VE READ ICE LIKE FIRE!!!!! He went behind everyone’s backs and did something crazy for no reason, because he should’ve known better.)
Eric- He was so annoying! He was like “new rule, new rule,” and had little to no reasoning as to why he acted like he did when appointed leader. I feel like he would’ve been cooler had it not been like this and (ONLY IF YOU’VE READ DIVERGENT!!!! If Jeanine hadn’t been trying to interfere he would’ve been different. I don’t understand why he had toside with her.)
I like evil characters when they have reason behind the bad things they do, and when it makes sense to the plot. If there’s a pointless conflict that could have been easily solved or didn’t have to be there, it makes for a less interesting and in-depth character.
Besides, the bad guys always get the cooler weapons!
There you have it! Who are your least favorite characters and why? Leave a comment or talk on my Twitter! Thanks for stopping by!!!!