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A Reader of Fictions: Ten More Characters I'd Like to Punch in the Face

A Reader of Fictions

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ten More Characters I'd Like to Punch in the Face

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's topic is right up my alley. I read a lot, and oftentimes characters manage to frustrate me so much that I would like nothing more than to punch them in their fictional faces or kick them in their fictional shins. In fact, I've already covered this topic once before. Coming up with ten more truly obnoxious characters was not even hard. In fact, my list has more characters on it that just didn't go or the win quite enough, like Fia from Mind Games.

For additional info on the books or the characters, check the reviews by clicking the book's title.

10. Will & Zoe from Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
Whether or not you think this book was intended to be a romance or a depiction of the tragic effects of abuse, Will and Zoe are just so dumb. I could not handle the things they did in their attempt to run away together to Las Vegas. The prime example of their lack of brain cells comes when Zoe gets her period. Rather than pay the exorbitant cost for some tampons, she decides to steal some. Of course, this girl doesn't have a sneaky bone in her body, so she gets caught. When the shop owner starts shaking her, Will clonks him with a wine bottle. All because she wouldn't buy some tampons.

9. Pia from Origin by Jessica Khoury
Pia is perfect. She's just so wonderful and immortal and better than everyone else. She prides herself on how hot she is and disdains nerdy lab techs for thinking she would ever dance with them. Of course, when a pretty, older lady scientist arrives, Pia immediately hates her, because how dare men pay attention to a female that's not Pia. Pia's instalove after some chauvinist comments from Eio pretty much cements the fact that self-worth should only come from being hot and wanted by men.

8. Samuel & Daniel from Red Rain by R.L. Stine
These evil twins plot to take over the school, thus dominating the world, because that's how things work. Meanwhile, they call everyone "bruvver" and "boyo." I could not deal with this.

7. Jeb from Splintered by A.G. Howard
You know who's not sexy? Jeb. He's a big jerk. He dates a girl who treats his very best friend like utter crap, which is totally against the friend code. Later, you find out that he didn't even really like that other girl anyway, which makes that even worse. Plus, Jeb conspires with her father to plan out Alyssa's freaking life. NOT COOL.

6. Evie & Lend from Endlessly by Kiersten White
Well, Fia may not have made the list, but Kiersten White's characters still did. Bully for her. I kind of liked Evie and Lend up to this point, but they became unbearably cheesy in this one. They give each other perhaps the most nauseating presents ever in the history of young adult books. Lend gives her a masquerade ball (no joke) and she gives him a DVD of clips from a show he doesn't even like (fair trade). On top of all that, the big bad of the series, the evil faerie queen, curses them. Can you guess what the epic curse would be? He falls asleep if they're in the same room. Their reaction: THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED EVER.

5. Taejo from Prophecy by Ellen Oh
Have any of the rest of you seen Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Well, if you have, Taejo, the crown prince of the kingdom, believed to be poised to be a great warrior, is essentially as helpful to the plot as that blonde chick in Temple of Doom. Put another way, all he does is whine, mope, get kidnapped, and flail ineffectually. If I were Kira, I would have let the enemies have him, or just thrown him off a cliff myself.

4. Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
Everyone loves Divergent. They love Four and they think Tris is a brave, awesome badass. Well, count me out. Tris is such a bitch. She is supposed to be divergent between Abnegation and Dauntless. This girl does not have a bit of abnegation in her; she does everything selfishly. I didn't take to her from the beginning, but I wrote her off completely when she decided Al was a pansy because she heard him crying the first night, because large men shouldn't cry. So, women and wimpy men can cry, but reach a certain amount of muscle mass and crying makes you abhorrent? Shut the fuck up, Tris.

3. Adelice from Crewel by Gennifer Albin
Adelice represents the very worst things about girls in love triangles. Despite being, apparently, incredibly powerful, she doesn't use her powers to do anything particularly useful for most of the plot, though she could have ripped her freaking tormenters out of her way in like five seconds. Plus, she gets involved in the worst love triangle ever, torn between two men, who (SPOILER ALERT) just happen to be brothers. Most obnoxious, she makes out with one, then goes to make out with the other. After their smooch, the second one tells her about how he used to be married but his wife died, and Adelice is freaking jealous. Just no.

2. Zoe from Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
You know what's a really bad life choice? Befriending your several-times attempted rapist. You'd think even one attempt would be enough to get it through your skull that maybe you should stop hanging out with a particular guy. If someone repeatedly proves themselves to be untrustworthy and shown that they want to hurt you, best practice is to either report them, stop them for once and for all one way or another, or to get the fuck away from them.

1. Freaking Everyone from Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Who should I hate most in this book?
- The heroine who completely forgets about her token black best friend, who was eaten by a shark right in front of her by the way, within a couple weeks?
- The hero with serial-killer eyes and the belief that women need to be told what to do?
- The hero's best friend who gets himself declared engaged to the hero's sister, without asking her opinion on the matter?
- The hero's sister who eventually reveals, when made jealous, that she wanted to be with the best friend all along, suggesting that no actually does mean yes?

So who's on your list? Did you have similar frustrations with any of these guys?



Blogger Katie said...

I've actually read a couple of these - hooray!

I was looking forward to this week because I thought it would be hilarious. I originally wrote a post but inevitably felt bad and didn't post it. (But I'll give you a hint, Rose Hathaway was my #1. Grr!)

I didn't have a problem with Pia because I thought her personality was realistic, after her upbringing. Jeb was ok - I didn't really feel either way about him. (I liked Morpheus and his sneakiness too much.) But Tae Jo was annoying, I'll give you that.

January 29, 2013 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Alise said...

Wow I am really surprised at Divergent, I haven't read it yet so I'll have to decide for myself. I'll keep this in my mind though! Of Poseidon was actually a favorite of mine :p

Alise @ Readers In Wonderland
My Top 10

January 29, 2013 at 1:15 AM  
Blogger Christina Reads YA said...

lol, I liked how you changed the title from 'most frustrating' to punching in the face :P. Agreed on Adelice, Zoe (DNF'd Glitch), Taejo (I believe you read/commented on my Prophecy review too lol), and Pia (Origin and I did not get along... at all). I also agree re: Endlessly--I usually like Kiersten White's books, but I was rather disappointed with that one, one of the reasons being what you listed above.

January 29, 2013 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Kaye said...

haha, i love the pictures!
here's mine: http://stephwonderland.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-ten-tuesday-11.html


January 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

Oh dear, is it bad that I love this post? GIFs are such terrific creations.

I so agree about Tris, maybe not to the extent of wanting to punch her but I really don't get why everyone think's she's soo strong and special. And it looks like I'll be abandoning the rest of the Paranormalcy series. I've only read the first book so far and it was enjoyable fluff. Nobody But Us is definitely a book I'm sitting out on.

January 29, 2013 at 2:40 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

I liked both Divergent and Insurgent but I can totally see where you would want to punch Tris in the face.

I couldn't agree with you more on Pia from Origin. She was "Perfect Pia" and that couldn't be more annoying.

January 29, 2013 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Angela @ Reading Angels said...

JEB.....grrr...that is all.
Also, your gifs are the best ever today!
Here's Mine

January 29, 2013 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, I wish you'd posted! Everyone's annoyed by characters sometimes! What do you hate about Rose Hathaway?

Her personality was realistic, and if there had been any real sort of development to her personality then I would have been okay with it.

January 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I have a couple of friends who like Of Poseidon as well. I just shake my head and move along. Most people do like Tris. She just rubbed me the wrong way.

January 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, well, I wouldn't have except that I'd done the most obnoxious characters before and I used that title. It was a big crowd-pleaser.

I finished Glitch and it was pretty much the worst ever. The Prophecy review is actually how I found you and decided we needed to be friends! Endlessly was over the top. They were always cutesy, but good lord was that too much.

January 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

No! It's not bad! GIFs are pretty much the best things ever!

Yes! You partially agree. I will take that. That's how I felt about Paranormalcy, but I don't think it gets better as it goes along.

January 29, 2013 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Good. This is all I ask. Yay! Agreement!

January 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Holla! I think my goal today is to have someone agree with the obnoxiousness of every character.

January 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't read any of the books on your list but I loooove that you added animated gifs to each one, they're perfect =D ("Look at your life, look at your choices" is my favourite line from him, haha)

Here's my list of 10 irritating/frustrating characters =)

January 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks! I had a lot of fun hunting down the perfect gifs/images. :)

January 29, 2013 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

bahaha I like number one. I didn't mind Adelice actually and the rest of the books on this list I haven't read. Oh I DNF'd splintered at like 28% and Jeb was already driving me crazy so I totally agree with that one. Love the topic this week!

January 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, did you read Of Poseidon? Or just think my commentary is hilarious?

Adelice: *headdesks*

This week's topic is the best, which might put me on some people's shitlists, but whatever!

January 29, 2013 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

I don't normally do TTT (because I'm lazy), but I might have to do this one. I know who numbers one and two would be, but I'm going to have to figure out the rest...

January 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oooh, I want to know who they are!!!

January 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your list ROCKS.

But your Taejo/ Indiana Jones ("Heavens! Aren't your Willie Scott, the famous American actress?") comparison is my new favorite thing, EVER.

One day we must get together and have a Harrison Ford movie marathon just so we can pick apart all his love interests that are SO not worthy ;)

January 29, 2013 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahaha, I'm glad you like it. He should have been more like the awesome little kid, who kicked more ass than Willie.

Ha, oh, old school Harrison Ford. Yum!

January 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Jennifer @ A Librarians Library said...

Of Poseidon...oh Of Poseidon. *rolls eyes* I did not care for it at all for many reasons, but thinking back on it now the characters do seem ridiculous! (I actually had a very long list of negatives that had nothing to do with the characters, and that list probably overshadowed just how dull they all are!)

While I do actually like Adelice, I did think that making out with first man was COMPLETELY unrealistic and uncalled for, especially within the context of the story. So I will give you that point lol.

My Top Ten

January 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

Haha I love your gifs! I've only read Divergent of the books you listed, but I do agree that I would get frustrated with Tris! Great list :)

Here's my Top Ten!

January 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, yes, the characters are only the tip of the iceberg in what's with that novel imo.

I'll take it. :-p

January 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...


January 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about Tris! Al was pretty much the only character in the book I identified with. I know he does some bad things, but...oh, poor Al!

January 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know I should hate Al, but, honestly, I felt bad for him because he only turned to hanging out with those guys because Tris was a bitch to him since he cried. Ugh. I mean, I don't like him either, but I hate Tris, and I just don't like him.

January 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Love it! Your description of Pia is actually what completely turned me off that book - I cannot stand characters who love themselves THAT much.

Sounds like everyone in Of Poseidon was perfectly matched for each other, at least!

January 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, well, I am glad to know that I saved you. That book makes me ragey.

That is true. They can just all be awful together.

January 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I completely forgot about characters from Of Poseidon. And I am with you 100% Gosh, I really did NOT like that book!

January 29, 2013 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

*high fives*

January 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Victoria Hooper said...

Haha, haven't read a lot of these, but it was a really entertaining list! :-)

Here's my Top Ten.

January 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Jade said...

Your number one is hilarious and soooo true! I wanted to really question those who gave that book a good review because every single character sucked!

January 29, 2013 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Glad you enjoyed it!

January 29, 2013 at 7:06 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm glad you noticed that too. I have a couple friends who liked it and I'm like O_o

January 29, 2013 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Wendy Darling said...

I'm with you on Jeb from Splintered--wake up, honey, stop being a jerk to your BFF because of your stupid girl friend.

I was frustrated with Pia and Tris from time to time, but I didn't really have any violent feelings for them. Unlike, say, MARA DYER. And NOAH from MARA DYER. Or everyone in Spell Bound by, the Harlequin Teen one. And...I could go on and on. But I won't. :/

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

January 30, 2013 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Totally love that you included Pia and Jeb. I could not agree more. They both nauseated me for different reasons. I don't know if they would make a top ten for me but I definitely hold a lot of contempt for those characters.

Tris made Lyn's list. LOL.

I have no plans to read Of Poseidon, EVER. Since almost all of my friends hated it.

February 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Precisely. Or stop being a jerk in general.

I haven't read Mara Dyer and...gulps...I like Spellbound a lot. Wah wah. This is why we don't agree all the time. That's one of those that everyone else I know hates but I enjoy. Who knows.

February 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

DON'T READ OF POSEIDON. You would want to smash everything in the world. You might even hate men so much you would bash your husband literally and go to jail. Not worth the chance.

February 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM  

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