So it's Wednesday, and I haven't done this in a while, because I was a bit uninspired. But I'm back, apparently. Top 5 Wednesday is a feature made by gingerreadslainey. This week the topic is most frustrating characters. And these are my top 5 ones.
Literally anyone in
Wheel of Time. But since I’m planning to pick one from each book/series;
Mat Cauthon. The Wheel of Time is a huge fantasy series. The plot is too
convoluted, but three of the main characters are three young men who radically
change the world. Mat Cauthon is probably the one who enjoys this the most. He
gets to leave his hometown and bang ladies and live like a lord. He’s
foolhardy, and he’s like… he just refuses his responsibilities for a long time,
and that bugs me. The most annoying thing though is that he has no fucking
insight into himself. Oh my God. He’s essentially a boozy, swear-y,
philandering jackass with a heart of gold, and in one of the books he “adopts”
a kid named Olver, and when Olver starts acting exactly like Mat, Mat does not
get where Olver gets it from. It’s so frustrating. I realize it’s supposed to
be funny, but it’s too camp and too overdone, it’s just too much. Good God
Robert Jordan. At the same time, in the later books Mat is one of my favorites,
he shirks responsibility for a long time, but he does love his men (he’s a
general) and he looks out for them. He takes in Olver, who is an orphan. He is
a brilliant general and he does step up in the end, but oh my God he annoys me
so many times. Get it together dude.
Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived is obviously awesome,
and a badass, and he saves the world and whatever. He’s also a frustrating
child. I realize he’s a teenager, and that he just sort of lives up to his
teenage-ness, but Oh My God. He just refuses to see anyone else’s point of
view, he jumps to conclusions, no matter how many times he’s proven wrong he is
convinced Snape is the devil. Even though Snape saves his life on several
occasions and always tries he never gives Snape the benefit of the doubt. Harry’s
got a lot of the good traits of Gryffindors, but he also has some of the bad
traits. He doesn’t seem to see the advantage of shutting up and being
pragmatic, and it makes me furious. (Just, side note, I love Harry Potter, the
books, and the guy, just, wow!)
This is totally a cheap shot, and I apologize, but
Bella Swan. Why do you not have any agency? Why do you keep being a helpless
girl? Why, oh why, is everything in your life dictated by the shit bucket that
is Edward Cullen? I don’t get to rant about Twilight often enough. She’s not
the only bad character, the whole series is populated by them, but she just
annoys me. She’s 17 and her favorite book is Wuthering Heights, so that’s a
warning sign. I love the book, but it’s not really something you should base
your love life on. She engages in really destructive behavior, which is
portrayed as romantic and normal. And oh my GOD. I’m done.
Kvothe from the Name of the Wind. Again, I really love
Kvothe. If we take anything from this post it’s that I am messed up and quite
like frustrating and upsetting characters. He’s just such a bloody
know-it-all-I’m-so-perfect-oh-look-at-me. Jeesh. He’s obviously very clever,
and it’s not really him that frustrates me, necessarily, but the way he’s
described is frustrating. He’s an annoying jackass and I want to punch him in
the face, or shake him and tell him to get the fuck over himself. Honorable
mention: Denna. Can someone, for the love of God, tell me why Kvothe likes her?
WHY? Is there something about her that I can’t see? Is she magical? GAH!
So this is a slightly different one, because I really
didn’t like him, unlike Kvothe, Mat and Harry. Toru Watanabe from Norwegian Wood. I hate him. I wanted to tell him to shut up. I literally wanted to shout
at him to shut up. I’m getting a little contentious. He’s such a super serious,
pretentious, asshole, who thinks he’s so good, and so smart and oh my god. And
not just him, why does every woman in this book want to fuck him? He seems to
be the least desirable human on earth. He’s so superior and I hate him.
So those are my top five most frustrating characters, who are yours?