It's difficult to make me really dislike a character in a book; characters don't make or break a story for me. I'm typically a live-and-let-live sort of gal (I blame liking/disliking a book on other things). However. There are a few (and if I stretch it, perhaps a few more) that are especially grating to me. And so, in honor of Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish, here's what I came up with:
1. Owen Meany. I apologize to the fans, but this little kid was so irritating I wanted to smack him. I don't care if he was awkward, intelligent, prophetic, or determined. Just PLEASE STOP SCREECHING AND YELLING AT ME. I have never hated Caps Lock more. Grrr.
2. Peter Pan. Oh man, I'm stepping on toes all over the place, aren't I? And really, I don't have a thing against unique boys...just out of control haughtiness or arrogance.
3. The stinkin' fish in The Old Man and the Sea. Oh that he had sprained his ankle in the first dance! (Sorry, all this frustration needed to be counteracted by some Jane Austen commiseration.) I hated this in high school, and that feeling has stayed with me. Someday I'll have to re-read it to give it another chance, but for now I am content wishing that the fish had given up the ghost after the first go around.
4. Miss Garnder, Francie Nolan's English teacher in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She actually had me fuming and shaking with anger. I had to set down the book and vent. (See the end of my review for the part I'm referring to.)
5. The narrator in Atonement. I know, this is akin to disliking Mr. Ian McEwan's very person. And I do apologize, but I did not enjoy the twist in this book. I felt used and abused as a reader. I think the movie was actually better (gasp!).
6. The narrator in The Scarlet Letter. I'm really not trying to pick on authors or narrators, but since I'm at it I may as well mention this one too. The way the storyteller kept intruding took me off guard and made me uncomfortable. I'm not like that with everything...but this narrator kind of ruined the story for me.
7. Pretty much every single person in I Know This Much is True. If anything, this book made me appreciate that the people in my life are not so messed up.
I can't think of any more! Although I am sure there are some floating around out there. What about you? Can you come up with 10? Do characters stand out to you in general?