Just not my cup of tea!


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

‘Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get’

This is a funny one – mainly because I’m probably going to name some characters now that I didn’t particularly love that maybe everyone else did.  It always makes you feel on dodgy ground doesn’t it!  Then again, maybe others will feel the same – who knows:

  1. Frodo – Lord of the Rings by JRRTolkien.  He got on my last nerve most of the time to be honest.  He was very whiney and I just thought that Sam should have knocked him out and carried him to Mordor! Or just took the ring and thrown it into Mount Doom himself.
  2. Harry Potter – JKRowling – I absolutely love this series, in film and book, but Harry isn’t my favourite character.  And whilst I’m on the subject of things that just feel wrong – Harry Potter and Hermione just felt more natural somehow.  Don’t get me wrong, the feelings between Hermione and Ron definitely sparked some very funny storylines but somehow it didn’t feel right
  3. Cathy and Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I really like this story but in spite of that these two characters are really not nice people.  I just don’t like them.  I think selfish is the word I’m looking for.
  4. Matthew from Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy – Matthew is one of those characters that is all talk no action.  Everyone is always like ‘ooh, don’t annoy Matthew, don’t make him angry’ but then in the thick of any action he turns into a useless so and so.  He’s just one of those characters that feels like he’s more bark than bite (sorry about the pun!)
  5. Mori from Jo Walton’s Among Others.  This is one of those books that I really wanted to love but just couldn’t get on board with although I think it’s beautifully written.  Mori wasn’t a bad character I suppose but I wasn’t sure that she was reliable.
  6. Feyre from a Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.  I wanted to give her a bit of a shake.  She never stood up for herself with her family and I thought there was something unrealistic about that.
  7. Edward and Bella.  I’m not even going into that one.
  8. Jonathan Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula – he’s just not my favourite character.
  9. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – I got a bit fed up of hearing how gorgeous he was and also he was so proud and arrogant.  He didn’t do it for me.  Whoops. Wrong name. Don’t think I mean Karou. Think the name I was looking for is Akiva!  Apologies 😦
  10. I have an open space for No.10 – I’m waiting to see what everyone else comes up with!

42 Responses to “Just not my cup of tea!”

  1. Michelle

    #10 every character from 50 Shades of Grey!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, I kind of figure they could be on a lot of lists this week! So annoying. But, have you seen the film – OMG = even worse. I can’t believe I actually watched it tbh – but I did, I figured it might be okay – but no. I was cringing for the most part!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. rosemawrites

    Mine would be Eadlyn of The Heir. πŸ˜‰

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m not familiar with that character – but if I ever read the book I shall keep it in mind!
      Thanks πŸ˜€

  3. Greg

    I like Frodo okay but I can see where he would irriate some- as much as I’m a fan of LotR I have to admit the Frodo/ Sam chapters are probably my least favorite of the bunch, once they split up. So yeah… even Sam who was so faithful and didn’t whine so much got on my nerves a bit, at times. And Gollum always irritates me t no end as well. πŸ™‚

    • @lynnsbooks

      They just become a bit too much to handle don’t they. I love Samwise – can’t help it. But Frodo, I wanted to shake him. He was just so mopey eyed all the time. Haha – even Gollum eh? Nice one.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  4. imyril

    I’m not minding Frodo as I reread – but he’s very aggravating in the films. Enough with the puppy eyes, get on with it!

    And I know what you mean about Karou. I spent half the first book irritated by the tropes (blue hair!) but then quite liked the explanation that she wished herself that way. I also thought she (and Akiva) improved inmensely in the subsequent books.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I could literally have punched him in the face – okay, that’s maybe a bit too strong! But all that ‘oh Sam, I can’t make it….’ blah blah. Get a grip boy, get up that bloody mountain and chuck that ring away!! I put the wrong name – I meant Akiva – but now you mention it the two of them together were very annoying – and I didn’t buy into the relationship. I didn’t mind Karou on her own. I quite liked the book overall but then I’ve never been tempted to continue with the series which makes me wonder!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

      • imyril

        Akiva in the first book made me grind my teeth. Oh he’s so hot! But he’s so angry! Humbug. But it didn’t annoy me enough to stop me reading, clearly πŸ˜‰

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha – yeah, hot but annoying.
        Lynn πŸ˜€

  5. Barb(boxermommyreads)

    Bella easily made my list and I probably could have added most of the rest of the characters as well. I like Harry, but I do believe there were times in the book when I liked Ron so much more. I never read the Lord of the Rings books, but in the movie, Frodo did grate my last nerve.

    • @lynnsbooks

      She was such a skulking maniac wasn’t she. I don’t hate Harry or anything – I probably should have made that a lot clearer – but a bit like Frodo, I find him slightly irritating!
      Ron is a great character – I wasn’t totally feeling the romance with Hermione but there it is and it did make for some fun scenes.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yes on Matthew from the All Souls Trilogy! I couldn’t make it past the first book because of how utterly unappealing he was. He plays the big bad vamp, but a second later he would be doing yoga, drinking tea, and blushing like a little school girl. Dude wants to think he’s an alpha, but he’s got no backbone for it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I read the second book because I was so excited about the time they were travelling to and also – time travel. But no, Matthew got on my last nerve. Everybody was always making out as though he was terrifying which I never understood, getting slapped about the face with a marshmallow is more scary – and a bit more tasty!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  7. jessicabookworm

    You had me agreeing with a lot of these choices – actually I have Heathcliff on my list too! I am a little gutted I didn’t think of Frodo and Matthew! Frodo is very whiney and it doesn’t help that Sam is just so brilliant. Then Matthew just really isn’t my sort of romantic figure.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Sam is brilliant. He’s my constant for quotes. ‘I aint been dropping no eaves’. Matthew just didn’t do it for me – and Heatcliff – so selfish!!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  8. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    OK, not everyone loves him. But from the books I don’t get the love some people have for Davos. I don’t care if he has a cool nick name with The Onion Knight, I find his sections to be incredibly boring.

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Onion Knight is a pretty cool name but I can barely even remember this character so he obviously didn’t make too good an impression!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  9. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    And Stannis! How can anyone love Stannis!! He is so annoying, he is just a complete jerk, and oh yeah. He also manages to be boring at the same time!

  10. Allyson

    I couldn’t agree with you more on Cathy and Heathcliff! Blech. And even Frodo. I didn’t mind him so much in Fellowship, but with each passing book I hated him more and more. Now when I rewatch the last two movies, I skip every single Sam and Frodo scene!

    My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      You’re right – Frodo got worse with each passing book – which now makes me feel a little bit bad about dissing him because clearly he was going down hill as the ring had more of an effect! Doh. Still, he got on my nerves quite a bit – quite a lot actually!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  11. Leona

    Totally seconded Frodo, Harry Potter, Edward and Bella. I add Kvothe to the list. I couldn’t come up with 10 characters so I’m skipping this week’s TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I must admit I like Kvothe! I can’t help it…
      Edward and Bella – OMG no!!
      Frodo and Harry – I feel bad about not really liking – they’re fairly central characters so I feel I should really like them but I just don’t!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  12. Carmen

    Totally agree with you about Heathcliff and Cathy. Was that love or something else? I liked Harry, Frodo, even Edward and Bella, but I think Harry would have been better suited with Hermione, and Bella with Jacob. Edward was just not right for Bella, if you have to change your very nature to be loved….
    Hated Stannis….Killing his brother to ascend the throne? Talk about a backstabbing sucker…And love, love, love Tyrion. There’s more to that dwarf than meets the eye.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was obsession. I wonder even if they really did love each other if they could so blatantly hurt each other all the time. I don’t dislike Harry – I just feel a bit ambivalent towards him and sometimes find him irritating, Frodo gets on my last nerve – but I was just having a discussion with another blogger in the comments and I suppose the ring was affecting him wasn’t it – so perhaps he was supposed to become more irritating as he changed? Never really considered that before. I love Tyrion – he has to be one of the best fantasy characters ever!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  13. randanicole

    YES YES YES on Harry Potter. I thought about that one for forever last night. I still hold the belief that Neville would have been a fun and interesting way to take the story. Though no one ever agrees with that. I found Harry boring at times, incompetent but not in the endearing way that Neville was. Maybe I’m crazy here, but still love the series as is.
    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      I found really sorry for Neville in the film version – his role was changed and I didn’t think he had as big an impact. He’s a good character though and one that you really care about. It’s not that I didn’t care for Harry but he always came across as too sad – and, yes, I know all about his background, but I wanted to tell him to ‘cheer up’ or something. And, yes, agreed, i love that series and it’s so sad that we no longer have that or the films to look forward to.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  14. _giovannard

    Bella and Edward also made my list. I just can’t stand them!
    My TTT.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I imagine they’ll be on a lot of lists along with their fanfic counterparts!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  15. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Your choice for #7 prompted a very evil laugh… πŸ˜‰ I never read the books, but I have some idea about the characters from the first movie (2 hours of my life I’m never getting back!), so I have to agree, and keep on with my evil sneer.

    As for #10, how about Sansa Stark? πŸ˜€

  16. Carrie

    #7 πŸ™‚ My TTT

  17. Delia (Postcards from Asia)

    Frodoooo, nooo! πŸ™‚ I get why you don’t like him but even Sam “turned” at the end and the whole thing nearly blew apart. You know what they say, behind a great man is a greater friend (I just made that up, ha).

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – I just can’t help it with Frodo – I find him annoying and it makes me feel bad because he does have a lot to bear – and even more so because some of the comments lead me to think that obviously the ring is having an impact on him and changing him! arrrgghhh – still have an irrational dislike of him though. πŸ˜€

  18. Danya @ Fine Print

    UGH Frodo. What a knob. He didn’t deserve Sam, in my opinion! I’m not sure which beloved character I find most annyoying…probably Atticus from the UF series The Iron Druid Chronicles. He’s kind of a womanzing frat bro character.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – can’t believe you called Frodo a knob – although he is a bit of a tool isn’t he! Sam is the best. lol to Atticus – Oberon is my favourite character – I love him. πŸ˜€

  19. Samantha @ Book Minx

    I still need to finish the All Souls trilogy, but I can definitely see how Matthew is all bark and no bite.

    I didn’t really ship Ron and Hermione together either. I wanted to see her with one of the twins for some reason. I think I might be standing on that ship by myself. πŸ˜›

    Frodo was pretty annoying, but I thought that Bilbo was worse in the Hobbit.

    • @lynnsbooks

      One of the twins would have worked – I really never thought of that!
      Yeah, I never even thought of Bilbo – I was so all consumed with feeling cross with Frodo.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

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