Happy Tuesday, Bookworms. I’m really quite excited by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks to the fabulous ladies of The Broke and The Bookish, today we’re discussing the most frustrating characters in literature! I like to think of them as the characters I’d most like to slap and/or punch, because I’m mentally violent. (I’m like the opposite of violent in real life though. Seriously, my high school gym teacher once made fun of my wimpy ass punches while doing Tae Bo. Way to be encouraging, GYM CLASS. And you wonder why I have nightmares…)
1. Scarlett O’Hara. How can you not have a love/hate relationship with Scarlett? She is so FRUSTRATING! She’s vain and fussy and stupid and heartless… And then she’s picking herself up by her bootstraps and keeping the farm running… And then she’s AWFUL all over again! Smack smack smackety smack, SCARLETT! As God as my witness, I love me some Gone With The Wind!
2. Javert of Les Miserables. Seriously, Javert? Seriously. You’re so uncompromising and refuse to believe in the innate goodness of a human soul. Yes, I KNOW you’ve got issues because you were born in prison. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to recognize Jean Valjean’s change of heart. Your rigidness led to your own suicide, and that’s just a waste, Javert, because that Parisian police force could have used a compassionate cop.
3. Anastasia Steele of 50 Shades of Grey. Ana, girl. Tell your “inner goddess” to shut the front door because she’s SUPER annoying. Also, go get a real job at a company your super rich boyfriend doesn’t own. Be self sufficient. Figure out who you are before committing yourself to a man who admittedly has serious issues. And for crying out loud, pay attention to your birth control schedule if you don’t want to get pregnant. These things. They are not rocket science!
4. Crake from Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake. I get it, Crake. You’re a super genius and you’re frustrated with humanity. Who isn’t frustrated with humanity? But that’s not a good enough reason to create a biological weapon and release it on the unsuspecting “looking for a good time” masses. Angst is no excuse for genocide, dude. Not. Cool.
5. Rex and Rose Mary Walls from The Glass Castle. I’ll admit, it might not be fair to put them on this list because they were real people, not just characters, but they made my blood boil. They didn’t feed their children. THEY DIDN’T FEED THEIR CHILDREN! They were “too proud” to accept welfare money which would have enabled them to feed their children, but the whole steady job thing was beyond them. I try not to be critical of parenting as a general rule, but I make an exception for people who DON’T FEED THEIR CHILDREN. Ninja kick!
6. Albus Dumbledore. Now, before you all go out and have me drawn and quartered, I loved the HP series and I LOVE Dumbledore. However. If he’d been more forthcoming with details and theories and his suspicions, he could have prevented Harry almost dying like a zillion times. C’mon Albus. There’s a time and place for secrecy… But that time is not when Voldemort is on the loose! Unless you’re someone’s secret keeper. Then it’s ALWAYS the time and place for secret keeping. (Cough cough, Peter Pettigrew!)
7. Romeo from Romeo and Juliet. I may not be smart enough to read Shakespeare on the regular, but I know my Romeo and Juliet. Romeo, we need to have a discussion about impulse control. You’re in love with Rosaline one minute and then you fall for Juliet? As your fickle fancies weren’t enough, you just can’t keep yourself from killing Tybalt? You know this whole double suicide thing is your fault, right? You wouldn’t have been banished to Mantua if you’d kept your sword sheathed (pun completely intended). If you hadn’t been in Mantua, Juliet wouldn’t have had to fake her death to join you there. Then you wouldn’t have had to go killing yourself only to have her wake up and kill herself. Ugh.
8. Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, again. Oh, you thought you’d get out of this without scorn? Oh no. Have a seat, Jules. Here’s the thing. You’re like 14. I know, Romeo’s a dream boat and your dad wants you to marry that Paris guy. But seriously. Sneaking out to get married? To a guy you’ve known for a couple of days? Not your best judgement, girl. Why didn’t you suggest eloping? I mean, you were both from loaded families, its not like you couldn’t have absconded with some tapestries to fund your journey. If you can sneak out to get married, you can sneak out and get to the countryside and set up a happily ever after. The two of you just didn’t think. And now you’re all dead and stuff.
I’m all riled up, 8 is all I can handle. What about you, Bookworms? Who is your most frustrating character?