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Characters from books you HATE (that you're not supposed to!)

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Shiningdew Wed 09-Sep-15 20:03:02

I have just finished The House I Grew Up In (Lisa Jewell) and I liked it but I couldn't stand Meg, the oldest daughter.

I got the feeling she'd really, really annoy me if I knew her grin Smug, judgemental, bossy and mumsy.

I also didn't like Jill, of the Ruby Ferguson pony books, as a kid. She was always so intolerant of anyone nervy round horses!

Who are yours? I'm sure I have more ...

Doublebubblebubble Wed 09-Sep-15 20:11:49

I'm going to get flamed, I'm going to get flamed, I'm going to get flamed!!!

Ron Weasley and Hermione Grainger

Doublebubblebubble Wed 09-Sep-15 20:13:23

Not that hp is adult fiction... X

Biscuitsneeded Wed 09-Sep-15 20:13:57

The ghastly, sanctimonious, prissy little heroine of Bleak House. Can't remember her name. She gets the pox, survives, but is horribly scarred. Good.

Shiningdew Wed 09-Sep-15 20:14:14

I can see that! Hermione in particular would irritate me if I had been at school with her, I think.

I have to admit I could sometimes see Snape's POV re Harry!

MaisieDotes Wed 09-Sep-15 20:14:55

The protagonist in Shantaram.

I had to stop reading the book because he annoyed me so much, and I usually would never abandon a book.

Shiningdew Wed 09-Sep-15 20:16:42

Thought of another one - the narrator in Incendiary.

Sex, sex, sex, my boy, I'm poor, sex, I'm still poor, sex.

TwllBach Wed 09-Sep-15 20:17:30

HATED pip in great expectations.

Also, Harry potter himself!!

BoneyBackJefferson Wed 09-Sep-15 20:17:39


I would go one further and say Harry Potter and Dumbledore.

TheEagle Wed 09-Sep-15 20:19:15

The narrator of The Kite Runner.

Horrible, selfish, weak - willed.

Hated the book in general but I hated that character with a passion.

SydneyCarton Wed 09-Sep-15 20:27:05

Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities. No doubt meant to be the angelic suffering heroine but comes across like a drippy drama llama who spends half the time fainting and the other half delicately refusing marriage proposals.

Was pretty disappointed Madame Defarge didn't manage to do her in with a knitting needle angry

LilacSpunkMonkey Wed 09-Sep-15 20:33:20

Both of them in One Day. I don't know if that was the point but I found both of them very unlikeable.

And the two in The Time Traveller's Wife. To the point where I've started it twice and never got further than about two-thirds through it. Didn't care about either of them at all.

And Mr Rochester. Great romantic lead? No, no, no.

Don't get me started on the fella in The Thorn Birds. Pervert!

TheImprobableGirl Wed 09-Sep-15 20:35:52

You were worried about getting flamed for the Harry Potter couple Doublebubblebubble and then you go and put a bloody kiss (x) at the end of your next post?!?!? wink

BertieBotts Wed 09-Sep-15 20:38:52

I don't know, I never liked Snape even at the end when you're supposed to. <heartless>

Amummyatlast Wed 09-Sep-15 20:39:25

Emma in Jane Austen's Emma. In fact I hate the entire book, despite liking TV adaptations.

noiwontstoptalking Wed 09-Sep-15 20:39:41

Emma Woodhouse needed a good slap in my opinion.

Mr Knightly what were you thinking of?

ReluctantCamper Wed 09-Sep-15 20:39:44

The hero of Lucky Jim. I think you're supposed to think he's a likeable but with faults. I just thought he was a tremendous wanker. He was so horrible to Margaret.

noiwontstoptalking Wed 09-Sep-15 20:40:13

Amummuy grin great minds!

APlaceOnTheCouch Wed 09-Sep-15 20:42:33

Hardy's Tess - not the first time I read it. I was actually sympathetic to her then but by the third or fourth reading, I was so angry that she accepted Angel's hypocrisy and just meekly accepted her fate yy I know it was a damning indictment of the time but seriously get a grip woman

TheSpottedZebra Wed 09-Sep-15 20:44:07

Jane Eyre. Fucking prig.
And Mr Rochester also.

I actually have quite a lot of hate for that entire novel.

tumbletumble Wed 09-Sep-15 20:45:43

Yy to the protagonist in Shantaram. So arrogant!

noiwontstoptalking Wed 09-Sep-15 20:45:51

Noooooooooooo. Zebra it's wonderful.

BathshebaDarkstone Wed 09-Sep-15 20:50:25

Double I agree with you. Ron's a wuss and Hermione's an annoying swat a bit like I was.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Wed 09-Sep-15 20:50:43

Agree about the 2 in One Day, and the Kite Runner fella. Like Eagle I thought the KR was crap anyway, just because the subject area is serious sure doesn't make it good writing. B

BeeRayKay Wed 09-Sep-15 20:50:45

Cathy in Wuthering Heights
Amy in Little Women.

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