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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Frustrating Characters Ever

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Time to hate on characters! These are the ones that almost made me throw the book across the room:

1. Everyone in Pride and Prejudice.- I never understood how Elizabeth and Darcy could fall in love like that. So, imagine my relief when P.D James just confirmed what I thought.

2. Maxim De Winter from Rebecca.– I think he was clearly an abuser, not Rebecca’s, but his current wife. How she feels the need to be subjected to make him happy is something I’ll never understand.

3. Laura from The Woman in White.- I’m one for 19th-century love stories and damsels in distress, but Laura was too much to stand. I know she is very impressionable, but fainting very two pages is more than anyone – except the heroe in the novel – can stand.

4. Meg March from Good Wives (Second-half of too many Little Women editions).- I was OK with the Meg Louisa May Alcott wrote for Little Women, but she soon developed into the subjected, self-sacrified little wife, always trying to make her husband happy no matter how she felt or what she thought.

5. Erika from The Ice Princess.- Another woman trying to impress her man, but now in modern times. Erika is self-deprecating with a kind of false modesty and humbleness that got on my nerves. Guess what? She turned out to be beautiful and, in one book gets everything: the house, the man and the baby. Need I say more?

6. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre.- He is lovely to Jane, but bring your Creole wife from the Caribbean to lock her in the attic when she goes “mad”? Not good. Definitely not good.

7.  Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlett Letter.- So, he started an affair with a woman, she got pregnant and then he leaves her alone to be humiliated and punished by the whole village? He showed up just in time, but that doesn’t make him any better.

8.  Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park.– I know most of the times a heroine defines herself against the villan in the work, but Norris was too mean and Fanny too weak to defend herself. It didnt’ work for me.

9. Mrs. March in Good Wives.- Where do you think housewife-Meg takes advice from? Her devoted and loving mother who, at one points, tells her daughter to talk with her husband about things HE likes although she may have no interest in them. And that was the less worrying tip.

10. Martin from One Good Turn.- I don’t want to spoil it all, but he is just a mean, self-absorbed, self-pitied poor rich man who writes cozy crime novels. But that doesn’t give him permission to kill a Russian girl he has just met, right?



  • Lianne @

    I’ve been meaning to re-read Mansfield Park (maybe in the next few months depending) so I haven’t added Mrs. Norris on my list but I remember her being such a troll to Fanny in that book. Definitely vying with Lucy Steele (S&S) for biggest Austen antagonist in my book, lol.

    lol that a lot of people have been mentioning Mr Rochester in their lists this week! I mean, yeah, he’s selfish and manipulative and a liar but he didn’t reach the same levels of frustration the way that the characters from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights did…Rochester would probably qualify on a lower level of my list of frustrating characters xD

    Here’s my list of 10 irritating/frustrating characters =)

  • Helen

    I agree with you about Laura Fairlie from The Woman in White. Marian Halcombe was a much more interesting character and the true heroine of the story!

  • Rikki

    Oh, come on, I never thought Mr. Rochester was so bad! And he did suffer in the end quite a bit, so cut him some slack. Agreed on Maxim de Winter. I am sure there are tons of people that would go on my list, but I started too late to think about it. Maybe I will do it on a free for all Tuesday.

  • Julianne

    Eeek, I’ve never read Good Wives, but have been meaning to, and now I’m concerned it will spoil my view of the characters. Mind you the title is a bit of a clue as to what it’s about, I should have guessed really…

    • Elena

      It did spoil the characters for me, but consider the title and add some morals from the 19th century and you’ll have the perfect torture for any woman with a minimum of self-respect (or a man who respects women).

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