These are in the order that they occurred to me…
1. Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
She was the first person to pop into my mind, likely because she’s so evil… yet so pink… and a cat lady… She made all those rules and called Harry a liar. And yet there was nothing we could do to stop her. She wasn’t your traditional villain that you could fight back against, and so she was FRUSTRATING. You wanted to fight back and couldn’t.
2. Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
This was another frustrating character because she was a liar. I must not like characters who lie. I understood Harry’s frustration as she kept publishing false articles about him. And just the image of her sucking on her Quick Quotes Quill makes me want to seethe. And who wears lime green all the time? Really?
3. Bella Swan from the Twilight series
Oh, Bella. You frustrate me in so many ways. I’m sure she is going to be on a lot of people’s lists. I wish she’d been a stronger character. I wish she stood up to Edward when he was being a manipulative boyfriend. I wish she hadn’t just moped for months when Edward left her. I wish she hadn’t been so focused on having sex with Edward. I wish she had some interests outside of becoming a vampire. I wish she had a vampire power that was better than making protective bubbles.
4. Seth from the Fablehaven series
I seriously LOVE this middle grade fantasy series, but I don’t think I reviewed it here on the blog… Need to remedy that! Seth is a GREAT character, but I found him frustrating because he was a rule breaker. If you tell him not to do something, he’ll do it. If you tell him “SERIOUSLY! DON’T DO THIS OR YOU’LL DIE!” Seth will still do it. He was the perfect balance to his rule following sister, but he still drove me nuts with all his rule breaking. Though he made for great conflict and tension.
|I seriously LOVE this series. The later books are so, so good!|
5. Romeo from Romeo and Juliet
Gah! Romeo! You are so emo and mopey and moody. And you jump from girl to girl. And then you do stupid stuff like kill your wifey’s cousin. And then even stupider things like buy the most deadly poison to kill yourself. You pretty much ruined your own life as well as Juliet’s in my opinion. Poor Juliet. She was by far the stronger character.
6. Tris in Insurgent
I did not understand why Tris was making certain choices in Insurgent. I don’t have my copy of the book because it is loaned out, and my memory isn’t good enough to cite specific examples. But allow me to quote my review:
“Four keeps showing Tris that he stands by her and cares about her, and honestly, I don’t know if I would have put up with some of the things Tris did. Granted she just lost her parents and killed someone she didn’t want to kill, but some decisions she made caused my brain to scream a little in frustration.”
7. Miranda from This World We Live In
Miranda went through so much in book one, and grew so much as a person, and then in book three she seemed to revert to her self-centered, immature self. I was incredibly frustrated by this, and it kind of ruined the book for me. A book I’d really looked forward to.
8. Cassia in Matched and Crossed
Cassia frustrates me because I don’t understand what she sees in Ky. I like Xander, who is handsome, clever, and loyal. But for some reason Cassia likes Ky the martyr. I still haven’t read Reached, and I am still debating whether I want to invest time in finishing this series because I had a hard time with book two.
9. St. John Rivers in Jane Eyre
St. John Rivers is such a cold and emotionless character. He has the makings of a good man: how he wants to be a missionary and how he looks after his sisters and Jane. But he is so strange and cold. When he is asking Jane to be his wife and to go to India with him, I wanted to scream at Jane because she couldn’t possibly be happy with such a cold man. So I was probably mostly frustrated by him because I didn’t want Jane to end up with him!
10. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations
On the one hand, she’s a very memorable character. On the other hand… GET OUT OF YOUR FREAKING WEDDING DRESS ALREADY. Don’t you want to shake her and tell her to live her life??? Being jilted at the alter is terrible, but wasting your whole life because of one event is an even bigger tragedy.
I’m so excited to see everyone’s lists this week! What characters were you frustrated by?