I am so excited for my first Fictional Fridays post!! After getting a little burnt with 5 Fandom Friday, I’ll be hopping over to join Bookworms In Dresses fabulous Friday link-up! Fictional Fridays is dedicated to gushing about literary related goodness. Characters! Stories! Book covers! Anything you want – post about it!! I love how it’s open ended, and it’s just the link up I’ve been looking for to pull me out of my Friday funk lately.
I was originally thinking about book characters I love as a topic to discuss here today, but then I realized there was something I wanted to talk about about more: Characters I Love to HATE.
I actually love it when I get truly angry at a character in a book. Why? The above quote sums it up nicely. If I have a mad case of rage towards a character, I definitely care and am invested in the writing enough to be so filled with turmoil. I love that. I love getting the feels for fictional characters, and I am always impressed when an author can churn up some true anger in me. So without further ado, here are my Top Two Characters I Love To Hate.
1. Dolores Umbridge
She is at the very tippy top of my list in terms of nerd rage while reading. I have never been SO ANGRY when reading. There were so many times I sat there, jaw clenched, white-knuckling my copy of Order of the Phoenix whilst reading about her latest horrifying act. I was actually sad when you find out the centaurs did not, in fact, rip her to pieces. I wanted her torn to smithereens, entrails hanging from the Forbidden Forest as a warning to others to not be such a complete douche.
2. Cersei Lannister
I absolutely love what a cold-hearted bitch Cersei is in the books. In fact, I’m not overly enamored with her portrayal on the show – she comes off rather victim-like in some situations and that is just NOT Cersei. She knows what she’s doing. She knows what she wants. And she will do ANYTHING to get it. I love (to hate) that about her. Her cold, calculating manner, her complete disregard for anyone but herself. In the earlier books I was in awe of just how selfish she was. Which made it all the more satisfying as things began to fall apart for her.
Those two have definitely given me the most rage I can think of while reading. There are certainly others I can mention:
Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter (for being such a skeevy jerk), Sansa from Game of Thrones (for her overwhelming naivety), Sandman from the Neil Gaiman comics (while he is the main protagonist, there are many occasions he is just a complete dick), Lucifer from Sandman and his own spinoff series (he IS the devil, I guess it’s not too surprising he would do some angering things). I’m sure I could name more, but that’s a good start.
Are there any characters you just love to hate?
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Dolores Umbridge always made me mad too! That little giggle she does in the movies makes me hate her even more haha
Nooo, not Sansa! Nooooooo. She’s naive but she’s literally just a child! (And I firmly believe it’s unfair to compare her and Arya because they’re different people; they’re going to react differently.) Oh, Sansa is honestly one of my favorites, so it makes me sad when people don’t like her. Especially because she’s not just naive all the way through. I feel like she actually catches on quickly but for so much of the story she’s in such a dangerous position that there’s not much she can do. Oh, geez, now I’m sad. Lol
Haha, I didn’t mean to make you sad!! 🙂 I actually really enjoyed reading Sansa’s chapters but I really struggled with just how blind to things she was. I completely understand WHY she was that way, given how girls were expected to behave, but it was still incredibly frustrating. I definitely agree that its unfair to compare her to Arya – they are two completely different people and honestly, Arya can be just as obnoxious for very different reasons.
Oh and I also completely agree that once she sheds her naivety, she is forced to still ACT naive because of how dangerous her situation is. It was at that point where I started liking her chapters even more, simply because then I was always scared for her!
Hahah Umbridge is definitely the worst! She actually reminds me of someone I used to know which makes it even more terrible for me!
Oh gosh, that is awful!!!
Love this! I HATE Dolores Umbridge! Horrible person as is Cersei!