Fictional Fridays #2

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Today for Bookworms In Dresses fabulous Friday link-up, let’s talk manga! Manga was a huge part of my life in middle and high school, and also a huge reason I stayed immersed in a love for art. My mum used to work at a school, and she always took me down to Borders (remember those stores?) for their huge one day sale event for educators (aka massive discount on your whole purchase). I still remember the excitement of that shopping day; browsing the shelves of options trying to decide what to read next, the ecstasy of knowing I could pick out five or six volumes instead of just one.

Unfortunately, I don’t still have any of my old manga. I hit a rough patch, money-wise, after splitting from an awful relationship, and ended up selling them for some quick cash. I can’t say I regret it, as I really needed the money at the time, but there are definitely days where I wish I could flip through some of my old favorites. Here are some of my faves from back when I was fourteen and fifteen.

1. .hack//Legend of the Twilight

2. Magic Knight Rayearth

3. Chobits

4. Peach Girl

5. Fruits Basket

Though I adored the story of Chobits, I think .hack was my absolute favorite (okay, tied with Magic Knight Rayearth). When I was reading these, this was pre-MMORPG and the closest thing I had was Neopets. As an RPG lover, the world of .hack was spectacular (you know, other than that whole ‘it’s killing people in real life’ thing). Magic Knight Rayearth was awesome for a similar reason – regular girls who get transported to a magical world and have to kick ass and be heroes?? Um, yes please. My fourteen year old self was over the moon.

Man, now I miss my manga. I think I may have to start collecting these again!

Did you/do you read manga? What are some of your faves?
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Fictional Fridays

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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