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Characters I Liked In Books That I Didn’t – Top Ten Tuesday #5

op Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year.

I’ve gone more toward non-favourite books than disliked books with this one as usually one of the reasons I dislike a book is because I don’t like any of the characters but I managed to collect a few. A note – for characters from less followed/newer books I searched fanart for characters with a similar aesthetic so if – by some enormous coincidence – this is your art and you know that it is not of that character then I apologise.

10. Robbie Turner, Atonement by Ian McEwan

Drawing from LittleSeaSparrow, Deviant Art

Let’s be honest in comparison to the likes of Briony Tallis and Lola, competition for the best character in Atonement was hardly fierce – it was more like ‘Character–You-Would-Least-Like-To-Kill-With-A-Blunt-Object’. Robbie wasn’t perfect but I liked him and the chapters from his perspective were by far the least annoying and boring in the book. Atonement is probably the only book in this list I can honestly state I did dislike though.

9. Damon, True Fire by Gary Meehan

Drawing from Unknown, Pinterest

Now whilst I may not have disliked True Fire entirely it was far from a favourite but Damon was the best character for sure. He was witty, awkward and relatable – it’s a real pity the author had no idea what to do with him and kept implicated him every dumb and inexplicable love arc imaginable in the dull little world.

8. Rosalie Hale, The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

Drawing from Milkie, Fanpop

Now I did like the Twilight Saga and I especially liked Rosalie – she was the only one who actually seemed to recognise how awful being immortal could truly be and who gave Bella – who I hate – a hard time. Her back-story got to me and she got her own back in a kick-ass way AND she got Emmett! The best Cullen by far and they form pretty much the most genuine and believable couples in the whole book because they balance each other – #TeamRosalie

7. Malkin, Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

Drawing from GreenAmb, Deviant Art

Malkin is a sarcastic clockwork fox. That’s all I need to say. Cogheart, whilst not a favourite, was actually one of the better kids books I’ve read in a while.

6. Ian O’Shea, The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Drawing from Ian–x-Wanda, Deviant Art

The Host was a step-up from Twilight in a big way for Meyer and it showed. I liked way more of the characters and the story was good – pity they messed up the movie so bad I will never hear the end of it from my best friend (who I made to pay to see it). Whilst I love Jake Abel, he is not how I’d pictured Ian at all and though it was confusing I loved his and Wanda’s relationship because it felt so much more genuine than any of the Twilight love arcs.

5. Edelweiss, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Drawing from Liastoria-Alestera, Deviant Art

I had mixed feelings about The Belles – it was the kind of book I rated well out of giving credit where credit is due but on further reflection feel as though I was being overly generous. Edel, felt like the most relatable character to me and she made me laugh. I wish she’d been in the book more but, que sera sera.

4. Ky Markham, Matched Trilogy by Ally Condi

Drawing from Leabharlann, Deviant Art

Who doesn’t want a gorgeous and intelligent boy to slip you poems and introduce you to a world of words you had never even imagined? I read this a long time ago and was shocked when I did a cursory Google to check surnames that he was part of a love triangle. It came back to me after that but beforehand I could barely remember whatisface.

3. Daniel ‘Day’ Altan Wing, Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

Drawing from Great Expectations aka Whitney, Fandom

Oh Day, my beautiful Day. This really is an example of another series I liked but isn’t really a favourite because I read them during the hype of dystopian and they just sort of fell through the cracks as ‘yet another one’. Day was smart, skilled and so very rogueish when he wanted – and that ending made me die a little on the inside.

2 & 1. The Murray Twins – Winston “Widget” Aidan Murray and Penelope “Poppet” Aislin Murray, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Drawing by Lily Mitchell, The Moreiarty Fandom Crack

My word, there is some gorgeous fanart of these two! Whilst beautiful the ending of The Night Circus was slightly disappointing and so, not a favourite but I do love me some quirky twins. Twins intrigue me – I’ve always wanted one too – and the Murray twins were by far two of my favourite characters in the book.

So that’s my list, who made yours? Do you dislike any of these characters? Or the books? Or maybe you loved the books and I should give them a second chance? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

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