Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I didn't "click" with

9.01.2015

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Saw this over at Hamlette's blog, and thought it would be a fun trip down memory lane.  Here goes - and hope I don't tread on any toes.  ;)

  1. Werther from The Sorrows of Young Werther.  
  2. Everyone from A Passage to India.  (Sorry, Forster.)
  3. Irene Adler from "A Scandal in Bohemia". 
  4. Erik from The Phantom of the Opera.  In all fairness, I am meaning to re-read this.  During my first read, I definitely found book!Erik to be less likeable than Webber's version.
  5. Nick Carraway from The Great Gatsby.  I get the impression one is supposed to like him, but I was left unimpressed.  (I was also shocked that his undisguised racist commentary never gets mentioned in mainstream circles).
  6. Everyone from Dragonwyck.  When I was in middle school, a friend recommended it to me, on the basis it was similar to Jane Eyre.  My mother cautioned me that it sounded like a romance novel, but in my blissful ignorance I wasn't quite aware what that meant.  (Hint: think Edward and Bella in 1800s Dutch New York...)
  7. Mary Russell from the Mary Russell series. 
  8. Aragorn from The Return of the King.  Specifically ROTK, and maybe TTT, because I thought he was pretty cool in The Fellowship of the Ring, but less interesting as the story progressed.
  9. Ahab from Moby-Dick.  I'm not sure antagonists are supposed to "click" with you.  I do know that Gregory Peck's portrayal brought a much-needed human/charismatic element to the character, whereas Starbuck, though different in the book from the movie, is still compelling apart from his film version. So with that in mind, I'd say book!Ahab didn't "click".
  10. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.  *gasp*  Don't click away!  ;) She is probably the best-loved heroine in literature.  I just can't honestly say I found her more interesting than many others. 
I'm sure I've listed someone's favorites...well, the good news is, after six (and not necessarily in the above order), I found it super hard to list the last four!

5 comments :

  1. Ah yes, Young Werther. Completely agree with you! Have you read much Goethe? I haven't, just that and Faust. If you have read more, was Werther just a blip? I'm hoping so because it rather put me off reading more Goethe, which is a shame :)

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    1. The only other Goethe I'm familiar with is his poem, "Der Erlkönig", set to music by Schubert. It was assigned listening in my music class, and I thought it was fascinating, though the lyrics are pretty dark. My favorite version is this slightly eerie tenor/piano solo on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcmbE6_v_3Y

      Eventually I think I'll read Faust, because it was so influential. Given the subject matter, though, I'm not sure I'm looking forward to it... ;)

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  2. Hi! Thanks for the linkback :-) I am right there with you on Nick Carraway -- I almost put him on my list. And Aragorn... thing is, I adore him as Strider, but he gets less interesting to me as the books progress. Partly this is because I saw the movies first, and I thought Strider was really fascinating and attractive, and then he got all cleaned up and I was bored.

    But... Mary Russell? As in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books by Laurie R. King? Oh, she's a favorite of mine. I'm sorry you don't dig her, but I know lots of people don't.

    I do like Elizabeth Bennet, but I don't love her like I love Anne Elliot, so I won't summarily dismiss you for not being a huge fan :-)

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    1. The same Mary Russell... I'm pretty much a purist when it comes to the Sherlock Holmes series, so that's part of it. ;)

      Yes, I think I'd actually really like Aragorn if, say, there were an entire book about his early life. It's not that we don't get those details in LOTR, but somehow (for me) they get out-shone by other plot twists and character arcs.

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    2. I would read a whole book about Aragorn growing up in Rivendell. I would read a whole series about that!

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