Top 10 Tuesday!~

Okay, so here’s the Top 10 Tuesday post, as sponsored by the wonderful folks at the Broke & Bookish blog.  I’m going to be pulling these from the books that I’ve read this year, since my memory is bad otherwise!

The Top 10 (or so) Characters that you didn’t click with

  1. I’d have to say any of the characters from Jodi Picoult’s House Rules.  I disliked all of the characters in that book, except for Jacob’s brother, Theo.  Sadly, Theo did not play a large part of the story, but I did find him the most interesting.  The book overall made me angry though — very poor representation of a teenage boy with Asperger’s.  How someone can confuse Asperger’s (now known as high-functioning autism, since the DSM-5 no longer has Asperger’s as a diagnosis) with low-functioning autism is beyond me.
  2. Edna from The Awakening by Kate Chopin.  I get that it was a groundbreaking book when it was published in 1899, but to me, Edna had no reason for the infidelity aside from boredom.  If she had been being abused by her husband or something similar, it would’ve made more sense to me and Edna would’ve been a little more likable.  But as it stands, I really couldn’t wait to finish the book so there would be no more Edna for me to read about.
  3. Agnes from The Cleaner of Chartres by Sally Vicker.  I didn’t dislike her, but I never felt like I got to know her well at all, and I don’t like not feeling as though I have had a glimpse into a protagonist’s mind when I’ve read almost 200 pages about her.  The story itself was a bit odd, honestly, and I’m not entirely sure what the point of the book was.  It was interesting enough if you like psychological analysis stuff (which I do enjoy) — Sally Vicker was a psychoanalyst prior to starting writing, so it makes sense I guess.
  4. Renee and Flo from Goose by Dawn O’Porter (review of Goose can be found here).  They didn’t make sense to me, but the review will explain more than I can in just a bullet point in this top 10 post.
  5. Kate Fante from Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline.  Although the book got 3/5 stars from me, I still didn’t enjoy it very much, and I think it’s because I never felt like I understood what “made Kate tick.”  There were some personal glimpses of Kate in Dirty Blonde but I felt like more personal life bits would’ve been helpful to make her feel more like a person rather than a one-dimensional character.
  6. Eleanor Burden from The Lost Prince by Seldon Edwards.  I read this one without realizing it was the sequel to another book, and although I enjoyed the book, Eleanor always felt too distant and aloof for me to feel as though I understood her.  This is similar to #5 — except the readers did get glimpses of Eleanor in her personal life, but that still did not really tell us who she was as a person (or so I felt).
  7. Colin Singleton from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.  He irritated me more than anything else, so I finished the book fast and now I don’t even really remember any of it except that his “genius” status kept being pounded into the readers’ heads (as well as Colin’s dialogue about whether he really is a genius or not).  It got old.  And I really didn’t like Colin.
  8. Herschel Walker from Breaking Free (which is his autobiography about life with DID [DID = dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder]).  I really didn’t understand how he developed DID from being teased at school — sure, you can learn to dissociate from that, but it takes severe abuse early in life to cause DID to happen — not “merely” bullying.  Walker’s writing style was okay, and made me feel like I understood him a little, but again, he just annoyed me.  Sadly, this is a real person, rather than fictional… blah.
  9. Richard Baer from Switching Time (which is his true-life story of being a psychologist, with no prior experience with trauma or dissociation, treating a woman with DID and “fixing” her).  This is a despicable book for more reasons than I can say, and honestly I wonder if Baer wrote this book in an attempt to save his practice from going bankrupt, since the entire book makes him out to be a hero who “saved” Karen from herself… when he had NO experience treating someone with DID prior to this yet somehow seamlessly helped her integrate.  Plus, the fact that he calls it a “harrowing story of a doctor treating a woman with 17 personalities” pisses me off.  How does “harrowing” describe being the therapist who treats a multiple patient who exhibits no violent tendencies?!  I can guarantee you — IF this story is true — that the work Karen did herself was much, much more harrowing than anything Baer could comprehend with his limited knowledge of anything to do with dissociation.

I guess top 9 is just going to have to do!  Are there any characters that you couldn’t click with, that you would like to share?

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5 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday!~

  1. I also put Edna on my list! You’re the only other person I’ve found who included her. Why couldn’t a groundbreaking book about women have been written that didn’t portray the woman as being so selfish, you know?

    • I totally agree! It kind of irritates me that it was both a groundbreaking book in terms of content, for the time period — and also is still lauded as one of the first novels that explores feminism… and honestly I couldn’t stand Edna. Like I said in my post, if she had had a better reason than simple boredom for leaving her marriage, I could’ve been okay with that. Or if she had just wanted to live in a separate house rather than be unfaithful because of boredom — that would’ve flown for me as well! Haha. I’m glad I’m not alone in my sentiment!

      • Exactly, I’m sure there could’ve been circumstances that would’ve put me on her side and made the cheating understandable. And what she did at the end (don’t wanna include spoilers in case other people read this) is not something I generally consider selfish, but it came across that way in her case. So yeah, you’re not alone lol.

      • Agreed once again! What happened at the end is something I generally refuse to view as selfish, but in this case, it just seemed like… I don’t know. Maybe a fitting way to, um, end the story so Chopin wouldn’t have to figure out what happened next? (Sorry, that’s a little irreverent of me since this is a classic… but today authors struggle with figuring out what a character does next, so I’m assuming it was the same/similar in 1899 and earlier…) I did enjoy reading it though — I was surprised I never read it before for a class or something — and I am glad I read it, if (for no other reason) to be able to say that yes I read it! lol. 🙂

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