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Nothing bugs me more than an irritating character. I deal with frustrating people in “real life”; the last thing I want to do is encounter them in my reading.
Dr. Diana Bishop
While I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches, it drove me up the wall that Diana just kept getting more and more special. She’s the daughter of a Proctor and a Bishop—two families famous in the history of witchcraft—but that alone doesn’t warrant author Deborah Harkness continually making her more and more “special.” The trend continues in Shadow of Night, where—surprise, surprise—Diana gets even more special. I think it’s a cop-out on the part of the author.
I’m gonna get flamed for this one, but my enjoyment of Anne of Green Gables was hampered by its main character. Most of Anne’s problems were fairly juvenile, and brought upon her by her own impulsive actions, so I didn’t feel much sympathy. On the contrary, her daydreaming musings and constant prattling were off-putting. It’s a children’s series, though, and in general they don’t appeal to me.
I love The Secret Garden, but ooh I could slap the snot out of Colin Craven. It’s hard to feel sympathy for a kid who behaves the way he does. Same is true for Mary Lennox. Sour little creatures both, and I very much enjoyed seeing them grow out of it.
Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen’s satirical look at the traditional Gothic novel. I don’t dislike Catherine, but I spent most of the novel wanting to reach in and shake her until her teeth rattled. People who are that naive frustrate and worry me, and I was glad to see her mature throughout the novel.
Gods Behaving Badly was an incredible read, but I hate the way author Marie Phillips drew the character of the novel’s narrator, Artemis. Artemis is goddess of the hunt, wild animals, childbirth, virginity, young girls, and the bringing and relieving of disease in women.
But as I said in my review of the book:
Phillips’ Artemis is…a complete prude. She’s absolutely appalled by Aphrodite’s sexuality, and hates to hear people discuss sex. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but I keep coming back to the fact that it seems completely out of character. To me, Artemis is someone who would value sexuality, and understand its place within the world. She would understand that sex is an important part of the life cycle, and that the innocence of childhood must eventually give way to it. Every fiber of my being wants to scream about this, and how it’s perpetuating the idea that one has to either be for or against expressing sexuality. For the love of heaven, valuing virginity is not the same as hating sex.
It makes my Inner Feminist all kinds of irritated.
What do you think of my list? What characters frustrate you?