Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the bloggers of The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are all recounting some of the most frustrating literary characters we've ever come across.
Mrs. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen — Mrs. Bennet does provide some comic relief to the story, but I honestly have no idea how her family is able to put up with her dramatics. I certainly couldn't.
Cornelius Fudge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling — Fudge has SO many opportunities throughout the book to help prepare the Wizarding world for Voldemort's return. Instead he chooses to deny all potential bad news until it's too late. He's not an evil person, but certainly a terrible leader.
The Giving Tree of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein — My friend Anna put it best when she said: STOP GIVING, TREE!
Beatrice Lacey from Wideacre by Philippa Gregory — Oh Beatrice. I understand that she cares about Wideacre above all else. But the measures she resorts to to keep her claim there are ridiculously over-the-top and, shall we say, quite incestuous.
Macbeth from Macbeth by William Shakespeare — No, Macbeth, you were not really predestined to commit any of those horrible crimes. You have choices, so many choices, and you just keep making the wrong ones.
Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell — I love Scarlett and how self-serving she is. I just wish she realizes she needs Rhett sooner and can admit that they are alike so that there's no need for that ending to happen.
Edna Pontellier from The Awakening by Kate Chopin — Maybe now that I'm older and a little wiser than my high school self I could appreciate Chopin's work a little more. All I remember of my reading experience was how frustrated I was with Edna, who would rather end her own life than put up with her husband and children.
Fanny Price from Mansfield Park by Jane Austen — Fanny is one of the most passive characters I've ever read. I get that you're humble and moral, but please assert yourself every once and a while!
Bella Swan of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer — I'm not sure I understood the concept of a Mary Sue until I read Twilight. Is it too much to ask for a protagonist with a bit of a personality?
Don Quixote from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes — Don Quixote is at least an amusing character. But his misadventures start to fade together after a while. Can no one really talk any sense into him?
Agree with any of my choices? Let me know which characters you think are the most frustrating!