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This week's Top Ten list is:
What are your top ten most frustrating characters ever?
1. Rosalind (eldest sister) in The Weird Sisters- The thing that frustrated me the most about Rose was how she always had an excuse. An excuse for why she had to be the one to stay close to home, an excuse for why she couldn’t go to England with her fiancée, an excuse on why things in her life were harder than others. I wanted to literally shake her and tell her to do something about it. She needed to stop thinking about what others expected of her and think only for herself, if at least just once! Thank goodness she finally did!
2. Mrs. Bennett in Pride and Prejudice- I may get some flak for this one but Mrs. Bennett is so whiney, needy, and judgmental. It seems to always need to revolve around her needs and she can’t stand when a situation doesn’t take her into account.
3. Sara (The Mom) in My Sister’s Keeper- This book broke my heart. I remember sitting on my bed just bawling and thinking how unfair it all was. Even my roommate who read it later came tearing in to my room when she finished and saying how much it angered her. I wanted the story to continue so badly because I wanted to know Sara’s reaction to the aftermath of the event that takes place. I found myself torn by completely disliking this woman for, in some ways, abandoning two of her children and in another way knowing that I don’t understand the situation she was going through and don’t know if I would have done anything different.
4. Hilly Holbrook in The Help- I mean, do I really need to even state why she is one of the most frustrating characters ever?
5. Ana in Fifty Shades of Grey- This woman drove me bonkers. She kept pining and pining over Christian (who yes, sounded like he would be the most gorgeous man in real life) and let him have this power over her. Not the romantic, “he makes me a better person,” power; it was the kind that made her second guess every decision she made for fear that he would get upset with her.
6. Dr. David Henry in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter- I just couldn’t forgive him for what he did. The whole book I blamed him, and I understand that he made the choice he thought was right for everyone, but I just cringed through each page. I got so frustrated with his lie and how it ruined their family I had to give the book up…and I RARELY don’t finish a book.
7. Victoria in The Language of Flowers- I absolutely loved this book. And my frustration with Victoria stemmed from her not realizing how wonderful she was. I kept reading and waiting for her to realize that she deserved to be happy, that not only bad things will be the big moments in her life, and that she was loved so much more than she even could begin to know. She definitely made some bad choices in parts of the book, but I found myself more frustrated not with these bad decisions, but how she beat herself up about it after the fact.
8. Fanny Price in Mansfield Park- This woman needed to learn how to stand up for herself. I felt like she was always being taken advantage of! I wanted to jump into the book and smack some sense in to her. Literally!
Ok, I know I am supposed to come up with 10, but am really drawing a blank now. Eight will have to do this week.