Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This week’s theme is character focussed and gives me the perfect opportunity to think
about some of those characters I get a real kick out of hating. They’re not always the main villains but they’re the ones I can’t wait to see get their comeuppance.
I don’t know if I’m just an angry, resentful person but I didn’t seem to have a lot of trouble putting this list together.
1. Daisy in The Great Gatsby. I will never forgive Daisy. What an awful, awful human being.
2. Toad in The Wind in the Willows. Why won’t he see sense? It’s infuriating.
3. Elizabeth in the Poldark series. Ross is an idiot.
4. Almost everyone except Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth in Persuasion. Austen’s
books are full of perfectly silly, intentionally annoying characters who make the real heroes shine in comparison.
5. Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre. Although, in fairness to Blanche, Rochester’s behaviour to both she and Jane at this point of the novel is kind of, well… he’s a bit of an arse here, isn’t’ he? Sorry.
6. Grima Wormtongue in the The Two Towers. Having manipulated, lied and flattered his
way into a position of power his downfall is so satisfying to see.
7. Cathy and Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights. I love the book but it’s hard to watch them deliberately hurt each other. They’re selfish, hateful people.
8. Mrs Trunchbull in Matilda. A properly terrifying children’s villain.
9. Mondego, Danglars and Villefort in The Count of Monte Cristo. By the end of this book I was egging the Count on with real bloodthirsty gusto; I was so desperate for him to get his revenge.
10. Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She deserves everything she gets.
This list is quite classics heavy although that certainly wasn’t my intention when I started writing it. Maybe more recent novels have moved away from this sort of character? Or maybe I don’t read the right kind of modern books. I don’t know.