We’ve all been there, shouting at the stupid character who’s walking into the dim and dark room where the murderer is hidden, or chosen the cheat over the dreamboat.
Don’t deny it, we’ve all wanted to commit ‘literaricide’ during our reading life when faced with an utterly clueless character and their stupid decisions. So, over on our Facebook page and Instagram account we asked our followers which protagonist irritated them to the point of wanting to throttle them. You didn’t disappoint.
Stephanie Meyer’s Miss Isabella Swan trounced the opposition with her stupid inability to make a single decision on her own, her dependence upon having a partner and her knack for getting everyone she meets in serious trouble. It’s probably a good job she’s already a member of the undead as she wouldn’t last long around you lot.
E.L James‘ femme pathétique and utterly strangleworthy character is second; another woman who cannot define herself other than as an accessory to her man and a woman who, if she bites her lip, rolls her eyes, or mentions her ‘inner Goddess’ one more time may genuinely find herself wishing she was back in Grey’s dungeon.
Yes we know she’s not a protagonist, yes we know she’s an antagonist but Oh we’d love to get our inky hands around this foul creature’s throat! As bad as Voldemort, it’s the relish she takes in the misery she causes that make you want to throttle her. Rowling says she wrote her that way because often she finds people who like ‘saccharine things’ are the most bigoted spiteful people around. She’s awful, not only does she make everyone’s life a misery but she loves it.
The Entire Cast
I don’t think we’ve ever had so many votes for the entire literary cast of a book. It seems that not one of Gone Girl’s characters had any endearing qualities and you could quite happily throttle the lot! Oh apart from the unborn baby, I seem to remember one comment saying the foetus was the only one who wasn’t annoying.
Beautiful, beguiling, dippy, ditzy and downright daft! That’s Sansa, while her younger sister understands what is going on around them and tries to warn her of the dangers, Sansa only cares about a pretty dress and a King for a husband! Don’t worry though G.R.R. Martin will have her killed soon enough and save us throttling her ourselves.
11, Rachel Watson – The Girl on the Train
12. Cathy Earnshaw – Wuthering Heights
13. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games
14. Roland Deschain – The Dark Tower
15. Chiyo Sakamoto – Memoirs of a Geisha
16. Pip (Philip Pirrip) – Great Expectations
17. Jonathan (Jack) Wolverton Randall – Outlander
18. Emma Bovary – Madame Bovary
19. Joffrey Baratheon – A Song of Ice and Fire
20. Heathcliff – Wuthering Heights
Rounding off the top thirty here are the next ten in order of nomination:
America Singer – The Selection
Daenerys Targaryen – A Song of Ice and Fire
Misa Amane – Death Note
Rebecca Sharp – Vanity Fair
Caleb Prior – Divergent
Amy March – Little Women
Claire Danvers – Morganville
Celaena Sardothien – Throne of Glass
Hermione Grainger – Harry Potter
Tally Youngblood – Uglies
There is only one conclusion we at For Reading Addicts can draw from the results of this poll.
You’re all violent and ever so slightly scary! And we love you for it.