We all have those literary characters that we just love, without them life just wouldn’t be the same. However, there are also those characters we just love to hate. Sometimes a book just wouldn’t be the same without their presence and sometimes they irritate us so much we can’t even face reading the book because of them. For me it was Holden Caulfield from J. D Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. I got so annoyed with Holden that every time I picked up the book I had to put it back down again. You’ll be pleased to know that I did finish the book and I do really like it, but it was my first experience of a main protagonist that I absolutely hated.
When one of our reading addicts suggested this poll, I immediately thought of Holden. I wasn’t the only one either, but their were plenty of other suggestions too. So here they are the 13 protagonists you hated (even though you might have enjoyed the book).
Gone Girl seems to bring out a love or hate reaction from its readers, so there is little surprise that Amazing Amy found her way onto our list with 12 votes. Nick from the book also managed to pick up 4 votes.
Many of you may have enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series, but Clary was a different story, with some of you finding her a weak female character.
Not really a surprising inclusion on our list of most hated protagonists. Many of you didn’t just hate Anastasia but hated the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy too!
Divergent is a series that gets referred to quite often on Reading Addicts. This time it’s for Tris prior a protagonist that you love to hate.
Christian Grey gets whipped on this poll. Barely behind Anastasia with 7 votes.
A shock entry with Harry Potter. Although our polls wouldn’t be the same without a Harry Potter entry, I somehow feel that Voldemort may be behind this one.
Many of you had half a hand in putting Thomas Covenant on the list. It’s not unbelievable that the protagonist from the Thomas Covenant Chronicles made it onto the list, but many you conceded that Stephen R Donaldson probably wrote