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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Characters I liked in Books I Didn’t

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Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

Let’s see who I can think of for this one. Usually if I dislike a book I tend to try to wipe it from my memory (except for a “do not read!” tag) and so I don’t remember a lot of the characters in books I disliked. I sometimes remember liking one character as the only redeeming feature of the book, but usually the few things I did like about books I didn’t like get sponged away with the bad bits. Still… if I go through my 1 & 2 star ratings on Goodreads I should be able to come up with something…

  1. Dorian Robert-Houdin (the gargoyle) in The Accidental Alchemist by Gigi Pandian ~ I loved the premise and I loved the gargoyle. But the main character talked too much about food (healthy smoothies and vegetables and NO BACON) and not enough about stuff related to the plot of the book. If this had been a cozy mystery set in a cafe, it might have worked. BUT IT WASN’T. (Sorry. I guess I haven’t gotten over my disappointment at this book yet.)
  2. Four in Insurgent by Veronica Roth ~ Is this one cheating? Since Four was also in Divergent and I liked that book? I don’t think it’s cheating. We’ll say it counts and leave it here.
  3. Duncan Reever in Rebel Ice by S.L. Viehl ~ I really liked Duncan & Cherijo in the earlier books. But I really didn’t like Rebel Ice, and I didn’t like the way this book was such a departure from the rest of the series. I get it, there were Reasons. But I don’t have to like them.
  4. John Watson in A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey ~ I liked the Watson-Holmes dynamic in this Elemental Masters re-imagining of the Sherlock Holmes story. Sadly, that’s about all I really liked about this book.
  5. Amaya in Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh ~ Okay, so Amaya is a bit character in this book. But she’s one of the few characters who seems to have been well-developed and then stayed true to that development. So many of the characters in this book seem to have been well planned, and then gone off the rails — or, worse, done nothing at all with that cool background they were given.
  6. Henri in I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore ~ I remember thinking Henri was the best part of this book. Other than that, I remember thinking it was a bad book. I didn’t write my own review, but if you read the 1 & 2 star reviews on Goodreads you’ll get a pretty good idea of what I thought of the book.
  7. Valleria in Videogame Plotline Tester by Michael Atamanov ~ I liked how the MC’s sister (Valleria) was portrayed in this book, with one exception: she did not act 14. If the author had made her exactly like she was except a few years older, I would have accepted her a lot more. Still, she was one of the few redeeming factors of this horrible book.
  8. Alberich in Exile’s Honor by Mercedes Lackey ~ I do like the character of Alberich, and his featuring in this book is why I read it in the first place. (He originally shows up as a supporting character in other Valdemar books.) But I didn’t really like his origin story books. I don’t remember much about why, but there you have it.
  9. Dunstan Thorn in Stardust by Neil Gaiman ~ I LOVE the movie that was inspired by this book. And at the beginning, when we meet Dunstan and see how he goes over the Wall and meets the girl from Faerie and ends up with a baby 9 months later, I thought I would love the book, too. (Spoiler: I did NOT. I think the movie was SO MUCH BETTER.)
  10. Orlith (the gold dragon) in Moreta by Anne McCaffrey ~ I didn’t like the book, but how can you not like one of Pern’s dragons?

So there you go. I managed to remember enough about 10 books I didn’t like to come up with characters that I did like. What about you? Are you more or less likely to remember good things about bad books?


7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Characters I liked in Books I Didn’t

    1. I think I would have been happier if the entire series had been written in split POV, with half of the story told by Tris and the other half told by Four.

  1. I swear I must’ve read Stardust at some point, but it sure doesn’t sound familiar. Huh.

    I love the dragon “voices” in the Pern books. 🙂

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