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March 8: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

I’m going with ‘characters I don’t get.’ Nobody hurt me!


jane eyre

1. Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre; Charlotte Bronte.

city of bones

2. Clary. City of Bones; Cassandra Clare.

hunger games

3. Katniss. The Hunger Games; Suzanne Collins.

casino royale

4. James Bond. Casino Royale; Ian Fleming.


5. Jamie. Outlander; Diana Gabaldon.

water for elephants

6. Marlena. Water for Elephants; Sarah Gruen.

Les Mis

7. Jean Valjean. Les Miserables; Victor Hugo.

iron king

8. Ash. The Iron King; Julie Kagawa.


9. Tris. Divergent; Veronica Roth.


10. Edward. Twilight; Stephenie Meyer.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

32 responses »

  1. Marcia says:

    Okay, I won’t hit you. Probably. 😀 But I have to admit that several of your choices are BIG faves of mine. Mr. Rochester? OMG. He’s a tormented, guilt-ridden man, and they always resonate with me, I guess. Jamie??? Even more shocked, here. Oh, so sexy and I remember loving him, totally. (Though I haven’t read the book since it came out, unlike Jane Eyre, which I’ve read many times.) Edward? Willing to do anything to save Bella’s eternal soul? And Katniss? The epitome of bravery and selflessness, willing to face almost certain death to save her sister?

    It just proves the point that reading is a very subjective thing, doesn’t it? We each bring so much of ourselves to a book that it shapes our perception of it, I think.

    I will admit, I’ve never seen the fascination with James Bond. Arrogant man, silly books. But that’s just me. 😀

  2. James Bond is one of those characters that are fun to read about, but if I ever met him, I’d probably end up pouring my drink over his head. My TTT

  3. Edward was on my list, too!

  4. curiousdaisy says:

    Curious….what is it about Jean Valjean that annoys you? Happy reading!

    • I didn’t really go for characters that ‘annoy,’ me, just ones I ‘don’t get.’
      But, for me, he’s a little flat–so tirelessly good, focused on protecting people, so self-sacrificing, etc.

  5. tiareleine says:

    I haven’t read any Bond books, but I’ve seen a few movies and I totally agree.
    I don’t have Ash from the Iron Fey series on my list, but I wish I had included him. I didn’t understand why people liked him at all. Even in The Iron Knight, which I think only existed because people liked Ash so much… :/

    Great list!

  6. Great list! I forgot about Katniss! I loved her in the first book but then after that she drove me crazy.

  7. Sierra says:

    You are not the only one I have seen putting Edward, Katniss, and Clary on the dislike list. I’ve seen their counterparts in a few lists as well. I like them all generally speaking, but I understand why you might not. Mr. Rochester, however, oh no! I enjoyed him a lot, but it’s okay. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your list with me!!

  8. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Interesting — you seen to not get some of the big name heroic characters of fiction. James Bond, Jean Valjean, Jamie, Rochester. I’m sure that says something profound about you, but I have no idea what!

  9. Carrie says:

    I have never understood the appeal of Edward. My TTT

  10. Lois says:

    My 13 year old self loved Edward. Thankfully my 21 year old self is wondering what the hell I was thinking haha. Looking back I just do not see the appeal in him or Jacob haha.

    • Hey, I suppose that means they were well targeted toward their audience. And we’ve all read books that we loved at a certain age, that we probably wouldn’t at any other age!

  11. Serenity says:

    Great list! I’m actually re-reading Jane Eyre right now, and it’s interesting to see how my understanding of it has changed since I was a teen. But then, I never really loved it for Rochester. I always liked and respected Jane.

  12. Oh, no, I love Mr. Rochester, LOL.

  13. I like Jane Eyre, but I never really cared for Rochester. 🙂

    Check out my TTT.

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