Thursday, June 22, 2017

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists



Hey guys! This is a new feature I joined from Goodreads' Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.

Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite "unlikable" protagonists.

June 21st: Favorite "Unlikeable" Protagonists
-- People always tear down "unlikeable" protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!





5. Bella Cullen (nee Swan) from Twilight - So many book critics, haters, even fans of the Twilight series seem to think less of Bella as a protagonist. They think of her as weak, normal, boring, safe, timid. But although she is very shy and keeps to herself, I think that she is the most human protagonists who doesn't try to change anything about her personality, especially for her vampire husband Edward Cullen. She's stubborn, intelligent, intuitive, selfless, kind, and tries so hard to make everyone else around her happy, even though it kills her inside. And the movies only intensified those good qualities about her.

New Moon, the second book in the series, makes you realize how human she really is, because how else would a young girl feel if her boyfriend, her first real boyfriend, regardless of the whole vampire/supernatural thing, leaves her? You'd expect her to feel devastated!! Her turmoil of just the loss of him, her nightmares, seeing him everywhere, not eating, not sleeping, barely has any friends because almost all of her friends were from the relationship with Edward. She couldn't even say or think his own name for awhile because it was just so painful. But when she saved him three times throughout the series --- in New Moon during the Volterra scene; Eclipse when Edward got caught by Victoria and Riley; and in Breaking Dawn when she used her shield to protect him --- she finally realized where she belongs. Not just with Edward, but with a new family.

Sorry that this segment is so long haha! I just am so defensive when it comes to Bella, and Twilight in general. There are bad protagonists out there, but Bella is definitely not one of them.



4. Daniela from Santa Muerte - I hardly talk about this book because it had so many issues in it, especially the main protagonist Daniela. But as much of an issue she is, looking back, I realize she's not a terrible character. She's just misguided, lost, scared, trying to keep it all together just like the rest of us.



3. Tris from Divergent - Tris went from a good female main character, to naïve, annoying and just plain dumb. But I don't find her dumb, I find her passionate. She did her best to use her Divergent-ness to save her loved ones, even if it cost her her life. It's endearing, especially when in most YA cases, the main female character only thinks of herself.



2. Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars - I initially wasn't going to put Hazel Grace right after Tris, being that they were played by the same actress, Shailene Woodley. But since she does have superiority complexes, is stubborn, pretentious and kinda annoying. However, she is very selfless and doesn't complain about her cancer. In fact, she almost embraces it. She uses the terminal disease as a way to protect her loved ones, so that if/when she does die, they'll have something to remember her by. It's quite endearing.



1. Clary Fray from Shadowhunters/Mortal Instruments - I haven't read TMI in a minute, but I did remember how Clary was annoying and elitist to a lot of readers. To me, I didn't think she was that annoying. How would you react to find that your mother lied to you about your whole life for 16-18 years, that you're apart of a world that you didn't even know existed? And then you fallin love for the first time with this hot, sexy Shadowhunter named Jace Wayland. But then come to find out that your Jace is your brother, then isn't!!! You'd be pretty unbearable too! But I think she's cool too. I like her more on the show than the movie.

So those are my top 5 favorite unlikable protagonists. Who are some of yours? Leave comments below.




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