Top Ten Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday, a different top-ten-themed post is uploaded, and this week’s prompt is characters I liked that were in non-favorite/disliked books!
First of all, wtf this prompt was so hard. I don’t normally read or finish books I don’t like, even if I like some of the characters (though I don’t normally like the characters in books I don’t like… characters make up so much of a novel!), so it took me forever to come up with this list. A lot of these books were either required school reads, books I liked at the time and then stopped liking later on, or books I didn’t necessarily dislike but definitely didn’t love.
Aziraphale from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Aziraphale is not a fallen angel, but rather an angel who Sauntered Vaguely Downwards to mingle with the earthlings. He runs a bookshop in Soho and has a best friend who happens to be a demon. His demonic counterpart is also a great character, but I have a special fondness for Aziraphale.
Quentin from The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
There are two Quentins in this story, but I’m talking about the brother, not the daughter of Quentin’s sister. It’s confusing, I know. Quentin is super intelligent and also super confused about his love for his sister. It’s a little messed up, but I just really liked him as a character.
Prince Hal from Henry IV by William Shakespeare
Not technically a book, but whatever! Hal is playful and fun-loving but also incredibly clever. I wasn’t crazy about this play compared to other Shakespearean works, but Hal is a great character.
Death from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I just love the idea of Death narrating a novel and getting to see humanity from his perspective.
Jasper from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
lol yeah, Twilight’s come into this list. I’m having a really hard time with this prompt, okay?! I don’t remember a whole lot about these books cause I read them when I was like 18 or something, but I remember liking Jasper. The rest of the book? Not so much.
Sal from The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel
I feel like I’m one of the few that didn’t fall head over heels with this debut novel, but idk, it just didn’t do it for me. Sal was such a good character, though. Such a sad one, too.
Sir Ralph from Indiana by George Sand
I had to read this book for a class and I haaated it. Didn’t help that the professor was the absolute worst professor I’ve ever had. Most of the characters in this novel were two thumbs way down, but Sir Ralph was alright. He was just a little sweetheart.
Pocket from Fool by Christopher Moore
I liked this book enough to give it four stars, but I remember it being super crude and vulgar, and I also remember liking the book less because of that. So it goes on this list. I did like the main character, Pocket (the fool), though.
Mahmoud Saleh from The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
I’ll be honest, I didn’t get very far into this book before I put it down. I feel like I would’ve liked it more if I didn’t learn about the history behind the book. I don’t know, it just kind of ruined the fantastical aspects of it for me. But from what I read, I did like Mahmoud the ice cream man.
Crowley from Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
You know what? Yes, I am going to use the same book twice. Because I have completely run out of characters, and because there are two great characters in this book anyway. I mentioned him earlier, but Crowley is essentially Aziraphale’s partner-in-crime in this novel, and he’s great and sassy and cool.
PHEW! That was possibly the hardest Top Ten Tuesday yet! I considered changing the question up and doing like, characters that made good books better or something, but nah, I like a challenge. So there you have it: my favorite characters in non-favorite books.