Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Like in Books I Don’t

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.


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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.

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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.


Do you have any favorite characters from books you disliked?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Like in Books I Don’t”

  1. Haha, right? I couldn’t do this prompt because I wouldn’t know two, let alone 10 characters whaaat? I’m very picky about my books, so there are only 3 novels that I hate/don’t like, and the main reason I hate them are the characters haha! Good characters can pull out a crappy story 🙂 Glad you like Crowley and Aziraphale, and because of that and the reasons you dislike New Omens, I really think you’ll love the show when it comes out 😀

    Hahaaa Twilight, I knew you couldn’t be perfect bwahahaha 😛 I DNFed the movie, didn’t even make it to the books xD

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    1. omg it took me SO long to do this one. I’m still pretty excited for the show! Even if I wasn’t crazy about the book, lol.

      Haha, I lost interest before the movies even came out. Oh damn, so I must’ve read the books before I was 18 then, cause I just looked it up and the first movie came out when I was 18. Idk how old I was when I read it, then, haha. I didn’t even finish the series. I think I stopped halfway through the third book and never cared enough to give the movies a go. I might have seen part of the first movie? My nieces loved them, so I’ve gotten stuck watching it at one point or other, haha.

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      1. Yay! I’m so hyped about that show even now 😀

        Hahaha, it’s okay then, you were a teen so that’s an excuse xD Hell what do I know, didn’t even read it, maybe it’s good xD But I couldn’t stomach the movie ughhh

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      2. Exactly! I must be excused! Besides, I’ve always preferred the real vamps. Dracula and Nosferatu and Louise and Lestat kinda vamps are where it’s at ❤

        From what I remember of the movie, it was soooo baaaaad. I used to really like the band Muse, and I was so ashamed to know they put one of their songs in the movie.

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      3. Yess, me too! All the non sparkly ones 😀 I’d add Selene from Underworld too because who didn’t have a crush on her? xD Also, my own teenage self could then be excused for obsessing over Lestat in the Queen of the Damned movie, and for watching it 20+ times xD And still a better love story than Twilight xDDD

        Ahahaha I’m ashamed too when a song I love is used in trashy movies xD

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