My Complicated Relationship with Main Characters

Hello, friends. As a kick-starter for my blog, I would like to share with you a little problem of mine, that I can’t quite explain.

Oh, wait.

I can.

I hate main characters. I’ll read a book and love it, but there will always be something about the noble protagonist that irks me to no end. So far, there are two book series in which the main characters/couples are my favorites:

  • Percy and Annabeth from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
  • Day from Legend by Marie Lu.

I have the whole Legend trilogy, because I loved the first book, but I haven’t gotten the chance to read the last forty pages of Prodigy, so I’ll have to read the whole thing so I can review it for you.

Then, there are those main characters that I cannot quite put my finger on, meaning I don’t know whether or not I hate them such as…

  • Tessa Gray from the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
  • Mare Barrow from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
  • I’ll count Isabelle Lightwood and Simon Lovelace (Lewis) from the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

But then, there are those characters that just make me grind my teeth. Down below, I’ll be listing those main characters/couples that I hate, as well as my alternative favorites.

  • Clary, Jace, and them as a couple from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Jace, I can tolerate, but Clary, I hate.

I hate her disregard for anyone but Jace, and how they have these annoying sappy couple moments in the worst of times. For example, in City of Lost Souls, she went on that mission to try to coax Jace back to their side, because she “knew he would listen to her” but then she ended up snogging his face off, going on dates in Venice, and getting drugged by silver faerie juice. I feel so strongly about this, I’m surprised. She and Jace then proceed to think that they’re the most in love couple on the planet (I know every couple thinks this, but I’m not one for reading all of that stuff.) and act like celebrities. My favorites are Alec and Magnus, but Alec is my all-time favorite character. I think it’s because, out of all of the characters, Alec might be the most realistic, and that’s what I like: realistic and blunt. Actually, those are two words to describe me.

Anyway, I really hate how people call Jace “the best Shadowhunter of his time.” I really don’t like it. I really cannot come up with a reason that I can put into PG-rated words, but I really hope you get the idea. There’s also the fact that Simon, Isabelle, Jace, and Clary went off and left Alec to sulk by himself. I’m sorry, I hate how Jace and Clary went off to have sex in City of Heavenly Fire, while they were supposed to be doing important things. Simon and Isabelle are fine in my book. I have no particular feelings for or against them.

  • Harry Potter from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

I know that a bunch of you gasped when you read that part, but it’s true, and you’ll learn why in about twenty-two more words. My favorite characters are Fred and George Weasley, because of how intelligent they are, though usually it’s just us readers noticing that. On to my hatred, the war that the characters are fighting in in these books is that second war. It’s Voldemort’s second attempt. Harry insists on acting like this is his war to fight and solely his, and that is he weren’t alive, things would be much better for everyone. That’s not true. During the first war, Voldemort targeted the Order of the Phoenix, because they were probably his biggest threat. He tried to kill the three Potters, and could only kill two before his downfall. Years later, during this next war, he wants to kill Harry first, because he didn’t get the chance to during the first one. Harry is at the top of his to-do list, and after Harry’s gone, Voldemort won’t stop. It wasn’t Harry’s war to fight, because other people had beliefs, and reasons (Yeah, I know, hard to believe that anyone else in the series had purpose, huh?) that they were willing to fight their lives for. So when Harry was angsting about all of the people that died, and saying that it was all his fault, they died really because they were fighting for a cause, and they were willing to die for that cause.

  • Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling.

I really cannot express exactly why I hate this couple so much. I guess it isn’t so much the couple, but the individual characters themselves. Ron is always whining about being the only person in his family not to do something to set them apart from the rest, when in reality, he’s spending so much time on moaning about that, he doesn’t even try to do something to set him apart. I mean, there’s the whole, “My best friend is Harry Potter” thing, but he flaunts whatever fame he gets around, and I think that the way he does that annoys me. I said before that my favorite characters were Fred and George, but I don’t need to make up some couples to go with them, because they’re a power duo by themselves.

Now, Miss Hermione here, I don’t believe is the “smartest witch of her age.” Hermione gets all of her knowledge from books, and often doesn’t trust the spoken word. She disses people that she thinks are wrong, because the thinks that because she’s reading her books, she’s smarter than anyone that tries to contradict her. There have been a few bold people to smack her down about that, but others just don’t want to get caught up in all of that. The people writing the books, have lived so many years, and they probably carry more knowledge in their little fingers than this new girl on the block. Long story short, she has more book-smarts than street-smarts. That might have a lot to do with the fact that she’s muggle-born, and she’s used to the way things are in the muggle world.

  • Eadlyn Schreave from The Heir by Keira Cass.

I know that I’m not the first person in the world to be hating her, but I need to refresh your minds on why. She (I’m just going to refer to her as “she” because she doesn’t deserve a hard-to-spell-and-pronounce name.) is so rude to the contestants, and she (obviously) does it all on purpose. She even said herself she was doing it all on purpose, as to scare everyone away. I read this book a long while ago, but I can still remember that my favorite characters were Fox, Henri, Eikko (Erik), and her younger brother Kaden.

My mini-rant has to come to a close now. I sincerely apologize if I ripped on any of your favorite characters, or if you found any of this unreasonable. Please feel free to comment your own opinions (calmly and respectfully) below.

I hope to still see you next time.

Auf Wiedersehen!

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