This week’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt is ‘Favourite “Unlikeable Protagonists”‘. This is really difficult because I love most protagonists, but I managed to think of five! Although I do still dislike basically all of them.
People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!
1. Cath from Flowers in the Attic by Victoria Andrews
Cath is very frustrating to read from her perspective and I think it is mainly because she is an idiot. I liked the book and the unlikeable protagonist was probably intended, although not very obvious because all the other characters sucked, too. My review.
2. Briony from Atonement by Ian McEwan
I read Atonement in my literature class when I was 16 and everyone absolutely hated Briony. I sympathised with her a little bit because she was only a child when she did what she did. I don’t like her but I don’t hate her as much as some of my classmates did.
3. Rachel from The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
I enjoyed The Girl on the Train and all of the three main characters were unlikeable in different ways. One thing that was annoying about Rachel was her alcoholism and her attitude towards other people, most of the time caused by her drinking habits. She was an okay person when she was sober. My review.
4. Humbert Humbert from Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I obviously think Humbert is a crazy and gross man, but if I didn’t like his personality completely then I wouldn’t have been able to finish the book. Although there’s not really anything I like about him, reading from his perspective was doable. My review.
5. Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I had to read this when I was 15 so it was a bit of a drag to read. I only really understood the story when I watched the film, and did not have a problem with Dorian’s personality or character. He of course is very vain but not entirely terrible to read about.
- What do you think about my T5W picks?