4. Characters you hate and the books they’re from
I discovered on day 2 that writing about what I hate is a lot easier than writing about what I love and the same it seems is true in this case because even before I’d finished reading the question there was one obvious answer:
Florentino Ariza (Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez). This is a man who because of his burning love and desire for one woman in the world made it his mission to sleep with every other female while waiting for her husband to die. Be they willing or not, old enough or not, related to him or not, as long as he didn’t have to pay, he didn’t care. He was a truly despicable man who never thought of anyone but himself and the woman of his dreams and his morals left more than a little to be desired.
‘The Kid’ (The Stand, Stephen King). A relatively minor character in terms of the length of time he was in the book, ‘The Kid’ nonetheless managed to inflict some irreversible damage on ‘Trashcan Man’ who at that point I was still rooting for to a certain degree and for that he cannot be forgiven.
Zozie de l’Alba (The Lollipop Shoes, Joanne Harris). She waltzes into Vianne’s life and attempts to take over, turning Anouk against her mother and making Vianne doubt the very essence of who she is. I find this book very hard to read as it has the potential to make me somewhat angry.
Tom Bombadil (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien). I’m sorry but can someone explain the point of Tom Bombadil to me? Other than being some whimsical, lyrical being with a poor dress sense I mean. Oh sure he saved the Hobbits from the Barrow-wights but in reality would the story have suffered from his absence? I think not.
Next up? Books to take to a desert island…