As you may already know, I love novels and stories with darker undertones which ultimately means that I read a lot of books with a few unlikable characters. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday list highlights those characters that aren’t liked by most, but for whatever reason, you can’t help but defend them.
Alex Delarge (A Clockwork Orange)
I mean, I definitely understand why this character is problematic and why a lot of people just don’t like him. However, there is just something that is so memorable and captivating about him, especially when in context with the story of A Clockwork Orange. Alex is one of those characters you’re supposed to hate, but for some reason you just don’t.
Paul Denton (The Rules of Attraction)
Honestly, I don’t think you’re supposed to like any of the characters from within The Rules of Attraction. Paul Denton is the only one who seems like he has at least a little bit of a good head on his shoulders. Sure, he makes just as many mistakes as the rest of the characters, but there is something about him that is much more calm, cool & collected.
Quentin Coldwater (The Magicians Trilogy)
A lot of people have mixed feelings about the The Magicians series as a whole. I for one, actually really enjoyed it. I have mentioned that I hope Quentin will mature as the series goes on. Now that I am currently reading the third and final book, I think it is safe to say that he has done just that. He has finally matured while still keeping a bit of that childlike curiosity within him.
Marcus Lopez (Deadly Class Series)
It’s no secret that Deadly Class is my all-time favourite comic series of all time. It is also no secret to those who have read it, that our lead character Marcus, is extremely screwed up. He has a lot of issues that he is working through which can make him seem a bit annoying to some. I, however, believe that he is one of the most well written characters in a comic series that I have ever read and his issues and problems make him all the more interesting.
Ignatius Perrish (Horns)
Ignatius is one of those characters that is just completely misunderstood. The people in his neighbourhood begin to drive him insane after blaming him for a recent tragic event and he just can’t take it. It literally changes him into another person that is slightly unlikable compared to the person that he used to be.