1. Mrs. Norris – Mansfield Park, Jane Austen. Mrs. Norris must be one of the most flat-out evil characters in all of literature—but not in a Count Dracula or Pennywise kind of evil. The petty, mean, horrible-person-but-totally-human kind of evil that Jane Austen so excels at writing. Every time she opens her mouth I want to punch her in the face, and the reason she’s so frustrating is because I CAN’T PUNCH HER IN THE FACE BECAUSE SHE’S A FICTIONAL CHARACTER.
2. Fanny Price – Mansfield Park, Jane Austen. Fanny is almost as frustrating as Mrs. Norris because of her refusal to stand up to her! Ugh, I just want to shake her sometimes. But of course I can’t because, you know, she’s fictional.
3. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. Katniss gets on my nerves for a lot of reasons. First, she’s resistant to be the symbol that all the districts need to unite against the capital, which I understand, but come on, girl, your people need you. Second, she then spends her time agonizing over which boy she wants—which, again, understandable since they’re constantly competing for her affections (and, of course, there’s the whole keeping-up-the-image thing with Peeta), but she really should have sat them both down and been like, “Guys, lay off, we’re like sixteen and we’ve got saving of the world to do. SO CHILL WITH THE HORMONES.” Cause yeah it’s nice to be adored and all but COME ON. And third because (SPOILER ALERT!!!) she winds up with Peeta in the end. Not that I wanted her to be with Gale, either, though. I wanted her to just be badass and awesome for the rest of her life, and maybe find someone who matches her in badassery and awesomeness. Peeta’s too wimpy and Gale is too underhanded. Sigh.
4. Stanley Uris – It, Stephen King. Okay, before I say anything else, I’ll just have you know that I LOVE everything about this book, even the characters that drive me a little crazy. Stan definitely does that…if not because (AGAIN, SPOILER ALERT) he commits suicide at the beginning of the book, but because while they’re kids, it takes him so much longer to get his ultra-rational, future-accountant’s mind around what’s happening right in front of his eyes. Compared to the other kids, he just seems weaker. But I do love his sense of humor so I guess he’s not SO frustrating.
5. Ma – Room, Emma Donoghue. As far as Room goes, I believe it deserves all the praise it gets, but one thing that really irritated me was how (again…SPOILER ALERT) when they actually escape, the mother just seems to completely give up on life rather than trying to help her poor son assimilate into a world that he has never known and doesn’t understand. Obviously she went through a hell of a lot of trauma, but it struck me as really selfish that she should retreat into herself and ignore what’s going on around her.
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