Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Unlikeable Protagonists
September 13, 2017
What is Top 5 Wednesday?
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
Favourite "Unlikeable" Protagonists
Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo
Kaz is my wildcard for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday. Arguably, everyone loves him but he's not meant to be a massively likeable character. He's very sure of himself, sometimes to the point of arrogance. Blunt to the point of being rude and ultimately a criminal, con man and thug. So by definition he's an unlikeable protagonist. But we love him nonetheless. His Dirtyhands persona is just that, a persona. Secretly, he's a very thoughtful and kind person to those he cares for.
I've been through phases of loving and hating Mare. Ultimately, I think I like her. In the YA genre we always see these teenagers/young adults that are put under incredible amounts of stress. They're leading rebellions, having to kill to survive and have others lives to think of. Yet they all cope with it. Mare is the one protagonist that I feel reacts realistically in that she gets things horrendously wrong. I'm twenty and if you told me that tomorrow I'd be leading an army I'd run and hide from everything and everyone. Mare gets things wrong and her methods are usually flawed but at heart she has always has the best intentions.
Katniss Everdeen - I always read her name in Effie Trinket's voice. I think the dislike for her comes from the whole Gale/Peeta situation. And to an extent her brattiness in Mockingjay. Personally, I think she was put in an unfair situation by both Gale and Peeta. Of course in the middle of a bloodbath if you find an ally you're going to seek comfort in them. Gale had no right to be mad about that. If the roles had been reversed I guarantee that he would've done the exact same thing. But at the same time Peeta put a lot of expectations on Katniss. It was adorable that he'd had a crush on her for so long though.
Kelsea is a character that I've seen get an awful lot of hate across the book community and I honestly don't understand why. The poor girl has been in seclusion for most of her life so of course she's going to be naive when she finally enters the real world. And if everyone was trying to kill me I think I'd get bratty too. The main reason I loved Kelsea was because she's different. Don't get me wrong I love the Celaena's of the world - the breathtakingly gorgeous skilled fighters of fiction. Kelsea isn't described as beautiful, nor can she fight. Her weapon is her mind and she wields it without mercy. Though I've only read the first novel in this trilogy Kelsea goes through a massive amount of personal growth in the first book alone so I can't wait to see how she develops in the next two.
Sonea is a character that seems to have polarised the reading world. Some people love her and others hate her. Honestly, I can see both sides but I fall firmly into the 'love her' camp. In the Black Magician trilogy she starts out as a young girl and as such is extremely naive, tends to argue and often is very much a 'Mary Sue.' I think fifteen year old me was like this too. Hell, present day me probably still has some of those traits. I really appreciate the fact that even though she's a younger woman, has been thrown into an awful situation and still gets on with her life.