Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke & the Bookish and you can check it out here if you would like to take part! This week's post was quite difficult but I was interested to have a go at it! My main problem was having no idea what the majority opinion was on any of the characters! This turned into a top five post because I think I do generally agree with most people when it comes to fictional characters!
1) Scarlett from Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I actually don't know how the majority of people feel about Scarlett but I am pretty sure she is not a generally likable character. And yet I really love her. She is a very complex, determined character with plenty of weaknesses.
2) Becky from Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
In a similar vein to Scarlett, Becky is fairly selfish and very determined to marry well! Again I don't know how most people feel about her but I do know my Mum absolutely hates her whilst she is one of my all time favourite book characters!
3) Lydia from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Poor Lydia. I feel like this is swiftly turning into a post about Classics but I recently watched Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which made Lydia, if no less easily likable, at least a three dimensional character. It's like people forget Lydia is a child who has been raised by an incredibly vain and superficial mother - she hasn't had the chance to learn better but gets judged anyway. How many people really want to be judged about their teenage selves (not sure I do!)
4) Sydney from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Again, I honestly don't know if she is a hugely disliked character but I've seen enough reviews that disliked her to add her to my list. I loved her. She was strong and intelligent. On the surface she is very different from Rose in the Vampire Academy books but she has her own set of skills and her own kind of strength and I admire that!
5) Clary from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I have seen Clary referred to as weak and annoying so many times. But I am amazed by her. Put me in the same situation and I have no idea what I'd do. Probably check myself into a mental institute?