Top Ten Tuesday #39

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Favorite Unlikeable Characters I Can’t Help Love

This week’s prompt is “Favorite ‘Awww’ Moments in Books” and I was going to try doing it. I realized I can’t remember enough details in most of the books I’ve read to come up with anything that fits the prompt. Going rogue seems like the best option. I haven’t been able to participate in the last couple of TTTs so I’m going with one of those topics–“Favorite Unlikeable Characters I Can’t Help Love.” Here are my top characters:

Severus Snape

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Sebastian Morgenstern

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Annie Wilkes

Misery by Stephen King

Mrs. Danvers

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Eustace Scrubbs

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis


Wonder: The Julian Chapter by RJ Palacio

Miranda Priestly

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

What about you? Which unlikeable characters made your list? Do we have any in common?

I learned in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.

About Jenni Elyse

Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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16 replies
  1. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    I also went rogue this week but I had fun doing this same topic before. I do agree with Snape and I can’t wait to meet Mrs. Danvers when I read Rebecca cos I feel like that’s a name I’ve heard quite a lot! Great list 🙂

  2. Meezan
    Meezan says:

    I chose a different topic for the same reason – I can’t remember details (except maybe in one or two books). I have not read any of these, but Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia are on my ever-growing TBR list. 🙂

  3. Greg
    Greg says:

    This is a fun alternative! I like this topic even though I skipped it last week. Eustace!!! Dolores and Snape too- even though I’ve only read first book…

  4. Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys says:

    I struggled with this prompt whenever it was and twisted it – and I twisted this week too. Sometimes our brain just come up with something to fit a random theme. These are some great unlikeable characters! Hope you find time to read a good book this week.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  5. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    Definitely Snape and also Lucius Malfoy, who I found quite sexy. LOL Eleanor in “Eleanor Oliphant” and the main character in the “Rosie Project” (can’t remember his name)


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