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Time to hate on characters! These are the ones that almost made me throw the book across the room:
1. Everyone in Pride and Prejudice.- I never understood how Elizabeth and Darcy could fall in love like that. So, imagine my relief when P.D James just confirmed what I thought.
2. Maxim De Winter from Rebecca.- I think he was clearly an abuser, not Rebecca’s, but his current wife. How she feels the need to be subjected to make him happy is something I’ll never understand.
3. Laura from The Woman in White.- I’m one for 19th-century love stories and damsels in distress, but Laura was too much to stand. I know she is very impressionable, but fainting very two pages is more than anyone – except the heroe in the novel – can stand.
4. Meg March from Good Wives (Second-half of too many Little Women editions).- I was OK with the Meg Louisa May Alcott wrote for Little Women, but she soon developed into the subjected, self-sacrified little wife, always trying to make her husband happy no matter how she felt or what she thought.
5. Erika from The Ice Princess.- Another woman trying to impress her man, but now in modern times. Erika is self-deprecating with a kind of false modesty and humbleness that got on my nerves. Guess what? She turned out to be beautiful and, in one book gets everything: the house, the man and the baby. Need I say more?
6. Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre.- He is lovely to Jane, but bring your Creole wife from the Caribbean to lock her in the attic when she goes “mad”? Not good. Definitely not good.
7. Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale from The Scarlett Letter.- So, he started an affair with a woman, she got pregnant and then he leaves her alone to be humiliated and punished by the whole village? He showed up just in time, but that doesn’t make him any better.
8. Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park.- I know most of the times a heroine defines herself against the villan in the work, but Norris was too mean and Fanny too weak to defend herself. It didnt’ work for me.
9. Mrs. March in Good Wives.- Where do you think housewife-Meg takes advice from? Her devoted and loving mother who, at one points, tells her daughter to talk with her husband about things HE likes although she may have no interest in them. And that was the less worrying tip.
10. Martin from One Good Turn.- I don’t want to spoil it all, but he is just a mean, self-absorbed, self-pitied poor rich man who writes cozy crime novels. But that doesn’t give him permission to kill a Russian girl he has just met, right?