A new week is here and new month. *gasp* We’re already heading into the fourth month of 2018, and with it, an entirely new set of Top Ten Tuesday memes are here. Let’s look at today’s topic from That Artsy Reader Girl: April 3 Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books. Basically, I’m looking at characters I like in stories I don’t.
This topic is challenging! Not that I mind a good challenge now and again, but let me tell you, it’s been tough finding matches for the topic. Though I know I have read some books I didn’t care for (they simply weren’t my cup of tea), for the life of me, I couldn’t remember much about the characters in said books. Perhaps because I didn’t love the story and so therefore, I “erased” the experience from my reader brain? Or more plausible, I’ve simply read too many books since those non-favorite reads.
Most of these stories aren’t among those I don’t like or hate, they’re simply stories or a story medium I didn’t like as well as others
in their peer group. Because of the task it was to find these characters, I rule-break and give in to some laziness (yes, I pull three characters from the same book) – a little bit, and split the topic between books and films (or TV shows). So, without further rambles, let’s meet these characters.
CHARACTERS I LIKE IN STORIES I DON’T LIKE
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1: Edith Adelon from The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott | It’s a little bit painful to add this one to the list because I adore this story in its TV film format. Years after I’d seen said film, I finally read the book, and golly, I just didn’t love it. That said, of course, I do like the characters. Amazon | Goodreads
2: Katie from Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted | It’s really not fair to lump this on a book list of stories I maybe didn’t like because it is cute, but the politics got a little on my nerves (meaning, I felt one party was definitely held up to be the “only” answer aka “good guys”). That said, I did still enjoy the story and found the characters fun! Amazon | Goodreads
3: Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Don’t love this (book) story (like the films better – weird, I know), but who doesn’t love Peeta? Amazon | Goodreads ● Find the film on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD.Characters I Like. In Stories I Don’t Love. Which characters would be on a list for you? #TopTenTuesday #BookLovers #FWarchives Click To Tweet
FILMS and TV SHOWS
1: Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Batman v Superman | Ok, so here’s the thing, I did like this one well enough. But it wasn’t
quite up to the lofty expectations I’d made of it in my mind. As a result, in the end, I felt a little lackluster about this film. Perhaps it’s my dislike of superheroes fighting against one another, or maybe it’s my bias against the director’s style, whatever the case, the behind-the-scenes issues didn’t effect my love of these lovebirds. Rent or buy on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD
2: Demelza Poldark from Poldark (BBC) | UNPOPULAR OPINION alert!! *smile* Yes, I know adding this might get me a few whaat comments, but I’ve sort of lost respect and interest in this series. I admire the beauty of it, and think the cast is amazing, but gosh darn it, I’ve about had it with Ross’ habits. To be fair, I’ve only seen a season and a half while the rest of my rantings are based on spoiler reading, but still… these spoilers seem legit. Tell me, should I give this one another chance? Last I saw of her, I did love Demelza, so… Book: Amazon | Goodreads ● TV Series: Amazon Video | DVD
3: Melanie Hamilton from Gone with the Wind | I’ve only seen this film once (it’s not my cup of tea), but I feel like I did really like the character of Melanie. Everyone else is annoying. Book Amazon | Goodreads ● On Amazon Video or DVD
4: Peter Lake and Beverley Penn from Winter’s Tale | Sadly, I didn’t love this film. I really wanted to, but it just wasn’t my kind of movie. The imagination of it all is to be commended and the cast is wonderful (plus, the dance scene is gorgeous), but overall, it’s one of those films I probably won’t watch again. Which makes me realize, this one will probably show up on my list next week too. You can watch Winter’s Tale on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD
5: Reed Richards from Fantastic Four (2016) | Whaat I’m using another super hero film on this list??? I know, this is weird. But again, here’s the thing. I really enjoy the older (silly antics and all) Marvel films that introduce us to the Fantastic Four. But, recently I watched the newer adaptation and while I do enjoy it, it doesn’t really live up to the normal standard Marvel is known for. What did you think of this adaptation? You can buy on Amazon Video or purchase on DVD
That’s it for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Tell me all about the stories you struggled with, but liked the characters you met in said stories! I’d love to chat about “characters I like in stories I don’t,” and discover if we share some same feelings about certain stories and their characters. As always, feel free to leave your Top Ten Tuesday links or simply introduce your websites and blogs. I’d be glad to come by and visit – it just might take me the entire week to circle around to your bookish havens.
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