Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists

People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for! 

Ok so this is a hard one, since I don’t really have many books that feature ‘unlikeable’ protagonists. In fact, a few of the characters many adore, I don’t like (hiiii Feyre!)

The characters I sometimes like are more… anti heroes? Maybe? I know a fair few TV shows, though, that I love the main person and others don’t.

DRACULA from…. well, fucking DRACULA

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Come on, you’re not meant to like Dracula. He sucks people’s blood, has temper tantrums and is downright fuckin’ creepy. Yet – I actually loved the vampire genre (not Twilight’s version) way before I read Dracula, so I think that influenced my decision to want Dracula to really win. In (most) of the movies, I’m like GO ON MY SON! Especially when he was played by Luke Evans. So, yeah. That.

FRODO BAGGINS from LORD OF THE RINGS

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Frodo gets so much hate, man! He’s like poked at, people say he’s whiny, and yeah he is but he’s FRODO FREAKING BAGGINS. He stands up to take the ring to Mordor, he battles fucking huge spiders, he wears a ring of unbearable power around his neck, cut him some slack. He has every right to be a whingebag. Plus he has no shoes and he’s walking on sodding rocks, it’s the longest cross-country thing ever.

Honorable mention to GOLLUM, who while not being a protag, I wanted to win. GO GOLLUM.

RONAN LYNCH from the RAVEN CYCLE

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I WILL DEFEND RONAN TO THE DEATH. I mean… he swears, he’s got a bad attitude, he snaps, he’s a tearaway, he hates school, he’s cocky, he’s closed off, he drinks – but he has the absolute heart of gold and while I’m sure he maybe meant to be an unlikable protagonist, everyone I know adores him. Maybe a cheat here just to include my steel muffin ❤

Honorable mention to Gansey, who is a flawed baby white boy with mountains of privilege but at least has the decency to recognise and amend.

VICTOR VALE from VICIOUS

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Another one who’s supposed to be unlikable – he’s killed, he’s high on power, he’s on a mission to exact revenge on his former best friend and he has little moral compass – but I ADORE Victor. He’s seriously fascinating, and you can tell beneath it all he cares. Even if he doesn’t want to. And… I love him. *pets Victor*

ELEANOR from ELEANOR AND PARK

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Ok so… I didn’t like her at first. I was so frustrated with her, like – come on, take Park’s hand ffs, and why are you self-sabotaging?! What is wrong with you?! Why are you being so bloody moody?! And then half way through the book I warmed to her, and I realised I was so annoyed with her because she was a younger version of me, basically, before I grew in confidence and knew how to Life. So yeah a lot of people still don’t like her (or the book) but I do.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Books For Your Hogwarts House

Slytherin Represent!

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Or perhaps in Slytherin

You’ll make your real friends

Those cunning folks use any means

To achieve their ends

I did the sorting hat thing 5 times when it was on Pottermore over the years, and every time I was dubbed a Slytherin. I am immensely proud to be a cunning folker. It also happens to be my favourite character type – SO. Here we are. My top 5 Slytherinny books.

Six of Crows

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Kaz Brekker is Slytherin through and through. The whole gang manipulate, lie and sneak their way into and out of trouble and they’re the epitome of cunning, even stooping to the level of their villain. They all have their secrets, but they’re all fiercely loyal to the few friends they have.

And I Darken

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I’ve yet to read this but hell – if I haven’t heard of a more Slytherin princess! Brutal and wise, she’s had to learn to be ruthless to survive. My kinda woman. It’s still on my TBR and I cannot WAIT to read it.

Vicious

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A story about supervillains where nobody is the hero, this novel blurs lines between what it is to be good and what defines bad – is it control? Is it power? Is it wanting revenge, even if it will earn your freedom? Victor isn’t necessarily a good person with his deep need for knowledge and ability, and what he’s done in the past isn’t really forgiveable – but he’s absolutely captivating in his drive to stop Eli and undoubtedly the best non-hero-saviour-protagonist I’ve read.

City of Saints and Thieves

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I’m currently reading this, a story about a girl called Tina who’s lived on the streets of Kenya for four years and has built herself up as a thief to get back at the people whose empire is built on lies and corruption. It’s gripped me so far, and while she’s very much like a Gryffindor in places, it’s that quiet resolve and planning I admire about Tina.

The Dream Thieves

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The second book in the Raven Cycle Trilogy follows Ronan, an angry boy into drag racing and self destruction, who can sneak into his own dreams and bring out whatever he imagines – even nightmares. It’s a Ronan Lynch book. And Ronan Lynch is a Slytherin. Fight me.

I’m looking for recs! Hit me up with your fave Slytherin Books!

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Top 5 Wednesday; Fandoms You Are No Longer In

Ooo. This is a tough one.

When I’m in a fandom it takes a LOT for me to completely disregard it and hate it and shove it to one side. For instance, even though Buffy is 20 years old I STILL get excited by that shit. I’m still in the Harry Potter fandom, purely for nostalgia’s sake, even though I’m not active in many of the conversations because of bullshitteries from both fans and author.

NOTHING will get me to leave the LOTR fandom. Nothing. Ever.

Also, I’m not active in the Sherlock fandom any more (because WHAT – was that last series?!) but I remember the good old days and it still helped me through depression so yeah.

Here be a list of fandoms which either pissed me off or I tapered off from.

5. X-MEN

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I saw the first X men film about 6 times at the cinema. I do still adore the X-men but I’m nowhere near as active in following new mutants, or anything like that. I no longer go crazy when I see a new film is coming out. The more recent films pale in comparison to the originals IMO but I haven’t seen Logan so I am going to reserve judgement.

4. DOCTOR WHO

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GO AWAY GO AWAY GO AWAY

Now, see, this is a fandom I adored but also… I felt Matt Smith got shit scripts despite being the best doctor, Peter Capaldi’s doctor is far too cold for me, I hated Clara, and it’s taken me three or four years to catch up with his series simply because I know he’s going to regenerate at the end of the current one and finally – without Clara, without 12 – I can maybe get into it again. So I need to be up to speed.

But saying that, I’m really not as excited about it as I used to be. Blame Moffatt? Sure.

3. LOST

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Because this show damn well lost its way, basically. Series 3 was my favourite, and I never saw the ending because I was at Uni and had no time for additional confusing narratives. I will always hate Kate and Jack but Sawyer, Desmond, Charlie, Hurley, Sun and Jin…. my babies, I heart you.

2. MERLIN

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I still adore Merlin as a series but they fucked up Mordred’s storyline, the ending was rushed, and they’re not bringing him back, so while my admiration and love for Colin Morgan endures, I hardly ever re-watch any of the series just… it was of its time, that’s all.

1. TORCHWOOD
MOTHERFUCKERS KILLED IANTO AND I AM DONE.

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Not only did they kill Ianto, they killed him the DAY BEFORE I GRADUATED UNIVERSITY. And in the universe where anyone can be brought back to life, THEY REFUSED. So on the DAY I graduated, still with hope I would come home to see Ianto alive, nope. They killed a kid for the finale instead, and I couldn’t stand Gwen, so when we were left with her gawpy fucking face and child-killer Jack I deserted.

HE EVEN HAS A SHRINE FFS IT’S STILL THERE AFTER 8 YEARS!!!

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IANTO DESERVED BETTER #stillbitter

So!!! *ahem* What about you guys?

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Minor Characters

Minor characters are less than a sidekick or a side character (but not in our hearts!) Everyone will have a different definition of what makes a minor vs a side character but just as an example, I’d consider Ron and Hermione side characters, while Lavender Brown, Oliver Wood, and Dean Thomas are minor characters. Results may vary so don’t get tooooo caught up in it 🙂

Samantha “Sam” Black Crow from American Gods

She’s in it for several pages, maybe a couple of chapters, but apart from that she doesn’t have a MASSIVE part to play in the entire novel. However, she does have a belter of a monologue, which I will provide for you here and it’s how she became a character deep in my heart:

Harshaw from Ruin and Rising
He kept a cat on his shoulder, FFS and was probably the most interesting of the crew Alina took with her.

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Nikolai Lantsov in Crooked Kingdom
MY PRINCE. Or King. My Stormhund. A cheat I’ve seen on others’ blogs so I’m doing the same. I did originally desire more from this, and more interactions between him and Kaz, but he’s my favourite King. Ever.

Sorry, Aragorn.

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Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter
I consider her to be a side character, but she didn’t get as much screen time to be honest so…. LUNA.
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Calla from the Raven Cycle (honourable mention to Calla in Darker Shades of Magic, you were special, girl).

Calla was acidic, no nonsense, brash and totally honest about who she was, like a female version of Ronan, and we all know how much I love Ronan. So this choice is practically a given.

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday – Summer Reads

The weather is heating up (for half of the world), so what books remind you of summer and are your quintessential summer reads?

Sense & Sensibility

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I read this on the beach in Ibiza and ever since then it’s reminded me of hot, sunny days and glorious endless sands while salsa or trance music played in the background. It’s also a gorgeous, perfect summery-type read for the hills of England and the sweeping countryside and Colonel Brandon is my everything.

Harry Potter (any of them)

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I remember for some reason I used to re-read Harry Potter when I was out in the garden on sun loungers, or just at my window smelling the gardens outside. It didn’t matter where, and when the last book came out I was on holiday, desperately trying to avoid spoilers from the girl who ate dinner across from me and SOMEHOW HAD THE BOOK THERE ALREADY?!

Anyway it’s always good to read Harry in summer.

The Raven Cycle (any of them)

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Set in summer but read in winter, I fully intend to appreciate the descriptions of hot days and wasp/bee weather while I’m out in the garden this year. A gorgeous, spooky story set in gorgeous, spooky hills and I love it.

Neverwhere

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I read this in late summer of 2012 I think, about August / September, and I read it everywhere – on the bus, at breaks at work, morning when I woke up, before I went to bed. I barely even SAW summer when I was reading this. But it’s the perfect dark-ish fantasy to get into on light days, or to read as the sun goes down.

Getting Rid of Matthew / Pip

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These are just like ultimate chick flick, speed read relationship stories that were hilarious but also just beach page turners. You didn’t really have to think about the plot much, but the characters were vivid. I can’t remember which one was actually set in a nice summer area? I think it was Pip, which was bright and breezy and fun. But they’re ultimate lazy garden book trash if you need that sort of thing.

Leave me your recommendations for this summer!

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Top 5 Wednesday! - Favorite SFF Cover Art

I COMPLETELY forgot this because of my mother’s hospital appointment so catching up!

*Booktube SFF Awards Crossover Topic*
Show off some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy cover art!

To be honest you’d have better luck with me telling you my top 5 Tarot Deck artworks, because I don’t actually own many of the covers I adore or have adored, from afar, weeping.

It’s mostly because the covers I covet are hardback cover only, and I most likely haven’t read the book because it’s too expensive and oh em gee pretty.

BUT BEHOLD

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THIS IS SO CLEVER I CAN’T

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Just… .so pretty. Not sure about the book but pretty.

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PRETTY SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT BOOK IN THE FAIRYLOOT BOX AND I AM BLOODY EXCITED OKAY?!

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SPARKLES IN SPACE COME ON

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I love upside down things on covers

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Top 5 Wednesday – 5 Authors I Want To Read More From

Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

 

Neil Gaiman – So far I’ve read two short story books and three novels by this man. I know there’s many more – such as STARDUST and ANANSI BOYS and other glorious things like NORSE MYTHS. Or is it GODS? I can’t remember. Point – Stardust was a film which stayed with me for a long time, and I have never read the book, so I need to resolve that.

Leigh Bardugo – QUEEN. Unfortunately I’ve already read her back catalogue so I’m unable to read any more but I’m so excited to follow her career and devour her books on release!

Becky Chambers – I know the sequel to A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet is out, but I haven’t managed to get my hands on it yet. I’m hopeful to do that by the end of this year. What I am not sure of, is whether she’s got another book coming out, and if she doesn’t this needs to be remedied – pronto. I need more books!

Maggie Stiefvater / Victoria Schwab – I COULDN’T DECIDE. But these to me are masters of word craft and making me FEEL things. They also have intricate world building and just… yes. I haven’t read all of either’s previous books so I’m going to work my way backwards.

Jane Austen – CONFESSION TIME – Never made it through Pride and Prejudice. Couldn’t do it. I didn’t like any of the characters. But Sense and Sensibility? Hoah yeah I loved that, I devoured it on a beach holiday. Possibly because I saw the film which remains one of my favourites. I tried Mansfield Park too. Didn’t work out. But she has many other classics I’ll have to try.