Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Complete/Likeable Characters In Them #TTT
Did anyone else find this topic really hard? The way I finally came up with my topic was going through my 2 to 3 star reviews and seeing if I could find a thread as to why they didn’t reach greater ratings. For me, the number one offender was the characters. Either they were incomplete or unlikeable. So here’s my list, complete with links to full reviews.
- Fifty Shades of Grey. I’m actually a fan of this trilogy. But at the end of the first one, I wasn’t thrilled with the characters. I said, “I never fell in love with Ana or Christian, and on many fronts they remained all too fictional, because they just weren’t 3 dimensional or believable enough.” See my full review here.
- A Bit of Bite. This was a short, so character development is always a little harder in shorts. In my review I say, “my major complaints with this short all related to underdevelopment of people and storylines.” See my full review here
- Hers to Command. This was my first menage-a-trois erotica and while I liked it, I didn’t love it. In part because of the characters… “I like my characters to have depth, to be complex, and to develop a great deal over the course of the book and I just didn’t feel like Hers to Command fully delivered that.” Full review here.
- True Fate. I’m kinda curious if this series has moved forward at all since I read this – I enjoyed many elements of it, but the characters were frustrating for me. According to my review, “they weren’t deep enough to really talk about. They were a bit too defined by their relationships for me.” See full review here.
- Awakening. I’m noticing that several erotic romances are making this list. I know I CAN’T be the only one who wants characters with depth in her erotica, can I? With this one, I said, “They’re both likeable characters for the most part, though I just didn’t connect to them. I think it might be because they were just a bit too generic.” Full review here.
- Sealed with a Curse I know a lot of people really enjoy this series but for me, the characters made me decide I wouldn’t continue. In my review I wrote, “The Wird Sisters worked for me as a group – when they were interacting as sisters, but I don’t think I was crazy about them as individuals.They each had a very dominant, over-the-top quality and never really seemed like complete individuals.” I may someday try again, considering how popular it is. See full review here.
- Vampire Academy. Another really popular series that was ruined for me by characters… in this case, unlikeable, not undefined characters. I wrote, “The thing that didn’t work for me, though, was that I couldn’t stand Lissa.” I may try this series again too. We’ll see. Full review here.
- Death Dealer. This book could have been so kick ass if it’d been full length. Being a novella made it just okay for me… because of character (and world) development. I write, “It was a pretty okay novella, but I think the ideas and characters were too big for a novella.” See full review here.
- Storm Front. This one almost didn’t make the list because I’m on the fence about Henry. I kind of can’t stand him and kind of enjoy his grumpy, misogynistic personality. I do plan to continue the series. I wrote, “I have a like-hate relationship with Harry. He’s really grumpy and whinny, which can get really annoying. He does have some moments where that turns into a kind of dry, sarcastic humor that I really appreciate. But then there’s the moments where he feels like a sexist and it gets under my skin. He says he has old fashioned ideals and I guess that’s supposed to make him gentlemanly. There’s times where it makes me want to slap him and times where it seems just that – old fashioned. So, like I said Harry is and I have a like-hate relationship right now.” Full review here.
- Matzoh and Mistletoe. Another erotica to round out the list. I swear, I’ve read some great erotica with AWESOME characters! About these characters, I said “I think I finally realized that because we don’t get to see the strong, confident, giving woman side of her fleshed out, we’re left with the victim […] It really hurt my impression of both characters, and unfortunately, also the sexual tension between them ended up falling pretty flat for me too.” See full review here.
Making this list reinforced for me how important characters are for me in a book. A great plot is nice, but I’m character-driven.
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