Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Complete/Likeable Characters In Them #TTT

February 7, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 10


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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.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

What about you? Do flat, unlikeable characters bring a book down a peg for you too?

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10 Responses to “Top Ten Books I Wish Had More Complete/Likeable Characters In Them #TTT”

  1. Melanie Simmons

    I read most of the Vampire Academy. I couldn’t finish the series. If I go into why, it would be too much of a spoiler to anyone who hasn’t read the series. I think I read all but the last book. That was how much the second to the last drove me crazy.

    The other series that you mention that I’m familiar with is The Dresden Files. It is a series that I love. Harry does have a dry sense of humor, but I find him funny. He is a bit old school in that is he overprotective of women sometimes. I think this gets better throughout the series. I do hope you try it again sometime. I do recommend staying with audio. I love James Marsters narration.

    I agree that a series must have likable characters or I won’t enjoy it. Great topic. I agree that this could be a hard one.
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  2. Katherine

    The only one I’ve read here is 50 Shades and I definitely agree. I know it started out as fan fiction and the original characters weren’t exactly fully developed but I still felt like she could have done something more with them! I’ve heard that complaint about Vampire Academy which is too bad because it’s another one that has so much potential!
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  3. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Wow. Lots of new to me ones here. Though I do love the Weird Girls series, but I can see what you mean. I actually like getting to know the sisters more as individuals rather than a group. I also loved Vampire Academy, but that was actually one of the first “new era” Paranormal YA books that I read, so there was only so much to compare it to. Now that I was comparing really, but just in a general sense maybe? I’m struggling with words here! And I say “new era” because as a teen I had read only a handful of some Paranormal YA books because the genre hadn’t really been established in my teen years. So when I read this one, the “new” genre was taking off and I ended up really liking it! Yeah, Lissa wasn’t a big fave of mine, but I felt like because I didn’t get to know her since it was Rose’s story and I loved Rose! She was pretty awesome!

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  4. Brad

    The Nix has some of the wisest observations of the year, and also the funniest, and neither parents nor video game nerds are safe in Hill’s masterful debut novel about a writer commissioned to deliver a book about his estranged mother.

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    Haha I agree with you about Lissa for sure. I never really did like her but I think she was never as developed as well – although we did get to know her better as the series progressed. I also can agree about Ana and Christian. I’m a fan of the trilogy but it took all three books to make me fall hard. I’ve not read any of the others BUT I will also agree (see how agreeable I am today>!> 😉 ) with wanting character development with my erotica. Yes! I do happen to want a story and well-developed characters to go along with the sex. 😉 There. I said it. Too. Haha
    I hope your having a stellar week so far, Berls!! {{{BIG HUGS}}}
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  6. Tanya

    I’m still struggling with today’s topic and haven’t settled on what I want to post about yet. *sigh* I like your take on it, though. And it’s an easy one to relate to. So often I come across characters that are either unlikable or I just can’t connect with. Ana was one that fell into both camps for me (unlikable/no connection) because of all her silly inner goddess talk. It was so overdone (and just ridiculous) that I just started to dislike Ana. Thankfully it was less present by the third book and while I still didn’t really connect with her, she was more likable.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
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