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There’s a new topic every Wednesday, and you then list your Top 5 books related to the particular topic.
today’s topic is: Problematic Faves
Problematic faves or to be more exact, characters you don’t want to love, but you can’t help liking. Listen, I have a confession – most of the characters I love the best are often those who could best be described as ‘problematic’.
What can I say? It’s not that I have a thing for bad boys per se, but I like characters who evolve over time, who don’t start out already perfect – ones who are definitely a ‘work in progress’. This post here lists some of my faves who could be considered problematic, but here are a few more I love (or love to hate):
Loki is the epitome of ‘problematic’ but I just cannot help but absolutely adore him. Yes, he has done some awful, nay, terrible things but I have so much sympathy for him. Constantly overlooked and looked down on by his peers and, even more importantly, his family. Only his adoptive mother Frigga seems to have much in the way of time for him. His life is pretty tragic.
He is a scheming little shit, but it’s not hard to see why he turned out this way. Lied to, abused, neglected and put down all of his life; It’s no wonder he has major issues. Even through all of his terrible deeds, there is still a glimmer of good in him and I look forward to seeing his development in future MCU installments.
Plus, it also helps that Loki is brought to life by Tom Hiddleston who plays him to perfection. 😍😍
2. Maven Calore
Now, just a short disclaimer here, I haven’t actually finished reading Red Queen but Maven is totally my fave. Yep, I know what happens with him (was spoiled ages ago) but what information I have gleaned just makes me even more sure that I love him.
Seriously, his character just hits all the right feels for me. I do so adore morally ambiguous and tragic characters.
3. Draco Malfoy
Look, I know Draco is a bully and a bigot. He isn’t a nice character by any means, and I definitely would in no way be friends with him in real life. But as a character? Well, he’s just fascinating. Granted, the film version is probably a lot more appealing but there is just something about Draco that makes me want to know more about him. To see what’s under his skin.
4. The Darkling
The Darkling – what a hypnotically alluring character. Although I haven’t finished reading the Grisha trilogy yet, I already know that he is the character I most want the focus on. I rather unfortunately found out some huge, massive spoilers which pissed me off but it hasn’t lessened my anticipation for the rest of the series.
I haven’t read Six of Crows yet either (obviously) but I also get the feeling that Kaz is going to become a firm favourite of mine too. 😉
Ah Fenris, my favourite BioWare romance (along with that smooth talker Garrus Vakarian!) Fenris is far and away one of the most prickly characters you meet in Dragon Age 2. He totally stole my heart from his very first introduction and I have never quite managed to let him go.
It’s quite amusing romancing him as I always play a mage and Fenris absolutely hates mages. It’s pretty much his defining trait – his hatred for magic and his past as a slave to an evil magister in Tevinter. It does make for an interesting romance, especially if it is a rival romance (though I generally prefer the softer, friendship route).