First, a little business! Congratulations on winning a copy of Rachel Caine's GHOST TOWN to:
And congrats on winning the PC Cast FLEDGLING HANDBOOK 101 to:
To win your choice of any book being released in November, run over to my four Fiction Affliction columns at Tor.com (scroll down for different genres), then come back and tell me which one you want in a comment. Extra entry for blog followers, another extra for Twitter followers @Suzanne_Johnson. There are more than 80 November releases in Young Adult paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Epic Fantasy and Science Fiction!
Now, what's this about most hated characters? It started with this blog post from the Library Science Degree site about the "The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History." Most of the list were from classic literature, but there were a few from paranormals:
No. 1 was actually a couple: Edward Cullen and Bella Swann from Twilight, who the author says "share a vomitously unhealthy, codependent and emotionally abusive relationship packaged and sold as romantic." Heh. Hey, don't yell at me. I'm just the messenger!
No. 6 on the list was Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire-huntress-turned-succubus, about whom the author says LKH turned into a "Mary Sue completely incapable of doing wrong or repelling men." Unfair. I think Anita repelled one male vampire in book 16--and she still hasn't done Edward.
No. 9 was Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series, known for her "froglike visage, commanding, controlling actions and questionable (at best) ethics." You just know when a person is compared to a toad on first introduction, she isn't gonna be lovable.
No. 27 was Lord Voldemort, also from Harry Potter. Well, duh.
Who would you put on the list of most hated fictional characters? How about Richard Zeeman from the Anita Blake series (loved him at first but I am SO over his self-flagellation)? Vampire Bill (because we're all about Eric)? The Omega and the Scribe Virgin from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series? Who do you love to hate?