Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday- Worst Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (October 30th) I'm one of them :)

Top Ten Worst Heroines

I've decided to change it up this week and do worst heroines because I feel like I've already talked about the characters I've liked a lot.
1.  Bella Swan of Twilight- OF COURSE Bella is number 1.  There aren't enough words to say why she's a horrible heroine... ok I'll try, how about she acts like she'll DIE if she can't be around a guy she just met... SO ANNOYING.  There are so many bad messages to young people in these books it's pathetic, I mean the suicide attempts??
2.  Lily of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares- Annoying helpless child of a girl.  Supposedly her behavior was because she was sheltered... I thought she was regressed and in need of Freud's psychoanalysis.
3.  Bianca of The DUFF- A girl with a potty mouth sleeps with a creepy asshole just because she's bored/upset about family stuff.... oh yeah but don't worry they all live happily ever after.  Such a bad message it made me want to scream.
4.  Jill MacSweeny of How to Save a Life- I like this book, but even though Jill was going through some stuff, she didn't need to treat Dylan how she did.
5.  Maggie Dempsey of How Not to Be Popular- Such a whiny character and so superficial.  Definitely not someone to look up to.
6.  Blair and Serena of Gossip Girl- I know it's not a series that is supposed to be taken seriously, but I'm just over the label-loving uber-rich bratty types.
7.  Jessica Darling in Fourth Comings- ok I LOVE this series and JD, but in the 4th book Jessica needs punched.  She hasn't grown as a character at all... she's still judging everyone and even eavesdropping so she can judge them some more.  Plus she's insanely selfish and fills an entire journal to Marcus (which is supposed to be about their maybe engagement) about what she thinks about her NYC day-to-day life.  (seriously book 1-3 I'm in love w/ her, book 4 she's horrid)
8.  Sadie of Getting Over Garrett Delaney- A girl with a really annoying crush.
9.  Emma of The Future of Us- LOVED this book too, but Emma was not very likable and she didn't deserve Josh.

10.  Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid- ok technically it's cheating bc it's not the book version, but the movie Mermaid is pretty bad.  She gives away her voice (because don't you know men like it better when we're quiet??) to get her man... a guy she's never even met.  I really do love the music and animation in the movie, but the feminist in me is like what?

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  1. This is a fantastic list! I thought the same thing when I was making my list - these are the same characters/books I always talk about. Good idea!

  2. lol, awesome that you switched this week's topic around, it's a great idea and it sounds like everyone on your list deserves to be there =P Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my TTT for this week =)

  3. Haha, the first thing I saw was Bella and I went like: :O, you gotta be kidding. Good lesson for me: always start at the top. Love that you switched it around!
    My TTT

  4. Check out my list! I loved yours .

  5. LOVE the change--Bella Swan would top my list of worst heroines, too. There are a LOT of bad literary characters out there, and I bet she'd be invited to every one of their parties...:D

  6. Of course I agree with Bella, but I'm glad you included Maggie, too. She was the worst! So shallow, even when she was supposed to have learned all of her Very Important Lessons.

  7. Love how you changed up the list! :) I agree, Maggie Dempsey drove me crazy! I find that if I can't really connect to the main character, I don't really enjoy a book.

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  8. Awesome change, I was horrified at first when I saw Bella's name until I saw "Worst." Phew. I can definitely agree with most of these names.

    New follow.

    Alise - My TTT Post

  9. This is such a wonderful idea! I've read a lot of "ten best" lists today, so seeing something different was a lot of fun.

  10. Hahahahahaha! Very clever to turn this around...I've only read 'Twilight' and seen 'The Little Mermaid,' so I am not familiar with the other 8 you mentioned.

    So many people can't stand Bella as a character. I really and truly try to read each book on its own terms, though that can be very difficult if they seem to have a lot of the ol' stand-by themes, types, etc. Bella didn't bother me so much. I think there are a lot of girls who feel average and invisible and clumsy and maybe a little lonely that want someone to want them as much as Edward wanted Bella.

    So I guess there are 8 books that I can either 1) take off of my list or 2) read and compare notes with you. Here's my list: http://inkandpage.me/top-ten-tuesday-favorite-kick-ass-heroines/

    Audrey @ Ink and Page

  11. I'm agree with you about Bella, i only keep reading Twilight series because of Edward.

  12. I totally agree with you on bella and Emma, I didn`t like them much either. Although Bella was really really bad, I hate selfish people

  13. Hahahaha. I haven't read most of these books, thank goodness. Thanks for the warning!

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-i-am-no-man.html

  14. Out of all these books, I've only read The Future of Us. I don't really remember much about the main characters though.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian