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Started by FleurDuMal on Dec 31, 2018 4:56:59 PM
Irritating literary characters.

Those ones who bug the crap out of you - list them here, with reasons.

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browserbutton - 31 Dec 2018 17:00:58 (#1 of 78)

The smug, preening Perowne family in Ian McEwan's Saturday. I only kept reading in the hope that they would all be graphically dispatched by the knife-wielding loony.

FleurDuMal - 31 Dec 2018 17:05:39 (#2 of 78)

Heathcliff and Cathy are a right pair of fucking drama queens. I’d like to knock their heads together.

Pentecost - 31 Dec 2018 17:05:42 (#3 of 78)

Inspector Morse. I get the sense that Colin Dexter was cumming up his own arse when he fabricated that one.

pranzingfrogg - 31 Dec 2018 17:09:17 (#4 of 78)

Sherlock Holmes could be a smug git at times. He’d let Watson have a go at deduction then tell him he was wrong in every particular, rather than coaching him towards a correct deduction as any half decent mentor would.

staticgirl - 31 Dec 2018 17:21:38 (#5 of 78)

#2 I think I worked out once that Heathcliff and Cathy were only in their teens/early 20s when their section of the book took place. It made a lot of sense of their behaviour when I realised.

PostmodernToss - 31 Dec 2018 17:22:48 (#6 of 78)

I’ll regret asking this but how is Morse irritating?

darkhorse - 31 Dec 2018 17:25:09 (#7 of 78)

Gordon Comstock, pull yourself together, man!

Pentecost - 31 Dec 2018 17:30:25 (#8 of 78)

Dexter wrote Lewis as a character to be condescended to by Morse: Lewis does the Mirror quick crossword, Morse does Ximenes; Lewis likes chips-and-eggs for his tea, Morse likes posher stuff; Lewis doesn't get opera, Morse is so fucking cultured, and so intellectual that in every single book he picks the wrong suspect first, before he gets it right, yet he patronises Lewis all the way. It just gets up my nose.

wickeltisch - 31 Dec 2018 17:32:11 (#9 of 78)

At uni I had to read Richardson's Pamela. That was nearly 50 years ago, but I still remember how irritating I found this girl. I had to force myself to read the novel to the end, as was expected of me.



Otoh I liked Fielding's Shamela a lot.

christmancurse - 31 Dec 2018 17:43:14 (#10 of 78)

Scarlett O'Hara is a tiny-waisted cunt-monkey.

lapsedcat - 31 Dec 2018 18:00:27 (#11 of 78)

Gwyn Barry in Martin Amis’ The Information

moto748 - 31 Dec 2018 18:10:35 (#12 of 78)

Has Martin Amis ever produced a likeable character?

Hilary - 31 Dec 2018 18:10:55 (#13 of 78)

All the characters in Vanity Fair bar one. That one is not Becky Sharp.

moto748 - 31 Dec 2018 18:11:12 (#14 of 78)

But yeah, GB was a right oxygen thief.

lapsedcat - 31 Dec 2018 18:13:30 (#15 of 78)

Keith Talent is very likeable

Hilary - 31 Dec 2018 18:15:57 (#16 of 78)

If narrators who are thinly disguised versions of the author count as characters, I would also like to nominate George Arthur Rose.

brooklyn - 31 Dec 2018 18:21:27 (#17 of 78)

everybody in Return of the Native, except I suppose Diggory.

and Jude. just for being the star character in the world's most irritating book.

FGBFGB - 31 Dec 2018 18:32:07 (#18 of 78)

What about 'old father time', priggish sibling murderer?

barkis - 31 Dec 2018 18:35:52 (#19 of 78)

Esther Summerson in Bleak House

Cavewoman - 31 Dec 2018 18:36:56 (#20 of 78)

Little Dorrit. Or any of Dickens's heroines.

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