Seriously, these characters are the absolute worst and if the author decided to kill them off, the world really would be a better place. Okay, so maybe I’m slightly exaggerating, but sometimes characters just make the silliest choices and are entirely self-destructive.
1. Bella from the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Yup, no surprise here. Bella makes some of the worst choices in YA heroine history. The second book, New Moon, is pretty much Bella just moping around and being broken-hearted. Seriously, about a third of the book is just Bella writing in her diary, complaining about how she cannot live without Edward. Bella is incredibly boring, has zero self-preservation skills — and, for some reason, really likes to attempt suicide so that Edward/Jacob can save her. This picture pretty much perfectly summarizes how I feel about Bella:
2. Lydia from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Jane Austen is skilled at creating some truly terribly characters. Lydia Bennet is definitely on my list of Jane Austen characters I wouldn’t mind being run over by a carriage or something. Lydia is careless and has no sense of what her actions can do to her family. Does she flirt with all of the officers? Yup. Elope with Mr. Wickham? Yup. Learn from the consequences of her actions? Nope. Lydia doesn’t see how shameful the things she does are — and, as Jane writes after Lydia returns from her elopement, “Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy, and fearless.”
3. Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Oh Dolores Umbridge, why couldn’t you be chased out of Hogwarts sooner? Umbridge makes life a living hell for both Hogwarts students and staff. She makes terrible decisions, is incredibly rude, and is just straight-up annoying. I really hope she rots in Azkaban forever.
4. Brit Pheiffer from Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Stockholm syndrome is never attractive. Brit makes the dumbest choices ever. She gets lost in the mountains with her friend, they find a cabin with two hot/shady guys in it, and then decide to flirt with them. Just to give you an idea of how foolish and naive Brit is, here’s a quote she actually utters:
“I tapped my cup to his, grateful to have found Shaun, because for a minute there, I’d thought I was going to have to save myself. Instead, I’d wandered into the protective care of a sexy older man.”
Britt, please do not turn into Bella Swan and murder feminism in one sentence! And of course, because Brit is an idiot, she falls in love with her kidnapper (the “sexy older man”). After the Stockholm syndrome bit, Britt most definitely went on my “dumb characters who shouldn’t exist” list.
5. Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of my favorite moments in my high-school English class was when my class went on a rant about how awful Daisy is — she’s an incredibly selfish, spoiled, and greedy person who really should have died in that car crash. (Too far?) Nick Carraway puts it best when he says:
“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”