Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Love Hate Relationship

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 
This week's theme asked us to come up with characters that everyone else loves that we just hate, or vice versa. 



This list was impossibly hard for me to put together! I swear, I spent more time thinking of who I could pick than I did making the silly little avatars for everyone, and if you knew how long that took I'd just have to die of embarrassment :p 

I happened to have Vampire Academy on my mind whenever I read this week's topic, and so this one was the only easy one from this list. Adrian lands solidly in the "I really don't get why everyone loves you" category. Not that there is anything wrong with him, necessarily. In fact, it's really hard to pinpoint exactly what I dislike about him. But everyone kept telling me when I started the books (really late to the party!) that I would fall in love with him, and he was just wholly underwhelming. 

As for Sydney, everyone also told me how much I would hate her and that she was such an awful character. I think because they kept saying that, it made me expect something much worse than what we got. Sydney is far from my favorite character, but I ended up liking her a lot more than I thought I would! It's funny, a lot of my book club friends won't read the Bloodlines series because of Sydney, even though they love Adrian. I won't read Bloodlines cause I just don't care about Adrian, even though I like Sydney!



Even thinking about these characters or this book, my brain just thinks "blah, blah blah." These characters were so boring, and I just couldn't understand what all the hubbub was about them. Ethan was annoying and Lena was the different girl cliche. There was nothing about them that made me want to read more about them at all after the first book. 




I didn't really hate Sam, but I definitely never felt the warm and fuzzies for him, and I definitely didn't see how Anna could choose him over Nick. Nick was so much more interesting and far less bland hero than Sam was. Team Nick all the way! 










OMG! Christian Fucking Prescott from Unearthly by Cynthia Hand..... I totally hate him with all my soul! He was so annoying, he was a stalker and he was the reason why my poor Tucker was so unhappy. I seriously could not stand this dude.




Puck from The Iron Fey series. People did not hate him, but he wasn't the majority's favorite, and I super loved him! I was really pissed when Julie Kagawa wrote in the fourth book a dedication only for Ash's fans.



This will be pretty disturbing for those who read the Lorien Legacies series but Setrakus Ra is pretty sexy villain.



As evil as he was, I still found him pretty hot! 

64 comments :

  1. I haven't read the Vampire academy books, but I did kinda want to see the movie (mainly because Lucy Fry was in it, and I liked her in an Australian show I watched) although I heard mixed things about it. I need to watch it one of these days...

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  2. The books are great! I am a super fan of VA books and I loved the movie. To me the problem was that they made it look like a "Mean Girls" type of movie.

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  3. awwww How funny I really liked Adrian and Sydney. I guess it's fitting since I didn't like Claire and Jamie =D I think Adrian was by far my favorite guy and Sydney while not Rose was still great in my mind. I love your cute avatars. I haven't read any of the others yet.

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    1. Adrian just didn't do it for me. And then when he made Rose promise to give him a shot when she came back, I just couldn't with him. He knew that it wasn't what he wanted, and he still made her promise anyway so that he would help her!

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  4. I've never heard of any of these books, but your blog looks awesome!

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    1. Thank you :) It's a lot of fun doing the designs!

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  5. I LOVE your graphics!! SO nicely done! Thanks for stopping by My TTT

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    1. Thanks :) It was so much fun putting it together this week!

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  6. OMG I HATED CHRISTIAN. (I feel very strongly about this, apparently.) And I was pretty bored the entire time I was reading BC, which was unfortunate because it was a cool idea and I really liked the setting.

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    1. Bored is the perfect word for how I felt during all of BC too! I wanted to like it so much, but man, it was just a snooze fest.

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  7. I haven't read any of these books, so I don't have an opinion either way. I love the images though. Very cute!

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  8. Wow! LOVE the graphics! I'm seriously impressed that you two put so much work into these posts. Christian, though I didn't necessarily hate him, could never ever compare to the insanely beautifuler Tucker. I mean, for christ sake, he was a gentleman AND a cowboy! And I can completely see why people wouldn't initially like Sydney, though she goes through a major transformation during the series and comes out a totally different person. Great list! :)

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    1. Thanks! Ever since I discovered Adobe Illustrator, TTT has become my favorite part of the week :p And yeah, i could see why others wouldn't like her! But for some reason, I never could dislike her!

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    2. Allyson takes all the credit to make it look so cute! And she loves doing it!

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  9. Cute Avatars!!! I haven't read any of these books, but I kind of want to now to see if I'll agree with these. Especially Altered... I definitely want to read that

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    1. Thanks ;) I hope you like Altered whenever you start it! I really did enjoy it and the sequel, though I wish that Sam had been a little more interesting of a character.

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  10. I love all the graphics, it makes your list so fun!!! I have to say I have not read all of these but now I want to read them so I can know!!!

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    1. Thanks :) TTT graphics are the highlight of my week! I hope you find something you love form our list to add to your own TBR!

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  11. I haven't read many of the books your characters are from, but I totally agree with the characters from Beautiful Creatures! I didn't love that book at all and I could see what was going to happen in the rest of the series and I just wasn't interested.

    Great list, guys! And I love your graphics! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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    1. BC was just so boring and cliche! I totally agree about being able to see what was going to happen from the outset, and that didn't help matters.

      And thanks :) this week was fun!

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  12. I haven't read any of these unfortunately. Lovely post and great layout.
    Lynn :D

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  13. Oh my goodness the little avatars are adorable!! You are way more committed than I will ever be! ;)

    I haven't finished the Unearthly series, because I'm scared of how Christian is going to mess things up... I love Tucker so much in the first book. I need to finish so I can get some closure.

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    1. I tend to get a little too absorbed in the TTT posts and spend an embarrassing amount of time putting them together :p but it's fun!

      I agree about not finishing Unearthly for the same reason! Someday I will get over the fear and just read it ;)

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  14. I agree about Beautiful Creatures. I didn't find either of them truly developed. (The writing was beautiful, though!). Great list!

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    1. Yes, they could have used a lot more character development! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  15. I have never understand Christian's appeal in the Unearthly series and to think that some prefer him over Tucker...are you serious? Nice list!

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  16. Aww, I never thought of Sydney. I didn't realise she got hate! I liked her, though not as much as Rose. I haven't read Beautiful Creatures, but I enjoyed the film., and I'm not familiar with the rest of your list...
    Love the blog!

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    1. Everyone in my book club hated her! It was pretty intense the hate fest she got when I started reading the series last year! I think that's why I ended up liking her, because she was nowhere near bad enough to deserve all of it :p

      Thank you!

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  17. Oh bummer. I loved Adrian and Sydney! And Puck!! Not familiar with some of these other ones though.

    Thanks for visiting my post!

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  18. I agree with people about your graphics. You've put your heart and soul into this. I have a question, though. What is 'BC'? I get the impression it doesn't stand for my home province.

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    1. Thank you :) the graphics is my favorite part of the blog, so tend to get overly invested!

      I swear, I meant to go back and add the full titles to the descriptions. BC is Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Maragaret Stohl. An unfortunately underwhelming series :( it would be funny if they were from your home province too, though!

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  19. So... shockingly, I haven't read any of these series!! I did see TMI movie/tv show though and I only loved Valentine in the movie because of the actor. Haha!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Valentine in the movie was so incredibly different from the Valentine in the book! He was a little weirder and more psycho in the movie. In the book he was definitely a bad guy, but he had a kind of elegance to him that they didn't give him in the movie.

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  20. The little pictures are so adorable! And it makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only person who puts a whole bunch of time and effort into things I'm not even getting paid for lol. I haven't read any of these though! But I plan to read some of them. I think I might even own some of them... so I'll have to get back to you on whether I agree with your choices or not :-P

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    1. Haha, you are definitely not alone in that :p I do spend so much time setting up each TTT, if only there were job potential there :p

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  21. I'm so ashamed to admit that I own the first few of the VA books and haven't read them. I haven't even watched the show. I'm a bad vampstress. :( But, I'm familiar with the characters because many of my friends love the series. Those pictures are so amazing with this list!

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    1. It took me forever to read VA, but I promise, they are very good books! If you love sarcastic, strong heroines, it's the series for you! And thank you :)

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  22. haha this weeks was hard and love the avatars! Though I am on the opposite team on the Vampire Academy picks I love them! I can kind of see the Beautiful Creatures picks as they were okay for me but haven't read any of the others accept for TMI which I agree with 100% lol.

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  23. I liked Valentine too! Not sure why...but I did anyway. Great picks. :)

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  24. I haven't read any of these, though I have been curious about Vampire Academy.;)

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    1. Vampire Academy is a great series! All of the books were goods. I hope you read them soon.

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  25. Wow, I actually haven't read any of these, except the first book in the TMI series, haha. But I really want to get back into this, so I guess I'll see if I feel the same way about Valentine as you ;)

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  26. How cleverly done this is! Good job!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2016/03/chicago-tulips.html

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  27. love the avatars for these! I totally agree with Ethan and Lena... I could not get through that book honestly. I also have mixed emotions about Christian and Sydney. thanks for stopping by my TTT! love your blog!

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  28. Sadly from you lists I have only read The Mortal Instruments - I can see why you'd find Valentine hot. I must also say your character avatars are just lovely!

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    1. He is sexy! :P Plus I always had something for the villains !

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  29. I didn't like Adrian all that much in the Vampire Academy series, however, I liked him better in the Bloodlines series, although I still have to finish half the series. I never really had a problem with Sydney, I didn't even know some people do.

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  30. I SO agree with you about Beautiful Creatures! I didn't care enough for either of them, so I dropped the series. And I still have to read Vampire Academy, but after reading and loving JLA's Covenant Series I just haven't wanted to try something so similar. Maybe someday or not, but thanks for the heads up about the characters! :) I ♥ the pictures of the characters you created!

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    1. Vampire Academy is so much better than the Covenant books. I only read Half Blood nd I did not want to keep reading the rest because it is just like VA, even though I was told the rest of the series is different.

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  31. This is such a fun list, I love all the avatars :) I completely agree about Puck, I really loved him and I did not completely understand the appeal of Ash!

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    1. I did not see anything great about Ash. He was so serious all the time, . The fourth book was the last I read from the series. I won't keep reading the rest.

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  32. I'm so sad, because I thought think that the Sydney in the Vampire Academy Series and the Sydney in the Bloodlines Series are two different people. I loved her in VA, but she disappointed me is Bloodlines.

    Great Top Ten!

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    1. I am one of the people that would not read Bloodlines because of Sydney. I never liked her in VA.

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  33. Interesting list! I don't think I've read any of these books.

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  34. How bad is it that I haven't read any of these books.
    But I do love the avatars! They are gorgeous!

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  35. I feel as though I've completely forgotten reading the Beautiful Creatures series, because I know I didn't get on with the characters at the time (well, I thought Lena was cool but Ethan was a bit of a damp towel) and I never think of them for any of these lists.
    I adore the little sketches of the characters though - so cute! :)

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  36. I definitely though Valentine was a complex interesting villain. XD Not...hot...though. xD HAHA. But I would've TOTALLY handled a series about his childhood, eeep! :D

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  37. These graphics are simply divine, and I could stare at them all day! I'm kind of sad to see you thought Beautiful Creatures was blah because it's been buried in my TBR pile for a while now [/casually buries it a little deeper]. The only character choice I really have any opinion on is Valentine whom I actually wholeheartedly despised... not because he was a villain or anything but because I thought he was bad at being a villain. Maybe he gets better in later books?

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  38. You're too right - Ethan and Lena are soooo boring!

    Check out my TTT.

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  39. I'm crying over the fact that I've heard about ALL of there series, and yet I haven't read a single one. I feel SO illiterate.

    YOUR BLOG IS SO PRETTY! EEEEEK!

    Aditi @ http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/

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