T5W: Problematic Faves

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is problematic faves: characters you don’t want to love, but can’t help liking. While I certainly wouldn’t say I like all the characters on this list, I definitely loved reading about them.

5. Bellatrix LeStrange from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

Of all the fantastic villains in the Harry Potter series, Bellatrix is my favorite. While I certainly wouldn’t say that I like her – she is a cruel, sadistic murderer after all – I definitely love to hate her. I think a lot of my love/hate for this characters comes from the movie version. Helena Bonham Carter’s Bellatrix is completely unhinged: she’s wild, mad and dangerous. But on the screen that makes her utterly compelling.

4. Cersei Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R Martin

Another character I don’t exactly like. There’s no arguing that Cersei’s not a terrible person. But there’s something about an angry, power-hungry woman in a world dominated by men that I can’t help rooting for. A little bit. Once in a while. Also, I’m a Slytherin and Cersei Lannister is Slytherin AF: ambitious, cunning and ruthless.


3. Amy Elliot-Dunne from Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I don’t like Amy either. In real life I’d be terrified of her. But as a character – I love her. She might be an evil genius, but that’s still you know: a genius. And she does have some pretty admirable qualities: she’s patient, cool-headed and an excellent planner.


2. Katherine Pierce from the Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith

(I’ve haven’t read the Vampire Diaries, and to be honest: I don’t plan to – so this is all about the Katherine Pierce from the TV-show.)

Katherine is arguably the main antagonist of the series. She’s cold, ruthless and selfish; her first and often only priority is self-preservation. But she has the best hair, the best shoes and all the best lines, so we forgive her. #TeamPetrova


1. Marisa Coulter from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Don’t take this the wrong way, but Marisa Coulter is goals. She’s a intelligent, well-educated woman who’s risen to a position of power in a incredibly male-dominated field. She’s ambitious and driven, she’ll stop at nothing to achieve her goals. But while she has a lot of admirable qualities she’s also completely amoral and a master manipulator who’ll stab anyone in the back if it serves her interests.


Who are your problematic faves? If you have a T5W post up please leave your link below, so I can check it out. Villains and anti-heroes/heroines are my favorites, so I’d love some recommendations!

5 thoughts on “T5W: Problematic Faves

  1. Yes, i totally agree with you on Bellatrix! Ive always felt that although she’s genuinely horrible and sadistic that her character plays a major antagonistic role that is needed in the series. She is written beautifully evil and i really love reading the parts with her in it!

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  2. Ooh I love your graphics in this post!! And I completely agree about Cersei, I occasionally find myself rooting for her against my better judgement. I love GRRM’s female characters.

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