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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Frustrating Characters + Blog Tour Stops and RMQ

Today is the official release date of Persistence of Vision!  Yea!!! 

Links: Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Tour stops today include:

1) Character Interview with Joan at Strands of the Pattern
2)  Guest Post on The Howling Turtle
3) Author Interview on Second Book to the Right

*Also, I'm doing a virtual launch tour for Persistence of Vision which starts today! The idea is, if you plan to buy the book, please please do it between 1/29 and 2/4. We want as many as possible bought up in the first week so we can get it on as many top lists as possible.

Of course, there will be prizes! Anyone who can prove they purchased the book in this first week (a picture of a receipt or a confirmation email will do) will automatically receive book swag and be entered to win one of three $20 Amazon Gift cards!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters Ever!!!

10. The cast of The Millenium Trilogy

       I've said this before so I won't beat it to death, but I liked The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because it was a well-written whodoneit. I didn't really like any of the characters, though. Lisbeth, though a force of justice, was a bit a bit barbaric for me. Bloomkvist was basically good, but kind of a pansy. In the novel, it often served as comic relief but there was nothing that drew me to him. Overall, the characters had few morals or redeeming qualities, and even now I'm not sure how I made it through the entire trilogy with such mediocre characters.


9. Susan Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia

    She's great in the first couple of books, but if you read all of the Chronicles, (mild spoiler here) she grows too pretentious to return to Narnia. She becomes an "unbeliever" of sorts which is frustrating given all she witnessed and experienced.


8. Abigail Williams of The Crucible.
    She's the most tangible villain, though in truth the villains of the story are paranoia and hysteria. She's so self-absorbed that she doesn't seem to understand the hysteria she's causing, the damage she's doing or the nature of the beast she's unleashing. I always envision her walking around with a sign hanging over her head that reads, "Not getting it."


7. Effie Trinket of The Hunger Games
    The film did a good job portraying her self-serving obliviousness to the world around her. While people die, she clicks stilettos, wears ridiculous make-up and acts like the throes of the hunger games is the privileged place to be.


    Oh I feakin' hated this woman--more than I did Voldemort! I wanted to throttle her in every scene she was in! That's why it was so satisfying when Harry got to say the "I should not tell lies" line to her! (Kinda wish the centaurs would have eaten her, though.)

5.  Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby
     I re-read this book recently and loved it for all its beauty and tragedy, but Daisy is the kind of person I can't stand. She's the woman who wants it both ways and gets upset when she can't have it. She wants to be married to the rich guy and have the high-life, but also have the love affair of her youth. When her dual worlds collide, she gets so upset that she single-handedly causes the catastrophe in the book. If she had just made one ethical decision at one of many junctures in her life, she could have prevented a lot of tragedy, including deaths.

4. Graendal of The Wheel of Time
    This woman isn't a very central character, but she's one of the evil Forsaken. while all the forsaken bring murder and darkness, Graendal has a special kind of twistedness. She likes to fry people's brains so they become mindless husks. She prays on young, beautiful people and makes them dress in skimpy, transparent clothing and preform modern dance for her at all hours of the day. Talk about a sicko!


3. Caitlyn Stark of A Song of Fire and Ice
    She's basically a good character and you sympathize with her a lot, but she has a talent for terrible judgement and making ridiculously bad decisions. She always has a good reason, so you understand, but sometimes you also find yourself trying to figure out how to reach through the page and slap her.

2. Arya Stark of A Song of Fire and Ice
    I've made no secret of the fact that Arya is my favorite character and plot line. She's whipper-snapper smart, and can out-do most adults and even people who are obviously more intelligent that she is. She's crazy-brave and holds her own in the face of horribly intimidating circumstances. But. When it comes to certain things--like a certain former armorer's apprentice that may or may not be crushing on her--she's walking around under a "not getting it" sign. And what's worse, she lets these things dictate her actions. I love her to death but sometimes I just want to turn her around, point her in the right direction, and give her a swift kick in the butt!

   This is another one I recently read. It was hard to get through both because the writing was difficult, and because I couldn't stand Anna. She created unnecessary drama in her life just for the sake of drama, then sat around crying because of all the drama in her life. Even became suicidal over it. Really? She wasn't even worth slapping. I just wanted to walk away.


Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)!

Last week's RMQ was: "You're getting the hang of it. I'll be back later to check on your work." This was said in 1982's The Man From Snowy River. No one guessed this one.

Today's RMQ is:

If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards. 

Any guesses?


  1. I was so incredibly disappointed in Lucy after she became an unbeliever. She was my favorite character right until that moment :(. Great list!

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  2. Effie is a great choice!! I picked Umbridge as well!
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  3. Yes! I agree with so many of these! Abigail, Effie, Umbridge, Catelyn, Anna and frickin Daisy. Good calls!

  4. OMG Cat!! UGH once she lost Ned she lost her sanity!! But yes she F's Rob in the B! Ugh she frustrated me so much in the books!!! Arya? Is my fave too!!! Eeeep have you read the books? Lets just say She Billiest BadA** of all the Starks... Except maybe Jon, whom I believe is the third dragon head. ;) Love your list!!

  5. I can't believe I forgot to add Daisy to my list (*goes to fix this now*), I found her to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

    Here's my list of 10 irritating/frustrating characters =)

  6. OH!! I'm almost exactly halfway thru Anna Karenina right now and I totally should have put her on my list!!! GREAT ONE. I love her, but she does frustrate me so!

  7. I didn't even think of Effie and Professor Umbridge. How could I have forgotten them? Thanks for sharing. I loved your list. I will admit that I have mixed feelings about Anna.

    ~Danica Page@Taking it One Page at a Time

  8. I agree 100% with number 9. Even after all that time in Narnia you decied that it wasn't real.
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  9. Professor Umbridge and Effie Trinket I agree with. I really like Arya too, but I can see what you mean!

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    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. Professor Umbridge and Effie are really quite frustrating. I should really start GOTR soon. And maybe try Narnia as well, since I liked the movie adaptations of it. :)

  11. I really need to read The Great Gasby.

    But I agree with the ones on this list that I've read. Effie was annoying. And Umbridge... ick.

  12. Susan Pevensie's no it all ways were irritating.

    I love the Man from Snowy River, though it's been years since I've watched it. I might have to this weekend.

  13. Effie and Umbridge are characters that we're meant to find frustrating, but Anna Karenina is supposed to be tragic and that makes her doubly frustrating! I barely cared about her storyline.

  14. Aslan!! I think. Been a while since I've seen that movie. I think it's Aslan, lol. And I didn't look at any of the quotes above me before posting so now I'm headed up to see what everyone else said, lol. This is fun :) Happy reading!

    Megan @ Megz Madd Readz