Yeah, I said it. I want to punch them in the bits. Or the face. Or get into a knock-down, drag-out, “here, hold my earrings,” hair-pulling cat fight. Or all of the above. Thank goodness they are all fictional. Otherwise I might be in jail.
1. Florentino Ariza, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Some one please explain to me why it’s acceptable for a man to sleep with anything with girl bits, and still get/deserve the girl of his dreams. “I’m still a virgin, because I’ve only ever loved you.” Any woman who falls for that deserves every STD she contracts. Seriously. What makes it worse is having to read about this guy’s never-ending enema and bowel issues. Um no. There is nothing that remotely makes you attractive in the slightest. Fifty plus years of unrequited love, endless poetry and devotion. Sorry, dude. All I see when I look at you is Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poop.
2. Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. It’s a well know fact that when a woman needs to be put in her place, the best thing to do is rape her or beat her. What? No? It isn’t? Then someone should really fill in Stanley. If this guys was alive today, (and sadly there are many alive that are not fictional,) he’d be in prison right now with his new romantic interest, Big T. This is one of those times I want to go into the book, kick him right in the bits as he starts yelling “Stella!” and then call the cops while I stand with my stiletto heel in his throat. Go on, picture it. Looks good, doesn’t it?
3. Dolores Umbridge, The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. To quote Mike Meyers, she is ” e-vil. Like the fru-its of the dev-il. E-vil.” I had hoped that when she had been carried off by angry centaurs, she had been slow roasted in a pit like the pig she is. Sadly, she turns back up in The Deathly Hallows,and we never quite get to see this sadistic, racist, biznitch get what she deserves. I guess it’s left up to our imagination. One theory I have is that the Dementors actually puked up her soul, then Voldemort got to her. It’s not in there, but a girl can hope. My other theories are about as bad as what Voldemort might think up, so I won’t list them. My husband is scared enough of me as it is.
4. Mrs. Coulter, His Dark Materials Trilogy by Phillip Pullman. I’d give this Psycho Hosebeast the title of “Worse Mother Ever,” but she’s actually tied with another contender further down on the list. Seriously. In this alternate universe is it a requirement that you have to be a terrible parent if you’re British? Oh, wait, no it isn’t. Will’s parents aren’t that great either. An improvement yes, but still lacking. I was actually surprised by her Mrs. Coulter’s affection for Lyra, given that she clearly has no soul. No, really. That’s just her pet monkey, not a real daemon.
5. Wormtounge, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. When it comes to adjectives to describe this guy, I’m stuck between “creepy” and “sniveling.” This guy makes used car salesmen look like choir boys. He walks by, and there’s a little janitor following him setting up cones and signs saying “CAUTION: Slippery Slime Trail.” And the whole thing with Eowyn. Please. The girl isn’t going to fall for the guy who calls her and breathes heavily while peaking through her window. Just eew.
6. The Malfoys, The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Okay, we all know they’re supposed to be the sous-villains for Harry. There’s just nothing redeeming about them. So then can someone please tell me why the get their chance for redemption as the series moves towards the end?? I mean, what did these people actually learn from the whole thing? Am I to believe that they aren’t the blatant bigots they were before? Yeah right. If anything, they learned that the rat that survives is the one who knows when to leave the ship. Great lesson. I vote for them dying and getting Fred back.
7. Cersei Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin. Cersei ties for “Worst Mother Ever,” but also receives the award for “Worst Relative.” Someone, please correct me. Somebody out there on the internets has to know of one member of the Lannister family that benefited long-term from anything this woman has ever done. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
When the last book in the series comes out, I’ll be crossing my fingers for Blackened Queen Cersei via one of the dragons. Oh! And what does this tell you about George R.R. Martin? He has no problem killing off the good guys and the likeable people. Nope, he leaves this ho-bag alive. Bastard.
8. Luke Castellan, The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. Here’s a little message for you Luke: we’ve all got Daddy issues. Man up and deal with them, or get some freaking therapy. It’s not like just because your Dad is a Greek god that means that modern medicine isn’t available to you. But, no. No, you decide that destroying the world will really show him. And then what, Luke? THEN WHAT?? Jackass.
9. Hilly Holbrook, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Little Miss KKK was the source of many a late night rant while I was reading this book. Guess what Hilly? For that, not only do I want to punch you, so does my husband. You cost the man some valuable sleep while he listened to me talk about how you’re the worst kind of human being and how I can’t believe that you are one or two generations away from me. If there was ever a case for evolution, this chick is it. I’m a Southern girl. I, and my mother before me, crawled out of the muck you wallowed in you worthless piece of trash.
10. Scarlett O’Hara, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Scarlett? Really? But she’s one of the great female heroines, you say. Well, while you are saying that, tell me what makes this biznitch such a catch. She’s pretty. Well, yeah, but so are a lot of other people. She’s rich. Well, that comes and goes thanks to the Ol’ War of Northern Aggression. (That’s what some people in the south refer to the Civil War as.) She’s a good mother. Wait, no, scratch that. Scarlett Junior dies via horse riding accident before she starts grade school. She’s a good wife. Um, nope. She has a … great… personality? Okay, now it’s just getting silly. Listen, Princess. You know why Ashley never married you? Because you are about as shallow as you cleavage in one of those corsets.
Did I miss someone? Some character that’s hassling you need a good punch in the bits? Tell me who in the comments below. We’ll smile about it together.
Happy reading, happy writing.