Well, well, well. If it isn’t a Top 5 Wednesday post. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of you. I guess I just really wasn’t into the April topics. But the May topics… don’t exist. That’s right! Each Top 5 Wednesday this month is a freebie. That means you can pick from any of the archived topics, clear back to 2013. I did some searching for ones that really inspired me, and now I have each T5W topic picked for the rest of the month. My pick for today? Characters I used to like but don’t anymore. This can be because I outgrew them, I see them in a different light, or I view them differently than I once did. I have a lot of old favorites I’ve long since abandoned for some interesting reasons, so I think you’ll like this week’s installment. And so, without further ado, here are my top five characters I used to love but don’t now:
- Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas:
It’s no secret that I used to be a huge fan of this series. Well, I also used to be an Aelin apologist. Part of it is because it there were months in between when I read Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows, so the stark difference in her character wasn’t apparent to me. However, when I reread the series in preparation for Empire of Storms (which I wound up never reading), I could see it clear as day. She went from a flawed character who still ultimately wants to do good to an selfish, arrogant cardboard cutout, devoid of the emotion that once made her seem so real. She became a caricature of her former self. Needless to say, I no longer consider her one of my favorite characters.
- Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter by JK Rowling:
I’ve talked about this before, but Harry Potter was my happy place in high school. And, because I was borderline emo, I was drawn to the dark side. So, I glommed on to the one character I felt could help me embrace that: the dragon of bad faith himself. I justified his bullying nature and fancied him my book boyfriend. Of course, I still vastly preferred fanon Draco to canon Draco. I wasn’t that far gone. Eventually, I grew out of my dark phase and thus grew out of Draco. I don’t even know that he’s in my Top 5 anymore. I see him for what he is now (though I still maintain he deserved a redemption arc over Snape) and quit woobify-ing him. Still, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic every time I see him.
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
Katniss isn’t so much a character I no longer like, as she is a character I just don’t really think about anymore. I really like her as a character, I just don’t interact enough with the material when I’m not reading it to consider her a favorite. Plus, she’s got the stain of Jennifer Lawrence on her. That’s not her fault, but sometimes it’s a little hard to separate the two. So, even though I’ll forever maintain she’s a great character, she’s just not one I hold close to my heart.
- Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith:
And yes, I mean the books and not the show. I don’t fuck with the show. I mean, I don’t really fuck with the books anymore either, but still. Anyway, despite shipping Stelena, I was trash for Damon. He was so funny and broody, so unapologetic about being a vampire. Wow… this is really starting to sound like I still like him. No, my love for Damon faded with my love for the series. In fact, I’m sure I’d find him messy as hell if I read the series again. Therefore, he’s someone who belongs in my past.
- Kieran of the Hunt from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare:
Yes, you read that right. I, the number one Kieran hater, once liked him. Now, he wasn’t a favorite or anything, but I did ship him with Mark. I also used all the same apologia his fans use when defending him. It wasn’t until I started becoming more aware of abusive behaviors (and read Lady Midnight for a second time) that I realized just how toxic he really is. It was… not a good time for me. But I’ve repented, spread the good word of Hating Kieran’s Guts, and now I just try to pretend he doesn’t exist. I can’t wait to somehow erase him from Queen of Air and Darkness!
Who are some characters you used to love but don’t any longer? Tell me about them in the comments!