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Great characters you might not want to actually hang out with

So, this post by Maddie Rodriguez at BookRiot set me to thinking.

It’s a post about “Seven characters you would try not to meet at parties,” which I thought was a fun topic, but they’re not fantasy characters AND they’re also not the KIND of character that leaped to mind when I saw that heading.

What *I* thought was: scary protagonists. What Maddie Rodriguez was thinking of was: killjoy protagonists. A guy who’s always talking about his ex. The Pedantic Dude. (I can actually enjoy hanging out with Pedantic Dudes. It’s pretty easy for me to slide into Pedant Mode myself.)

I also thought: Nope, I’d probably like hanging out with Darcy from P & P. None-too-subtle sarcastic comments about the other guests? Go for it!

So here is the list I thought I was going to get:

Five Scary Protagonists You LOVE In Books But Might Not Want At Your Party

1. Kaoren Ruuol from the Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K Höst. (Did I spell that right? I didn’t look it up.) I’m talking here about the Kaoren before Cassandra softened his hard edges. The Kaoren who would stand around at a party, his arms crossed over his chest, watching expressionlessly as everyone wasted time they ought to spend training or fighting monsters. The Kaoren who would make you feel guilty for every minute you spent just hanging out. That guy.

2. Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. I know he’s super-loyal to Alan and that’s great, but he would be seriously scary at a party. You know, I really want to re-read that whole trilogy now that I’ve thought of it.

3. Janus bet Vhalnich from The Thousand Names by Django Wexler. He would see absolutely everything about everyone, including you, and you would never, ever know what he was thinking. I mean, he’s one of the good guys . . . probably . . . but honestly, he’s a good guy in the scariest possible way. You’re glad he’s on your side, but you aren’t going to be *friends* with this guy and you could not possibly relax with him in the room.

4. Sarkon, The Dragon, from Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I just finished this book, which is amazing and wonderful and I loved it, but you know, The Dragon didn’t say a nice thing to anybody until about a third of the way through? Even at the end, he is hardly the life of the party. Nieshka can see through his little mannerisms by then, but he is going to come across as supercilious, sarcastic, arrogant, and possibly even cruel to almost everybody else.

5. Ezekiel Korte. I’m just saying.

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5 Comments Great characters you might not want to actually hang out with

  1. Hanneke

    I think it’s Kaoren Ruuel, but I agree with him and Ezekiel; the others I haven’t read.

    Kaylin Neya from the Cast books by Michelle Sagara was who came to mind for me, though she can relax with Marcus’ family so at a party she might be less intense than during the books’ adventures.

  2. Kim Aippersbach

    Oh, so true, about all those characters! Love them all passionately but, yeah, no. Not at dinner!

    I would also hesitate to invite Eugenides; pretty sure he’d be a terrible guest, and not a little scary (you’d always be terrified of what he was thinking).

    Also the Wizard Howl, but more for Maddie Rodriguez’ reasons. Maybe if Sophie was there to keep him in line, but, still, probably not.

    And Breq, from the Ancillary novels, for both reasons: socially awkward and scary. She knows everything about everyone and isn’t afraid to tell you exactly what she thinks. And you do NOT want to get her angry.

  3. Chachic

    Oh I don’t know, I think I still wouldn’t mind seeing pre-Cassandra Kaoren even if he was just standing and scowling because he’ll still look good. :P That last choice is funny. Yes to Ezekiel being scary! I still want to read more about him though. I’ve read so many good things about Uprooted, I’m planning to read it soon.

  4. Brandy

    Irene Attolia-I love and admire her above all others but wouldn’t wan to be in the same room with her and I especially wouldn’t want to have a conversation with her.

  5. Rachel

    Chachic, I admit that just setting Kaoren against a nice background and looking at him has its appeal.

    Eugenides would be fun — as long as he didn’t involve you in any little pranks! Irene Attolia . . . yes, she would be a little intimidating!

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