The Most Hated Paranormal Fiction Characters are…

First, a little business! Congratulations on winning a copy of Rachel Caine’s GHOST TOWN to:

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Now, what’s this about most hated characters? It started with this blog post from the Library Science Degree site about the “The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History.” Most of the list were from classic literature, but there were a few from paranormals: 

No. 1 was actually a couple: Edward Cullen and Bella Swann from Twilight,  who the author says “share a vomitously unhealthy, codependent and emotionally abusive relationship packaged and sold as romantic.” Heh. Hey, don’t yell at me. I’m just the messenger!
No. 6 on the list was Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamilton’s vampire-huntress-turned-succubus, about whom the author says LKH turned into a “Mary Sue completely incapable of doing wrong or repelling men.” Unfair. I think Anita repelled one male vampire in book 16–and she still hasn’t done Edward.

No. 9 was Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter series, known for her “froglike visage, commanding, controlling actions and questionable (at best) ethics.” You just know when a person is compared to a toad on first introduction, she isn’t gonna be lovable.

No. 27 was Lord Voldemort, also from Harry Potter. Well, duh.

Who would you put on the list of most hated fictional characters? How about Richard Zeeman from the Anita Blake series (loved him at first but I am SO over his self-flagellation)? Vampire Bill (because we’re all about Eric)? The Omega and the Scribe Virgin from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series? Who do you love to hate?



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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate’s Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man’s Curse; Black Diamond).

6 thoughts on “The Most Hated Paranormal Fiction Characters are…

  1. Well, I’m totally about hating both the Scribe Virgin and the Omega, I mean, geez. But I have to stick up for my boy Vampire Bill. I mean, Eric is totally hot, but he just doesn’t say “Sookeh” quite the same way. I can just imagine how he will say “Teri Anne” now that things are over with “Sookeh”

  2. LOL, I’m trying to imagine Bill saying “Teri Anne,” and he’s sounding kinda like Elvis. I’m sure he can work on it though–“Sookeh” had to take some practice!

  3. I have a question. What do you do when you win a book? This is my first time winning a contest so I’m completely clueless. It would be great if someone responded and told me. Thanks. I’m also very happy that I won!