Name 5 characters you didn't like at first, but eventually learned to love.
1. Hermione and Benvolio, Romeo x Juliet.
Yes, I'm totally cheating here. They start off as complete drips - I think Hermione's only lines in the first seven episodes or so consist of "Romeo-sama!" repeated ad nauseam
. Benvolio, meanwhile, is like a less interesting version of Romeo. And anyone reading this journal knows my opinion of Romeo. But then something changed, i.e. them. Hermione was so damn miserable and ignored by all that I became protective of her. And by "protective", I mean that when Mercutio started trying to manipulate her into turning against Romeo, I laughed with glee because I was so delighted at the prospect of Hermione becoming Lucrezia Borgia or whatnot. Which, er, didn't happen. But something almost as good did: she ran away to Mantua and tried to kill Juliet and then became BFF with her (sort of). And Benvolio! He's utterly useless, and I mean that in the nicest way possible, because after Episode 7 he gets shoved into a situation where he has
to be useful or he'll die. So he fetches and carries for Cordelia and Francisco makes fun of him (no, I still love that scene where Francisco suggests that he and Curio should have sex, complete with Rocky Horror hip-thrusting) and his very uselessness and irrelevance becomes endearing.
Note that both of these characters became interesting once they were away from Romeo. I think the only character I've liked in their scenes with Romeo is Mercutio
, and that's because Mercutio is so awesome.2. Yuki Sohma, Fruits Basket.
Yes, I'm aware that this is sacrilege. I didn't really start liking Yuki until he had more scenes away from Tohru (I thought their relationship in the early volumes was sweet, but fairly boring in comparison with everything else). I think it was Volume 8 which made me genuinely begin to care for him as a character - his scenes with Haru in that are gold. It's the first volume where Yuki begins to develop away from his initial characterisation of "Prince Yuki", where we see his deep-seated insecurities ("I'm so selfish" "No one truly cares for me" "I wish I had friends") and also his good qualities. Nowadays, one of my favourite aspects of Fruits Basket
is Yuki's relationship with Haru, how they look out for each other. Haru used to be in love with Yuki. Yuki was the first person to see Haru as Haru, rather than as the Ox. Haru teases Yuki with a completely straight face. Yuki tries to mend fences between Rin and Haru. Haru thinks they were sisters in a previous life! (No, really, for non-Furuba
people on my flist. He really does think that.) And then there's the student council chapters - I don't think Yuki will ever find a better friend than Kakeru (except maybe Haru), however annoying he thinks he is. And Yuki is totally the Pink Power Ranger.3. Sansa Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire.
She's actually my favourite character now. She's a bratty, spoilt princess in her first chapters in A Game of Thrones
, who you're already expecting to dislike from her sister Arya's chapters, and then of course there's ( spoilers for ASOIAF in general, just to be on the safe side )
Her role in a less shitty world than that of ASOIAF is, well, Arwen: she's the beautiful woman who bestows her favour on a gentle knight, and who supports her love with a handmade banner, and who is ultimately passive and overshadowed by the woman who fights back (in Sansa's case, Arya). But I've always liked Arwen and Cosette and Lavinia, and any number of women who don't get much in the way of characterisation but a lot in the way of the hero's love. I'm hoping Sansa does get her opportunity to fight back - and that the people who hate her come to understand the power of passive resistance and that there are more, and better, ways to get things done than to stab someone. Also, please, please
don't let ( spoiler! )
rape her. Please
, GRRM, I'll do anything.4. Granny Weatherwax, Discworld.
And let that be a lesson to all of you: don't start reading Discworld
with Equal Rites
. In retrospect, it's probably an excellent book, but to a twelve year old - no. Just no. It bored me senseless. I went on and I read the Watch books and the Death books and the Rincewind books quite happily, but I refused to return to the Granny Weatherwax series. Ever. And then I decided, finally, that I'd have another go - and read Wyrd Sisters
. And then Witches Abroad
, too, in the same sitting.5. Susan Pevensie, Narnia.
Actually, this is mostly in reaction to The Last Battle
. Because I honestly didn't care for Susan all that much (she suffers from what I've heard called the Curse of Susans - usually the second eldest of four and the "mother", forced to be the sensible one and to curb all the gung-ho adventures). Edmund was - and still is - my favourite Narnia character. But Susan gets the short end of the stick all round - she doesn't have a chance to shine on her own, she even gets made into a damsel at one point (The Horse and His Boy
) after accidentally starting a war, she's forced to leave Narnia early, she never returns, doesn't go to Aslan's country and, oh, yes, her entire family are killed in a train crash. Musn't forget that part. So I like her, because someone should.