I am all for strong heroines, but sometimes I wish I could reach through the pages of my book and slap the shit out of a character. I have a few, which I am sure all of us do. Here are my top five:
Anita Blake (Laurell K. Hamilton)
Come on, don’t tell me you don’t want to slap the shit out of Anita at least once a book. She used to be so hardcore and independent, and now...WTF. She has to be around one of her men or the ardeur will attack and she’ll die. What the hell is that—all the sudden she gets a shit ton of sex partners and has lost the ability to be hardcore? Boring. If I wanted to read about constant sex, I’d read erotica.
Merit (Chloe Neill)
I love Merit, I really do, but sometimes I wanna take a shoe and toss it at her. The first time she ever mouths off to Ethan, she immediately appologizes. Ack, NO! Girl, stick to your instincts! When it comes to Ethan, sometimes Merit doesn’t have a backbone, and that drives me insane. But we will see what happens in Drink Deep.
Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison)
After Kisten’s demise, Rachel got weird. I get it—hell, I am still in mourning, but shit, girl, snap out of it. Live your life, stop getting yourself into stupid-ass situations because you aren’t paying attention. STOP leading Ivy on, it’s all sorts of creepy. And sleep with Trent already, you seem to need it.
Kitty Norville (Carrie Vaughn)
Ever since Kitty and Ben got married, Kitty’s not as fun as she used to be. I loved the tension between Kitty and Cormac, but it’s not cool to want to play with your husband’s cousin.
Sookie Stackhouse (Charlaine Harris)
Sookie kills me. KILLS ME. She is exactly like the girl in the scary movies, the one you scream at the TV to not go in there and she does. Constantly. She doesn’t seem to learn! She’s constantly getting herself into situations that she has no buisness being part of. WHY can’t somene say “Sook, don’t do that shit, it’ll get you killed one of these days!”
So what character do you want to slap?
Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.