The YA Characters We HateWe all have a character or type of character we love to hate. They have certain qualities and characteristics that just rub us the wrong way. Sometimes the author intends to make the audience hate a certain character and other times a character just bugs us. We, at City Lights Press, have put together a list of the five types of characters in young adult fiction that we hate the most.
Lack of emotion:When a character shows little to no emotion, it is very hard for readers to connect with him or her. Detached characters are usually men, because for some reason men have a reputation of being emotionally unavailable. It is rare for a female character to have lack of emotion, but it happens. An author might try to portray a strong female character without emotions, but lacking emotions doesn’t necessarily make a for a strong character.
“The Chosen One”:This type of character can be hit or miss because of how often it is used. Most readers know how the storyline will go with this character. This character is destined for greatness and is the only one who can stop the destruction of the world. Unless you plan on changing the usual plot of this kind of story, it might be best to not use this kind of character.
Falls in love too fast:How often have you accidentally bumped into someone on the street and fallen head over heels in love. It doesn’t happen. We can all agree it is beyond annoying when characters fall in love instantly. Sometimes it makes the reader view the character in a negative light for the rest of the book.
Stereotypical characters:We’ve all heard of the stereotypical dumb jock or the antisocial nerd. These characters have been so overdone, readers get annoyed when another one is introduced. If you are going to include a jock or nerdy character, maybe switch it up and give the nerd some charisma.
Perfect characters:Perfect people don’t exist and neither should a perfect fictional character. Even if the character is a superhero, they need to have quirks and flaws. Otherwise readers can’t find something they can relate to.
If you are a writer, try to avoid including these types of characters unless you have an idea that is truly different. If you are a reader, we understand why you get annoyed when you encounter one of these characters.