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Problematic Faves | Book Tag


Sometimes things don't turn out the way you want them to nor expect when reading books. You end up loving something most people hated or hate something most people love. That is just what reading is all about, and what this tag is about too.


This week on Tag Time, I am going to be doing the 'Problematic Faves' book tag which I found on Zezee with Books, but was created by Ravenclaw Book Club, so credit goes to them.


Let's get right into it!


 

A CHARACTER EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU HATE


I probably have a massive laundry list of characters I don't like because, sadly, I just don't like the majority of the characters in the books I read. The usual suspects on that list being Evie from The Diviners and Diana from the All Souls trilogy. Could not stand them at all.


 

A CHARACTER EVERYONE HATES THAT YOU LOVE



My brain is blanking here because I cannot think of anything. I am trying to rack my brain but all of the characters that people hate I also don't like, for good reason. The only name that comes to mind is Mahito from Jujutsu Kaisen. I just think that he is an interesting character but I am not that deep into the manga so who knows what he will do?


I feel like a lot of people also don't like Asta from Black Clover, but I think those are mainly people who gave up on the show.


 

A CHARACTER WHO STARTED OUT PROBLEMATIC BUT GREW TO BE A BETTER PERSON



This one is easy for me because the first person that instantly comes to mind is Spensa from Skyward. She was very frustrating to follow at first because she was someone who was stuck in her own ideologies and wouldn't see past them even though they were flawed. Thankfully though, she does have some good character development.


 

A CHARACTER WHO STARTED OUT GOOD BUT BECAME PROBLEMATIC



Rin from The Poppy War, 100%. Granted, I have only read the first book, but her character arc takes a very chaotic turn and I just couldn't stand by her decisions (not that you are supposed to). The only reason I have put off reading the rest of the series is because I am just not prepared for what she could do.

 

A PROBLEMATIC COUPLE YOU SHIP



Honestly, the first 'couple' that comes to mind is Nakyum and Seungho from Painter of the Night. There is no denying that their relationship is very, very problematic, and everyone is aware that it is, but something about their story just sucks you right in. I also don't technically ship them because, again, problematic, but I hope that everything just turns out okay.


 

A COUPLE EVERYONE SHIPS THAT YOU FIND PROBLEMATIC



I am going to go with Rin and Sesshomaru from Inuyasha, because I am still crying over the fact that they actually got together. Even before its sequel Yashahime came out, I remember a lot of people shipping them together and even then I found it odd. Now that it is actually canon, and they had kids together, I am not happy about it.


If you don't know anything about Inuyasha, Sesshomaru is centuries-old demon who meets Rin when he saves her as a child and she becomes his travel companion. In my mind, he practically raised her...and then married her. Cough*grooming*cough. Sesshomaru is my favourite character in the series too...


 

A PROBLEMATIC TROPE THAT YOU LOVE


The only trope that comes to mind that a lot of people have issues with would be an age gap. I love a good age gap, especially when it comes to a supernatural romance and one of the love interests is over 1000 years old or something. That being said, I draw the line at one of the characters being under the age of consent, because no.


 

A BOOK/TV SHOW/MOVIE THAT IS PROBLEMATIC BUT YOU LOVE ANYWAY


Harry Potter by she-who-will-not-be-named will honestly always be a soft spot for me. No matter how much I want to not support her work, I will always love this series.


 

A BOOK/TV/MOVIE THAT YOU HATE BECAUSE IT'S PROBLEMATIC


For questions like this I usually end up picking First Grave on the Right, but I have made my distaste for this book very obvious, so, I am going to go with Paradise Kiss. This is a manga series that I picked up on a whim, and boy do I regret doing so. This is just rife with problematic relationships and I just could not enjoy myself at all because of it.


 

YOUR PROBLEMATIC FAVE



Glokta all the way, and I know the vast majority of people who have also read The First Law trilogy will agree with me. He is an inquisitor, i.e. a torturer, who has been dealt bad cards in life, but his perspective was so much fun to read because of how cynical and sarcastic he was.



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