1. Count Fosco from The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – Perhaps Fosco shouldn’t even be on a list like this because (for me, at least) he’s one of those dislikable characters that I actually like disliking. You see, he’s an engaging, charismatic person and yet he’s so utterly evil. It’s almost dishonest to say I dislike him because in fact he’s a very good bad guy.
2. Estella from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I dislike Estella intensely. In fact, there is simply nothing redeeming about this character. Reading about her in this book is like listening to someone run their fingernails over a chalkboard…the mere thought of which makes me cringe.
3. Miss Havisham from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – She’s just as bad as Estella! Again, she’s so dislikable that it’s hard even to read about her.
I ought to mention that essentially every single character in Great Expectations I dislike with a passion…even Pip. Let’s just say that in my opinion, Great Expectations could win the award for the book that contains the most dislikable characters.
4. Uncle Andrew from Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis – The treachery of the white witch or of Shift the ape does not even come close to the treachery of Uncle Andrew…and I’m not quite sure why. Perhaps it’s because he’s Digory’s uncle and yet he sends both Polly and Digory to a potentially unsafe place. An uncle is supposed to care for his nephews. I think that is the probably the biggest reason why Uncle Andrew is one of the most dislikable characters I’ve read about.
~ Melinda ~