Have you ever finished a book and the most memorable character isn’t the main character, but one of the terrible antagonists? I know I have.
- Ushikawa (1Q84): One of the main reasons I love this book is because of all the strange and peculiar characters in it. Ushikawa is one of these characters and he is so important in this book that he gets his own chapters where we follow the story from his point of view. Ushikawa is the private investigator who monitors Tengo’s every movement in and out of his apartment. He is quite a pitiful character who describes himself as ugly and outdated, but he adds a lot of humor to the story.
- Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol): Scrooge is the main character in this story, but I consider him his own antagonist as he is the only one who stands in the way of his own happiness. The development Scrooge has throughout the story is just lovely.
- Ambrose (The Name of the Wind): How I love to hate this character! He is so obnoxious and very much the typical «villain». He has a lot of the same characteristics as Joffrey (Game of Thrones) and Draco Malfoy (Harry Potter) and does what he can to ruin Kvothe’s life at the University.
- Pooh (The World According to Garp): A lot of hate (for very weird reasons) and no sympathy characterizes Little Pooh Percy. I really hated her, but the story would not be the same without her. She is part of Garp’s life from his childhood and also part of his last days – no spoiler ;)
- Cathy Ames (East of Eden): A despicable character with psychopathic traits. Unsympathetic, selfish and downright evil. East of Eden is sort of a Cain and Abel story, and Cathy is Eve introducing sin to the garden of Eden. Steinbeck is a master of description and he describes Cathy in a way that you just wonder what’s next, how evil can she really be.