Keeping hate out of our real lives is a worthy goal, but there’s just something about hating a book or a character in a book that’s so frustratingly satisfying. If you’re looking for books and characters to enjoy a hate relationship with, try these out.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

 

Experience the downfall of Dorian Gray, a young man who is relatively innocent at the book’s beginning but becomes more and more selfish, egotistic, and heartless as the story goes on. The pursuit of personal pleasure consumes him, thanks to a “friend” who keeps encouraging him. By the end, you may just want to slap them both.

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

 

There are many lovers of the Harry Potter universe, but you may have noticed there are a lot of hate memes about a woman who always wears pink. Dolores Umbridge first appears in this fifth Harry Potter book. She’s that fake, sickly sweet and horrible character. A ministry official, she takes away from the “magic” of Hogwarts by refusing to listen to anything she doesn’t want to hear, despite its importance while imposing nit-picky rules that would make anyone want to rebel. Oh, yes, you’ll love hating her.

 

Othello by William Shakespeare

 

Othello is the story of a man who is tricked into thinking his wife is cheating on him. Both Othello, the husband, and Iago, the villain, will get under your skin in this book. Iago gets undeniably gleeful about messing with Othello’s marriage. Othello himself will have you shouting at the book because of how little he suddenly trusts his wife-who’s always been good and faithful-over planted, circumstantial evidence.

 

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

Looking for a bigot? Well, look no further than Scarlet O’Hara who runs a plantation in the south. She’ll do whatever it takes to get what she wants.

 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

 

Dahl did a great job in Matilda at creating the evil principle Miss Trunchbull. If you want an educator concerned less with education and more with controlling children through abuse, this is your book. You’ll get great satisfaction out of hating a character that deserves to be hated.

 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

 

Why, Anna, why? In this book, Anna Karenina slowly, selfishly destroys all the good things going for her. It all starts with an attraction to a man besides her husband, but every time she has the chance to stop and fix things, she just makes a decision that creates a worse situation.

 

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

 

If you haven’t seen any memes making fun of Twilight then you’ve been living under the figurative rock. What appears to be a love story has flat, shallow characters incapable of doing much. And, that’s not love, my dear. Enjoy reading about skewed, unhealthy relationships being depicted as good.

 

So, go ahead and dig in. These books and their characters will have you enjoying “hating” them in no time.

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