We've all been there. You're reading a book that you're absolutely loving: the protagonist is great, the world building is inspiring and the plot is absolutely captivating. You're sure it's going to be the best book you've ever read!
And then the awful love interest comes bounding in and messes everything up.
You can't understand why anyone would fall in love with them, because they have no redeeming qualities and they have the emotional depth of a puddle.
Who am I talking about, you ask?
5) Augustus Waters, 'The Fault In Our Stars'
I mean, uh, great guy.
4) Tris Prior, the Divergent trilogy
I nearly picked Four, but he's actually a decent love interest: he's selfless, caring and sacrificing, but not in a stupid way. Meanwhile Tris is a hormone-fueled teenager running around without thinking twice about what she's getting up to - she's very annoying as a love interest, and even worse as a protagonist.
3) Edward "I watch you while you sleep" Cullen, the Twilight saga
Need I say more?
2) Stefan Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries
No offence to Stefan, but he's a bit of a sad sack. Look at that brooding face, those emo kid quotes... He tries to be a good guy, but he's not a good guy, and then he gets all introspective and complainy. At least Damon can own the fact that he's an asshole!
1) Malyen Oretsev, The Grisha trilogy
(art found on Pinterest: if anyone knows who the designer is, please let me know! It's so pretty <3)
Alina is a plain, boring, regular girl: Mal sleeps around with attractive Grisha. Alina discovers her Grisha powers and becomes extraordinary, the chosen one, perfect: Mal suddenly claims he's been in love with her his entire life and just didn't know how to tell her.
To me, that says something fishy is going on...
There are many more appealing love interests in the Grisha trilogy, and many more interesting characters to boot, but because Alina is so obsessed with Mal we have to put up with him much more than I wanted to. He's definitely the worst love interest I've ever encountered.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Five Wednesday! Do you agree with my choices, or do you love some of these characters yourself?