A few months ago a group of novelists were discussing which fictional heroines deserve a good slap. The usual candidates came up, Cathy, Wuthering Heights, Tess of Tess of the D'Urbervilles, along with too many to list here. It had me thinking about who I would like to slap, well some I could slap to bring them to their senses, more than because they are irritating.
My list would include Tom Sawyer in Huckleberry Finn, I find his appearance completely ruins the end of this wonderful novel for me. I just love Huck, but Tom is just plain stupid and more trouble than he is worth! A friend like Tom, Huck does not need.
I would love to give Andrew Ryan, Kathy Reich's hero cop in her Temp Brennan novels, a wake up slap. He really needs a reality check, he should dump Temp who can be a pain in the rear where love life goes.
Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, simply because he is so odious.
Amber in Forever Amber because she really ought to have got over the dreadful Bruce, who is a selfish, arrogant male. She pulls herself up by her boot straps and has many adventures but all the time her heart beats for this waste of space. Get over it, Amber! Same goes for Scarlet O'Hara GWTW, Rhett Butler is a dish, Scarlet, Ashley Wilkes is a drip.
Do post if you have anyone in literature that you feel deserves a slap.