I was flipping channels earlier tonight, and I came upon the tail end of Into the Wild, and something occurred to me:
I have absolutely NO sympathy for Christopher McCandless. Based on the true story of a kid from a well-to-do family who tries to go off the grid, tries to live off the land in Alaska (despite being very underprepared to do so) and ends up starving to death. Had McCandless actually spent time preparing himself for his undertaking, making sure that he had the correct gear (and actually read a map), his fate may very well have been different. He turned down attempts by different people to help equip him for his journey. Someone offered to buy him warmer clothes, and a tent, and various other items. He said no. If he’d have been properly outfitted, and a similar situation happened, I’d say it’s a tragedy. But he has no one to blame but himself for what happened (and, for anyone that cares, it’s possible that he succumbed to “rabbit starvation).”
From his wiki:
That got me to thinking…there are a couple of other people that I feel the same way about:
Timothy Treadwell in Grizzly Man. I know what he was trying to do. I really do. But, still…you try to live among bears, don’t be surprised if you wake up one day as Bear Jerky.
In literature, I have always wanted to smack the shit out of Holden Caufield in Catcher in the Rye. Maybe I read it too late. I was in my early 30’s when I read it, and Holden was just a spoiled fucking kid that I could cheerfully have strangled before breakfast. Then again, I’ve heard it said that you were SUPPOSED to feel like that about Holden.
I’m sure there are others. Who stands out in your mind as the protagonist of a film/book/etc that you just cannot sympathize with? I don’t mean a “hooker with a heart of gold” character. But those people you just can’t find ONE redeeming quality in. People that just do not garner your sympathy.