I honestly get that characters can’t be smart all the time. And they are working with less information than we have. But sometimes, they go above and beyond to make the stupidest decisions possible. Just really, really dumb. SO MANY SPOILERS (sorry).
Saba in Blood Red Road by Moira Young
You know what would be like, a really really monumentally stupid thing to do? How about unprotected sex with the villain of the story who happens to be your love interests father? If that sounds sensible to you then hey, you and Saba should get along great. Saba is for the most part this super tough super practical person. So this moment of weakness or stupidity or whatever the heck it was is frustrating. And ends about as well as you’d expect honestly.
Clary in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Obviously compared to Saba this is nothing. But Clary’s whole “lets try a romance with my best friend even though I know I’m not into him” thing was dumb as heck and a trope that annoys me a lot. Wouldn’t it be great if a girl could choose not to be with a guy without having to immediately start dating the nearest man whether she is interested or not? OK so things with Jace weren’t going great but would being single truly be so awful that risking a friendship is preferable? Honestly she is so lucky this worked out ok in the end because it could’ve gone so badly wrong.
Everyone in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn?
There would be no plot without their stupid decisions so I’m grateful that they’re all just ridiculous people because this book is awesome. But still. Everything that everyone does in this book is just dumb. They incriminate themselves so hard and don’t even get me started on Amy (I do love her though – she was such a well written character).