I know I'm supposed to like Catelynn, but after reading the books and watching the series I can't stand her
Well the showrunners couldn’t stand her either, so they made her terrible and side-lined. Just…don’t judge anyone by the show. Or judge the creative medium by the show. Or pay any attention at all to the show.
I mean…I’m not really sure how to respond other than “well I LIKE her!” The key to Cat is understanding her “patriarchy brain” and how Martin uses the setting to explore a close PoV bias with her. Actually, I just did a podcast all about this, though I knew we should have hyper-focused on her, if nothing else to name it “Only Cat.”
I’m not sure if you read the books before watching the show, but I will say if you did the show first, you probably were given a very weird impression, and one that could have colored a reading. I know it took me rereading ASOIAF to really be able to dig deep and get what Martin was going for with a lot of the characters. And now I can’t stop rereading it…