Likeable Characters

Have you ever read a book and realized that you just didn’t like the main character? I recently read “Gods in Alabama” by Joshilyn Jackson and I appreciated her ability, her craft and her style, but I did not like Lena. And although I found her boyfriend Burr likeable, it annoyed me that he put up with Lena’s nonsense. The story was great–a mystery that unraveled slowly and unexpectedly even though, at one point, I thought I had it all figured out. I finished the book, but I’m not sure I’ll read the two that follow it.

On the other hand, it can sometimes be delcious to not like a character. In Ron Rash’s novel “Serena” the title character is awful–but spectacularly, wonderfully so. I wanted to see her punished, but her awfulness was thrilling to me. I could hardly put the book down because I couldn’t wait to see what unbelievable thing she would do next. I liked how unlikeable Serena was.

Q4U – Have you ever stopped reading a book because you didn’t like or care about the characters? Have you finished a book in spite of not liking the characters? How important are likeable characters to you?

Published by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Author, wife, child of God.

One thought on “Likeable Characters

  1. The only times I have stopped reading a book have been due to not liking the writing. Yes, I have finished books in which I did not like the characters, but can’t call specific ones to mind right now. I like characters I either can identify with, admire or envy (actions), or are people I would like to know in real life for reasons good OR bad… characters who stay with me long after I have finished the book.

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