So I’ve been reading books lately. Good for me.
The problem is that I totally hated a couple of the books that I read. Why? Unlikable protagonists. I had a hard time rooting for the main characters when I found them to be…despicable is far too harsh of a word. Unlovely. Whiny and selfish. I didn’t want them to get what they wanted. It wasn’t like they were anti-heroes; they were just hateful protagonists. I think that the authors thought the protags were being strong-willed and independent, but I just wanted them to die and was upset when they staggered away unscathed. Ugh. Boo.
What makes you root for a protagonist? Or, even more importantly, against them?