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    I'm curious

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    Have you encountered a main character that you don't like or even actively despise? Does that sour your enjoyment of the book or are you able to put your distaste aside to finish the book?

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    It depends on how the book it written, but usually no.

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    There's got to be a redeeming character at least. Jeoffrey in Game of Thrones comes to mind.
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    For me I would say it depends. If the purpose of the main character being unlikeable is to be provocative in some manner, or the book's well written enough that the plot carries the story along anyway, it's fine. But a poorly written book with an unlikeable protagonist, bleh.

    I mean, as an example I think that pretty much every character in Game of Thrones is unlikeable on some level (usually on many levels lol). But they're all compelling anyways so I keep reading. The author is a great storyteller so even if I don't like the characters I at least understand them and so I get invested anyway.

    LOL Kate we both referenced Game of Thrones!
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    I clicked yes but meant no!

    I've encountered some characters I hate, but if the rest of the characters are likable and the story line is good, I can read.

    Sometimes it's even fun to read things from an asshole's perspective


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    One word: Voldemort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tojai View Post
    For me I would say it depends. If the purpose of the main character being unlikeable is to be provocative in some manner, or the book's well written enough that the plot carries the story along anyway, it's fine. But a poorly written book with an unlikeable protagonist, bleh.

    I mean, as an example I think that pretty much every character in Game of Thrones is unlikeable on some level (usually on many levels lol). But they're all compelling anyways so I keep reading. The author is a great storyteller so even if I don't like the characters I at least understand them and so I get invested anyway.

    LOL Kate we both referenced Game of Thrones!
    Oh my gosh! What a perfect example though! Likeable, no. Enthralling, absolutely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.Biebz<3 View Post
    One word: Voldemort.
    Quote Originally Posted by photographerkate View Post
    There's got to be a redeeming character at least. Jeoffrey in Game of Thrones comes to mind.
    I'm confused... neither of those are main characters...

    But anyways, I don't have to like the main character. If it's well written or compelling I'm all good. I feel like Holden Caulfield is the prime example of dislikeable main character but I still read the whole book.
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    Yep. Holden Caulfield. Can't stand the kid. And that means I can't stand the book, but that's probably pretty heavily affected by the fact that it's stream of consciousness POV. Hate hate that book. So much.

    Also, Harry Potter is really annoying in Order of the Phoenix. Like, crazy irritating. That doesn't make me hate that book though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.Biebz<3 View Post
    One word: Voldemort.
    Voldemort is the antagonist. You're not supposed to like the antagonist!

    I read the OP as meaning not liking the protagonist of the novel. Some people can't enjoy a book unless they like they like the main protagonist.


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