“write people you would want to spend time with – even the nasty ones” – Neil Gaiman
Look, I’m obviously a Gaiman fan but I’m fairly sure I would find this piece of advice intriguing even if it didn’t come from him and here is why…
I love to read. I have always considered myself a bookworm. I really think books are one of the greatest things in the world. But there are books I dislike, books I hate and books I never finish because I don’t think they’re worth the small amount of time they would take me to read. And books I dislike tend to fall into one of two categories:
1. They are too wordy with long sentences I get lost in and paragraphs about nothing, or
2. I don’t like the characters.
And, if I’m honest, 2 is a much bigger problem for me. I made it all the way through Les Miserables despite finding large chunks of it fairly boring. I loved War and Peace despite, well, all the detailed War sections. I can deal with boring paragraphs if I care enough about the characters.
But if I dislike the main character the chances of me finishing the novel are slim and the chance of me liking it is basically non-existent.
Can any of you think of a novel you like with a character you dislike?