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Do you have to like the protagonist?
Of course, your protagonist can be an anti-hero. But, can your anti-hero protagonist be unlikable and the story still succeed?
These are some female protagonists I do not like from some stories that I love –
Scarlett O’Hara –
I don’t like her, and I don’t think I’m supposed to. Just as a side note: I don’t like Melanie Wilkes either. But, I love the story of Gone With the Wind.
Edna Pontellier –
Chopin’s Awakening. I have a hard time relating to her and probably wouldn’t like her very much if I met her today. But, again, one of my favorite stories.
Hester Prynne –
Scarlet Letter. She makes me furious! What she sees in Arthur Dimmesdale is beyond me. One of my all time favorites.
So, for me, the protagonist (anti-hero or hero) does not have to be likeable for me to fall in love with the story.
What about you? Do you have to like the protagonist in order to like the story?