This is an interesting question because I have without a doubt seen a shift towards protagonists who are not as likeable. To me it looks like modern authors are scared of creating protagonists who are too nice because, for some reason, it is something that took quite a bashing from readers and critics. Call me old fashioned, but I like a protagonist who I can root for and the current crop of angsty, brooding characters with their dark secrets and chequered pasts doesn't quite do it for me. I want a character who I look forward to spending my precious reading time with, not one who is going to constantly annoy me with their bad attitudes and constant griping. It is quite a sad state of affairs that a lot of authors, especially women it seems, are purposeful writing protagonists who are downright unlikeable because they think it will make readers take their work more seriously. There are a lot of books that I could list that all have very likeable characters, but for my favorite I think I am going to go with the Helen Fielding novel, Bridget Jones's Diary. As a protagonist Bridget is not perfect and the book is written in the form of her diary, so we get to know her with all her flaws, but despite all of this she is still a very likeable character. One of the reasons why I think she is so likeable is that myself and many others can see a lot of ourselves in the problems she had to face.
What Books Have You Read With The Most Likeable Protagonists?
Posted on 12th of September, 2018