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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
If I were a fictional character I would most likely be labeled as an:
THIS IS FACT! I’m kind of a hedgehog or porcupine.
I can be nice when I want to be, but most of the time, I like being mean. I have an abrasive personality; I’m sarcastic and blunt; I like to PUSH BUTTONS! Really though, I do try to be nice and suppressing all that rage is NOT HEALTHY.
So what was the point of the ramble? There is one, I promise!
A few months ago, I read a book that received A LOT of mixed reviews and I enjoyed it for the most part, but I was so curious to why it was receiving so many mixed reviews. It turned out that the reason for WHY many readers didn’t enjoy this book was because of the UNLIKABLE MAIN CHARACTER (which is ironic since that was the reason why I like the book!). This got me thinking: Do Unlikable Characters Affect Ratings?
After looking at some of my own reviews as well as a few others I have come to an answer: YES. Here are some reasons for why an unlikable character may affect ratings:
♥ Lack of Connection ♥
With some unlikable characters, it can be hard for readers to relate to them. Trying to view the story from their POV can be difficult since their reasoning for why they do the things they do may not align with our own beliefs. I’m the type of reader that DOES need character connection to love a book and if I don’t have that, I will most likely lower my rating. Lack of connection usually leads to boredom and reading becomes a tedious task instead of something for pleasure.
♥ ¿Too Flawed? ♥
I’ve always wondered if their was such a thing as a ‘too flawed’ character and I think there is. I think that some characters can be so flawed, that they are irredeemable and some readers may not want that. Some readers want CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT and for irredeemable characters, they will never change their ways and will stay stuck in their ways to the very end. This can leads to feelings of dissatisfaction and a need for wanting something more!
♥ Too MUCH Drama ♥
I’m a sucker for drama, I’m not going to lie, but when there is TOO MUCH drama, then I get annoyed. Unlikable characters sometimes do unnecessary things that make a mountain out of a molehill, which can sometimes bring the story down, dragging the story out more so than it needs to be. I don’t like books that just throw a twist in just to throw a twist in because they usually never end up being resolved. I end up questioning what the hell was the reason for of all the drama in the first place. STOP with all the dramatics! This is isn’t a soap opera DAMMIT!
♥ Rage ♥
I’ve come across some unlikable characters that just make me RAGE! I want to throw my eReader across the room. I want to scream at the top of my lungs. I want to hurt something. I felt like this two weeks ago when I was reading a book by one of my auto-buy authors. The MC was beyond unlikable. She was DESPICABLE and even though I tried really hard not to let it, this character’s behavior affected my overall enjoyment of the book leading to a lower rating. If I’m that upset while reading a book, then it’s a problem and my rating will reflect that.
I don’t think I will EVER get tired of unlikable characters since I find them to be so relatable and I’ve come to terms with the fact that unlikable characters are going to play a role on how I rate a book. If I have to knock off a few stars just because of an unlikable character, I will do so. Simple as that. Unlikable characters can both add and take away from the story and I think that is what makes them so unique. They keep us on our toes with their irrational behavior and I for one will never get bored with them, a little POed maybe, but never bored.
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
How do you feel about unlikable characters & how do they affect your own ratings?
Let me know in the comments!