The amazing Courtney Summers just wrote a great post “on unlikeable female protagonists”, and I had to share a bit of it here (though you really must go read the whole thing).
Basically, when people responded to one of her novels saying they loved the guy protagonist, who was not exactly a sweetheart, but hated the girl protagonist, also not sweet (they couldn’t connect with her, she was cold, etc). So Courtney says:
“We are HARD on girls.”
The whole post is fantastic, and it reminded me of this video clip I filmed of Libba Bray last year discussing something similar.
Let’s let female characters be compelling — must they always be likeable? Thoughts?