What makes you like the main character of a novel?
Is it that they confide in the reader their darkest fears and secrets? That they feel 'real', showing us their insecurities? Or the opposite - do you like a character who is gung ho action? Does it have to be a good combination of the two?
When you are creating a compelling, likeable, sympathetic characters, are there things you think about?
I ask because I have been thinking a lot about character lately. I have read books where I don't necessarily 'like' the main character, but their voice feels so compelling and real, that it draws me in anyway. Yet a main character who I feel for, who speaks my inner fears, who makes me laugh - those stay with me.
So is the question a compelling character, rather than a likeable one?
Interested to know your thoughts.