This week’s topic is Favorite “Unlikeable” Protagonists. In other words those characters readers always tear down as “unlikeable” protagonists but whom you pulled for! Anti-heroes are protagonists who lack conventional heroic qualities. I find it hard to pull for these types so today’s list was a good time to pick my favorites…
#5 – Sharpshooter Lynn
From Not a Drop to Drink
Lynn was taught by her mother to survive and that meant obedience to her mother’s ideas and ways. Ways that are selfish and brutal but all about self-preservation. When her mother passes Lynn has to make some choices that put her in conflict with all that she’s been taught. We meet Lynn in such a deliberate and perfect way that it was hard not to fall for her despite her tough manner.
#4 – The Huntress Deuce
Deuce has finally joined the ranks of the hunters and she doesn’t want to jeopardize that due to her new partner, outsider, Fade. It takes A LOT to talk her around and finally she just has to see it with her own eyes. It was hard to root for her during this patch as she broke free from the thinking of her society.
#3 – Brutal Em
Em is a leader, strong and… brutal. That is what made her rather unlikable at first but you are so caught up in the situation she and the others she is with is in that you go with it. By the end you are rooting for her as she constantly worries that she is controlling the situation properly with all of the powerful personalities she is dealing with.
#2 – Ali in the Teen Psyche Ward
Ali’s problem is she’s always seen some crazy things like shapes for sounds and colors for letters, but ever since her rival disappeared before her eyes its gotten way worse. Her narrative was very confusing at first and her inability to see things from any point of view other than her own made her such a brat at times, but the suspense really sucked me in.
#1 – Princess Ladislav
From And I Darken
Lada the Strong, Lada the Brutal, Lada the Warrior. From the very beginning as a child she was a terror to everyone except the man she idolized. While I didn’t ever like Lada I was compelled by her. I very believably went on the journey with her and felt the passions she did.
I really went through my read list to find these but they immediately jumped out at me as protagonists that at first blush were hard to love but whom I came to admire by the end… Do you as a reader always want to love your protagonists? Do you like anti-heroes who make it tough on us to follow?
Thanks for Reading, XOXO