"I myself have been idiotically told that I write “awful” books because the people in them are unpleasant. Intelligent readers do not confuse the quality of a book with the moral rectitude of the characters. For those who want goodigoodiness, there are some Victorian good-girl religious novels that would suit them fine."
— Margaret Atwood on “likable” characters. Clearly this is a topic on which many authors have a lot of pent up rage. (via bennettmadison)
While I identify with the rage surrounding the “likeable” character debate, especially insofar as it relates to male characters v. female characters (and/or male authors v. female authors), I must say for the record that I would be friends with every one of the protagonists in my novels (people frequently noted to be “unlikeable” in reviews and such). Not sure if I could write them if I didn’t think they were cool to hang with for like three years at a stretch (or longer).