Hey, everyone – this is Becca, with a new post we are doing here on Adventures in YA Publishing. It’s similar to the Question of the Week, but geared toward the bloggers of the book blogging world. What do they like? Don’t like? Consider this the reader's side of the publishing coin and the writer’s inside guide to what bloggers look for in the books they end up loving and shouting about into the interwebz. Twice a month, I’ll be sending out a question to bloggers, and I’ll be posting their answers right here! Stick around for the epic giveaway at the bottom too! Want to be a part of our book blogger panel? Leave your blog name and contact details in the comments below! We’d love to have you!
Question of the week: "Define what makes a character likable/unlikable. Do you have to 'like' the MC to continue a story? If not, what about the story would make you want to continue reading?"
"For me a likable character is often someone who is kind, thinks of others first and all that typical 'nice person' stuff. But it doesn't mean I'm not going to like a character if they make mistakes. In fact, a character who makes mistakes, who might be rude or does someone wrong, is more relateable. Someone I can more likely connect with because I feel we might have something in common. Being realistic is important. If a character is just mean, spoiled and constantly rude to everyone with no redeemable qualities I most likely will struggle with the book. However, if we see snippets of their true self, of them maybe regretting their actions, and then they start to grow, trying to be a better person, then I can usually stick with the story. If I just totally dislike everything about the character then the plot needs to be really, really intriguing or have something else totally amazing about it. But it's unlikely I will enjoy a story if the main character is one I just very strongly dislike."