Last week I blogged about the importance of creating a likable character. And for the most part, everything I said is true.
But....you know how I said I like to break the rules? Well, I'm reading BEASTLY by Alex Flinn and let's just say she's very successfully broken the likable character rule!
The MC is a horrible, mean-spirited, selfish character who qualifies - under every definition of the word - as a beast.
So why did it work for Alex Flinn?
Maybe it helps that most of us are familiar with the story of BEAUTY & THE BEAST so we know that the MC will eventually turn-around, have a change of heart and become such a wonderful, lovely person we can't help but swoon.
Maybe it's because Alex Flinn has created a character that's so awful, we're actually glad that a witch turns him into a beast. Serves him right. The jerk.
Maybe it's the mastery of an obnoxious, rich-boy characterization. Maybe it's attitude. Maybe it's voice. Maybe it's lots of things.
Whatever the reason, it works.
So if you decide to create an obnoxious character, make sure your reasons are well-grounded. And that, in the end, your character can redeem themselves.