U N P O P U L A R O P I N I O N
Sometimes when I am reading reviews, there’s complaints just like this:
❝ Well, so-and-so was a total whiny turd. Like, she literally does nothing in the duration of the book except cower in the face of her nemesis until, like, the very end. Like, please grow a pair, woman! ❞
– anonymous Goodreads review
You get me? Okay, maybe that was a little over-exagerrated. Believe it or not, I’ve seen reviews like this. The point is, most people are always complaining about how “weak” the main character is, and that this fact spoils the entire book for them. We’ve come to enjoy strong, courageous heroes/heroines so much that we forget the joy of reading the opposite side’s perspective entirely. Just because the main character isn’t a ninja-star throwing assassin with butt-kicking action moves doesn’t mean they are “weak.”
There’s an enormous difference between a weakly-written character to a weak character, and I have a feeling most people don’t get this. Weakly-written characters don’t seem real. As in they are so poorly described that the reader cannot establish a connection with them. You can’t really tell that character to grow a pair since the character has nothing to do with it, but rather the author (but don’t tell the author to grow a pair either; that’s just rude). In my opinion, stories are suppose to be living, moving, and dynamic. It may be a fictional world, but the characters inside of it are living and real. Do you catch my drift? It’s really hard for me to explain it through words. Weakly-written characters are the ones that are just black-and-white on the page, one-dimesional, nothing more. Well-written characters come off the page, and live.
Flawed characters are far more real. Just because the character makes stupid decisions and ignores the blatantly right path does not make them a “weak” character. We all make stupid decisions. It’s a fact of life. Incorporating it in a story makes the character flawed, and flaws are what we can relate to because we face them all the time. Sure, maybe they are weak physically, mentally, or spiritually. Being strong in heart matters the most. If every book was about a brave, valiant protagonist, how much fun would it be? It’d be dreadfully repetitive. Seeing the perspectives of different people of different worlds and cultures are fascinating and fun to read. Whether it’s the victim, the villain, or the hero, it always comes down to how the author writes the character. I’ve read so many books with “weak” characters that are beautifully done and captured my attention and heart. In reality, that weak character of yours? More like a poorly written one.
This was just a short rant. Leave your thoughts down below so we can discuss; I’d love to talk about this with you!