I love all my characters—even the rotten ones. (That’s a blog post for another time.)
But each character has been called boring, a waste of text, infuriating. Each character has been labeled the weak point of the novel. And each character has been lauded as a reader’s absolute, bar-none favorite. (Yes, even the rotten ones.)
In the editing stage, this proved a source of frustration among my beta readers and myself. Weighing the wildly varied responses and searching for truth in the stack of reactions nearly drove me to delete the entire project.